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Interior Architecture Fifth Year Program (M.A.)

  • Program Overview

    M.A. in Interior Architecture Fifth Year Program (31 Credits)

    This program provides Endicott College graduates who have bachelor's degrees from the College's undergraduate interior design program the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in Interior Architecture.

    You will gain expertise in design research, analysis, and design of complex interior environments, and you will be prepared for careers in commercial, institutional, health care, residential, and sustainable design.

    Completing the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design program at Endicott may reduce the length of the Master of Arts in Interior Architecture.

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  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    All candidates must apply online at: www.endicott.edu/Van-Loan/Van-Loan-Admissions

    Applicants should submit the following to Van Loan School Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

    • A letters of recommendation from the Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts or the Associate Dean of Architectural + Design Studies;
    • Request official transcripts sent directly from the undergraduate registrar's office including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, successful completion of ID 490;
    • Maintain a 3.0 GPA by junior year; 
    • Priority deadlines: complete the application process at the conclusion of the junior year
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better.
    • All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.

    International Applicants for Graduate Admission
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

    International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    • Assimilate highly technical, theoretical, and sophisticated problem solving methods in the development of the design of interior environments
    • Research, understand, and demonstrate the role and impact upon society that emerging design theories and technologies have on complex interior environments
    • Assess and synthesize project needs and strategies to operate in and communicate within a collaborative and integrated mode with other design specialist and related professions
    • Develop and advance current design principles, theories and academic research, and demonstrate a contribution to design practice, education, and society
    • 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
    • Develop a global perspective for design including an understanding and application of sustainable strategies that enhance users and planet earth

    Required Curriculum

    Fall

    IA 516 - Research Methodology
    IA 505 - Advanced Interior Environment Studio I
    IA 515 - Theory and Criticism
    IA 506 - Emerging Materials and Systems

    Winter

    IA 508 - Design Dynamics II

    Spring

    IA XXX - Elective (must be 500 level or above) - 3 cr.

    IA 510 - Advanced Interior Environment Studio II
    IA 586 - Masters Thesis I
    IA 521 - Furniture Design History

    Summer

    IA 587 - Masters Thesis II

    Electives

    IA 518 - Scandinavian Architecture and Interior Architecture
    IA 590E - Design Practice Research Internship
    IA 617 - Contemporary Architectural Icons
    IA 620 - Global Sustainable Interior Architecture Studio
    IA 630 - Special Topics Studio

    Total Degree Requirements - 31 credits

    Accreditations

    The Graduate Interior Architecture programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). 


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  • Internships and Careers

    An education from Endicott College means you will have access to premiere career resources—long after you graduate.

    Whether you are finishing your undergraduate study, adding new credentials, or working toward a new career path, you will find resources through our Internship and Career Center to help you get where you want to go. From career advising to resume support, dedicated faculty and staff are here to prepare you for your next step.

    Recent Internships & Job Sites

    • Stantec
    • Gensler
    • Perkins + Will
    • Elkus Manfredi Architects
    • Tsoi Kobus Design
    • Nelson
    • Siemasko & Verbridge
    • ARC 
    • Dyer Brown
    • SMMA
    • LWA
    • Institute of Human-Centered Design
    • Whitlock Design Group
    • Knoll
    • Visnick & Caulfield
    • Fresenius Medical 
    • Steffian Bradley Architects
    • Lavelle Brensinger Architects
    • Beige and Bleu*
    • North Folk Design*

    *Alumni Owned Firm

Accreditations

Endicott College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). The Interior Architecture programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).