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MFA Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate student in the Interior Architecture & Design program will be prepared for professional practice through integrated theory, design and technology in tandem with industry standards. The interior design graduate school student will be taught to achieve a balance between the mastery of design skills that meet the needs of the profession, and the creativity and imagination that will lead to better ways of thinking about our environment.

For the graduate Interior Architecture & Design student's Final Project, a site is selected in order to redesign its function and interiors; under the direction of a faculty of professional experts, concern for spatial issues, design innovation and attention to detail are emphasized. The concept of the project will demonstrate an energetic professional approach, and will be professionally exhibited upon approval by the Final Review committee.

MFA graduates of the School of Interior Architecture & Design will meet the following student performance criteria:

  • MFA Thesis Project

    • Present an original thesis idea worthy of the MFA degree
    • Demonstrate the feasibility of the thesis project
    • Produce an innovative thesis project that contributes to the design community, demonstrating advanced Interior Architecture and Design skills
  • Interior Design Skills

    • Meet industry standards in response to professional ethics, global issues and technological advances
    • Demonstrate creative approaches to layout, spatial organization, use of material, lighting, and relationship of interior design and furnishings to the architecture of the building
    • Demonstrate an understanding of building codes, safety, health and welfare, ADA and Universal Design principles by correctly applying professional standards to space planning and layouts
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts, principles and theories of sustainability as they pertain to building methods, materials, systems and occupants by incorporating sustainable solutions into interior designs
    • Create construction drawings and documents
    • Demonstrate an understanding color principles, theories, and systems in interior design
  • Research and Problem Solving

    • Conduct research and synthesize findings to generate multiple concepts and design responses to programmatic requirements.
    • Interact with multiple disciplines representing different points of view and perspectives.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of movements and traditions in interior design, architecture and furniture by applying precedents to inform design solutions.
  • Presentation Skills

    • Integrate oral and visual material to present ideas clearly.
  • Technical Design Skills

    • Effectively apply principles of two and three dimensional design through both traditional and digital media.
    • Effectively apply color in all aspects of visual communication
  • Professional Readiness

    • Produce a professional portfolio that meets industry standards
    • Create a business plan demonstrating familiarity with business and professional practices

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
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