Brenau’s CIDA accredited Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design is awarded with the Master of Interior Design at the end of theprogram. The BFA/MID combination provides an edge over other bachelor only programs, offering students liberal arts, business, and design electives and the option to begin professional practice in their final year of study.
This program defines the need for the combined BFA/MID to advance the profession and align with allied professions such as architecture and business. The final year of study combines MBA and internship coursework along with advanced studio development. Coursework is well rounded in the liberal arts balanced by professional coursework in design. Critical thinking, process, and 3D development are at the core of the curriculum. We also understand that all studio faculty need practice experience and NCIDQ certification to teach you what you need to know.
The BFA/MID interior design program is available at the Gainesville campus weekdays including courses in our Women’s College and as part of our evening & weekend program at the North Atlanta (Norcross) campus. The final graduate year is combined at the Atlanta campus location.
Our Expected Learning Outcomes: (ELOs)
Upon completion of the BFA/MID program students will
ELO 1 Demonstrate evidence of a global perspective and ability to weigh design decisions within the parameters of ecological, socio-economic, and cultural contexts.
ELO 2 Demonstrate ability to apply human factors data and the theories of behavioral science to design solutions.
ELO 3 Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking and the design process to creative problem solving within the interior environment.
ELO 4 Demonstrate ability to produce drawings from ideation through contract documents using a variety of media, techniques and technology.
ELO 5 Demonstrate knowledge of professional ethics and business practices.
ELO 6 Demonstrate knowledge of the history of interiors, architecture and art.
ELO 7 Demonstrate ability to apply the principles and elements of design in two-dimensional and three-dimensional projects.
ELO 8 Demonstrate ability to select and specify furniture, fixtures, equipment and finish materials in interior spaces.
ELO 9 Demonstrate knowledge of building systems and interior construction methods and materials.
ELO 10 Demonstrate ability to apply knowledge of laws, codes, and standards that impact the design of interior spaces.
ELO 11 Demonstrate ability to express ideas clearly in oral and written communication.
Brenau University BFA/MID Student Achievement Data
Job Placement: In the last five years, 75% of the students that graduated were employed in the field of interior design as of May 2014.
Acceptance into Graduate Programs: In the last five years, 100% of the students that graduated and applied to graduate school were accepted.
Graduation Rates: 80% of the (AY 08-09 Cohort) students graduated within 6 years. Information on how this compares with other Brenau University disciplines can be found at http://intranet.brenau.edu/facts/
Retention/Attrition: The (fall-to-fall) retention rate for first-time, full-time entering students is 80%. (The attrition rate is 20%.)