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MFA Interior Architecture and Design

Corcoran MFA Interior Architecture and Design

For Fall 2015 enrollment, prospective graduate students should apply to the Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and Design on a full-time or part-time basis. Prospective students applying to either the full-time, two-year 60-credit MFA in Interior Architecture and Design OR the part-time, four year 60-credit MFA in Interior Architecture and Design must not have an undergraduate degree in Interior Design or Architecture and must have an undergraduate degree with 30 hours of liberal arts and science courses.

For applicants interested in the part-time MFA program, requirements remain the same. The part-time MFA in Interior Architecture and Design is a four-year curriculum and caters to the working professional. Classes for part-time students will be held in the evening.

All graduate applicants are required to have a portfolio. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) exam is optional, but highly recommended.  There are no pre-requisites required.


The Interior Architecture and Design (IAD) program is the only CIDA-accredited program in D.C., and GW is the 2nd highest ranked university that offers interior architecture and design according to US News and World Report. 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. Students learn to design three-dimensional space through the use of dynamic concepts, cutting edge materials, and innovative methods.

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. 

Some opportunities available to our M.F.A. 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 classes, please view the MFA Interior Architecture and Design full-time and part-time programs.