Mission Statement

By teaching skills, values, and professional knowledge to bright and motivated students from diverse cultural, professional, and educational backgrounds, the Interior Design Department's MFA program enriches the profession of Interior Design. The department’s educational community encourages philosophical explorations, ethical responsibility, aesthetic expressions, and practical applications. Our graduates are consummate professionals and innovative practitioners as demonstrated in part by their ability to conceive, problem solve, develop, and complete any given project. With a firm commitment to social and environmental responsibility, the department strives to create interior designers who effectively contribute to culture, through an enhancement of function, health, safety, quality, beauty, and meaning of the human environment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students are able to identify and explore complex problems in the realm of the interior, and generate creative solutions that integrate an understanding of sustainable practice, material research, environmental quality, aesthetics, and changing technologies.
  • Students acquire proficiency in digital and analog technologies as well as oral and written communication necessary to communicate a body of professional level work, clearly delineating design issues and intent.
  • Students demonstrate a high level of problem solving in the design of interior environments, cognizant of current issues and developments affecting design study and practice, as well as a critical understanding of the global cultural history and context affecting the interior environment.
  • Students develop a significant body of work, culminating in an independent thesis project that is rigorous in both conception and execution, demonstrates a synthetic understanding of the knowledge and skills acquired during the course of study, and connects interior design to larger issues of inhabitation, cities and society.

Please see departmental requirements for application here

See Interior Design, MFA Curriculum Overview and Plan of Study