Interior Architecture & Design
The Master of Science program in Interior Architecture & Design at Drexel is an internationally recognized CIDA accredited First Professional MS degree that prepares students of diverse undergraduate backgrounds to become leaders in the field of interior design. Through an integrated studio approach, coursework teaches application of design concepts, technical information and hands-on skills to create a range of public, commercial, residential and institutional spaces. Students learn to transform space to address aesthetic, social, physical and psychological needs. In conjunction with the integrated studio, the program emphasizes independent research culminating in a master's thesis. The MS Interior Architecture & Design program was recently ranked 7th in the nation by Design Intelligence-America's Best Design Schools 2014.
Comprised of 69 graduate credits, most students complete the MS Interior Architecture & Design program in two to three years.
For additional information on scholarships, fellowships and admission requirements, visit Graduate Admissions.
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The MS Interior Architecture & Design program in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design thrives on the diverse graduate students’ educational and life experiences as they engage in a vigorous learning environment through exploration, self-learning and creativity. The program embraces the study of both the process and products of design within the human environment. The conceptualization and implementation of ideas involves aesthetics, function, ethics, technology and the realities of the marketplace. The program also embraces and validates the visual studies that provide the foundation of design knowledge as well as the experiences and approaches of the visual arts.
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The mission of the MS Interior Architecture & Design program is to prepare students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds to enter the field of interior design as skilled designers, creative thinkers, professional leaders and responsible citizens. We seek to cultivate students who acknowledge their responsibilities to the safety and well being of the public and the stewardship of the environment and who can lead a multifaceted profession in an ever-changing world. The curriculum is structured to teach the fundamentals of interior design, to anticipate and reflect change in a continually evolving profession and to encourage the kind of exploration and experimentation that fosters life long learners who will contribute to the profession and the discipline’s body of knowledge.
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Sustainable thinking is considered to be a fundamental responsibility of contemporary design practice. The program promotes and emphasizes sustainable practices as the inherent responsibility of designers and exposes students to a diverse array of sustainable approaches and techniques. These include new and future technologies, material innovations, green building techniques, the worth of sustainable neighborhoods including urban and social sustainability and an understanding of how these relate to the health and well-being of the interior environment and its inhabitants.
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Accreditation is a testament of our commitment to educational quality, continued self-study and academic integrity. The MS Interior Architecture & Design program is accredited by both the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). We are 1 of only 14 masters degree programs accredited by CIDA in the United States and Canada (May 2013).
CIDA sets rigorous educational standards that ensure students from accredited programs are prepared to be well informed, responsible, and skilled interior design professionals. Students graduating from a CIDA accredited program are qualified to sit for the Interior Design Fundamentals Exam, the first of three NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) certification exams.
Founded in 1944, NASAD establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees centered on the knowledge and skills necessary to develop academic and professional competence for various types of art and design disciplines. Accreditation with NASAD requires that we maintain high professional standards in art and design education and demonstrates our broader commitment, not just to the discipline and profession of interior design, but also to the broader education of fine arts.
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Student Statistics | Student Achievement
Degrees awarded in June 2014
BS Interior Design: 33
MS Interior Architecture & Design: 17
Retention and Graduation rate for June 2014 graduates
Undergraduate Interior Design: 92% of the students enrolled as freshman during the spring 2010-11 quarter returned for the Fall 2011-12 quarter
Undergraduate Interior Design: 88% of the returning Fall 2011 sophomores graduated in June 2014
Graduate Interior Architecture & Design: 100% of the students entering the MS program in the summer or fall of 2011 graduated in June 2014
Percentage of 2013 BS Interior Design graduates attending graduate school or employed in design related areas: 87%
Number of Interior Design BS Degrees awarded in 2013: 31
Number accepted to graduate school: 6 (100% acceptance rate)
Number obtaining interior design related employment within 9 months: 21
Number unaccounted for: 4 (these students could not be reached)
Percentage of 2013 MS Interior Architecture & Design graduates attending graduate school or employed in design related areas: 90%
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Number of Interior Architecture & Design MS Degrees awarded in 2013: 30
Number accepted to PhD programs: 1 (100% acceptance rate)
Number obtaining interior design related employment within 9 months: 26
Number unaccounted for: 3 (these students could not be reached)