MFAIA

Please note: The MFA in Interior Architecture program is no longer accepting applications.

The Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture (MFA) is a 60-credit, studio-based, post professional degree designed specifically for students with a baccalaureate, first professional degree in interior design, architecture, or other closely related fields. The program will provide you with the opportunity for advanced intellectual pursuit and the development of leadership skills in the field of interior architecture. The intent of the MFA is to prepare you to practice globally, to teach at the university level and to achieve in-depth inquiry and advanced study in the field of Interior Architecture.

Areas of Inquiry

Areas of inquiry have been selected to be broad based subjects of contemporary design concerns and are first introduced during the first semester of study in Contemporary Issues and Criticism in Interior Architecture.

  1. Sustainable Design: the study of sustainable design technologies and their application to interior environments as defined by the US Green Building Council.
  2. Environmental Graphic Design: The study and development of experimental exhibit design and the integration of information technology to the interior environment.
  3. Advanced Lighting Design: The study, design and development of natural and artificial lighting schemes for interior environments.
  4. Design Studies: The exploration of a specific contemporary environmental issue, movement, or topic as it relates to interior architecture including history and theory, design process, design pedagogy, evidence-based design, etc.  

MFA Requirements

Degree requirements for the MFA in Interior Architecture should be completed within two to four years, and no longer than five years, after the start of graduate work. The program is divided into two phases: Phase I (24 credits) and Phase II (36 credits). Candidacy Review occurs after Phase I and before students may continue on to Phase II. There are two separate tracks of completion: Track A, a two-year track consisting of 6 semesters including two summer semesters; and Track B, a four-year track consisting of ten semesters including two summer semesters.

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and must successfully complete the required 60 credit course of study outlined in the MFA curriculum chart that culminates in the successful completion and defense of the final thesis project. At least 48 of the 60 required credits must be earned in 800-level or above numbered courses, and all must be in 700-level or above courses. MFA candidates are also required to exhibit their thesis project at a community-based venue to be determined and organized by the candidates.

Curriculum

Required Studio Coursework (7 courses, 24 credits)

  • ADI-S805 Form Study & Model Making

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S151 OR ADF S551

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This studio course is dedicated to the study of form in the three dimensions: length, breadth, and depth. Students will explore form at a conceptual level that will translate in future studios as it is applied to the built environment. They will look at the role of scale, light, texture, negative space, and proportion, as well as thematic and structural relationships in the creation of forms.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-S810 Advanced Lighting Design Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S201 OR S601, ADI S202 OR S602, ADI S303 OR S603 AND ADI 254 or ADI 654, Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Advanced Lighting Design Studio applies technical and creative theories about lighting design. The class will look at natural and artificial systems of light and the ways in which they impact the experience of inner space. Specifically, color, lamp source, measurement methods, and control will be addressed. Lighting will be explored as an extension of aesthetic intent. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-S815 Human Factors & Universal Design

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S202 or ADI S602 and ADI 242 or ADI 642 and ADI S303 or ADI S603 and ADI S304 or ADI S604 and ADI S305 or ADI S605 and ADI 352 or ADI 652. Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772; Open to graduate students only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The physiology and psychology of the client/user is one of the main factors influencing the design of the environment. This studio will present design problems that explore issues of ergonomics and proxemics as they apply to interior design. Universal design, design that creates accessibility, will be the context for the studio design problem(s). Discussions will cover the following: interaction of environment and the user's culture, genre, stage of life cycle, and physical capabilities. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADI-S820 Advanced Materials & Methods Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI 242/642, ADI 244/644, ADI S303/S603, ADI S305/S605, and ADI 352/652. Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772; Open to graduate students only.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This studio provides students with a more sophisticated understanding of structural and constructional issues and their impact on the design and planning of interior environments. The studio studies the influence of choices of materials on methods of construction and detailing, requiring students to identify and resolve construction-related issues by putting together a set of detailed construction drawings. Students sketch and analyze the works of prominent designers, and conduct precedent and market research to locate and specify materials, products, and technical information. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADI-S866 Environmental Graphic Design Studio

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A cross disciplinary course bringing together interior design students and graphic design students at the graduate level to collaborate on problem solving in the visual and built environments. In the studio, students will be exposed to design issues and problems, both experiential and graphic. Students will be working in teams bringing new insight to solutions for a variety of client/project types. Field trips to fabricators, professional firms and EGD sites will be included. This is a survey class designed to introduce students to ways of producing three dimensional graphic design projects within the built environment.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADI-S837 Sustainable Design

