Can the program be completed on a part-time basis?
Yes, the program can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. It is the only Master of Interior Architecture program in the United States offering the option of part-time study.
Can I work while I’m a student?
Yes, this program is uniquely designed for the working professional, with the majority of the courses offered in the evening. Students can continue working within their current fields or they can pursue opportunities with local design firms through exclusive access to our job and internship listings.
Internships offer students the opportunity to work directly in a design office to obtain hands-on work experience. Interns may also earn 2-units of elective course credit by enrolling in the Professional Interior Architecture Internship course (ARCH X 473). Local design firms request students for positions at a variety of levels. It is not uncommon for students to be hired upon completion of their internship.
What are the application requirements?
For admission to the Master of Interior Architecture program, an applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a four-year program with an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0, and must have completed the 82 prerequisite units, or equivalent. Students may enter the Master of Interior Architecture program in the Fall, Winter, or Spring Quarters. The program accepts non-resident and foreign students. More information on application requirements, deadlines, and how to apply, can be found here: Master of Interior Architecture: Apply
Where do your graduates end up working?
Graduates have gone on to work at world-class companies such as Hirsch Bedner Associates, HOK, Gensler, HKS Architects, HDR, Johnson Fain, SAA, SFA Design, Avenue Interiors, Wilson Associates, KNA Design, Perkins+Will, Rottet Studio, Walt Disney Company, Timothy Corrigan, Joan Behnke, Rodrigo Vargas, Cunningham Group, Malgosia Migdal, Caisson Studio, HFS Concepts 4, Rockefeller Kempel Architects, SweisKlos, and Martyn Lawrence Bullard.
Is the program accredited?
The interior design program leading to the Master of Interior Architecture (M. INT. ARCH.) degree is fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Considered to be the highest level of accreditation within the field of interior design education, CIDA’s academic standards prepare students for entry-level interior design practice, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Master of Interior Architecture degree granted by California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and UCLA Extension meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.
Are scholarships and financial aid available for the Master’s program?
Federal financial aid is available for the six Advanced Level courses offered through Cal Poly Pomona. Please visit the Cal Poly Pomona Financial Aid website for more information. In addition, three scholarships are available: The James R. Northcutt Scholarship (beginning and advanced), and the Howard Hirsch Design Scholarship. For scholarship information, call 310-825-9061.
Where are classes held, UCLA or Cal Poly Pomona?
All courses are held (at UCLA Extension) in Westwood Village in Los Angeles. Most courses are taught at the 1010 Westwood Blvd. classroom building. Larger lecture courses are offered on UCLA’s main campus.
What is the age range of the students?
As a continuing education institution, courses are designed to accommodate working individuals and provide extraordinary learning experiences for adults of all ages. The typical average age of our students is 25-55 years old.
What is the difference between the Foundation Level and the Advanced Level of the Master of Interior Architecture Program?
The Foundation Level provides an introductory framework of knowledge and skills relating to the practice of interior design. It includes courses in history, theory, 2D and 3D composition, drawing by hand and computer, surface materials, color theory, lighting design and studio design projects. Upon successfully completing the Foundation Level, students with a baccalaureate degree and a 3.0 GPA may continue on to the Advanced Level, where they learn to develop more sophisticated design concepts that address increasingly complex projects in workplace, hospitality, multi-residential and retail environments. In addition, the advanced curriculum offers courses in building codes, technical detailing, project management and construction documents. Upon successful completion of the Advanced Level, students earn the Master of Interior Architecture degree, and are ready to begin careers leading to the highest levels of the design profession.
Is the degree from UCLA or Cal Poly Pomona?
The Master of Interior Architecture degree is conferred by Cal Poly Pomona.
How long does the MIA program take?
The program requires the completion of 63 quarter units (42 semester units). Full-time students can complete the program in four quarters/one year. Part-time students taking 4-8 units per quarter can complete the program in 6-8 quarters/1.5-2 years.
Is there a difference in costs for out-of-state residents?
The tuition costs are the same for both in-state and out-of-state residents.