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B.S. Interiors + M.Arch (Direct Entry)

Summary / Curriculum

Interior designers and architects design meaningful spaces as a response to a variety of human factors including those typically studied in fields like psychology, physiology, and sociology. The creation of well-formed space is a multifaceted endeavor that marries design and technology, human comfort and sustainability, and durability and delight.

In recognition of the need for individuals with a wide-ranging set of professional skills, Lawrence Technological University offers a direct entry program leading to both a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and a Master of Architecture. Students enter the Interior Design undergraduate program and then move seamlessly into the graduate Architecture program. Graduates with these degrees will be qualified design professionals and will have satisfied the educational requirements for certification in interior design and licensure in the profession of architecture. This program prepares students to become fully qualified architects who specialize in the design of building interiors. Due to the shared content between the two degrees, the M.Arch program can be completed as a 60 credit professional master degree in addition to the 121 credit professional Interiors undergraduate degree..

For specific questions about the direct entry, contact the Chair of Design, Philip Plowright, at pplowrigh@ltu.edu, or the Chair of Architecture, Dale Gyure, at dgyure@ltu.edu.

The Interior Design Program

The Interior Design curriculum reinforces the multidisciplinary nature of design by placing value on environmental, psychological, cultural, social, economic, spiritual, sensory, technical and physical factors to comprehensively respond to human needs. Our approach centers on empathetic and human-centered design responses through collaboration with our clients and partners in allied design disciplines. Critical thinking and creativity are emphasized throughout the curriculum, stressing their role in professional applications.

The program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), giving students an important advantage when entering the workforce. The Interior Architecture Student Organization (IASO) is active on campus and connects students with both of the major interior design professional organizations: the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).

For more information about the Interior Design Program, coursework, and faculty, please refer to the program website at this link.

The Architecture Program

The architecture program at LTU seeks to develop graduates committed to an articulate and thoughtful approach to socially relevant design. It supports creative inquiry and critical thinking as the basis for design insight, and clear communication as a design objective. The coursework is designed to provide a foundation for the development of architectural design skills and insights, technical training, social responsibility, environmental awareness, problem-solving abilities, and professional competence.

The program is primarily directed toward the practice of architecture, but it constitutes an excellent, broad-minded education and preparation for work in a range of essential fields in and beyond design, including teaching, research, product development and representation and development, and public service. In the Master of Architecture program, which combines the required undergraduate and graduate coursework, students earn the NAAB-accredited, professional degree required for architectural licensure in the State of Michigan and most other US states and jurisdictions.

For more information about the Architecture Program, coursework, and faculty, please refer to the program website at this link.