    Prerequisites:

    TAKE ADI-S602, ADI-642, ADI-S603, ADI-S604, ADI-S605 ADI-652 AND ADI-S772;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The design community, along with society as a whole, has become aware that a new, more bio-friendly approach to design must be taken if we are to stop polluting our earth, wasting energy and resources, and jeopardizing our own health and that of other species. Design firms are therefore being looked to for expertise in these areas, and educated designers must be conversant with both the design strategies and building technologies associated with environmentally responsible structures and spaces. This studio course is designed to acquaint students with the implementation strategies for such design, through a series of lectures, case studies, and projects.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-S900 Interior Design Directed Studio

    Prerequisites:

    Approval of Program Director and NESADSU Chairman

    Credits:

    1.00- 6.00

    Description:

    Directed study/studio allows students to pursue an in-depth research project in an area of particular interest, directed by a qualified graduate faculty member. Open to graduate students only. Normally offered each semester.

  • ADIA-S942 MFA Thesis Design

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADIA-938 and ADIA-940;

    Credits:

    6.00

    Description:

    Thesis Design is a detailed, selected, visual and written investigation of theoretical, aesthetic, and social areas of concern to the interior architect as related to the development and completion of the thesis project. Continued scholarly research, writing, and design are expected in this studio-intense course for the goal of producing the design solution and corresponding or supplementary document that will support the area of research inquiry for the thesis design project.

Required Lecture/Seminar Coursework (5 courses, 15 credits)

  • ADI-835 History & Theory of Interior Architecture

    Prerequisites:

    ADI 621 OR ADI 221 AND ADI 222 OR ADI 622

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Much like the history of art, the history of interior design encompasses numerous styles, movements, and individual artistic contributions. It also reflects the influence of international, political, and social developments. A basic understanding of this history is important for the professional designer who often looks to the past for inspiration. This class will involve a study of historical interiors, styles and theory from several different viewpoints, examining their inherent qualities and contributions in order to better understand what constitutes a sense of place in the interior. Beginning with the Shaker movement and proceeding through the 20th century, the class will look at specific buildings, styles, movements, products, and materials that came to influence the interior space. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADIA-850 Contemporary Issues & Criticism in Interior Architecture

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course covers advanced theory and study of contemporary issues and criticism as related to interior architecture. Several day long field trips will be required.

  • ADIA-853 Seminar in Social & Behavioral Aspects Of Interior Architecture

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course addresses the study of how people interpret, evaluate, and act in the built environment, including social, economic, and cultural factors.

  • ADIA-938 Research Inquiry

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course, the student will develop the knowledge and skills to plan their theses in terms of research questions and design, methodology, data collection and qualitative analysis. In doing so, students will focus on the issues, problems, and strategies related to qualitative research while studying and analyzing the importance of quantitative research and mixed research methods.

  • ADIA-940 Thesis Research

    Prerequisites:

    ADIA-938;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course covers directed thesis research focusing on the continued construction and development of the MFA thesis.

Required Technical Practice Coursework (4 courses, 12 credits)

  • ADIA-856 Building Components & Structure in Interior Architecture

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course, students will learn contemporary language, theories, and techniques in the design of buildings as related to interior architecture, building components, and structural systems.

  • ADIA-858 Project Management & Administration

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course, students develop knowledge of project management concepts including: organizational structures, organizational behaviors, applied project planning, resource allocation, and cost estimating and allocation as applied to interior architecture projects.

  • ADIA-S944 MFA Thesis Documentation

    Prerequisites:

    ADIA-S942;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is a directed thesis study in which students document and organize the thesis research and solution into an appropriate format to their area of inquiry. An important part of this documentation is the community-based exhibit of work.

  • ADIA-861 Professional Practicum

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The Professional Practicum is a supervised practical work experience with observation, participation, and assistance coordinated with a design professional (e.g., interior architect, interior designer, architect, developer, etc.). Formal arrangements must be made with and approved by the Program Director.

or

  • ADIA-863 Education Practicum

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The Educational Practicum is a preparatory experience with observation, participation, and assistance in undergraduate design courses at The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University. This course explores materials and techniques suitable for undergraduate levels, examines developmental performance levels, and analyzes evaluation methods appropriate for art and design.

