Develop advanced expertise in design, architectural research, analysis, construction of complex interior environments including coursework in design education.
The First Professional degree program is for aspiring designers with an undergraduate degree in a field other than interior design or architecture.
The Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture (MFA in I.A.) is a 108-credit program designed for those seeking advanced expertise in design research, analysis, design, and construction of complex interior environments. The program's intent is to create interior architecture specialists who select from an area of concentration: commercial and institutional, healthcare, residential, or sustainable interior environments.
The challenging curriculum is unique, as it prepares you to enter professional interior design practice or interior design education at an advanced level. The program develops student expertise 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 professional practice and internships for practice-focused students and in educational practicums and simulated teaching assignments for future design educators. The curriculum reinforces Endicott's mission of experiential learning.
Program of Study
*Students select a Studio Option (505A and 505B) or Global Studio Option (510A and 510B) and an area of concentration from the following concentration options: IAC Commercial and Institutional, IAH Healthcare, IAR Residential or IDS Sustainability.
Note: Dissertation topic is sourced from the area of concentration.
Students may substitute Design Firm Management with an Education Practicum.
Upon completion of this 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
IAx 505A* ID Studio Concentration Option or IAx 510A* Global Studio Concentration Option (Western) - 4 cr.
IAx 505B* ID Studio Concentration Option or IAx 510B* Global Studio Concentration Option (Non-Western) - 4 cr.
ID Technology Elective (500 level) - 3 cr.
Interior Architecture Elective - 3 cr.
Interior Architecture History Elective (600 level) - 3 cr.
Interior Architecture Elective (600 level) - 3 cr.ART 510 - Visual Arts & Cultural HistoryART 520 - Drawing & CompositionART 530 - Foundations of DesignART 540 - Architecture and Interior Design HistoryIA 501 - Interior Architecture Precedent Studio IIA 502 - Design DynamicsIA 506 - Emerging Materials and SystemsIA 507 - Art and Science of Interior LightingIA 511 - Forum IIA 512 - Forum IIIA 517 - Theory, Criticism, and MethodologyIA 530 - Psychology of PlaceIA 580 - Educational Practicum IIA 611 - Forum IIIIA 612 - Forum IVIA 630 - Special Topics StudioIA 680 - Educational Practicum IIIA 681 - Educational Practicum IIIIA 688 - Master's Dissertation I: SeminarIA 689 - Master's Dissertation II: Written DefenseIA 690 - Master's Dissertation III: Visual DefenseIDI 510 - Interior Environments Studio IIDI 515 - Interior Environments Studio IIIDI 526 - Media I: Architectural DraftingIDI 531 - Media II: Electronic MediaIDI 535 - Materials and SpecificationIDI 537 - Lighting Interior EnvironmentsIDI 540 - Media III: Advanced Construction Documents & RenderingIDI 542 - Building Systems & Integrated DesignIDI 545 - Design PortfolioIDI 547 - Design Research SeminarIDI 551 - Regulations and GuidelinesIDI 552 - Contract DocumentIDI 555 - Professional PracticeIDI 560 - InternshipIDI 570 - Capstone Studio
Interior Architecture Electives
Students select two courses from 500 or 600 level coursework offerings
*Course satisfies Concentration Option ElectiveIA 520 - Advanced Electronic MediaIA 545 - Universal Design for the Built Environment*IA 535 - Literature and Theory in Sustainable Design
Interior Architecture History ElectivesIA 519 - Modern Furniture ClassicsIA 518 - Scandinavian Architecture and Interior ArchitectureIA 610 - Domesticity and Identity in the Built EnvironmentIA 617 - Contemporary Architectural Icons
Technology ElectivesIA 506 - Emerging Materials and SystemsIA 507 - Art and Science of Interior LightingIA 520 - Advanced Electronic MediaIA 545 - Universal Design for the Built Environment
Students select their area of concentration courses from the following Concentration Options (including the 18 credit Dissertation sequence in the concentration):
Commercial/Institutional Interior EnvironmentsIAC 505A/510A - Commercial/Institutional Interior Environments IIAC 505B/510B - Commercial/Institutional Interior Environments IIIAC XXX - Commercial Interior Architecture Elective
Healthcare Interior EnvironmentsIAH 505A/510A - Healthcare Interior Environments IIAH 505B/510B - Healthcare Interior Environments IIIAH XXX - Healthcare Interior Architecture Elective
Residential Interior EnviromentsIAR 505A/510A - Residential Interior Environments IIAR 505B/510B - Residential Interior Environments IIIAR XXX - Residential Interior Architecture Elective
Sustainable Interior EnviromentsIAS 505A/510A - Sustainable Interior Environments IIAS 505B/510B - Sustainable Interior Environments IIIAS XXX - Sustainable Interior Architecture Elective
Total Degree Requirements - 108 credits
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Internships and Careers
An education from the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Endicott College means you'll have access to premiere career resources—long after you graduate.
Whether you're finishing your undergraduate study, adding new credentials, or working toward a new career path, you'll find resources through our Internship and Career Center to help you get where you want to go. From career advising to resume support, we're here to prepare you for your next step.
- ARC (Architectural Resources Cambridge)
- SMMA (Symmes, Maini, + McKee Associates)
- Steffian Bradley Architects
- Dyer Brown Architects
- LWA (Leers Weinzapfel Associates)
The Interior Architecture programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Flexible Class Schedules
Programs are designed for both full-time and part-time students.