Interior Architecture, M.F.A.
The MFA program in Interior Architecture requires 60 semester hours and is a post-professional degree program intended to provide opportunities for students to achieve a high level of excellence in the design of architectural interiors, to develop specialization in fields of study that match with current IAR faculty’s area of research, and to complete their graduate work with a terminal degree. The design studio is taken with courses in design and research methods, courses that expand the base of knowledge relating to both user needs and environments that serve those needs, seminars devoted to pertinent issues of environmental design, and internship or supervised professional practice. Special attention may be directed toward design for special populations, digital design and simulation, community formation and transformation, architectural conservation, design graphics, design research in professional practice, ecological design, environmental ethics and socio-spatial justice, evidence-based design, feminist design theory and pedagogy, furniture design and production, historic preservation theory and practice, industrial manufacturing and digital fabrication, interdisciplinary study, interior product design, lighting design, material culture, place theory, and sustainability. For curricular sequence based on current IAR faculty’s area of research, prospective students are advised to contact the Department.
Admission to Candidacy
Students will need to be formally admitted to candidacy for the MFA degree. Students must have successfully completed two semesters of full-time graduate work, possess a B (3.0) average in all courses taken during the first two semesters, and have an overall grade record consistent with the regulations stated in The Graduate School Bulletin. In addition, the application to candidacy must be approved by IAR graduate faculty. The faculty will meet with students to review work and sign candidacy forms early in the fall semester of the second year of graduate work. Students are limited to two candidacy reviews. If a student is not admitted to candidacy during the first review, the review team will issue written recommendations for further studies. The second review will take place within a year of the first. Failure to pass candidacy for the second time will prohibit the student from continuing in the program.
For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.
In addition to the application materials required by The Graduate School, applicants must submit the following items directly to the department:
- One to two page personal statement including the reason for applying to the MFA program in Interior Architecture at UNCG, how it relates to the candidate's career goals, and what s/he may want to specialize in and why, if admitted.
- Portfolio of design work: Representative examples of design work including short written descriptions of the projects to provide an overview of the candidate’s design skills and design experience. Examples of 2-D or 3-D art work could be included, if applicable.
- Selected candidates would be invited for a personal interview face-to-face or online after all the documents for admission are submitted.
An undergraduate professional degree in interior design or interior architecture is preferred. Candidates who do not hold a professional undergraduate degree in interior design or interior architecture but are graduates of a related environmental design program, such as architecture, industrial design, etc., may be required to complete specific undergraduate prerequisite courses in interior architecture as a part of their graduate studies. Such decisions would be based upon an individual evaluation of credentials, portfolio, and design experience.
Degree Program Requirements
Required: 60 credit hours
|Required Studio Courses||18|
|Advanced Interior Architecture I|
|Advanced Interior Architecture II|
|Advanced Interior Architecture III|
|Required Core Courses||6|
|Environmental Design Research|
|Seminar in Interior Architecture|
|Thesis (Capstone Experience)||6|
|Electives in Area of Specialization||27-33|
|Select a minimum of 27 hours of the following:|
|Problems in Interior Architecture|
|Architectural Lighting Design|
|History of Decorative Arts|
|Evolution of Furniture|
|Contemporary Trends in Interior Product Design|
|Historic Preservation: Principles and Practice|
|History Museum Curatorship: Collections Management|
|History and Theories of Material Culture|
|Field Methods in Preservation Technology|
|Advanced Computer-Aided Design and Research Seminar|
|Materials and Methodologies Seminar|
|Directed Self-Study in Interior Architecture|
|History of American Landscapes and Architecture|
|Preservation Planning and Law|
|The Practice of Public History|
|Museum and Historic Site Interpretation: Principles and Practice|
|Identification and Evaluation of the Historic Built Environment|
|Problems in Interior Architecture|
|Select a minimum of 3 hours from the following:|
|Supervised Professional Experience|
Thesis (Capstone Experience)
The student will complete a 6-hour thesis and will participate in a public discussion of the thesis with other students and faculty members. The student's thesis committee will be responsible for reviewing and approving successful completion of the thesis. Credit may be divided over two or more semesters. Students can opt to defend their thesis in the spring or summer semester of their second year or fall semester of third year.
Electives in Area of Specialization
With prior approval by the Director of Graduate Study or the student's thesis chair, a student will select a minimum of 27 hours in this area from any of the IAR courses listed or from other 500 and 600 level courses taught in related areas in other departments.
With prior approval by the student's thesis chair and the Director of Graduate Study, a student will select a minimum of 3 hours in this area. Both courses can be taken twice for credit.
Accelerated B.F.A to M.F.A.
Qualified undergraduate IARc majors may apply for admission at the end of the fall semester of the 3rd year in the BFA program in Interior Architecture. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in the BFA program is required. Additionally, standard application requirements for the MFA in Interior Architecture include undergraduate transcripts, GRE scores, portfolio review, TOEFL scores for international students, recommendations, a personal statement and a personal interview (optional).
All applicants should submit the admission application form to The Graduate School and to the Department of Interior Architecture simultaneously.
BFA to MFA Courses
Courses to be counted for the MFA program must receive prior approval of the IARc Director of Graduate Study. Admitted students may apply a maximum of 19 credits of graduate level coursework toward completion of both the BFA and MFA, provided a grade of "B" or better is earned in each graduate course and that graduate level requirements are fulfilled.
The MFA degree requires 60 credits of graduate-level coursework, and the BFA, 127 credits. Assuming 19 credits is double-counted for both degrees, students would need to complete an additional 41 credits of graduate courses to complete the MFA degree. Refer to the Graduate Bulletin for a full description of MFA degree requirements.
The following courses (19 credits) may be counted toward both the BFA and MFA degrees:
|IAR 501||Advanced Interior Architecture I||6|
|IAR 600||Supervised Professional Experience||1-4|
|IAR 631||Environmental Design Research||3|
|IAR 645||Seminar in Interior Architecture||3|
|IAR Elective at 500 level||3|
Substitutes for the above courses require permission of the IARc Director of Graduate Study.