Elective Coursework (3 courses, 9 credits; 6 credits in art/design and 3 credits open electives)

  • ADI-706 Portfolio

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course teaches students how to develop a professional portfolio. Students will investigate overall development of portfolio content, substance, and design through a variety of hands-on exercises including digital and mock-up layout techniques; methods of documenting and archiving work; presentation formats; design influence investigation, and more.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ADI-713 Advanced 3-Dimensional Color

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S143 or ADF S543

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course the student will explore three-dimensional aspects of color theory, including psychology, depth perception, and spatial context. Design elements of light, space, unity, and balance will be covered through lectures, in-class demonstrations, and class exercises. Criteria for color use, including contrast and harmony, will be explored for each application, with emphasis on each student's area of specialization. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-S825 History & Style Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI 221/621, ADI 222/622, ADI S303/S603, and ADI S305/S605. Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772; Open to graduate students only.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Interior design does not exist in a vacuum, but is embodied in the historical agenda of its time. In History & Style Studio, we will explore the catalysts of style and design throughout particular periods of modern design history and will analyze those movements' influences through readings, discussions, slide lectures, films, and design projects. Projects dealing with residential, hospitality, and retail environments as well as the purely conceptual, will deal with stylistic and influential issues and solutions and will draw on precedents of style for inspiration. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Summer

  • ADI-S830 3-D Visualization Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S372/S772. Open to graduate students only.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will develop a student's ability to visualize their designs through a digital medium. Software such as AutoCAD, 3D Studio Viz R3, and PhotoShop will be the vehicles used to produce a series of images and animation sequences to illustrate students' designs. This class is lab intensive.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-S820 Advanced Materials & Methods Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI 242/642, ADI 244/644, ADI S303/S603, ADI S305/S605, and ADI 352/652. Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772; Open to graduate students only.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This studio provides students with a more sophisticated understanding of structural and constructional issues and their impact on the design and planning of interior environments. The studio studies the influence of choices of materials on methods of construction and detailing, requiring students to identify and resolve construction-related issues by putting together a set of detailed construction drawings. Students sketch and analyze the works of prominent designers, and conduct precedent and market research to locate and specify materials, products, and technical information. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ADI-S900 Interior Design Directed Studio

    Prerequisites:

    Approval of Program Director and NESADSU Chairman

    Credits:

    1.00- 6.00

    Description:

    Directed study/studio allows students to pursue an in-depth research project in an area of particular interest, directed by a qualified graduate faculty member. Open to graduate students only. Normally offered each semester.

  • ADIA-S812 Advanced Lighting & Technology

    Prerequisites:

    ADI-S810;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to design and fabricate light installations including surfaces, systems or devices that combine various materials to manipulate light. As recent advancements in LED technology have led to smaller, brighter and more flexible LED's, these can now be integrated into physical materials such as plywood or textiles which can be used in the design of various objects within the interior environment. These technologies will be examined in depth and students will have the opportunity to interact with artists, designers and scientists who are in the forefront of this groundbreaking research.

Graduate students maintaining a full-time course load may enroll for a maximum of 12 credits. Courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted.

Track A (Full-Time)

Phase I

Fall Semester (4 courses, 12 credits)

  • ADI-S805 Form Study & Model Making

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S151 OR ADF S551

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This studio course is dedicated to the study of form in the three dimensions: length, breadth, and depth. Students will explore form at a conceptual level that will translate in future studios as it is applied to the built environment. They will look at the role of scale, light, texture, negative space, and proportion, as well as thematic and structural relationships in the creation of forms.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-S815 Human Factors & Universal Design

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S202 or ADI S602 and ADI 242 or ADI 642 and ADI S303 or ADI S603 and ADI S304 or ADI S604 and ADI S305 or ADI S605 and ADI 352 or ADI 652. Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772; Open to graduate students only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The physiology and psychology of the client/user is one of the main factors influencing the design of the environment. This studio will present design problems that explore issues of ergonomics and proxemics as they apply to interior design. Universal design, design that creates accessibility, will be the context for the studio design problem(s). Discussions will cover the following: interaction of environment and the user's culture, genre, stage of life cycle, and physical capabilities. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADIA-850 Contemporary Issues & Criticism in Interior Architecture

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course covers advanced theory and study of contemporary issues and criticism as related to interior architecture. Several day long field trips will be required.

  • ADIA-856 Building Components & Structure in Interior Architecture

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course, students will learn contemporary language, theories, and techniques in the design of buildings as related to interior architecture, building components, and structural systems.

