Interior Architecture, MIA

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There are two Master of Interior Design (MIA) programs of study available:

  1. The MIA 2-year program is a studio-based graduate degree program designed to provide a more focused studio experience for those students who currently hold an undergraduate degree in interior design or architecture.

  2. The MIA 3+ program (3 years plus one summer) is a studio-based graduate degree program designed to be a first professional degree for those students who do not have an undergraduate degree in interior design or architecture. 

The MIA program provides a hands-on practical educational experience in design process and theory with opportunities to work with cross disciplinary teams of designers on significant design problems. Students are instructed by stellar faculty who actively research and practice in the field of interior architecture. In addition to resident faculty, local practitioners also teach classes as visiting instructors. This experience gives students an understanding of the profession in its current state and provides valuable networking opportunities within the profession. The program is closely connected to industry through faculty research, studio projects, and the inclusion of project jurors from firms such as Gensler, Richard+Bauer, and numerous others. There are currently no comparable Master of Interior Architecture programs offered at other Arizona public or private universities and it is only one of a few masters programs of interior design or interior architecture currently available in North America.

ASU’s Master of Interior Architecture program qualifies a graduate to seek work experience as an interior designer and then sit for the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) national examination. This certification assures interior designers are competent to meet industry standards not only for aesthetics but also for public health, safety and welfare. More information about the exam can be found at: https://www.cidq.org/

For more information, please see Student Achievement Data for the ASU MIA Degree.

To learn about our program's mission and goals, please see Master of Interior Architecture Info.

 

The 3+ program offers great opportunities for students; see what our students are saying

You can explore design as a synergistic process of identifying, analyzing and creating useful, beautiful and stimulating interior environments, and then be prepared to serve the needs of many users. The program provides a cross-disciplinary, practical educational experience in design process and theory with opportunities to work on significant design problems with resident faculty and local practitioners.

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The MIA is a studio-based degree that provides a focused experience for students with an undergraduate degree in interior design or architecture. For students without this background, an additional three semesters of study are available.

The MIA is a studio-based professional degree program that prepares graduates to fill leadership positions in interior architecture, design practice and education. Focusing on the development of groundbreaking design solutions to contemporary and emergent societal issues, such as sustainability and health care, this program draws upon history, theory and criticism to inform a transdisciplinary, evidence-based approach. Studios have close ties to the allied disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture, with faculty members from those programs actively involved in teaching studios with an interior architecture concentration. This provides a foundation of transdisciplinary learning to assist in the understanding of integrated practice.

Completion of the MIA degree qualifies a graduate to seek work experience as an interior designer and then sit for the National Council of Interior Design Qualification examination.

At A Glance

Interior Architecture, MIA

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Admission

Application Procedures and Requirements

Application period

Online applications are open September 15 with a priority deadline of January 15 for the following programs: MArch 2-year; MArch 3-year; MIA 2-year; MIA 3+; MID 2-year; MID 3+; MLA 2-year; MLA 3-year; MS.Arch; MSD; MUD; MVCD 2-year; and MVCD 3+.

Summer Admission: MIA 3+ programs only admit students to the summer term. We accept applications up until March 15th. Any applicant who would like to apply after these deadlines is welcome to contact designgrad@asu.edu.

Fall Admission: MIA 2- year programs only admit students for the fall semester. We accept applications until July 15th.

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Paying for College

Teaching and Graduate Assistantships

Assistantships are appointed each term to a select number of graduate students who are excelling in The Design School. Learn more about teaching assistantships including eligibility and application details.

Financial Aid

Learn more about your financial aid options.

Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP)

Students who live outside of Arizona may be eligible for 150% in-state tuition, find out if you qualify.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. a portfolio, letter of intent and contact information of three references submitted via SlideRoom (https://asudesign.slideroom.com/#/Login)
  4. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information/>
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency: https://admission.asu.edu/international/graduate/english-proficiency.

A GRE test is not required.

The Design School requires that the portfolio, letter of intent and reference information be submitted in addition to the Graduate College application requirements.

