Read a Q&A with Barbara Lowenthal, associate dean.
The professional-level Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design (MFA-1) is a three-year program designed to provide an advanced interior design degree to students who have a baccalaureate degree in a field unrelated to design. The focus of the MFA-1 program is on the ability to formulate, propose, and work out design solutions that are safe, sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing. The curriculum emphasizes research and analysis applied to a wide range of user groups, taking into account global practice, sustainable design, and social justice. The program is also structured to allow for ample opportunities to work outside the classroom, with an Experiential Learning course offered in the summer where students can do internships, independent study, study travel, or community/service learning.
Graduates of the program are provided with the necessary skills to participate in leading the discipline into the future. In combination with the required professional experience, the curriculum satisfies the educational requirements for membership in national and local interior design associations and, with work experience, allows graduates to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam for interior design certification.
For more information about the MFA-1 program, contact Barbara Lowenthal, associate dean, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212) 472-1500 x467.
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