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Master of Interior Architecture

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Interior architecture engages our experience at the personal, social and global level. Preparation for this field will continue to teach creativity in the design of functional spaces. The BAC difference begins with the designer's role as steward of the world's resources - as a sustainable, or green designer - and as agent in the creation of spaces supportive of people's health, safety and welfare. This approach is evidence-based, and universally inclusive. The interior architect is implicitly understood to be an advocate for the well-being of the user.

The BAC was ranked #8 in the US for graduate programs in interior design by DesignIntelligence in 2016

The fundamental emphasis of the BAC's approach is the user experience, incorporating two-dimensional, material, spatial, social, and media sources. The object of the student's work is the design not merely of place, but of experience. The student's orchestration of experience opportunities can employ environmental graphics, brand identity, furniture and functional objects. Added to more traditional tools of color, light, acoustics and thermal comfort, this updated palette of design materials enables the BAC student to address interiors in the context of social and technological change.

BAC interiors students begin their learning of design basics alongside students of architecture and landscape architecture in the Foundation segment. Following acquisition of interiors knowledge and design media skills, the student of interior architecture is empowered to participate fully in interdisciplinary and collaborative work in the Integration segment, following the model of "real-world" professional practice. Synthesis is the culminating segment in which the interiors student designs an individualized project-based learning experience that demonstrates professional-level knowledge and skills.

A full-time Master of Interior Architecture student can expect to complete the program in three-and-a-half years.


BAC students become fully engaged in professional practice in design firms, earning income and degree credits. Graduates are fully-realized designers, with impressive resumes, portfolios and professional networks. Experiential learning is the cornerstone of a BAC education...more


Segment 1 is designed to help the student develop visual design skills and acquire an understanding of basic design principles...more