School of Architecture

Interior Architecture

Making spaces

Interior architecture is the art of creating a memorable experience of the space that surrounds us. Woodbury School of Architecture offers a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture at its Burbank campus. The BFA in Interior Architecture is ranked 15th best undergraduate interior architecture program in the nation by DesignIntelligence.

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Faculty & Staff

Our internationally recognized and award-winning faculty work closely with students, teaching the skills required to push the limits of practice and explore disciplinary possibilities in both theoretical and professional arenas. Dedicated staff members bring their professional expertise to students throughout the student experience.  Through individual attention, we foster close mentoring relationships between faculty, staff and students.

Small class sizes result in frequent one-on-one interactions. In these moments, as well as through lectures and studio reviews, faculty and staff share their experience and insights and help guide students to realize their potential. Collaborations are common, and it’s not unusual for students, faculty and staff to continue working together after graduation.

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Student Success

Woodbury School of Architecture offers a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture at its Burbank campus. The program provides students with the analytical, design, and technical skills necessary for success in the interior design professions. You will become part of a student community that includes recipients of prestigious awards such as the $30,000 Donghia Foundation Scholarship, the Carnegie Mellon UDream Scholarship, and the Gilman International Scholarship. The Nick Roberts and Nielsen Scholarships enable students to join one of our annual study away programs.

Internships & Careers

Woodbury School of Architecture supports our students in building a strong foundation for professional practice while investigating the nature of practice itself.  Throughout our interior architectural degree programs, students gain knowledge and skills that they will use in their professional lives.  Additionally, all undergraduate students are required to complete work experience in their discipline or allied profession as a degree requirement.  These experiences prepare students to make informed choices regarding their diverse career options.  Visit our School of Architecture Career Services page for more information about the services offered by our Career and Outreach staff.

School of Architecture Careers

 

“Transferring to Woodbury was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Now I get better opportunities with internships, industry connections, and career opportunities with the help of honest and caring faculty and staff. Plus, nothing is better than working late nights on my design projects with my studio family.”


— Maria Kobalyan

“The career and outreach offerings at Woodbury University are a very beneficial tool for students looking for internships or jobs. Woodbury's career and outreach coordinator helped me step by step with what I needed to do to be accepted into my summer internship. It is just one example of how much the school is invested into their students' success.”


— Ari Danaci

“I was able to work during the four years while attending Woodbury University, mostly due to the staff being so encouraging and helpful. I landed two great internships while going through the program, which allowed me to network within the field of interior architecture and understand the industry at a professional level.”


— Jillian Miller

“Woodbury has given me the opportunity to expand my knowledge and experience throughout the years. With the support of faculty and classmates that come from all kinds of creative backgrounds, I have never been more motivated to challenge my creativity and embrace the endless possibilities of interior architecture.”


— Dominic Luna

“At Woodbury, you see your professors working and innovating in their field. That real-world connection, knowing that they seek to continuously grow and aspire, has inspired me.”


— Shamane Morejon

“Woodbury is not only about receiving a great education, but also about the relationships you are building with your peers and faculty. My Woodbury family is the best support system I could have asked for on this path to career success.”


— Carlos Ramirez Cortes
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Facilities

The Burbank/Los Angeles facility takes full advantage of the university’s academic offerings, student support services, comprehensive library, and residential campus life. At the same time, it offers specialized facilities, including a wood/metal shop, a materials resource library, a digital fabrication lab, a lighting lab, computing facilities, a render farm, and 24-hour access to studios, including a 15,000-square foot architecture building.

Course Descriptions

The BFA program has 128 semester hours with 75 semester hours of major study, 45 semester hours in the liberal arts, and 9 semester hours of open electives. A portfolio review is required for students advancing from the second-year design studios into the upper-division studios, providing an excellent opportunity towards the development of professional marketing material. In addition, students are required to complete 128 hours of work experience, infusing their education with the knowledge gained in a professional interior design or allied design office.

INAR 105: DESIGN STUDIO 1: 3D DESIGN

As an introductory course in three-dimensional design,
emphasis is placed on developing skills necessary for
visualization, representation and creation of three-dimensional
form. Through descriptive geometry,
orthographic projection, axonometrics, and model building,
students study plane, mass and volume as space
defining elements. Studio. Prerequisite: none.

ARIA 114: DESIGN COMMUNICATION 1

This course introduces various drawing skills used in
two- and three-dimensional methods and media of representation.
Methods of perception, technique, composition,
critical evaluation and presentation are studied
through representational assignments. Emphasis is
placed on orthographic projection and documentation
and constructed hard line drawing techniques. Students
learn these methods of representation using both digital
and analog drawing skills and media. Studio. Prerequisite:
None.

