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IIDA Fashion Show 2013; Photos by Sam Rosenholtz

"Good design can have a huge impact...
You're constantly being pushed to think, to really
be conscious about what is around you."
—Soramy Le, MIA student

School of Interior Architecture

Welcome to the School of Interior Architecture!


A Boston interior architecture education is about creativity. After all, Boston is the Number 1 Innovative City in the United States, "on the cutting edge of finding, inventing, and capitalizing on everything hot and new." Since one in three Bostonians is between the ages of 20 and 34, Boston is also the youngest city in the country. This is the place to study design.

The faculty leaders of the BAC are unabashed proponents of green design. Innovation must start with environmental and social responsibility, and discover the means to interact with the people who live and work in the built world. We emphasize, more than most, the importance of the user's experience, challenging our students to design the look, feel, and sound of interior space in their studio work. This requires design media skills: drawing, by hand or digitally, in both two and three dimensions. At the BAC, drawing and creativity are learned skills, accessible to all of our students.

Who we are looking for:

  • Students with a flexible outlook and desire to improve the environment
  • Students who want to learn in the workplace as well as the classroom
  • Students who want to engage social and environmental issues in the solution of design problems
  • Students who want to join and expand our network of practitioners

Academics + Practice:

The Interior Architecture program is based on the concept that true design innovation cannot be achieved without the skills developed through practical experience. Students are therefore required to work in their field and demonstrate progressive skills improvement as they move through the curriculum...more

Both the bachelor and master degree programs begin with a year of academic immersion, then proceed to a hybrid of classroom and professional learning. The practice requirement is equivalent to half-time employment over the course of the remaining semesters. A full-time student can expect to complete the Bachelor of Interior Architecture in five years; the full-time Master of Interior Architecture student can expect to complete the program in three and a half years. Transfer students are encouraged to apply for credit based on previous academic experience.

Both the Bachelor of Interior Architecture and the Master of Interior Architecture programs are accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

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