The only program in the nation’s capital that is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, the MFA in Interior Architecture gives students access to urban resources, the top architecture and interior design firms in DC, and a studio-oriented curriculum that creates innovative, design thinkers.
Through the studio-based core curriculum of 60 required credits, students learn about habitable environments ranging from small interiors to larger, more complex commercial and institutional spaces. With projects focused on current design issues as well as lectures and critiques from distinguished professionals, the IAD program is a carefully sequenced series of courses building on theoretical, technical, and creative challenges and experiences.
Prerequisite: A bachelor’s degree in a field other than interior design, including a minimum of 30 credit hours of liberal arts and sciences courses. A portfolio consisting of examples of relevant work is to be submitted with the application to the program.
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Requirements: 60 credits including:
- IAD 6200 Studio I
- IAD 6205 Interior Materials
- IAD 6210 Sketching Architecture and Interiors
- IAD 6300 Studio 2
- IAD 6305 Graphic Communications
- IAD 6310 Digital Drafting & Modeling
- IAD 6400 Studio 3
- IAD 6405 History of Modern Architecture and Design
- IAD 6410 Sustainability/LEED: Arch&Des
- IAD 6500 Studio 4
- IAD 6505 Lighting & Acoustics
- IAD 6510 Pre-Design for Studio 5
- IAD 6600 Studio 5
About the School
At GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, research thrives, critical thinking is endemic, collaboration is constant, and real world training go hand-in-hand with learning.