Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 years
Credit Hours:

Advance your career in Interior Design and get the preparation to teach.
The Interior Design concentration prepares you to define sustainable solutions and focus on design research in the interior environment for the fundamental challenges that impact the interior design profession. As an interior design graduate student, you'll focus on interiors based on design principles, design research and sustainable solutions. This program also prepares you for advanced positions in the interior design industry and interior design education at the college and university levels.

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Why Earn an Interior Design Masters?

The curricula in the M.F.A. program are designed and taught to help future educators and professional designers develop the conceptual, aesthetic, pedagogical, analytical knowledge and technical skills necessary to achieve their career goals.

At the end of the graduate program, our students should be well prepared to re-enter the profession with a specialized focus, or, if the minor in pedagogy is selected, in the field of interior design education in the university environment with identified areas of design research necessary for growth and tenure at the university level.

Marketable Skills
  • Collection and analysis of research data
  • Investigative research
  • Pedagogical practices
  • Oral and written communication
  • Technical design knowledge

Interior Design Master's Highlights

The College of Visual Arts and Design is housed in a state-of-the-art building with studios, labs, workshops, a digital fabrication lab, and a visual resources library.
UNT is within easy commuting distance of Dallas and Fort Worth, where numerous nationally and internationally known interior design businesses can provide you with valuable resources and experiences for your research and design projects.
The College of Visual Arts and Design is one of the nation's most comprehensive visual arts schools and one of the best in the Southwest.
Our faculty members have years of experience, both nationally and internationally, as independent interior designers, consultants and architects.

What Can You Do With an Interior Design Master's?

Earning an M.F.A. in Design with a concentration in Interior Design prepares you to advance your career into leadership and management positions in academia, and public or private sector organizations. Career opportunities include the following.

  • Interior design educator at the university-level
  • Research and design consultant
  • Interior design specialist in private, commercial and public organizations

Interior Design Master's Courses You Could Take

Processes and Methodology for Innovation (3 hrs)
Students explore and utilize a variety of processes and visual techniques that inform and guide ideation as a means to create a common language that allows them to communicate effectively across disciplinary backgrounds. The knowledge they gain from these experiences allows them to develop and actualize the kinds of visual solutions necessary for future programmatic and career-based success.
Design and Its Social Ramifications (3 hrs)
Seminar-based course. The design process, its artifacts and agency are examined from a broad array of socio-cultural perspectives.
LEED Certification Systems and Accreditations (3 hrs)
Instruction in basic green building concepts and standards, especially as they relate to the green building rating systems of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Heavy focus on LEED Green Associate exam preparation.
Wellness, Health and Safety (3 hrs)
Research and implementation of the Well Standard through case studies and practical application within the context of student projects.
Environment and Systems (3 hrs)
Research and application of sustainable building systems strategies with a focus on solutions for extent structures.
Methods Employed by Design Researcher (3hrs)
Students are immersed in learning experiences that challenge them to develop and then expand knowledge about how design research processes and methods can be utilized to connect design theory effectively with practice as a means to advance their ability to make sound critical judgments and formulate effective and appropriate strategies.

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