Interior Architecture and Design Major
responding. furnishing. sustaining. It begins the moment you set foot on campus – a sense of wonder and curiosity about space and the built environment. The Interior Architecture and Design program is set up to ensure your success, transforming the way you view the relationship between human interaction and space. You’ll compose dynamic and experimental interior environments that are grounded by client-driven requirements and everyday circumstances as your understanding of design and building construction techniques evolve. You’ll actively engage in residential design, office design, retail and exhibition design, and furniture design in your coursework. See examples of the kind of work you’ll make in our Interior Architecture and Design Image Gallery.
Our Interior Architecture and Design program is built on the premise that the composition, articulation, and finishing and furnishing of spaces affect people in deep, meaningful ways. Designers conceptualize, develop and communicate ideas for space that touch the body and engage the mind. Throughout the program and coursework, you’ll develop the ability to solve spatial problems with solutions that embody both experiential and practical concerns. Real-world projects, with work ranging from computer modeling to built space, allow you to translate your vision and develop a professional portfolio.
MIAD’s Interior Architecture and Design program is situated in the heart of the Historic Third Ward, Milwaukee’s thriving arts and entertainment district where opportunities for art and design professionals abound. There are over 20 architecture and interior design firms located within a half mile radius of MIAD. Our students and graduates work in almost all of them. As young professionals, many of our graduates have won major design awards while establishing themselves in architecture and interior design offices, design/build firms, and as custom furniture makers. While most graduates work as commercial or residential interior designers, others work as interior architects, design/build professionals, furniture designers and product representatives. Our alumni work in Milwaukee, Chicago, New York, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Seattle, Kansas City and New Orleans.