Student sketching

Interior Design*

* Students are not being admitted to this program beginning fall 2015; however, students can pursue a BFA in Interior Architecture and Design.

The undergraduate Interior Design Program is a cultural laboratory of critical discourse and inquiry into contemporary design issues. Students engage in topics ranging from social issues, sustainability, human factors and theory to current market and industry trends, design as an "agent of for social change," and professional practices and skill sets.

The Corcoran's studio culture provides a collaborative experience, allowing design students to become part of a community of professional designers and educators. Faculty members—professional designers, themselves—serve as mentors, teachers and creative directors to students throughout their undergraduate studies. The studio spaces offer an immersive work environment through instruction, demonstration, discussion, critique and visiting designers lecture series.

Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program form constructive relationships with their peers and faculty as class sizes remain intimate with 18 students or less.

Students are also encouraged to join student groups in professional design organizations, which assist students in developing professional networking opportunities and industry connections. Groups also offer scholarships to professional events and organize community fundraisers that unite students and working professionals. These groups include the AIGA DC Student Chapter, the United States Green Building Council Student Chapter and the American Society of Interior Designers Student Chapter. 


The following curriculum is for legacy students, defined as those students who began taking classes at the Corcoran prior to the fall 2015 semester. Students enrolled beginning in fall 2015, should contact Nadia Volchanksy Nieves about other program options.

As in other undergraduate design programs at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, the curriculum focuses on design processes, methods, communication strategies and professional skill sets.

Year 1 Courses

Years 2, 3 and 4 Courses

Sample Studio Elective Courses

Courses subject to change.

Interior Design Faculty

Nadia Volchansky Nieves Interior Architecture and Design Program Head

Nadia Volchansky Nieves

Corcoran Interior Architecture and Design Program Head, Assistant Professor