Bachelor of Interior Architecture

Degree Requirements  |  Non-Studio Requirements  |  Studio Requirements


Degree Overview

Grounded in a unique multidisciplinary structure, the Department of Interior Architecture offers a comprehensive accredited professional interior design curriculum. We prepare students to act as independent interior design problem solvers while offering collaborative experiences that will enable them to be valuable team members in today’s complex and dynamic projects.

A human-centered approach informs all aspects of our work from small details to organizing large complex spaces. Our unique program balances design theory with technical learning through courses and exercises that include construction of actual environments, furniture, light fixtures, and details.

Design studio is central to experimentation and learning in the Department of Interior Architecture. Topical Interior Architecture studios focus on real-world design problems that require socially and environmentally responsible solutions and take students outside the classroom through onsite research and engagement with professionals and community members. Individual comprehensive projects in the final year of study allow students to hone their research and design process while exploring specialized topics or areas of interest.


Degree Requirements (225 Credits)


Required Courses

Subject Area (Non-Studio) Requirements (minimum 86 credits)

General Theory

 

IARC 204 Understanding Contemporary Interiors

4 Credits

Design Media

 

ARCH 202 Design Skills

4 Credits

ARCH 222 Introduction to Architectural Computer Graphics

4 Credits

ARCH 423 Media for Design Development

3 Credits

Design Arts

 

IARC 444 Furniture: Theory and Analysis

3 Credits

IARC 445 Comprehensive Project Preparation

3 Credits

IARC 447 Color Theory and Application

3 Credits

ARCH 440 Human Context of Design

4 Credits

ARCH 450 Spatial Composition

4 Credits

Design Technology

 

IARC 471 Interior Construction Systems

3 Credits

IARC 472 Interior Finishes and Design Application

3 Credits

IARC 473 Working Drawings in Interior Architecture

4 Credits

IARC 492 Electric Lighting

3 Credits

ARCH 470 Building Construction

4 Credits

ARCH 492 Environmental Control Systems II

4 Credits

Professional Context

 

ARCH 417 Context of the Architectural Profession

4 Credits

Architectural History

17 Credits Minimum

ARH 474 History of Interior Architecture I

3 Credits

ARH 475 History of Interior Architecture II

3 Credits

ARH 476 History of Interior Architecture III

3 Credits

ARH 314 History of World Architecture I and ARCH 315: History of World Architecture II (recommended)

8 Credits

Architectural History Elective
 

All professional degree students in interior architecture must take five architectural history courses, including ARH 474: History of Interior Architecture, ARH 475: History of Interior Architecture II, and ARH 476: History of Interior Architecture III. Either ARH 314: History of World Architecture I or ARCH 315: History of World Architecture II is also recommended.

Subject Area Electives

13 Credits Minimum

Subject area electives include all nonrequired courses in IARC and ARCH and selected courses in the College of Design.

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Design (Studio) Requirements (minimum 70 credits)

ARCH 283 Architectural Design I

6 Credits

ARCH 284 Architectural Design II

6 Credits

ARCH 383 Architectural Design III

6 Credits

IARC 484 Interior Design (Four Terms)

24 Credits (4 Terms x 6 Credits)

IARC 486 Furniture Design

6 Credits

IARC 487 Working Drawings

6 Credits

IARC 488 Interior Design Comprehensive Project I

8 Credits

IARC 489 Interior Design Comprehensive Project II

8 Credits

 

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