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Interior Design (B.F.A.)

Earn your Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

A comprehensive four-year, 129-quarter-credit-hour major at Marylhurst University.

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In this 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

 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.


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


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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