Develop advanced expertise in design research, analysis, design, and construction of complex interior environments.
The Master of Arts in Interior Architecture provides a thorough knowledge base, in both theory and practice, for current design professionals. Courses focus on developing ability, knowledge, and applicability to global design issues, human behavior, occupant comfort, and contribution to the built environment. The 37-credit program prepares you to assume an advanced role within a professional design firm or as an independent entrepreneur.
You will select an area of concentration: commercial and institutional, healthcare, residential, or sustainable interior environments, each of which 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, you will advance your skill set in aspects of design research, theory, and technology applied to professional practice.
The Master of Arts in Interior Architecture program model integrates theory and practice through required coursework in interior design firm management and graduate student forums reinforcing Endicott's mission of experiential learning.
Program of Study
*Students select a Studio Option (505A and 510A) or Global Studio Option (505B and 510B) and an area of concentration from the following concentration options: IAC Commercial and Institutional, IAH Healthcare, IAR Residential, or IAS Sustainability.
Note: Thesis Topic is sourced from the area of concentration.
Students may substitute Design Firm Management with an Education Practicum.
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
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 History Elective (500 level) - 3 cr.
Interior Architecture Elective (500 level) - 3 cr.IA 501 - Interior Architecture Precedent Studio IIA 502 - Design DynamicsIA 511 - Forum IIA 512 - Forum IIIA 517 - Theory, Criticism, and MethodologyIA 530 - Psychology of PlaceIA 575 - Interior Design Firm ManagementIA 588 - Master's Thesis I: SeminarIA 589 - Master's Thesis II: Written DefenseIA 590 - Master's Thesis III: Scholarly Defense
Interior Architecture Electives
Students select two courses from 500 or 600 level coursework offerings.
*Course satisfies Concentration Option ElectiveIA 506 - Emerging Materials and Systems*IA 507 - Art and Science of Interior Lighting*IA 520 - Advanced Electronic MediaIA 535 - Literature and Theory in Sustainable DesignIA 545 - Universal Design for the Built Environment*IA 617 - Contemporary Architectural Icons
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 an area of concentration from the following concentration options (19 credits, including the seven-credit thesis 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 EnvironmentsIAR 505A/510A - Residential Interior Environments IIAR 505B/510B - Residential Interior Environments IIIAR XXX - Residential Interior Architecture Elective
Sustainable Interior EnvironmentsIAS 505A/510A - Sustainable Interior Environments IIAS 505B/510B - Sustainable Interior Environments IIIAS XXX - Sustainable Interior Architecture Elective
Total Degree Requirements - 37 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.