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Interior Design (B.F.A.)

Earn your Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

Marylhurst’s interior design program has earned a legacy of graduating exceptional students who achieve rewarding careers in the interior design field.   The B.F.A. in Interior Design emphasizes professionalism, critical thinking, ethics, creative exploration and collaborative learning, providing you with an experiential education. Faculty members are design practitioners, and the comprehensive design curriculum is combined with a broad-based liberal arts education to foster socially and environmentally responsible approaches to creative problem solving in aesthetic design.

Now offering evening and weekend classes

Starting fall 2016, students can take their interior design courses in the evenings or on the weekends, making this program more accessible to those who are working professionals or have daytime commitments.

 

In this four-year interior design program you will:

  • Approach design in a holistic manner with a sensitivity to the human experience
  • Apply critical thinking skills and a creative design process to identify and solve interior design problems
  • Develop the ability to effectively communicate in a professional manner
  • Understand and apply regulatory codes and practices protecting the health, life safety and welfare of the public
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical practices

Career Path
The Marylhurst B.F.A. in Interior Design was the first of its kind in the Portland metro area accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation; building over the years an alumni of exceptional program graduates in interior design and related fields.

Marylhurst Interior Design graduates are prepared to begin professional practice as interior designers with architectural firms, interior design firms, various design consulting firms, sustainability agencies and related design industries. As a graduate, you are also qualified to obtain your NCIDQ certificate-holder status, and other certifications, including LEED.

With a B.F.A. in Interior Design, you will be prepared to pursue graduate studies in industry leadership, a related design discipline, or teaching, if a master’s degree is a part of your professional goals.

With growing customer expectations that private and commercial interiors meet environmentally friendly and accessibility conditions, the career outlook for Interior Designers between 2012-2022 is expected to grow 13%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.   

Interior design degree breakdown

To graduate with a bachelor's degree, you must complete a total of 180 credits:

Events list for the current academic year.
  Quarter Credits
Major requirements 129
Marylhurst Core requirements 51
General electives 0
Total 180*

*More than 90 percent of Marylhurst students are transfer students.
Learn if you have prior college credit that can transfer into the B.F.A. in Interior Design program with a free transfer evaluation.

 
STUDIO SPINE

There are 12 sequential studios totaling 48 credits.

Year One: Foundation

In your first year, you will acquire fundamental knowledge of design principles and elements, design vocabulary, drawing skills, and begin to think like a designer. You will begin to experience space and form.

Studio 1: Form, Elements & Space
Studio 2: Translations & Explorations
Studio 3: Place, Context and Conceptual Thinking

Year Two: Skill and Knowledge Building

You will acquire a deeper understanding of design thinking through sustainability, human context and design process. You'll build knowledge of regulatory codes, practices, ethics, materials and digital tools.

Studio 4: Design Process
Studio 5: Sustainability
Studio 6: Materiality & Fabrication

Year Three: Application

You will apply design thinking, design concept principles, building technologies, regulatory codes and practices, materials, lighting, and a full range of communication tools to the creation of developed spaces.

Studio 7: Programming & Conceptual Development
Studio 8: Design Development
Studio 9: Cultural Immersion

Year Four: Thesis

You will apply knowledge and skills using a rigorous design process in a self-directed design problem that enhances and advances the discipline of design.

Studio 10: Thesis & Conceptual Ideation
Studio 11: Design Development
Studio 12: Communication of Thesis & Project

 
COMMUNICATIONS SPINE

There are 12 sequential communication workshops totaling 12 credits. Skills are introduced in the workshops and reinforced in studios. We intentionally begin with a foundation in hand drawing to develop the ability to see the world and internalize form and space.

Year One: Foundation

Workshop 1: Architectural Freehand Drawing
Workshop 2: Analytical Freehand Drawing
Workshop 3: Sketchup

Year Two: Foundation

Workshop 4: Photography to Document, Explore and Understand
Workshop 5: Photoshop
Workshop 6: InDesign

Year Three: Application

Workshop 7: Integration of Digital & Analog Tools
Workshop 8: Presentation — Graphic & Oral Skills
Workshop 9: Portfolio — Text & Graphics to Tell Design Stories

Year Four: Thesis

Workshop 10: Thesis Thinking — Translation of Ideas to Form, Analysis & Conceptual Thinking
Workshop 11: Thesis Thinking — Exploration & Documentation
Workshop 12: Thesis Documentation

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