BFA Interior Architecture & Design

Corcoran Interior Architecture and Design BFA

* For Fall 2016 enrollments, prospective undergraduate students should use the Common Application, apply to GW through the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and select Interior Architecture & Design as their major. Applicants are NOT required to submit a portfolio. Applicants follow all application instructions as per that of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. 

The Interior Arcitecture & Design program is the only CIDA-accredited program in DC, and GW is the 2nd highest ranked university that offers interior architecture and design according to US News and World Report.  The BFA program begins with a strong liberal arts foundation with general requirements as stated from the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and progresses to 60 credit hours of interior design courses.  As a part this intellectual environment, the curriculum focuses on aspects of the profession from sustainability to interior materials to graphic communication to lighting to history of design. 

The Interior Architecture & Design program believes in fostering an environment that encourages creativity and pushes the boundaries of design with an emphasis on conceptual thinking and the design process.  Our studio-based curriculum, the core of our program, is where students learn to design three-dimensional space through the use of dynamic concepts, cutting edge materials, and innovative methods and techniques.

Design projects take advantage of our location within a research university in the nation’s capital with interdisciplinary studies that collaborate with diverse GW departments.  Adaptive re-use projects positioned within historic contexts in DC compliment the global vision of the university. 

Opportunities available to our BFA students include: the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon; ‘Design in Schools’, a local high-school outreach program; the annual non-profit design charette; a summer study abroad program that focuses on the history and design of international cultures; and our Annual Distinguished Designer Lecture, which brings world renowned designers to GW.

For more information about class requirements, please view the BFA Interior Architecture & Design program.