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Major in Interior Architecture + Design BS

Interior Architecture + Design

The Interior Architecture + Design program prepares students for professional-level entrance into the design field. You will learn contemporary design techniques, have access to state-of-the art design technology, build a personal portfolio, and gain workplace experience through internships.

You will pursue a well-rounded interior architecture and design degree that integrates technical know-how and artistic vision, develops your creative potential, and helps you launch your career.

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Accredited by the Council for Interior Architecture and Design Accreditation (CIDA), CVPA's Interior Architecture + Design program is the only public option in New England. The Interior Architecture + Design program prepares you for eventual licensure as a designer. You will be eligible to complete the three-part National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) exam and receive national certification.

Interior architects work for a wide range of clients. They work in hospitality, healthcare, commercial, corporate, residential, retail and institutional design. Many interior architecture and design professionals work in niches such as environmental design, historic preservation, furniture design, ergonomics, and health and safety.

Many graduates of the Interior Architecture + Design program go on to graduate school, to pursue a Master of Interior Design, Master of Architecture, Master of Sustainability Design, MBA, or other advanced degrees.

Heather Kelly '21: Art and Civic Engagement Award
Heather Kelly '21

Recognized for her leadership role in creating furniture and lighting designs for New Bedford's Wings Court.

Career Placements

  • Boston Design Center
  • Cummings Properties, LLC
  • Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects
  • Eric M. Haydel Design, Inc.
  • Group One Partners, Inc.
  • J. Jill Retail Store Designer
  • Morris Switzer Environments for Health
  • Nelson Boston & New York
  • Parker Torres
  • Perkins + Will Global
  • Smithsonian Institution

Internship Placements

  • Gensler Boston
  • Kaestle Boos Associates, Inc.
  • Knoll Textiles - Furniture
  • LLB Architects
  • Light Insight Design Studio
  • SGA Boston
  • Silverman Trykowski Associates
  • Stefura Associates Inc
  • Taniya Nayak Design LLC
  • Wayfair

Interior Architecture + Design Student Work

Heather Dowrey - Spring 2019
Heather Dowrey - Spring 2019
Isabel Vieira - Spring 2019
Isabel Vieira - Spring 2019
Lauren Matte - Spring 2019
Lauren Matte - Spring 2019
Michael Moriconi - Spring 2019
Michael Moriconi - Spring 2019
Xoey Lee - Spring 2019
Rebecca McBride - Spring 2019
Rebecca McBride - Spring 2019
Michael Moriconi - Spring 2019

For the Bachelor of Science (BS) in Art + Design - Interior Architecture + Design, you will complete 69 credits in your major, 18 credits in art history and art foundation courses, and 120 credits overall.

The program emphasizes applied skills that you can take directly into the workplace. Our project-based curriculum covers exposure to the diversity of the field, including residential, office, retail, and hospitality. You will gain mastery over the technical side of interior architecture and design, while developing your creativity via numerous interior design projects.

You will also work on communication and presentation skills and engage in the type of critical give-and-take that occurs within interior architecture and design firms (and between interior architects and their clients). You will have opportunities to intern at a firm, gaining workplace experience for your resume. You will graduate with a professional portfolio that showcases your abilities and makes you a competitive candidate in the job market.

All full-time faculty are NCIDQ certified and have years of industry experience. IA+D faculty are a diverse group representing many facets of the field, including architects, engineers, and both residential and commercial designers.

  • Internships: enhance your studies while gaining professional experience
  • Computer, imaging & virtual reality labs: state-of-the art workstations, printers, and scanners with industry-standard software
  • Facilities: designated lighting lab; full access to model making, furniture design, and textile design
  • IDEAStudio: collaborate, create, and explore with state-of-the-art technology including a 3D scanner, 3D printer, and laser engraver
  • Community: participate in regional, national & international competitions; join student organizations such as the American Society of Interior Design Club
  • Honors College: take advanced courses, pursue research, and be part of a community of scholars
  • Study Abroad: earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field
  • Undergraduate Research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
  • University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills


Rose Mary Botti-Salitsky

Full Time Lecturer
Art & Design
College of Visual & Performing Arts 313