Admission to the program is selective. Admission cannot be deferred; students must enroll in the semester for which they are admitted, otherwise they need to go through the entire application process again for the year in which they are applying.

Applicants may be admitted to the two-year program with deficiencies if their previous course work is not equivalent to the ASU undergraduate requirements and standards. Deficiencies must be completed prior to taking the required courses, if necessary. Student should keep in mind that this may cause the student to take longer than two years to complete the program.

A personal interview is not required; however, a candidate wishing to visit the school is welcome and should make arrangements by contacting the department.

Admission Requirements for the Two-year Program:
All applicants must have completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in interior design or interior architecture from a Council for Interior Design Accreditation-accredited program or a four-year degree in architecture from a National Architectural Accrediting Board-accredited program.

Admission Requirements for the Three-plus-year Program:
All applicants must have completed a minimum of a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a field other than in interior design, interior architecture or architecture.

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MIA 2-Year

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Global Engagement Studios

The graduate program curriculum encompasses a travel studio which is completed in the fall semester of the final year. Students travel all over the world for the opportunity to experience a foreign place or country for one week at the beginning of the fall semester. This trip is faculty led and the cost is inclusive within tuition fees.  The benefit of this experience to our graduate students is invaluable. To hear what our students are saying about the Global Engagement Studios and their experience view this video.

Admission Requirements

Master of Interior Architecture Two-year Program (MIA)

  • Applicants must have completed a four-year Bachelor of Science degree with a major in interior design or architecture. The undergraduate degree must be granted by an institution that is recognized by ASU.
  • Applicants must meet the minimum GPA requirements as established by Graduate College. The last two years of applicant’s undergraduate GPA records will be reviewed.
  • Students must enroll in the semester for which they are admitted. The MIA program commences in the fall semester of each year.
  • There is no GRE score requirement for the MIA program.
  • A personal interview is not required; however, a candidate wishing to visit the school is welcome and should make arrangements by contacting designgrad@asu.edu.
  • Applicants to The Design School graduate programs are required to complete a two-step application process. Applicants must submit the Graduate College application as well as The Design School SlideRoom application.  For complete information on how to apply, please view the steps to apply on the admissions page.

Master of Interior Architecture Three-plus program (MIA3+)

  • Applicants must hold a baccalaureate or graduate degree in a field other than interior design or interior architecture from a college or university recognized by ASU.
  • Students must enroll in the semester for which they are admitted. The MIA3+ program commences in the summer session of each year.
  • There is no GRE score requirement for the MIA3+ program.
  • A personal interview is not required; however, a candidate wishing to visit the school is welcome and should make arrangements by contacting designgrad@asu.edu.
  • Applicants to The Design School graduate programs are required to complete a two-step application process. Applicants must submit the Graduate College application as well as The Design School SlideRoom application.  For complete information on how to apply, please view the steps to apply on the admissions page.

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Accreditation

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Design, Interior Design and Master of Interior Architecture degrees are both accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503. 

A CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Bachelor of Science in Design, Interior Design and Master of Interior Architecture degrees granted by Arizona State University meet the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.

Internships

Students completing a 2–year or 3+ graduate degree program in the following studio based disciplines are required to complete an internship: Architecture, Interior Architecture, Industrial Design, Landscape Architecture, and Visual Communication Design. The internship typically takes place during the last summer that precedes the final year of the graduate program.

Learn more about internships.

Professional Organizations

Professional organizations serve as the public face for their respective professions, providing information to the general public about disciplinary practice and its role in improving the well-being of communities, promoting design excellence through the recognition of notable professional achievements, supporting the exchange of ideas and information about best practices between professional members through the development of conferences and through the support of opportunities for continuing education.

Learn more about professional organizations.

Student Organizations

Joining a discipline-specific student organization is a great way to help your long-term career plans and goals. Membership can add to your academic experience by building a portfolio, making important connections, networking and engaging with local and national professional communities.

Learn more about student organizations.

 

 

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