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B.F.A. in Interior Design

Interior Architecture—Bachelor of Fine Arts

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Interior Architecture program is to provide an educational foundation that prepares graduates for entry level positions in the Interior Design profession as well as preparing them for leadership positions in management and design.

The goals of the program are to provide human centered learning experiences that enable the individual to solve interior space problems through creative exploration, research, assessment, and understanding of the psychological, sociological, and economic needs of those individuals for whom the project is being designed.

The program engages a knowledge base that includes: design fundamentals, design analysis, programming, space planning, materials applications, lighting design, sustainability and environmental impact, technical information (e.g. building codes and written specifications), the integration of digital technology for both exploration and presentation of ideas, and an understanding of the role of aesthetics in design and related disciplines.

What you'll learn

Through this program, you will learn how architectural elements interact and synthesize to meet physical, psychological, social, and intellectual needs of people in a variety of settings.

If you are sensitive to the use of materials and details in a built environment, are attentive to color, enjoy drawing, constructing, and organizing objects and spaces, this program may provide a challenging and fulfilling career choice.

Career opportunities

For more than 30 years, the Interior Architecture program has been preparing graduates for successful careers in residential and non-residential design, as well as in lighting, visual display, sales, and showroom management.

Interior Architecture Program Student Achievement Data 2016-2019 PDF

Admission

Applicants must meet general University admission guidelines to enroll in any School of Art + Design program. Additionally, a portfolio review is required for admission consideration for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Interior Architecture, as well as for talent-based scholarship consideration and transfer admission.

Students planning to apply to a BFA program can learn more about the portfolio requirements and submission via our Portfolio FAQ page.

Portfolio FAQ page

Technology Requirements PDF

Interior Architecture Facilities

The Interior Architecture program facilities are located in Grover Center and Seigfred Hall. Grover Center houses the program's two dedicated studio spaces, faculty offices, resource library, and one additional active learning classroom.The studio spaces provide dedicated workstations for each Interior Architecture major, critique and presentation spaces, program computers, hand tools, a refrigerator, and a microwave.

The Interior Architecture facilities support student success by being available to students 24-7-365, (Each student has an individual PIN that allows access to program studios) by providing dedicated workstations for every student, and by functioning as a social as well as academic community.

The program facilities provide the setting in which faculty and students engage in the design explorations that are at the core of the program mission.

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Interior Architecture faculty

The Interior Architecture program faculty are qualified experienced professional designers and dedicated design educators. Program courses present ideas, issues, and information central to the contemporary practice of interior design. If you’d like more information about the Interior Architecture program, contact Professor Matthew Ziff.

Matthew Ziff
Associate Professor of Interior Architecture
ziff@ohio.edu
(740) 593-2869

Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Ohio University’s Interior Architecture program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.

 
This CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree granted by the School of Art+Design, in the College of Fine Arts, of Ohio University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). 
 
For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements

Survey of Interior Architecture Program Graduates

The Interior Architecture program administers an annual survey of its graduates as part of ongoing assessment of the program and in an effort to collect profession-related statistics from graduates of the program.

Data collected includes information on employment, pay, continuing education, professional registration and certification, and other profession-practice related topics.

Graduates interested in taking part in the 2020 survey can do so by using this link:

Graduate Survey