Spring Semester (4 courses, 12 credits)

  • ADI-S810 Advanced Lighting Design Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S201 OR S601, ADI S202 OR S602, ADI S303 OR S603 AND ADI 254 or ADI 654, Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Advanced Lighting Design Studio applies technical and creative theories about lighting design. The class will look at natural and artificial systems of light and the ways in which they impact the experience of inner space. Specifically, color, lamp source, measurement methods, and control will be addressed. Lighting will be explored as an extension of aesthetic intent. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-835 History & Theory of Interior Architecture

    Prerequisites:

    ADI 621 OR ADI 221 AND ADI 222 OR ADI 622

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Much like the history of art, the history of interior design encompasses numerous styles, movements, and individual artistic contributions. It also reflects the influence of international, political, and social developments. A basic understanding of this history is important for the professional designer who often looks to the past for inspiration. This class will involve a study of historical interiors, styles and theory from several different viewpoints, examining their inherent qualities and contributions in order to better understand what constitutes a sense of place in the interior. Beginning with the Shaker movement and proceeding through the 20th century, the class will look at specific buildings, styles, movements, products, and materials that came to influence the interior space. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADI-S837 Sustainable Design

    Prerequisites:

    TAKE ADI-S602, ADI-642, ADI-S603, ADI-S604, ADI-S605 ADI-652 AND ADI-S772;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The design community, along with society as a whole, has become aware that a new, more bio-friendly approach to design must be taken if we are to stop polluting our earth, wasting energy and resources, and jeopardizing our own health and that of other species. Design firms are therefore being looked to for expertise in these areas, and educated designers must be conversant with both the design strategies and building technologies associated with environmentally responsible structures and spaces. This studio course is designed to acquaint students with the implementation strategies for such design, through a series of lectures, case studies, and projects.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADIA-853 Seminar in Social & Behavioral Aspects Of Interior Architecture

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course addresses the study of how people interpret, evaluate, and act in the built environment, including social, economic, and cultural factors.

Phase II

Summer Semester (2 courses, 6 credits)

Art/Design Elective

  • ADIA-938 Research Inquiry

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course, the student will develop the knowledge and skills to plan their theses in terms of research questions and design, methodology, data collection and qualitative analysis. In doing so, students will focus on the issues, problems, and strategies related to qualitative research while studying and analyzing the importance of quantitative research and mixed research methods.

Fall Semester (4 courses, 12 credits)

  • ADI-S820 Advanced Materials & Methods Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI 242/642, ADI 244/644, ADI S303/S603, ADI S305/S605, and ADI 352/652. Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772; Open to graduate students only.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This studio provides students with a more sophisticated understanding of structural and constructional issues and their impact on the design and planning of interior environments. The studio studies the influence of choices of materials on methods of construction and detailing, requiring students to identify and resolve construction-related issues by putting together a set of detailed construction drawings. Students sketch and analyze the works of prominent designers, and conduct precedent and market research to locate and specify materials, products, and technical information. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

Or

  • ADI-S866 Environmental Graphic Design Studio

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A cross disciplinary course bringing together interior design students and graphic design students at the graduate level to collaborate on problem solving in the visual and built environments. In the studio, students will be exposed to design issues and problems, both experiential and graphic. Students will be working in teams bringing new insight to solutions for a variety of client/project types. Field trips to fabricators, professional firms and EGD sites will be included. This is a survey class designed to introduce students to ways of producing three dimensional graphic design projects within the built environment.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

       

  • ADIA-858 Project Management & Administration

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course, students develop knowledge of project management concepts including: organizational structures, organizational behaviors, applied project planning, resource allocation, and cost estimating and allocation as applied to interior architecture projects.

  • ADIA-940 Thesis Research

    Prerequisites:

    ADIA-938;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course covers directed thesis research focusing on the continued construction and development of the MFA thesis.

Open elective

Spring Semester (3 courses, 12 credits)

  • ADIA-861 Professional Practicum

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The Professional Practicum is a supervised practical work experience with observation, participation, and assistance coordinated with a design professional (e.g., interior architect, interior designer, architect, developer, etc.). Formal arrangements must be made with and approved by the Program Director.

or

  • ADIA-863 Education Practicum

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The Educational Practicum is a preparatory experience with observation, participation, and assistance in undergraduate design courses at The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University. This course explores materials and techniques suitable for undergraduate levels, examines developmental performance levels, and analyzes evaluation methods appropriate for art and design.

