Interior Design

Available in North Atlanta and Gainesville

The Bachelor of Fine Arts/Master of Interior Design Program is a high-quality, dual-degree program that combines the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

This combination gives our graduates an edge in the working world and as they build their careers in design. The combined degree program is recognized by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

American Red Cross sketch for Interior Design by Lauren Hagin

Students who complete this degree will:

  • Possess a global perspective, allowing them to weigh design decisions within the parameters of ecological, socio-economic and cultural contexts.
  • Use critical thinking and design to creatively solve problems within the interior environment.
  • Produce drawings using a variety of media, techniques and technology.
  • Be able to select and specify furniture, fixtures, equipment and finish materials in interior spaces.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of building systems, interior construction methods and materials, as well as professional ethics and best business practices.
  • Develop knowledge of the history of interiors, architecture and art.

Career opportunities for graduates include:

  • Exciting careers in commercial design, healthcare design, hospitality design, residential design and more.
  • Robust careers in other design fields, including set design, facilities management, space planning and more.

What makes the B.F.A./M.I.D. different?

  • We have a combined B.F.A./M.I.D. This combination provides an edge over other bachelor-only degree programs, offering students liberal arts, business and design electives, plus the option to begin professional practice in their final year of study.
  • The B.F.A./M.I.D. program offers a flexible schedule, including day, evening and weekend formats. Whether students have family obligations or full-time jobs, the student-centered environment at Brenau helps anyone complete their degree.
  • Our studios are small, ensuring ideal student-faculty dynamics in the classroom, and are all taught by NCIDQ professionals, or those qualified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification.
  • The program is offered in the Undergraduate College and Women’s College on the main Gainesville campus or in an evening and weekend format in North Atlanta. Some courses may require travel to Atlanta or other campus locations.

Brenau University BFA/MID Student Achievement Data

  • Job Placement: In the last four years, 84.2% of the students that graduated were employed in the field of interior design as of August 2016. In addition, 5.3% of continued on to graduate school.
  • Acceptance into Graduate Programs: In the last five years, 100% of the students that graduated and applied to graduate school were accepted
  • Graduation Rates: 71.4% of the (AY 08-09 Cohort) students graduated within 7 years of the 5 year combined BFA/MID program. Information on how this compares with other Brenau University disciplines can be found at
  • Retention/Attrition: The (fall-to-fall) retention rate for first-time, full-time entering students is 72.5%. (The attrition rate is 27.5%.)
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