WRIT 111: ACADEMIC WRITING 1

WRIT 111 is an intensive writing course that introduces
students to university standards for academic writing
and teaches students how to use the writing process
and social processes to write for various audiences.
WRIT 111 students improve their prewriting and
revision abilities and learn to modify the essay form,
integrate their opinions and experiences into essays,
and create multiple-source papers in the MLA format.
WRIT 111 also includes learning to coordinate first- and
third-person narration and critiquing readings for bias
and for other logical fallacies. Seminar. Prerequisite:
WRIT 100, Bridge to Academic Writing or appropriate
placement score.

INDS 1XX: INTERDISCIPLINARY CORE

One of the following courses:
INDS 101 Journeys
INDS 102 Natures
INDS 103 Conflicts
INDS 104 Knowledges

MATH 149: INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA

This is a beginning course in algebra. Topics include
polynomials, factoring, algebraic expressions, equations
in two variables, quadratic equations, and graphing.
Lecture. Prerequisite: Placement exam or MATH 049,
Elementary Algebra with a grade of “C” or better.

PPDV 1/2XX” TRANSITION TO WOODBURY UNIVERSITY 1

This seminar course is highly recommended for all
freshmen and designed to orient new students to university
life and achieve greater academic, professional,
and personal success. Through discussion, activities,
and reflection exercises, students and faculty work
together exploring the opportunities and challenges of
a new learning environment and developing strategies
to meet students’ developing goals. Course cannot be
repeated to remediate a non-passing grade.

INAR 106: DESIGN STUDIO 2: 3D DESIGN

Design Studio 2 provides a continued study of three-dimensional
design, developing individually defined
spaces into more complex spatial organizations.
Students analyze and design projects combining the
three-dimensional use of color, light and texture with
simple programs. Descriptive geometry, orthographic
projection, axonometric, and perspective drawings are
developed from skills learned in IA 105, Design Studio 1.
Model building techniques and introduction of computer graphics are developed. Design communication and visualization
skills are developed using digital media, and
mixed-media hand drawings and model building. Studio.
Prerequisite: INAR 105, Design Studio 1.

FOUN 103: DESIGN AND COLOR ELEMENTS 2

This course continues the exploration of design and
composition, introducing more complex problems with
an emphasis on introducing and studying the properties
and the interaction of color relationships in basic design
projects. Students develop conceptual, perceptual and
applied skills in problem-solving projects that investigate
color systems, color contrasts, color symbolism, and the spatial effects of color in art and design.
Studio. Prerequisite: FOUN 102, Design and Composition
recommended.

ARIA 115: DESIGN COMMUNICATION 2

This course develops various drawing skills used in two
and three-dimensional methods and media of representation.
Methods of perception, technique, composition, critical evaluation and presentation are studied through
representational assignments. Emphasis is placed on orthographic
projection and documentation and constructed
hard-line drawing techniques. Students learn these
methods of representation using both digital and analog
drawing skills and media. Additional skills in diagramming
and more advanced representation techniques
develop ideas and skill learned in ARIA 114. Studio.
Prerequisites: ARIA 114, Design Communication 1 and
INAR 105, Design Studio 1 and more advanced representation
techniques develop ideas and skill learned
in ARIA 114. Studio. Prerequisites: ARIA 114, Design
Communication 1 and INAR 105, Design Studio 1.

COMM 120: PUBLIC SPEAKING

This course provides a study of the oral presentation
of ideas and feelings that blend contemporary communication
theory with traditional approaches to public
address. This course also provides experience in public
speaking, interpersonal communication, and critical
listening skills. Lecture. Prerequisite: none. Offered
spring, summer, and fall. No lab costs.

WRIT 112: ACADEMIC WRITING 2

WRIT 112 is an intensive writing course and is the
capstone course in the Writing Program. WRIT 112 students
develop their research and writing skills; practice
MLA and APA documentation formats; and integrate diverse
kinds of documents to explore topics, solve problems,
and develop arguments. WRIT 112 also includes
elements of document design and field research, and
completing research into a subject other than English.
Specifically, the issue of sustainability will be examined
by each student through the lens of his/her major. While
studying sustainability, students will critically think,
read, and write, and study the relationships between
language, knowledge, and power. Seminar. Prerequisite:
WRIT 111, Academic Writing I or appropriate placement
score.