Art/Design elective

Summer Semester (1 course, 6 credits)

  • ADIA-S944 MFA Thesis Documentation

    Prerequisites:

    ADIA-S942;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is a directed thesis study in which students document and organize the thesis research and solution into an appropriate format to their area of inquiry. An important part of this documentation is the community-based exhibit of work.


Track B (Part-Time)

Phase I

Fall Semester (2 courses, 6 credits)

  • ADI-S805 Form Study & Model Making

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S151 OR ADF S551

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This studio course is dedicated to the study of form in the three dimensions: length, breadth, and depth. Students will explore form at a conceptual level that will translate in future studios as it is applied to the built environment. They will look at the role of scale, light, texture, negative space, and proportion, as well as thematic and structural relationships in the creation of forms.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADIA-850 Contemporary Issues & Criticism in Interior Architecture

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course covers advanced theory and study of contemporary issues and criticism as related to interior architecture. Several day long field trips will be required.

Spring Semester (2 courses, 6 credits)

  • ADI-S810 Advanced Lighting Design Studio

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S201 OR S601, ADI S202 OR S602, ADI S303 OR S603 AND ADI 254 or ADI 654, Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Advanced Lighting Design Studio applies technical and creative theories about lighting design. The class will look at natural and artificial systems of light and the ways in which they impact the experience of inner space. Specifically, color, lamp source, measurement methods, and control will be addressed. Lighting will be explored as an extension of aesthetic intent. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADI-835 History & Theory of Interior Architecture

    Prerequisites:

    ADI 621 OR ADI 221 AND ADI 222 OR ADI 622

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Much like the history of art, the history of interior design encompasses numerous styles, movements, and individual artistic contributions. It also reflects the influence of international, political, and social developments. A basic understanding of this history is important for the professional designer who often looks to the past for inspiration. This class will involve a study of historical interiors, styles and theory from several different viewpoints, examining their inherent qualities and contributions in order to better understand what constitutes a sense of place in the interior. Beginning with the Shaker movement and proceeding through the 20th century, the class will look at specific buildings, styles, movements, products, and materials that came to influence the interior space. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

Fall Semester (2 courses, 6 credits)

  • ADI-S815 Human Factors & Universal Design

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S202 or ADI S602 and ADI 242 or ADI 642 and ADI S303 or ADI S603 and ADI S304 or ADI S604 and ADI S305 or ADI S605 and ADI 352 or ADI 652. Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772; Open to graduate students only

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The physiology and psychology of the client/user is one of the main factors influencing the design of the environment. This studio will present design problems that explore issues of ergonomics and proxemics as they apply to interior design. Universal design, design that creates accessibility, will be the context for the studio design problem(s). Discussions will cover the following: interaction of environment and the user's culture, genre, stage of life cycle, and physical capabilities. Open to graduate students only.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • ADIA-856 Building Components & Structure in Interior Architecture

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course, students will learn contemporary language, theories, and techniques in the design of buildings as related to interior architecture, building components, and structural systems.

Spring Semester (2 courses, 6 credits)

  • ADI-S837 Sustainable Design

    Prerequisites:

    TAKE ADI-S602, ADI-642, ADI-S603, ADI-S604, ADI-S605 ADI-652 AND ADI-S772;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The design community, along with society as a whole, has become aware that a new, more bio-friendly approach to design must be taken if we are to stop polluting our earth, wasting energy and resources, and jeopardizing our own health and that of other species. Design firms are therefore being looked to for expertise in these areas, and educated designers must be conversant with both the design strategies and building technologies associated with environmentally responsible structures and spaces. This studio course is designed to acquaint students with the implementation strategies for such design, through a series of lectures, case studies, and projects.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ADIA-853 Seminar in Social & Behavioral Aspects Of Interior Architecture

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course addresses the study of how people interpret, evaluate, and act in the built environment, including social, economic, and cultural factors.

Phase II

Fall Semester (2 courses, 6 credits)

    • ADI-S820 Advanced Materials & Methods Studio

      Prerequisites:

      ADI 242/642, ADI 244/644, ADI S303/S603, ADI S305/S605, and ADI 352/652. Take ADI-S372 OR ADI-S772; Open to graduate students only.

