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B.F.A. in Interior Architecture—OHIO Online

B.F.A. in Interior Architecture—OHIO Online

A Flexible Way to Earn Your BFA Degree

Options for where and how we learn are evolving. Harnessing technology and leveraging the idea of the virtual studio, the BFA in Interior Architecture - OHIO Online responds to the realities of 21st century professional practice and prepares graduates for careers in interior design which are increasingly international in their reach and honors the tradition that design draws inspiration from ideas and materials that originate from around the globe.

Whatever your reasons, whether you are a working adult seeking to change careers or a high school student who thrives in the virtual classroom setting, OHIO Online is an alternative to the traditional, campus-based experience. Offered fully online, this enrollment option is:

Flexible: students can choose to enroll full or part-time with classes starting three times a year, Fall, Spring, and Summer.

Accelerated: students can choose the pace of their study, graduating sooner by enrolling in a full schedule of summer courses

Intense: most classes are offered in 7-week sessions. Students take fewer classes at a time but should be prepared for a more intense experience.

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID):
The Impact of Design

The Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ):
What does an interior designer do?

Interior Architecture Alumni Testimonial

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 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.

As part of the program of study, students complete a qualifying internship experience, connecting their learning and experiences in the classroom to the professional practice of design.

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 (office design, healthcare design, retail design, restaurant design, hotel design, etc.) as well as in lighting, visual display, sales, and showroom management.


Applicants must meet general University admission guidelines to enroll. Additionally, a portfolio review is required for admission consideration for the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Interior Architecture – OHIO Online program. Students planning to apply to the BFA in Interior Architecture - OHIO Online program can learn more about the portfolio requirements and submission via our Portfolio FAQ page.


Degree Accreditation

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

The 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 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

As a new enrollment option beginning in the Fall of 2020, the same curriculum will be offered virtually through Ohio University’s OHIO Online platform. The online delivery is not currently CIDA-accredited.  

Interior Architecture OHIO Online 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 OHIO Online program, contact Daniel Harper.

Daniel Harper
Area Chair, Interior Architecture - OHIO Online
Assistant Professor of Interior Architecture
(740) 566-6417

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently asked questions about the online BFA Interior Architecture degree at Ohio University.