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2011-2012 School of Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog 
2011-2012 School of Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design

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The Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design (M.F.A. in I.D.) is a 64-credit program designed for interior and architectural design professionals that are seeking to acquire advanced expertise in design research, analysis, design, and construction of complex interior environments. The program’s intent is to create interior design specialists where students select from two areas of concentration: Sustainable Interior Environments or, Design Studio (healthcare, hospitality, institutional, residential).

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.  

Learning Outcomes
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.

Transfer Credits

At the time of matriculation, students in the Master of Arts in Interior Design program may request transfer of not more than six graduate credits, and students in the Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design program may request transfer of not more than 12 graduate credits that have been completed at regionally accredited institutions.  The courses must be relevant to the programs of study, must show grades of “B” or higher, and must have been completed no more than five years prior to the student’s acceptance into Endicott’s Interior Design Master’s programs.

Program  Prerequisites Courses

While an undergraduate degree in Interior Design is not required, a student with a Bachelor degree in an unrelated field will be required to take a minimum of 17 courses including a comprehensive semester long internship, as listed below, based upon evaluation of their prior course work. Students must earn a minimum of a B in each prerequisite course.  These additional courses may be comprised of the following:
    Drawing and Composition  3 cr.
    Architectural / ID Drafting Delineation  3 cr.
    Architectural Delineation 3D  3 cr.
    Residential Design Studio  3 cr.
    Commercial Design Studio  3 cr.
    Hospitality Design Studio  3 cr.
    Healthcare Design Studio  3 cr.
    Interior Building Systems  3 cr.
    Materials and Specifications  3 cr.
    Auto Cad / BIM 2D 3D  3 cr.
    Rendering Techniques  3 cr.
    Interior Lighting  3 cr.
    History of Architecture and Interior Design I & II  6 cr.
    Art History II or General Survey  3 cr.
    Construction Document Studio  3 cr.
    Professional Practice / Portfolio  2 cr.
    Interior Design Practicum / Internship *  12 cr.

    Total Prerequisites    50 / 62 credits

* Required for students without undergraduate internship or with no prior professional experience under direct supervision of an NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer, or Licensed Architect.

Students seeking admission to the Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree program who have completed a non-related Bachelor degree may be accepted as non-matriculating graduate students while completing required coursework. These students would also have completed an academic, supervised, semester-long internship or would have been continuously employed by a practicing NCIDQ certified interior designer for at least four months. Students will have documented evidence of knowledge of design initiation (space analysis/ concept design/code and finishes research/design presentation) and design implementation (construction drawing production/selection and specification of finishes/detail development).

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. 

Subtotal Hours 16 cr.

Winter Intersession

Subtotal Hours 2 cr.

Subtotal Hours 14 cr.

Subtotal Hours 3 cr.

Subtotal Hours 14 cr.

Subtotal Hours 14 cr.

Total Degree Requirements: 64 cr.

 * 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:  IDC Commerical and Institutional, IDH Healthcare, IDR Residential, or IDS Sustainabilty.


Dissertation Topic is sourced from the area of concentration.

Students may substitute Design Firm Management with and Education Practicum.

Concentration Courses

Students select their area of concentration courses from the following Concentration Options (33 credits, including the 18-credit Dissertation sequence in the concentration):

Healthcare Interiors

  • Interior Design Electives  (Cr: 6)

Residential Interiors

  • Interior Design Electives  (Cr: 6)

Sustainable Interiors

  • Interior Design Electives  (Cr: 6)


Interior Design Electives

Students select two courses from 500 or 600 level coursework offerings (6 cr.).

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