Interior Architecture Colleges & Degree Programs

The primary focus of interior architecture is the design of living and working spaces within structures, including commercial buildings, offices and homes. Interior architecture is an interdisciplinary field that combines principles and techniques of both interior design and architecture and brings them together into one discipline. Interior architects are employed and hired to design spaces that are asthetically pleasing, yet highly functional. Unlike interior designers and decorators that focus solely on decor, interior architects concern themselves with the design of the structure itself as well.

Interior architecture is an education intensive discipline. Those seeking career opportunities in this field should pursue earning a college degree. Associate degree programs offered by community colleges and vocational schools are available that offer a interdisciplinary education in interior architecture and design, but most career opportunities will require a bachelor's degree, at minimum. Earning a bachelor's degree in architecture is required in order to obtain state licensure as an architect. Many colleges now offer master's degrees specifically in interior architecture. When it comes to seeking employment, having a master's degree in interior architecture, or architecture, is advantageous.

When evaluating potential interior architecture programs, you'll want to find one that is approved by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Currently, there are over 150 bachelor's degree programs in the United States that are CIDA accredited. CIDA accreditation ensures a program meets the highest standards for interior design education. Upon completion of a four-year bachelor's degree program and after obtaining two years of professional experience, interior architect candidates can sit for the National Council for Interior Design Accreditation (NCIDQ) exam to gain licensure as an interior architect.

Earning a degree in interior architecture will teach students architectural principles that they will use to design the structural interiors for residential, recreational and commercial spaces and to function as professional interior architects. Students will also learn about architecture, structural systems design, heating and cooling systems, occupational and safety standards, interior design, specific end-use applications, and professional responsibilities and standards.

Below is a list of the colleges and university offering accredited degrees, certificates and diploma programs in interior architecture.

American InterContinental University Los Angeles, CA Add to Favorites
Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI Add to Favorites
Arizona State University Tempe, AZ Add to Favorites
Auburn University Main Campus Auburn University, AL Add to Favorites
Boston Architectural College Boston, MA Add to Favorites
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus Bowling Green, OH Add to Favorites
Brevard Community College Cocoa, FL Add to Favorites
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, MI Add to Favorites
Chatham University Pittsburgh, PA Add to Favorites
Daytona State College Daytona Beach, FL Add to Favorites
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL Add to Favorites
Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL Add to Favorites
Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN Add to Favorites
Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, IN Add to Favorites
Kansas State University Manhattan, KS Add to Favorites
La Roche College Pittsburgh, PA Add to Favorites
Lamar University Beaumont, TX Add to Favorites
Lawrence Technological University Southfield, MI Add to Favorites
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA Add to Favorites
Louisiana Tech University Ruston, LA Add to Favorites
Manchester Community College Manchester, NH Add to Favorites
Metropolitan Community College Area Omaha, NE Add to Favorites
Miami Dade College Miami, FL Add to Favorites
Miami University-Oxford Oxford, OH Add to Favorites
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design Milwaukee, WI Add to Favorites
Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS Add to Favorites
Monroe Community College Rochester, NY Add to Favorites
Nassau Community College Garden City, NY Add to Favorites
New Mexico Junior College Hobbs, NM Add to Favorites
Oklahoma Christian University Edmond, OK Add to Favorites
Onondaga Community College Syracuse, NY Add to Favorites
Paier College of Art Inc Hamden, CT Add to Favorites
Palm Beach State College Lake Worth, FL Add to Favorites
Philadelphia University Philadelphia, PA Add to Favorites
Pinellas Technical Education Center-Clearwater Clearwater, FL Add to Favorites
Rhode Island School of Design Providence, RI Add to Favorites
Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX Add to Favorites
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, IL Add to Favorites
Seminole State College of Florida Sanford, FL Add to Favorites
Southern Nazarene University Bethany, OK Add to Favorites
St Petersburg College Largo, FL Add to Favorites
Suffolk County Community College Selden, NY Add to Favorites
SUNY College of Technology at Alfred Alfred, NY Add to Favorites
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY Add to Favorites
Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX Add to Favorites
The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX Add to Favorites
The University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX Add to Favorites
Tulsa Community College Tulsa, OK Add to Favorites
Tulsa Technology Center-Lemley Campus Tulsa, OK Add to Favorites
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Lafayette, LA Add to Favorites
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, NE Add to Favorites
University of Nevada-Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV Add to Favorites
University of New Haven West Haven, CT Add to Favorites
University of North Texas Denton, TX Add to Favorites
University of Oregon Eugene, OR Add to Favorites
University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, MS Add to Favorites
Woodbury University Burbank, CA Add to Favorites
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