BFA Interior Architecture & Design

Corcoran Interior Architecture and Design BFA

* For Fall 2015 enrollment, prospective undergraduate students should apply to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and Design. Applicants are required to submit a portfolio. 


The Interior Architecture and Design (IAD) 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 architecture and design courses.  As a part this intellectual environment, the IAD curriculum focuses on aspects of the profession from sustainability to interior materials to graphic communication to lighting to history of architecture and design. 

IAD 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; IAD’s 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 architects and designers to GW.

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