LSCI 105: INFORMATION THEORY AND PRACTICE

This course is an introduction to the production and
dissemination of information and knowledge. Using
networked information systems, traditional scholarly
resources, and evolving delivery systems, students
develop an understanding of concepts underlying the
research process, and skills in retrieval and critical
evaluation of resources appropriate to university level
research. Provides experience in the ethical use and
presentation of research results with correct documentation
styles, and the application of knowledge and skills
to research assigned in other course

 

INAR 207: DESIGN STUDIO 3: IA ELEMENTS

Through a series of design projects, students focus on
specific components of interior architecture such as
color, light, furniture, materiality, and systems of inhabitation
in relation to articulating space. Experimental
exploration of materials and graphic representation
inform programmatic hybridization in order to develop
an awareness of social and cultural aspects of space.
Studio. Prerequisite: INAR 106, Design Studio 2.

INAR 252: SPACE PLANNING

An introduction to programming, behavioral factors of
space and proxemics as they apply to the layout and
planning of interior environments. Several projects of
increasing complexity examine different programmatic
requirements. Studio. Prerequisites: INAR 105, Design
Studio 1.

INAR 256: MATERIALS AND FURNISHINGS

Applied finishes and specifications for interior architectural
elements, furniture, fixtures, and textiles are examined through a comprehensive project. Materials,
manufacturing processes, application of mass-produced
furniture and surface materials, methods of detailing,
construction, fabrication, the application of materials in
custom elements are studied. Estimating and installation
is introduced. Emphasis is on commercial and
institutional applications. Studio. Prerequisite: INAR
105, Design Studio 1: 3-D Design I.

FOUN 101: BEGINNING DRAWING

This is a fundamental course in freehand drawing.
Various media and methods are introduced to develop
perceptual and technical drawing skills. Emphasis is
on line, shape, tone, spatial relationships, perspective,
scale, and composition. Studio. Prerequisite: none.

INAR 164: INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE HISTORY 1

This is the first of a three-course survey examining the
history and theories of interiors and architecture. An
emphasis is placed on gaining an understanding of the
plastic arts and their relevance to and impact on the
larger world: culturally, politically, etc. Significant works
of furniture, interior spaces and architecture; important
architects and designers; formal and structural elements;
periods, styles, theories, and regional differences
within a given style or period are studied. Lecture.
Prerequisite: WRIT 111, Academic Writing I.

MATH 2XX: MATHEMATICS COURSE

Example:
MATH 249 College Algebra
This is a course in algebraic functions. Topics include
but are not limited to: relations, functions; inverse
functions; the algebra of functions; polynomial, rational
exponential, and logarithmic functions. Course content
is covered in three realms; symbolic, graphic and the
written word. In addition, each topic includes components
of problem solving and applications. Lecture.
Prerequisite: Placement exam or MATH 149, Intermediate
Algebra with a grade of “C” or better.

INAR 282: DESIGN STUDIO 4: BRANDING / ID

Branding, long associated as a marketing strategy, has
taken on issues of constructing individual identities.
This studio questions how space responds to and informs
how specific community and individual identities
utilize strategies of branding to create meaning in their
inhabitation of public environments. Studio. Prerequisites:
INAR 207, Design Studio 3: IA Elements, and
INAR 252, Space Planning.

INAR 258: BUILDING SYSTEMS AND CODES

This course analyzes construction materials and building
systems including structural, mechanical, electrical,
plumbing, lighting, and acoustics as it relates to interior
spaces. In conjunction with the building systems, this
course examines building codes related to interior
architecture. Studio. Prerequisites: INAR 111, Digital
Communication and INAR 106, Design Studio 2: 3-D
Design 2, WRIT 111, Academic Writing I.

ARIA 211: DESIGN COMMUNICATION 3

This is an intermediate level course that builds on
the fundamental skills of architectural representation
learned in Design Communication 1 and 2. The course
will take an experimental approach that combines
hand-drawing and digital tools to explore a variety of
drawing and representation techniques. Use of alternative
production methods will be combined with digital
tools. The class will primarily focus on two-dimensional
and three-dimensional drawings, but will also expand
to include physical three-dimensional “constructs” such
as composite drawings and assemblages. Prerequisites:
ARIA 115, Design Communication 2 or ARCH 211, Design
Communication 2.

