First Professional Degree

Program Requirements

The M. Wilhelmina Boldt Interior Design Program offers two programs leading to a Master of Arts in interior design. The first professional degree is for those with a baccalaureate degree not in interior design or architecture. ​Students are subject to graduate student academic policies and procedures as stated in this catalog while taking the undergraduate leveling courses.

Full-time Degree Plan (63 credits total)

  • Full-time students can expect to complete this degree in three years.
  • Part-time students can expect complete this degree in four years.
  • Courses are offered after 3:30pm Monday through Thursday.

Download Full-time and Part-time Degree Plans

YEAR ONE

Fall Semester (9 credits)

  • ID 121 – Freehand Drafting
  • ID 231 – Textiles and Finish Materials
  • ID 600 – User Centered Design Seminar

Spring Semester (9 credits)

  • ID 102 – Foundation Studio I
  • ID 122 – Sketching and Rendering for Ideas
  • VIS 121 – Intro to Digital Tools

Summer Semester (6 credits)

  • ID 204 – Practice Studio I (Residential)
  • ID 223 – Presentation Drawings *See Laptop Requirements
YEAR TWO

Fall Semester (9 credits)

  • ID 532 – Construction and Environmental Systems
  • ID 545 – Graduate Construction Documents *See Laptop Requirements
  • ID 605 – Graduate Practice Studio II (Workplace) *See Laptop Requirements

Spring Semester (9 credits)

  • ID 533 – Illumination Systems
  • ID 551 – History of Architecture and Interiors II
  • ID 606 – Graduate Practice Studio III (Healthcare and Wellness)

Summer Semester (3 credits)

  • ID 550 – History of Architecture and Interiors I
YEAR THREE

Fall Semester (9 credits)

  • ID 534 – Professional Practice
  • ID 607 – Graduate Practice Studio IV (Hospitality)
  • ID 698 – Thesis or Design Research Project I

Spring Semester (9 credits)

  • ID 699 – Thesis or Design Research Project II
  • ID 5xx – ID Program Elective (MA)
  • ID 5xx – ID Program Elective (MA)
Interior Design Graduate Electives

During the course of study, graduate Interior Design students will complete two courses (6 credits) from the following course list:

  • ID 512 – Furniture Design Seminar
  • ID 515 – Advanced Field Study and Rendering
  • ID 522 – Environmental Behavior Seminar
  • ID 527 – Ecological Interior Design
  • ID 528SL – Community Engaged Design
  • ID 536 – Technology for Interior Design Seminar
  • ID 537 – Graduate Professional Development
  • ID 538 – Color, Light, and Human Perception
  • ID 553 – Modern Design and Architecture Seminar
  • ID 554 – Historic Preservation Seminar
  • ID 590 – Practicum

Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions:

JAMES R. SPELMAN

Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
(703) 526-6899
Schedule an appointment with James