Interior Architecture, M.F.A


This program is no longer accepting new students. Please explore UNCG’s other academic programs.

Join a community of designers who value sustainable design that promotes social, psychological, and ecological well-being. The master of fine arts (MFA) in Interior Architecture allows students to develop expertise in a specialized aspect of design through a combination of design studios, academic coursework, professional experience, and research activities – all culminating in a cohesive body of work that demonstrates that expertise.

This program offers particular strengths in historic preservation, interior product design, community-engaged design, and human-environment relationships.


  • The MFA program supports a broad range of student interests anchored in our values of sustainable design for social, psychological, and ecological well-being. 
  • It has particular strengths in historic preservation, interior product design, community-engaged design, acoustics, and human-environment relationships. 


  • The program offers distinctly strong student-faculty relationships, where students work closely with award-winning faculty members to gain expertise.
  • Students have the option to obtain a 15-hour post-baccalaureate certificate in historic preservation that may be earned in tandem with the MFA or pursued as a stand-alone certificate.
  • Students are given dedicated workspaces for their use.
  • Students have access to state-of-the-art equipment and software, including computer-aided making (CAM) facilities for digital prototyping, a fully equipped woodshop for working with materials, and a computer lab with the latest design software.  
  • Students have ample opportunities to experience interior design in real-life settings. Experiential learning is embedded throughout the course of study.


The MFA in Interior Architecture positions you to:

  • Pursue careers in residential and commercial design practice, interior product design, facilities management, retail sales, teaching, and research.
  • Develop a specialized professional practice with a focus in areas such as furniture design, lighting design, public interest design, sustainability, and wellness design.
  • Specialize in building and urban conservation through the post-baccalaureate certificate in historic preservation.
  • Pursue an academic career – teaching and research – anchored on earning the discipline’s terminal degree.

APPLY TO Interior Architecture 

In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, the following items are critical for admission to the MFA in Interior Architecture program:

  • A statement of interest.
  • Design portfolio.
  • Acceptable GRE Scores.

Program Details

Degree Type: Master's

College/School: College of Arts and Sciences

Program Type: Majors & Concentrations

Class Type: In Person

Contact Us

Travis Hicks
Graduate Program Director
Department of Interior Architecture