      Credits:

      3.00

      Description:

      This studio provides students with a more sophisticated understanding of structural and constructional issues and their impact on the design and planning of interior environments. The studio studies the influence of choices of materials on methods of construction and detailing, requiring students to identify and resolve construction-related issues by putting together a set of detailed construction drawings. Students sketch and analyze the works of prominent designers, and conduct precedent and market research to locate and specify materials, products, and technical information. Open to graduate students only.

      Term:

      Offered Spring Term

    or

    • ADI-S866 Environmental Graphic Design Studio

      Credits:

      3.00

      Description:

      A cross disciplinary course bringing together interior design students and graphic design students at the graduate level to collaborate on problem solving in the visual and built environments. In the studio, students will be exposed to design issues and problems, both experiential and graphic. Students will be working in teams bringing new insight to solutions for a variety of client/project types. Field trips to fabricators, professional firms and EGD sites will be included. This is a survey class designed to introduce students to ways of producing three dimensional graphic design projects within the built environment.

      Term:

      Offered Fall Term

    • ADIA-858 Project Management & Administration

      Credits:

      3.00

      Description:

      In this course, students develop knowledge of project management concepts including: organizational structures, organizational behaviors, applied project planning, resource allocation, and cost estimating and allocation as applied to interior architecture projects.

    Spring Semester (2 courses, 6 credits)

    • ADIA-861 Professional Practicum

      Credits:

      3.00

      Description:

      The Professional Practicum is a supervised practical work experience with observation, participation, and assistance coordinated with a design professional (e.g., interior architect, interior designer, architect, developer, etc.). Formal arrangements must be made with and approved by the Program Director.

    Or

    • ADIA-863 Education Practicum

      Credits:

      3.00

      Description:

      The Educational Practicum is a preparatory experience with observation, participation, and assistance in undergraduate design courses at The New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University. This course explores materials and techniques suitable for undergraduate levels, examines developmental performance levels, and analyzes evaluation methods appropriate for art and design.

    Open elective

    Summer Semester (2 courses, 6 credits)

    • ADIA-938 Research Inquiry

      Credits:

      3.00

      Description:

      In this course, the student will develop the knowledge and skills to plan their theses in terms of research questions and design, methodology, data collection and qualitative analysis. In doing so, students will focus on the issues, problems, and strategies related to qualitative research while studying and analyzing the importance of quantitative research and mixed research methods.

    Art/Design elective

    Fall Semester (2 courses, 6 credits)

    • ADIA-940 Thesis Research

      Prerequisites:

      ADIA-938;

      Credits:

      3.00

      Description:

      This course covers directed thesis research focusing on the continued construction and development of the MFA thesis.

    Art/Design elective

    Spring Semester (1 course, 6 credits)

    • ADIA-S942 MFA Thesis Design

      Prerequisites:

      Take ADIA-938 and ADIA-940;

      Credits:

      6.00

      Description:

      Thesis Design is a detailed, selected, visual and written investigation of theoretical, aesthetic, and social areas of concern to the interior architect as related to the development and completion of the thesis project. Continued scholarly research, writing, and design are expected in this studio-intense course for the goal of producing the design solution and corresponding or supplementary document that will support the area of research inquiry for the thesis design project.

    Summer Semester (1 course, 6 credits)

    • ADIA-S944 MFA Thesis Documentation

      Prerequisites:

      ADIA-S942;

      Credits:

      3.00

      Description:

      This course is a directed thesis study in which students document and organize the thesis research and solution into an appropriate format to their area of inquiry. An important part of this documentation is the community-based exhibit of work.

    Courses

    • ADIA-850 Contemporary Issues & Criticism in Interior Architecture

      Credits:

      3.00

      Description:

      This course covers advanced theory and study of contemporary issues and criticism as related to interior architecture. Several day long field trips will be required.

    • ADIA-856 Building Components & Structure in Interior Architecture

      Credits:

      3.00

      Description:

      In this course, students will learn contemporary language, theories, and techniques in the design of buildings as related to interior architecture, building components, and structural systems.

    • ADIA-900 IA Directed Study

      Credits:

      3.00

      Description:

      Directed Study allows students to pursue an in-depth research project in an area of particular interest directed by a full time faculty member.

    • ADIA-938 Research Inquiry

      Credits:

      3.00

      Description:

      In this course, the student will develop the knowledge and skills to plan their theses in terms of research questions and design, methodology, data collection and qualitative analysis. In doing so, students will focus on the issues, problems, and strategies related to qualitative research while studying and analyzing the importance of quantitative research and mixed research methods.