MS Interior Architecture & Design students come to the program with undergraduate degrees in a wide variety of fields. With more than 90% of the applicants having backgrounds in a non-design related field and on average 10% being international students, the graduate student body brings rich and diverse life and cultural experiences to the Department and the College. Open mindedness and the desire and commitment to acquire knowledge through various avenues ensure that all students enrich the exchange of ideas and professional development.
Our programs are housed in the new URBN Center, a state-of-the-art design and arts facility on Drexel's campus. The URBN Center officially opened in September 2012. A hub for creative minds to gather, share ideas and work together to bring those ideas from the mind to the page and into the world of tomorrow, Interiors students enjoy dedicated space for their work and a new hybrid making lab. With the intention of sharing the URBN Center with the professional and research community, students enjoy newfound collaboration with industry professionals in addition to other Drexel schools and colleges. A wide-range of resources is available to our students, including interior design studios, the interior design resource library, and high-tech production and computer laboratories.
City of Philadelphia
The resources of Philadelphia, one of the nation's major art and design centers, further enhance the program. Easy access to Center City Philadelphia encourages exploration of the city's 300-year-old architectural and design heritage that literally spans the history of America from colonial times to the present. The urban setting places students in contact with a vast array of resources for the study of design. Within the Philadelphia region, the collective resources of cultural venues, art museums, art galleries, design exhibits, showrooms and other academic institutions combine to form a large and diverse cultural center.
Interior Design graduates are employed by a wide range of employers including interior design firms; multi-disciplinary firms, interior designers and engineers; in facilities management organizations; as manufacturer's representatives in the furniture and textile industries and in government agencies.
Alumni of the MS Interior Architecture & Design program are principles of their own firms, project managers at major architectural and design firms, facilities managers and design coordinators. A majority of students receive employment offers from prestigious firms before graduation and many hold managerial positions within five years. Graduates have been employed in prominent firms such as Rockwell Group, Daroff Design, KlingStubbins, Blackney-Hayes, Deborah Blair, Partridge Architects, Gensler, Perkins + Will, SOM, Loews Hotels and Leo Daly.
- American Society of Interior Designers (ASID): www.asid.org
- The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA): www.ncidq.org
- Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC): www.idec.org
- International Facility Management Association (IFMA): www.ifma.org
- International Interior Designers Association (IIDA): www.iida.org
- DVGBC (Delaware Valley Green Building Council): www.dvgbc.org
- IDLCPA (Interior Design Licensing Coalition of PA): www.idlcpa.org
- The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI): www.ifiworld.org