INAR 265: INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE HISTORY 2

This is the second of a three-course survey examining
the history of interiors and architecture. An emphasis
is placed on gaining an understanding of the plastic
arts and their relevance to and impact on the larger
world: culturally, politically, etc. The course identifies
significant works of furniture, interior spaces and
architecture; important architects and designers; formal
and structural elements; periods, styles, theories, and regional differences from the industrial revolution until
the 1960’s. Lecture. Prerequisites: INAR 164, Interior
Architecture History 1 (recommended) and WRIT 112,
Academic Writing II.

ENVT 220: ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

This course provides an overview of topics including
ecosystems, biodiversity, mineral and nutrient cycles,
sources of energy, waste and pollution, and environmental
movements and philosophies. Lecture. Prerequisites:
none.

INAR 363: DESIGN STUDIO 5: DWELLING AND CULTURE

This studio questions how culture is represented in the
media and how those representations define a design
project that questions assumptions on how we live as a
society. The studio strives to develop design strategies
that engage in our understanding of changing ways of
dwelling as this act is informed by cultural specificity.
Studio. Prerequisites: INAR 282, Studio 4: Branding
and Identity; permission of the department chair; and
successful portfolio review.

INAR 366: CONTEMPORARY INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE HISTORY AND THEORY

This course situates historically a diversity of critical
and generative approaches to late twentieth century
design while introducing current themes and debates in
contemporary design practice and related disciplines.
The course is structured around a topic-based organization
allowing the exploration of contemporary theories
as they have developed over the past fifty years. An
emphasis is placed on gaining an understanding of the
plastic arts and their relevance to and impact on the
larger world: culturally, politically, etc. Significant works
of furniture, interior spaces and architecture; important
architects and designers; formal and structural elements;
periods, styles, theories, and regional differences
within a given style or period are identified. Lecture.
Prerequisites: INAR 265, IA History 2 (recommended)
and WRIT 112, Academic Writing II.

INAR 259: TECTONICS 1: MATERIAL LOGIC

This course provides a studio-based exploration of
the impact of materiality and fabrication in both the
generation and reading of form and space. This will
be addressed through readings, discussions, exercises
and design/build projects. Issues of craft and technique
as they affect the design process will be addressed in
both two and three-dimensions. An intuitive knowledge
of material properties and processes will be gained
through full-scale, hands-on exploration. Detailing, construction
and fabrication methods, and the application
of materials in custom elements are studied through
individual or group projects closely related to the body
in scale or use. Formal, conceptual, and programmatic
solutions are studied through a specific design strategy/
process as assigned by the instructor with an emphasis
on new or hybrid programs/functions. Studio. Prerequisites:
INAR 106, Design Studio 2: 3-D Design 2.

PSYC 200: INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of
psychology and the psychological processes of perception,
learning, thinking, motivation, personality, development,
and social behavior. Lecture. Prerequisite:
WRIT 111, Academic Writing I.

NATURAL SCIENCE WITH A LAB

For example:
BIOL 232 Botany
This course is an introduction to selected topics in plant
biology. Topics include the structure of plant cells, the
structure of roots, stems, leaves, and flowers, reproduction
in plants, genetics of plants, diversity of plant life,
and characteristics of various groups of plants. Laboratory.
Prerequisite: none.

WORK EXPERIENCE

(Students must complete 128 hours of work experience with an interior designer or allied professional.)

INAR 365: LIGHTING DESIGN

This course is an introduction to the basic design and
technical requirements of lighting systems. Studio. Prerequisite:
INAR 258, Building Systems & Codes.

INAR 382: DESIGN STUDIO 6: COMMUNITY AND TYPOLOGY

Typologies have long been used as a tool for generating
meaning in design that ties back to historical and
cultural references. As a strategy for understanding
common characteristics, typologies assist in creating
community identity. This studio explores the ambivalence
between community identification and individual
participation. Studio. Prerequisites: INAR 363, Design
Studio 5: Dwelling and Culture and INAR 259, Tectonics
I: Material Logic.

INAR 328: TECTONICS 2: DETAIL DESIGN

This course studies materials and methods of detailing,
fabrication, documentation, and specification for custom
work. Emphasis is placed on detailing as a design
process. Students learn detailing techniques through
research, observation and architectural documentation
of non-structural elements of contemporary or modern
design. Elements observed and documented may range
from furniture and interior casework to nonstructural,
exterior building elements (custom screens, trellis,
etc.). Materials and their integration, application, and/
or connections are emphasized. Students are directed
through research, conceptual design/diagramming,
schematic design, and design development to the final
production of a comprehensive project documenting
design resolutions of a given project through detailed
technical drawings and models. Studio. Prerequisites:
INAR 258, Building Systems & Codes; INAR 259, Tectonics
I: Material Logic; and INAR 207, Design Studio 3:
IA Elements.

