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Online MFA in Interior Design (M.F.A.)

The Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design (MFA in ID) on-line delivery is a 64 -credit program designed for interior and architectural design professionals that are seeking to acquire advanced expertise in design research, analysis, and design of complex interior environments in distance.

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Program Overview

The Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design (MFA in ID) on-line delivery is a 64 -credit program designed for interior and architectural design professionals that are seeking to acquire advanced expertise in design research, analysis, and design of complex interior environments in distance. The program's intent is to create interior design specialists where students select from an area of concentration: IDC Commercial and Intuitional, IDH Healthcare, IDR Residential, or IDS Sustainability.

The challenging curriculum is unique as it prepares students to enter professional Interior Design practice or Interior Design education at an advanced level. The program develops student proficiencies through both individual and team based "atelier" style learning, while emphasizing the need to provide environmentally responsible interior design solutions for the 21st century.

The program model integrates theory and practice through required courses in Interior Design Firm Management and in Educational Practicum's reinforcing the primary College mission of concurrent learning.

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Concentration Options

Design Studio Concentration

The Design Studio concentration if designed to allow students to explore a specific area of design practice in-depth. Students select a studio focus to assimilate a more thorough knowledgebase, in both theory and execution, in their preferred field of inquiry. The courses focus on developing ability, knowledge, and applicability to global design issues, human behavior, occupant comfort, and contribution to the built environment. Students are prepared to assume advanced roles within professional design firms or an interior design educator.

Each concentration builds upon critical thinking, design mastery, evidence based research, visual communication, and oral communication expertise expected of practicing professionals and design educators. Within the core curriculum courses for both concentrations, students will advance their skill sets in aspects of design research, theory, technology applied to professional practice, and educational instruction.

Commercial/Institutional Interior Environments

The Commercial Interior Environments Design Studio Concentration focus is on the development of innovative, integrated, and progressive "workplaces." The studio laboratory will test and apply a multidisciplinary approach to research and precedent analysis, integrating human behavior, culture, ergonomics, and environmental psychology to complex workplace environments.

Healthcare Interior Environments

The Healthcare Interior Environments Design Studio Concentration focus is on the interdisciplinary approach to the planning of innovative and state of the art healthcare facilities and healing environments. The design studio is the laboratory for testing and integrating evidence-based design, sustainable bio-design principles, and current medical technical practices, based on science journal publications applied to the planning of sophisticated user friendly healthcare and healing environments.

Residential Interiors Environments

The Residential Interiors Design Studio Concentration focus is on the design and development of forward thinking design solutions that address current social, physical, cultural, and psychological needs. The studio laboratory is used for testing and the application of innovative design solutions that address current and future residential users' comfort, wellbeing, and energy needs.

Sustainable Interior Environments Concentration

The Sustainable Interior Environments concentration is designed to provide practitioners and design researchers of interior architecture the latest models, information, and technology in sustainable design. The course work focuses on the application and incorporation of current sustainable design principles within all phases of proposed design solutions. Students are prepared to assume advanced roles within professional design firms or as interior design educators. The concentration stresses the need for contemporary designers to develop innovative solutions with a global perspective on environmental responsibility that minimizes resource depletion and in no way hinders or compromises the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

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Admission Criteria for Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design (64 credits)

Admission to a graduate program requires a Bachelor degree from an accredited college. To be considered for admissions, a candidate must submit the following credentials:

  • Application form and a $50 application fee
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Official transcripts of all academic work (a minimum of a Bachelor's degree with a B average)
  • Two letters of recommendation, one academic letter of recommendation, and one design professional letter of recommendation
  • A Design Portfolio
  • An admission interview with the program coordinator or chair of Interior Design
  • TOEFL required for all students for whom English is not a first language; 79 is minimum score for iBT and 550 for the pen and pencil test.

Tuition
The tuition for the 2012-13 academic year is $607 per credit. Additional fees are listed here.

