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Bachelor of Interior Architecture

Bachelor of Interior Architecture

The Bachelor of Interior Architecture (BIA) is an 8 semester professional degree accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation that prepares you to become a certified interior designer who understands the expanded role of the field in today's economy, culture, and technology.

rendering of interior garden
Ruonan Huang, BIA'20

The BAC Difference

  • Study with working professionals: Your instructors are leaders in the field and bring current perspectives on interior architecture into the classroom.
  • Network across the College: During your first two semesters (known as Foundation), you’ll learn the fundamentals of design in multidisciplinary studios with students from across the BAC's four academic areas.
  • Materials from around the world: Our Materials Library houses thousands of samples of fabrics, wall coverings, windows, flooring, and sustainable materials for classroom projects, presentations, and experimentation. We also have digital materials available.

Wide-Ranging Curriculum

  • Build your design and creative abilities in a core studio learning sequence, supported by drawing and software courses. 
  • Study building systems to understand what is practical, and study design history and theory to explore what is possible. 
  • Liberal education employs the arts, humanities, and sciences to explore our place in the world. 
  • The BAC partners with over 350 design firms, community projects, and more so you can work while you study.
  • In your final year, you’ll complete a project exploring your personal design values and methods.

Career Options

The BIA is your first step toward becoming an NCIDQ-certified interior designer. While pursuing your certification requires additional years of education and real-world practice, you are also prepared for a variety of careers with just your BIA, such as:

  • Residential design
  • Commercial design
  • Space planning
The BAC is a small community but it is a school that will help students focus and achieve their dreams as a designer. I believe the BAC is a great school to study, improve my skills, and follow my dreams to become a professional interior architect.

of BAC students are international


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of BAC undergraduate students are employed