“The Master of Interior Design gives designers the opportunity to delve more deeply into the theoretical approach to interiors rather than merely converging on mechanics. Research and theory become important tools and, often, students utilize evidence-based design techniques for knowledge application in their master’s projects.” Dr. Jin Feng, associate professor, College of Architecture and Design
The Master of Interior Design encompasses research, theory, professional concerns, current technology, and design application.
Once you have earned a baccalaureate degree, the Master of Interior Design offers two degree tracks. If you have an undergraduate degree in interior architecture or interior design, the curriculum consists of 37 credit hours. If you have a bachelor’s degree in another discipline, an accelerated 3+ year program is available. This 80-credit-hour curriculum combines the content of the undergraduate professional courses in interior architecture with graduate courses to result in a Master of Interior Design. Some preliminary course work may also be necessary.
Master of Interior Design students join architecture students in the “Critical Practice Studio” course that brings in a significant design practitioner to lead your experience. You will conclude the program with a two-semester design project or thesis. It also incorporates an Educational Praxis course to prepare you for the possibility of a career in interior design education.
Why Lawrence Tech for a Master of Interior Design?
- Certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), your professors have practice and academic experience in broad areas, including interior design, history and theory, design and production software, sustainable design and human behavior.
- The interdisciplinary nature of the degree gives you the opportunity to take elective courses in architecture, business, engineering, or in the liberal arts and sciences.
- You can network and participate in professional activities through the active student organizations on campus: the Interior Architecture Student Organization (IASO) and the Michigan chapters of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES).
- You will have your own dedicated studio space.
Your 36-credit-hour program consists of:
- Interior designer
- Architectural firm practice
- Furniture manufacturer practice
- Healthcare facilities practice
- Retail facilities practice
- Institutional practice
- Interior design educator
Students are eligible to apply for the 39-credit-hour Master of Interior Design (MID) program if they are graduates of a recognized baccalaureate degree program in interiors. Regular admission to the Master of Interior Design program requires:
1. Submission of the Application for Graduate Admission;
2. Official transcripts of all completed college work;
3. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0;
4. A resume, including experience and extracurricular activities;
5. Three letters of recommendation: one from a practicing interior designer and two from faculty members employed by a college or university who are familiar with the candidate’s professional promise;
6. A comprehensive portfolio demonstrating a range of visualization and design abilities and experience. Work should include creative, academic work and may include professional work with a clear statement on the responsibility of the applicant. Portfolios must be submitted electronically in a single PDF format and contain no more than 25 images, with a total size not to exceed 15 MB. Send portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, contact Lawrence Tech’s Office of Admissions at 800.225.5588 or email@example.com.