UNCG’s Department of Interior Architecture is now the only interior architecture/interior design program in the state – and one of just a handful in the nation – to offer an accelerated, five-year bachelor of fine arts (BFA) to master of fine arts (MFA) option.

The new program allows third-year undergraduate students in interior architecture to apply for admission to the master’s program starting this spring, while also providing an expedited process for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field and are interested in pursuing an MFA in interior architecture.

“The MFA is a post-professional degree for students interested in scholarly investigation of conditions of the built environment, ranging from interior product design to community development,” said Department Head Dr. Anna Marshall-Baker. “Additionally, the MFA is considered a terminal degree that enables our graduate students to prepare for a career in teaching.”

The Department of Interior Architecture incorporates a holistic, multidisciplinary curriculum to prepare students for careers in interior design. The undergraduate and graduate programs are unique in that students aren’t just designing spaces – they’re building them as well.

While the credit requirements for the BFA and MFA won’t change, 19 of those credit hours will count for both degrees. Students accepted into the MFA program will complete the full 60 hours currently required for the master’s degree, including three studio courses, a 6-hour thesis and an internship or professional experience.

To learn more about the department and its BFA and MFA degree programs, visit uncg.edu/iar.


Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Relations