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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.
Jennifer Ortiz, BIA'22.
2022 Graduate Exhibit
Jennifer Ortiz, BIA'22
Thomas Cook, BIA'22.
2022 Graduate Exhibit
Thomas Cook, BIA'22

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
Luisa Ortiz-Wren, BIA'21.
2022 Graduate Exhibit
Luisa Ortiz-Wren, BIA'21
Jennifer Ortiz, BIA'22.
2022 Graduate Exhibit
Jennifer Ortiz, BIA'22
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.
Ruonan Huang, BIA'20.
2022 Graduate Exhibit
Ruonan Huang, BIA'20
Yue Qian Chen, BIA'21.
2022 Graduate Exhibit
Yue Qian Chen, BIA'21

of BAC students are international


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of BAC undergraduate students are employed