The M.F.A. in Interior Design’s purpose is to prepare students to teach at the college level and develop evidence-based design skills bridging practice and research. Students explore current issues in the interior design profession and develop skills to effectively communicate these issues to future students. Graduates develop and teach an undergraduate interior design course, form a research topic, prepare a thesis derived from their evidence-based research, and display their final design and teaching portfolios at the MFA/MID Student Exhibition.
Lynn M. Jones notes, “The MFA in Interior Design emphasizes teaching and research. This is not just another glorified undergrad program teaching the basics in a three year grad program, but a terminal degree that encourages incoming students to already have their CIDA accredited first professional degree and design experience. Students are prepared to teach college courses (and are required to do so as part of their coursework) while pursuing evidence based design studies at the graduate level.”
Cross-disciplinary studies allow for coursework in nursing, occupational therapy, gerontology, and business. Students may take elective courses in the human environment track, such as gerontology and universal design, or the environmental track such as historic preservation and sustainable design.
The MFA in interior design is a low residency program. Many of the classes are online, although some may require you to attend a class onsite once or twice a term. Low residency requirements allow for a mobile society to advance the profession while not tied to a physical classroom.
Our Expected Learning Outcomes: (ELOs)
Upon completion of the Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design, students will be able to
ELO 1 Demonstrate knowledge and techniques for evidence-based research and apply to a design.
ELO 2 Research, plan, implement, and assess undergraduate interior design courses.
ELO 3 Demonstrate critical thinking skills as related to design analysis and project solutions.
ELO 4 Demonstrate links between professional practice and design research.
ELO 5 Demonstrate knowledge of critical issues in design education and research.
ELO 6 Exhibit competency in written and oral communication and visual literacy
In order to apply you must:
- Complete the electronic application on our website at: www.brenau.edu/apply;
- Direct any colleges and/or universities you have attended to forward official transcripts to us;
- Provide us with your Design Portfolio (can be presented digitally or in person) – see this document: MFAdmissionschecklist
- Send us a Professional Resume.
Preference will be given to candidates with a/an
- Interior design degree accredited by CIDA
- GPA of 3.0 or better
- Professional work experience
- NCIDQ certification
If you are an international student, we may have additional admissions requirements. Please let Admissions know if you need additional information regarding international applicants. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once we receive all pertinent information, we will begin processing your application.
You can find tuition information in the Brenau University Catalog.
Also, if you are planning to apply for financial aid, it is a very good idea to do so now. You can find more information about filing your FAFSA by going to our financial aid website: Brenau University: Apply for Financial Aid.