Our Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Interior Architecture offers students a venue for advanced investigations of the built environment in close collaboration with faculty mentors. Students pursuing an MFA in Interior Architecture develop their intellectual interests in design while preparing for careers in teaching, research, or specialized practice.
Our program offers distinctly strong student-faculty relationships, where students work closely with faculty members to gain expertise. The Department of Interior Architecture supports a broad range of student interests. Everything we do is anchored on our values of promoting sustainable design for social, psychological, and ecological well-being. We offer particular strengths in historic preservation, interior product design, community-engaged design, and human-environment relationships. We additionally provide a 15-hour Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Historic Preservation that may be earned in tandem with the MFA or pursued as a stand-alone certificate by those seeking to gain additional expertise in the field.
Our faculty additionally offer strengths in research conducted in social settings, such as hospitals, schools, and beyond, to better understand human-environment relationships. We are interested in the ways that humans both shape and are shaped by our physical and natural environments. Our Center for Community-Engaged Design is the ideal home for students with research interests in public-interest design. Our center is engaged with a multitude of projects – from permaculture gardens in distressed communities to tiny homes to end homelessness; the list goes on. Graduate students with this interest can seek fellowships with the CC-ED and engage with community partners while advancing MFA thesis work.
Students interested in one or more of these areas are exceptionally well-matched with our program. For more information on our faculty, see here. Past student theses are also available here. Please contact us to start a conversation!
Through IARc’s 60 credit MFA program, students develop expertise in a specialized aspect of design through a combination of design studios, academic coursework, professional experience, and research activities—all culminating in a cohesive body of work that demonstrates that expertise. By the time students finish their graduate studies, they will have developed expertise on a relevant topic of interest and demonstrated that expertise through a public defense of their written thesis and public exhibit of their design work.
The department also offers a 15 hour Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Historic Preservation for professionals who already have a job in the field (and are seeking further training) or people who already have a Master’s and want to gain additional skills related to Historic Preservation.