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BFA Interior Design
The 120-credit Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree program is designed for students who wish to achieve expertise in this broad-based and fulfilling profession, channeling their creative talents to this important component of the built environment. The program addresses both commercial and residential design while ensuring students have an equally strong background in the humanities, including the essentials of the history of art and design.
Gain Experience in the Real WorlD
The field of interior design offers a wide and challenging range of professional opportunities, allowing the designer to transform living and working environments. The Corcoran’s Career Services Center works closely with students to arrange internships in the greater D.C. metropolitan area. In recent years our students have interned in such locations as the Marriott Corporation, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, U.S. Patent & Trademark, and the Kathleen Ewing Gallery.
Perspective and Interior Rendering—Undertake an exploration of linear, two-, and three-point perspectives, and rendering of interior space in various media. Learn to observe, analyze, interpret, and reproduce what you see.
Interior Lighting Design – Explore an introduction to the effects of light on interior space, as well as to various lighting products and lighting systems. The basics of lighting layout design, lighting terminology, and the lighting designer's role in the interior design process is covered.
Materials, Methods, and Finishes – Discover the major materials available to designers and architects, including their structure, properties, potential expressive qualities, and their use. Students learn how to integrate materials into the design and construction of interior spaces, and become familiar with the selection of appropriate materials for various uses based on function, aesthetics, safety, comfort, and maintenance.
YEAR 1 COURSES
Art History I + II
Writing I + II
YEARS 2, 3, and 4 STUDIO COURSES
Sophomore + Junior Studios
Perspective and Interior Rendering
Digital 3D Design
Interior Lighting Design
Materials, Finishes, and Methods
Interior Design Senior Thesis
Professional Practices for Design
YEARS 2, 3, and 4 ACADEMIC COURSES
20th Century Art
History of Design
History of Architecture and Interior Design
Humanities I + II
TOTAL: 120 Credits
Sample elective courses
Elements of Design
Color Theory for Interiors
Page Layout: InDesign
Art and Architecture of Washington DC
Photography Technique and Practice
Psychology of Creativity
*Courses subject to change.
Students may also elect to pursue a combined five-year BFA/MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) degree, a program which prepares you to work as an art educator in secondary schools, museums, and community art centers.
Interior Design Faculty
Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital Media
Associate Professor, Interim Chair of Undergraduate Design, Graphic Design, and Digital Media Design
Camden M. Richards