Master of Fine Arts – Interior Design

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 the Chair of the Interior Design Department 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.”

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 being tied to a physical classroom.

Please see our Complete Program Plan for required classes.


Upon completion of the Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design, students will be able to

Demonstrate knowledge and techniques for evidence-based research and apply to a design.

Research, plan, implement, and assess undergraduate interior design courses.

Demonstrate critical thinking skills as related to design analysis and project solutions.

Demonstrate links between professional practice and design research.

Demonstrate knowledge of critical issues in design education and research.

Exhibit competency in written and oral communication and visual literacy


In order to apply you must:

1.  Complete the electronic application on our website at:

2.  Direct any colleges and/or universities you have attended to forward official transcripts to us

3.  Provide us with your Design Portfolio (can be presented digitally or in person) – see MFAdmissionschecklist

4.  Send us a Professional Resume

Preference will be given to candidates with a/an:

1. Interior design degree accredited by CIDA

2. GPA of 3.0 or better

3. Professional work experience

4. 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:

Once we receive all pertinent information, we will begin processing your application.

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.


General inquiries:, +1-770-534-6299 or +1-800-252-5119 | Admissions:, +1-770-534-6100 or +1-800-252-5119 ext. 6100