SOCIAL SCIENCE COURSE

ARTH 2XX: ART HISTORY COURSE

Example:
ARTH 204 History of Modern Art
This course will seek to create a historical narrative
from c. 1860 to the period immediately following WWII
by outlining the major artistic movements and theories
in modern art. Focusing primarily on the art of Europe
and the United States, students will also study design,
architecture, and film in order to observe the characteristics
of progress and originality that often define
avant-garde modernism. Lecture. Prerequisite: none.

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INAR 454: CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS

Graphic conventions and the organization of working
drawings are studied through a comprehensive project.
A brief survey of the legal nature and scope of the construction
document package (contractual agreements,
conditions, drawings, modifications, and specifications)
is presented. Studio. Prerequisite: INAR 258, Building
Systems & Codes; INAR 282, Design Studio 4: Branding
and Identity; INAR 327, Tectonic 2: Detail Design
recommended.

INAR 480: DESIGN STUDIO 7: NARRATIVE AND MEDIA

Working on the assumption that space houses the
stories of the people who inhabit it, this studio explores
how stories of communities and individuals inform design.
The media used to communicate these narrations
require the development of technological and performative
strategies of expression. Studio. Prerequisite: INAR
382, Design Studio 6 Community and Typology.

INAR 482: SENIOR PROJECT SEMINAR

Through self-directed study and research, students
develop a project proposal for their senior project. The
course is broken into four modules that deal with the
main components of the Interior Architecture senior
project: program development, conceptual thesis, site analysis, and generative strategies. Through weekly
meetings and seminars, students discuss their research
as it progresses to a final senior project proposal.
Prerequisites: INAR 366, Contemporary IA History and
Theories.

PHIL 210: ETHICAL SYSTEMS

This course provides an analysis of ethical problems intrinsic to modern life including an examination of traditional and contemporary moral theories and their applications in practical experience. Lecture. Prerequisite: none.

INDS 340: HUMAN AGENCY AND INTERIOR SPACE

Based on close readings of texts dealing with agency and space, as well as generative writings and interpretations of the two, the course melds on-site analysis of interior space with different theoretical frameworks in order to formulate an understanding of the relationship between interior environments, human behavior and ideological understandings. Seminar. Prerequisites: WRIT 112, Academic Writing II or WRIT 212, Rhetoric and Design; LSCI 105; COMM 120; one lower-division humanities or social science course.

INAR 451: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

Students gain an understanding of basic business
concepts, practices, procedures and documents as
they relate to interior architecture with an emphasis on
ethical and legal issues. Lecture. Prerequisites: INAR
256, Materials & Furnishings and INAR 258, Building
Systems & Codes.

INAR 483: SENIOR PROJECT

Seniors develop a comprehensive project during their final
semester in the program. Students present their projects
in a public forum attended by outside professionals
and faculty members from the School of Architecture
and the Interior Architecture Department. The
IA department is developing further opportunities
for project assessments. Developing a review of the
projects during the week prior to commencement by
the faculty without the students present can provide
an opportunity to evaluate overall strengths and
weaknesses of the curriculum.

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Accreditation

CIDA
Woodbury University School of Architecture’s Interior Architecture program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

NASAD
Woodbury University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

WASC
Woodbury University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.

For more information about accreditation, go to the About page.

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Student Achievement Data

BFA, Interior Architecture

Our Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture degree program develops students’ individual design visions while providing the practical training necessary to succeed in the workplace. Moreover, faculty and administrators are aware of the challenges of completing a college education and work together with students to achieve a timely graduation.

Here are a few statistics drawn from a survey of the BFA, Interior Architecture Class of 2013:

-100% of survey respondents were currently employed in the field of Interior Architecture.

-Over the three year period ending in the Fall of 2013, the program averaged a retention rate of 76%.

-87.5% of the freshman and transfer students in the Class of 2013 graduated within four years.

-Recent graduates, including the Class of 2013, have held positions at the following firms: Gensler, StudioMA, Johnson Fain, Chu+Gooding Architects, KKID, Studio Smog, Clive-Wilkinson Architects, Elan Designs, Charmean Neithart Interiors, Wolcott Architecture | Interiors, Klawiter Interior Planning and Design, About:Space, Diana Wong Architecture + Interior Design, Casa Wasy Interior Design, HDR, Bown Studios, Greenmeme.

 -No one from among the respondents in the Class of 2013 has applied to graduate school.