Awards & Achievement

Interior Design in the News

Interior Design student at Marymount selected in Metropolis Future 100 List

(April 7, 2021)
Nicolas Swaner, a graduate student in Marymount University’s master’s program in Interior Design, has been included in Metropolis Magazine’s Future 100 List of the most talented students from the Class of 2021 in the best interior design and architecture schools in the United States and Canada. Read more

At Design-athon 2020, students tackle interior design challenges that face neurodivergent employees in the workplace

(February 25, 2020)
Diversity is an issue that is championed by Marymount University’s students, faculty and staff. The campus is consistently recognized for its welcoming and inclusive environment, with a solid representation of various backgrounds, races and nationalities.

Marymount students took first, second, and third place at the COACH and WindowsWear design competition.

(February 24, 2020)
In December 2019, COACH and WindowsWear announced their collaboration in a student competition for the holidays. The theme? Holiday 2030. Students were encouraged to visualize a fashion-forward campaign for COACH, fast-forward to ten years from now. Their creativity and designs were left up to their own imaginations.

Uncovering Catalonian History Through Architecture

(February 19, 2020)
Talia and Emma are senior Interior Design students who have been studying at Marymount University for the past 4 years. They had the exciting opportunity of going on a global classroom trip together to Barcelona to study historic preservation. This blog is a collaboration designed to describe what made the trip so special to them, both visually and in writing.

Marymount Professor and Alumni Speak on ASID panel

(April 17, 2017)
Marymount University was well-represented at a recent American Society of Interior Designers panel discussion, with three alumni and Interior Design Department Chair Douglas Seidler talking about the connection between education and the industry, issues surrounding mentorships, and how the needs of emerging professionals may be shifting.


Marymount Graduate ID Students reflect on Real-World Research Experience

(Feb 3, 2017)
ASID ICON – Marymount Interior Design graduate students share their perspectives on learning about the WELL Certification during their class visit to ASID Headquarters this past fall.

Interior Design Professor Honored with CIDA Merit Award

(Feb 2017)
Moira Gannon Denson and Stephanie McGoldrick received a merit award for their joint entry, “Universal Design-athons at Marymount University and Mount Ida College,” where they teach, respectively.

ID Student’s Poster Presentation on Display at Conference

(Mar 21, 2016)Awards & Achievement

Joanna Chenaille, a Marymount University junior from Vacaville, California, had a poster presentation on
display at the Passport to Universal Design-athon at Mount Ida College on March 18-19.

Awards & Achievement

Mariotti a Finalist in Design Competition

(Mar 17, 2016)
Marymount University graduate student Gabrielle Mariotti was one of seven finalists in the 2016 Bienenstock Interior Design Competition for her work on a day spa specializing in treatment for multiple sclerosis patients.

Marymount ID Student Wins 3rd Place in PAVE’s 21st Annual Student Competition

(Nov 02, 2015)
The Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) is announced Arjun Kainth as 3rd place winners of the 2015 PAVE Student Design Competition sponsored by Kroger. This annual competition is geared toward college-level students involved in retail planning, visual merchandising, and branding programs.

Marymount ID Students Help Create Urban Farm

(Oct 07, 2015)
Awards & AchievementStudents and faculty members from Marymount University’s Interior Design program spent a recent Saturday with their sleeves rolled up, working with hundreds of other volunteers to turn an underused plot of inner city land into what’s now being called the largest urban farm in Washington, D.C.

Marymount Professor Honored for Contributions Through Interior Design

(Oct 29, 2015)
Awards & AchievementMoira Gannon Denson was recently honored by the DC Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers for her “significant contributions toward improving the quality of the human environment through interior design activities.”

Marymount Student Honored in Interior Design Competition

(Jan 26, 2015)
Awards & Achievement“The idea was to do something unconventional,” said Heather Furman, a senior from Gaithersburg, Maryland, who incorporated four cubed rooms with angled beams and furniture designed for active seating, along with a variety of media, from white boards to digital technology.

Marymount ID Student Achievement

Job Placement Rates

2014-15 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
BA Interior Design 94% 83% 83% 80%
MA Interior Design (1st Prof) 100% 100% 90% 93%

This data includes students actively seeking interior design related jobs and responsive to our requests for information.

  • One graduate student from 2014-15 could not be reached.
  • Eight undergraduate students from 2014-15 could not be reached.
  • Three undergraduate students from 2015-16 could not be reached.
  • All graduate students from 2016-17 are included in this report.
  • In 2017-18, two undergraduate students and three graduate students could not be reached.
  • In 2018-19, five undergraduate students and three graduate students could not be reached.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs

2014-15 2015-16 2017-18 2018-19
BA Interior Design 1 (100%) 1 (100%) 2 (100%) – (100%)
MA Interior Design (1st Prof)


Places of Employment

Marymount’s Interior Design alumni are currently employed at 4 of the 5 of the top interior design firms in the country. Many of these firms have offices in the Metro DC area. Below is a sampling of companies that have hired our graduates.

note: 2018 rankings provided by Interior Design Magazine

Four Year Graduation Rates

FA15 FA16 FA17
BA Interior Design (Freshman) 77.8% 53.8% 30.8%
BA Interior Design (Transfer) 82.4% 57.1% 69.2%
MA Interior Design (First-Prof.) 62.5% 72% 50%
MA Interior Design (Post-Prof.) 100% N/A 50%
  • BA in Interior Design cohorts are comprised of students that declared interior design as their major when entering Marymount University.


Student Retention

2016-15 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
BA Interior Design (Freshman) 89% 54% 82% 57%
BA Interior Design (Transfer) 89% 100% 91% 54%
MA Interior Design 84% 65% 83% 79%
  • Student retention for the BA in Interior Design reports freshman to sophomore retention for declared majors. Transfer retention rates report first year to second year retention data for declared majors.
  • Student retention for the MA in Interior Design reports first year to second year retention data for declared majors.