The Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture (M.F.A. in I.A.) is 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 challenging curriculum is unique as it prepares students to enter professional Interior Design practice or Interior Architecture 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.
The program model integrates theory and practice through required courses in Interior Architecture studios and in Educational Practicum’s reinforcing the primary College mission of concurrent learning.
The students select the special area of concentration, Commercial and Institutional, Healthcare, Residential or Sustainability.
First Professional Degree (108 credits)
Post Professional Degree (64 credits)
• 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 Fine Arts in Interior Architecture 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” 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 concentration is 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 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
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.