Master of Arts (2 & 3 Year)
The MA combines studio design experience with research to further understanding of the interaction between human behavior and interior environments. The program builds on the studio design experience to expand students’ knowledge of the theoretical and analytical frameworks applicable to the pursuit of discovery in the field. The MA also provides a strong interdisciplinary knowledge and practice background for those working toward a PhD or Doctor of Design.
The goals of the MA degree are:
- To provide students with opportunities to explore advanced design theories, problem-solving techniques, methodologies, and individual research and design applications;
- To provide students with opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange through the core curriculum at the Interdisciplinary Design Institute;
- To advance the body of knowledge pertaining to interior design and the built and natural environments;
- To prepare graduates to pursue careers as interior design educators, directors of interior design research, and practitioners of interior design.
Applicants already possessing an undergraduate degree in interior design (or a related field) have the opportunity to pursue advanced research and inquiry into a certain topic area through the completion of a research thesis.
Applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree in a field other than design can pursue preparation for practice as an interior designer through an accelerated three-year course of study. Students are introduced to interior design foundation courses, advanced studios and graduate research courses with the culmination of the degree being a research project.
All students accepted into the three year program will be required to enroll in a summer (mid-June to end of July) immersion studio prior to entering the first fall semester.
Jaime Rice, Ed.M.
Interdisciplinary Design Institute
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495
Telephone: (509) 358-7945
Fax: (509) 358-7900