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Program of Study

First Year
Fall Semester
ID 501 Precedent Studio I 3 cr.
ID 511 Forum I 1 cr.
ID 517 Theory, Criticism & Methodology 3 cr.
Spring Semester
ID 5xx Precedent Studio II 1 cr.
ID 530 Psychology of Place 3 cr.
ID 506 Emerging Materials & Systems 3 cr.
ID 512 Forum II 1 cr.
Summer Semester
ID 505 ID Concentration option studio I 4 cr.
ID 520 ID Technology Elective 3 cr.
(One week residency-Location TBD)
Second Year
Fall Semester
ID 507 Art & Science of Interior Lighting 3 cr.
ID 5xx Design History Elective 3 cr.
ID 611 Forum III 1 cr.
Spring Semester
ID 580 Education Practicum I 1 cr.
ID 515 ID Concentration option studio II 4 cr.
ID 680 Education Practicum II 1 cr.
ID 612 Forum IV 1 cr.
Summer Semester
ID 630 Special Topics Studio 3 cr.
ID 688 Dissertation I -Seminar 3 cr.
(One week residency-Location TBD)
Third Year
Fall Semester
ID 6xx ID Elective 3 cr.
ID 681 Education Practicum III 1 cr.
ID 689 Dissertation II - Written Defense 6 cr.
Spring Semester
ID 6xx ID Elective 3 cr.
ID 690 Dissertation III- Visual Defense 9 cr.
Total Credit Requirement 64 cr.

* Notes
Dissertation topic is sourced from the area of concentration. Students may substitute Design Firm Management with an Education Practicum.

Students select a Studio Option (505 and 515) or Global Studio Option (510A and 510B) and an area of concentration from the following concentration options:

Commercial/Institutional
2 - ID Electives, IDC 505, IDC 515/501B

Healthcare Interiors
2 - ID Electives, IDH 505/510A, IDH 515/501B

Residential Interiors
2 - ID Electives, IDR 505/510A, IDR 515/501B

Sustainable Interior Environments
2 - ID Electives, ID 505/510A, ID 515/501B

(Dissertation Topic sourced from area of concentration)

  • Students may substitute "Design Firm Management" with an "Education Practicum"
  • ID Electives: Universal Design, Literature and Theory in Sustainable Design, Global Sustainable Interior Design Studio, and Advanced Electronic Media.
  • ID Design History Electives: Modern Furniture Classics, Scandinavian Architecture & Interior Design, and Contemporary Architectural Icons

Concentration Electives for Sustainable Interior Environments Concentration
6 credits required
ID 535 Literature and Theory in Sustainable Design
ID 545 Universal Design for the Built Environment
ID 620 Global Sustainable Interior Design Studio

Concentration Electives for Design Studio Concentration Elective
6 credits required
ID 520 Advanced Electronic Media
ID 545 Universal Design for the Built Environment
ID 617 Contemporary Architectural Icons

Design History Electives
6 credits required
ID 518 Scandinavian Architecture & Interior Design
ID 519 Modern Furniture Classics
ID 617 Contemporary Architectural Icons

Technology Electives
6 credits required
ID 506 Emerging Materials & Systems
ID 507 Art & Science of Lighting
ID 520 Advanced Electronic Media
ID 545 Universal Design for the Built Environment
ID 620 Global Sustainable Interior Design Studio

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Internships

Test 1

Careers

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Assimilate highly technical, theoretical, and sophisticated problem solving methods related to the design of interior environments and the design profession.
  2. Research, understand, and demonstrate the role and impact upon society that emerging design theories and technologies create and will foster in the future.
  3. Assess and synthesize project design needs and strategies to operate in a collaborative mode with other design specialist and related professions.
  4. Develop and advance current design principles, theories, and academic research, and demonstrate a contribution to design practice, education, and society.
  5. Develop an understanding, application and specifying furniture, fixtures, finish materials, and environmental systems, controls and regulations to maximize occupant health, welfare, and comfort within interior environments.
  6. Develop a global perspective for design including an understanding and application of sustainable strategies that
    enhance users and planet earth.
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