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Interior Architecture

Push the boundaries of design as you conceptualize three-dimensional spaces

Students in a classroom Design in Schools, a program created to educate D.C.-area high school students about interior architecture and design, also provides BFA students an opportunity to explain their design projects.

* For Fall 2018 enrollments, prospective undergraduate students should use the Common Application, apply to GW through the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and select Interior Architecture 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 Architecture (IA) program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is the only Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)-accredited program in D.C. and George Washington University (GW) is the fourth-highest-ranked university that offers interior architecture and design according to U.S. News and World Report.

With an emphasis on conceptual thinking and the design process, the Corcoran School’s IA program promotes an environment that encourages creativity and pushes the boundaries of design. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture boasts a strong liberal arts foundation that progresses into studio-based IA coursework—the core of the program. Students learn to design three-dimensional space through the use of dynamic concepts, cutting edge materials and innovative methods and techniques.

Professors in the program are internationally-recognized design experts who bring their unique experiences and projects into the classroom. As a part of this intellectual environment, they focus on aspects of the profession from sustainability to interior materials to graphic communication to lighting to history of architecture and design.

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 D.C. complement the global vision of the university. IA students engage with the local community through programs like Design in Schools, but also contribute globally with design projects like A New Dawn AYITI, a sustainable health center in Haiti. 

For more information, please go to the BFA Interior Architecture website.