Master of Interior Architecture

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Always dreamed of becoming an interior designer, or looking to take your design career to the next level? That opportunity has arrived. 

The Master of Interior Architecture is a professional degree (M. INT. ARCH.) offered collaboratively by UCLA Extension and Cal Poly Pomona, College of the Extended University, and is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the Western Association of Schools (WASC).

Designed for the working professional, it is the only Master of Interior Architecture Program in the nation that can be pursued on a part time basis to accommodate those with other full-time commitments. Our program incorporates the highest standards of practice, empowering students to build a first-rate professional portfolio of large-scale projects to demonstrate superior design and technical ability.

Program graduates are highly respected in the field of interior design among experienced designers and architects, and are fully prepared to enter the industry and compete at the highest level in the professional marketplace. In fact, the skills learned will place you in greater access to advancement opportunities, groom you for senior level positions, and prepare you for the possibility of leading your own design company.

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What you can expect:

  • Distinguished instructors
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Internships & job placement assistance
  • Quarterly admission (Fall, Winter, Spring)
  • Transfer credits accepted
  • Financial aid available

 

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"My favorite thing about teaching is being able to influence students wanting to change their career into a new world—a creative world in which they will enjoy doing what they do for the rest of their lives."

Luis de Moraes
Study Part-Time

The only CIDA-accredited Master of Interior Architecture Program in the nation that can be pursued on a part-time basis.

Completing this program was by far the most challenging and rewarding educational experience of my life. The instructors are all dedicated practicing professionals, the curriculum is CIDA-accredited and first rate, and the program is uniquely suited to the needs of those who can only attend part-time.

Charrisse Johnston, ASID, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Master of Interior Architecture Graduate

Our instructors are practicing professionals; they do this on a daily basis. All are actively engaged in producing real-world equivalents of the types of projects being done in your studio classes. This fosters a sense of immediacy in the learning process, which is invaluable. It also enables many of our students to receive offers of internships and job placements—organically.

Many of our instructors have been with us for a number of years, and all are familiar with the challenges facing working adults who wish to advance their skills.

  • Our instructors are well-regarded in their field, with real-world experience.
  • These working professionals offer networking opportunities and relevant, current insights.
  • Instructors may also include UCLA faculty.
  • To ensure a good classroom experience for you, we provide instructor orientation and training.
  • We regularly review student evaluations of both instructors and courses to ensure continuing quality.

The role of the Guidance Committee is to advise the Master of Interior Architecture Program on the latest trends in the architecture and design professions as well as on strategies for promoting the program to national and international audiences.

Members are distinguished practitioners from the architecture and design fields who share a strong commitment to furthering the standards of design education. The Guidance Committee is not a fundraising entity and members are not solicited for any financial contribution. The committee meets yearly for thorough brainstorming session normally held in Los Angeles.

The Guidance Committee Members include (in alphabetical order):

Michael Bedner
Chairman and CEO, HBA/Hirsch Bedner & Associates

Frank Clementi, AIA
Principal Architect, Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Jeffrey Daniels, FAIA
Program Director, UCLA Extension Architecture & Interior Design

Fernando de Moraes
Co-Founder & Principal, Creative Resource Associates

Steven Drucker
Design Principal, Shlemmer Algaze Associates

David Hertz, FAIA
Founder and President, Studio of Environmental Architecture

Michael Hricak, FAIA
Principal, Hricak Architects

Scott Johnson, FAIA
Design Partner, Johnson/Fain Architects

Charrisse Johnston, ASID, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal and Interior Design Practice Leader, Steinberg Architects

Sarah Lorenzen, AIA
Chair, Cal Poly Pomona Department of Architecture

James Mary O’Connor, FAIA
Principal, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects

George Proctor
MIA Graduate Coordinator, Cal Poly Pomona Department of Architecture

Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA
Founding Principal and President, Rottet Studio

Darrell Schmitt, FASID, CID
Design Principal, Darrell Schmitt Design Associates

Clive Wilkinson, FAIA, RIBA, IIDA
President, Clive Wilkinson Architects

The interior design program leading to the Master of Interior Architecture (M. INT. ARCH.) degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.

The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Master of Interior Architecture (M. INT. ARCH.) 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.

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 the program be completed fully online? 
Yes, both the prerequisite Foundation Level Certificate and the Advanced Level Master's Program can be completed 100% online. Learn more about our online and remote methods of instruction.

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?
On the ground offerings are held (at UCLA Extension facilities) in Westwood Village in Los Angeles. Larger lecture courses are sometimes 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.

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