IINTRODUCTION TO THE PROGRAM
Special this year, UNCG launches the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Interior Architecture, offering students a venue for advanced investigations of the interior environment in close collaboration with faculty mentors. Students pursuing an MFA in Interior Architecture develop their own intellectual interests in design while preparing for careers in teaching, research, or specialized practice. With a long-standing history of community-engaged efforts and environmentally conscious design, the Department of Interior Architecture supports a broad range of student specializations based on current faculty’s area of expertise. This post-professional degree is geared toward students with undergraduate degrees in interior architecture, interior design, or a related field. Students will take eight to nine related content courses, a two-course research methods sequence, at least three graduate-level design studios, and develop a thesis generated from their selected area of focus. For a list of IARc thesis titles, click here.
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, please click here.
The department also offers a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Historic Preservation for professionals who already have a job in the field (and are seeking further training) or people who already have a Master's and want to gain additional skills.
The Master of Science program is in the process of being discontinued. For more information on the Master of Science program, please visit the links below:
Master of Science with Interior Product Design Concentration
Master of Science with Museum Studies Concentration