The Master of Arts in Interior Architecture (M.A. in I.A.) is a 37-credit program designed for interior and architectural design professionals currently working within the profession, that seek to acquire advanced expertise in design research, analysis, design, and construction of complex interior
environments. The students select the special area of concentration, Commercial and Institutional, Healthcare, Residential or Sustainability.
The challenging curriculum is unique as it allows students with two options, to remain active within interior Architecture practice and undertake the degree part-time or undertake the curriculum at full-time status. The program develops student proficiencies through both individual and team based learning, within an “atelier” design studio setting.
The Master of Arts in Interior Architecture program model integrates theory and practice through required coursework in interior architecture firm management and graduate student forums reinforcing the primary College mission of concurrent learning.
First Professional Degree (81 credits) | Post Professional Degree (37 credits)
Upon completion of the program students will:
• 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.
At the time of matriculation, students in the Master of Arts in Interior Architecture program may request transfer of not more than six graduate
credits. The courses must be relevant to the programs of study, must show grades of “B” of higher, and must have been completed no more than five years prior to the student’s acceptance into Endicott’s Interior Architecture Master’s programs.
The Design Studio options are designed to allow students to explore a specific area of design practice in-depth. Students select a studio focus to assimilate a more thorough knowledge base, 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 within interior design education.
Each concentration builds upon critical thinking, design mastery, evidence based research, visual communication, and oral communication expertise expected of practicing professionals. 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.
Commercial/Institutional Interior Environments
The Commercial Interior Environments Design Studio concentration focuses 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 focuses 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 Interior Environments
The Residential Interiors Design Studio concentration focuses on the design and development of forward thinking design solutions that
address current social, physical, cultural, and psychological needs. The studio laboratory is for testing and the application of innovative design solutions that address current and future residential users’ comfort, wellbeing, and energy needs.
Sustainable Interior Environments
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. 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.