Bachelor of Interior Architecture/Design, B.I.A.

While the architect typically focuses on building form and external profiles, relationships between buildings and landscape, and interior spatial organization and sequence, the interior architect/designer typically focuses on the interior spaces of buildings. Interior architects create the specific character of spaces for human use and enjoyment. As professionals, they must therefore understand the important role of materials, colors, textures, and light in the creation of interior spaces that respond to the physical, social, psychological, and cultural needs of building users. Working with scales that range from that of the object (furniture and light fixtures) to that of the complex whole (ordering systems and spatial sequence), interior architects require a knowledge of the experiential, the tectonic, the technical, and the theoretical.

The commonalities between the disciplines of architecture and interior architecture provides the context for students in Marywood’s architecture and interior architecture program to share professional core courses during the first two years of study, including the foundation design studios and digital media and the history of architecture courses.

B.I.A. (Four-year Degree) Program Requirements

First-year curriculum: 29 credits

ARCH 110Foundation Design I

4

ARCH 112Introduction to the Designed Environment?And Design Thinking

3

IARC 324History of Interior Architecture

3

ENGL 160Composition and Rhetoric

3

Total Credit Hours:13

Spring 1

ARCH 120Foundation Design II

4

ARCH 124Digital Media I

3

IARC 110ADesign Drawing and Color

3

ENGL 180Introduction to World Literature

3

RST 112Modern Belief

3

Total Credit Hours:16

Second-year curriculum: 36 credits

Fall 2

ARCH 210Design Studio III

6

ARCH 214Digital Media II

3

IARC 415Lighting Fundamentals

3

ARCH 215Transition Studio II

6

PHIL 113Introduction to Philosophy

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Spring 2

IARC 220A

6

ARCH 225History and Theory of Architecture III

3

ENGL XXXEnglish-above-300

3

 

SOC XXXSocial Science Elective

3

Or

PSYC XXXSocial Science Elective

3

 

GE XXXGeneral Elective

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Third-year curriculum: 36 credits

Fall 3

IARC 310AInterior Architecture Studio V

6

IARC 313Building Structures and Systems

3

LANG XXXForeign language I

3

MATH XXXMathematics

3

HIST XXXHistory Elective

3

Total Credit Hours:18

HIST XXX: Global if Global Requirement has not been fulfilled previously

Spring 3

IARC 320AInterior Architecture Studio VI

6

IARC 322AMaterials and Methods

3

LANG XXXForeign language I

3

 

IARC XXXProgram Elective

3

Or

ARCH XXXProgram Elective

3

 

SCIENCE Science Elective

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Fourth-year curriculum: 30 credits

Fall 4

IARC 410AInterior Architecture Studio VII

6

PHIL XXXPhilosophy above 200

3

RST XXXReligious Studies

3

 

IARC XXXProgram Elective

3

Or

ARCH XXXProgram Elective

3

Total Credit Hours:15

Spring 4

IARC 420AInterior Architecture Studio VIII

5

ARCH 462Professional Practice

3

ART 218Art in the Modern Era

3

HIST XXXHistory Elective

3

DEAN 075Degree Candidacy

0

Total Credit Hours:15

Total Credit Hours: 132