Interior Design is the art of creating a memorable experience of the space that surrounds us. Woodbury’s School of Architecture offers a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design at its Los Angeles campus. Through small class sizes and individual attention, we foster close mentoring relationships between faculty, staff and students. The BFA in Interior Design was ranked 12th best undergraduate interior design program in the 2018 DesignIntelligence Survey.Apply Request Information Take a Tour
All architecture and interior design programs at Woodbury have been designated as STEM degrees. The School of Architecture received approvals internally from the University Curriculum Committee and Office of Academic Affairs, and externally from WASC (WSCUC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). Starting in the fall of 2020, students enrolling in the following programs will graduate with STEM-designated degrees:
Master of Architecture
Master of Science in Architecture
Master of Science in Architecture in Real Estate Development
Master of Interior Design
Bachelor of Architecture
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design
All international students enrolled in these programs can now apply for a 24-month extension of their post-completion OPT (Optional Practice Training) for a total of 36 months.
Students can engage the new interior spaces of gaming and both virtual and augmented reality. Take advantage of resources such as our VR lab and the course offerings of our Game Design and Applied Computer Science departments.
Learn how to design commercial, residential and hospitality interiors for rooms and buildings. Design colors, materials, finishes, furniture, environmental graphics and more as you shape the experience of everyday life.
Design technologies and materials are changing rapidly, from 3D printing and CNC fabrication to the invention of new materials. Learn fabrication in wood and metal shops, a materials library, a digital fabrication lab, and a lighting lab.
Learn about Interior Design at Woodbury School of Architecture with Chair Christoph Korner as he discusses his experiences, his career and what the future holds for the program.
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. Through individual attention, we foster close mentoring relationships between faculty, staff and students that extends to network opportunities after graduation.
The BFA program has 128 semester hours with 75 hours of major study, 45 hours in the liberal arts, and 9 hours of open electives. A portfolio review is required for students advancing from second-year studios into the upper-division studios. Students are also required to complete 128 hours of work experience. Explore the course catalog and program worksheet, and find out about transfer articulations here.
The BFA program creates a foundation of knowledge and skills that students will use in their professional lives. All undergraduate students are required to complete work experience in their discipline or allied profession as a degree requirement. Visit the School of Architecture Career Services page for more information about the services offered by our Career and Outreach staff.
We offer transfer students an incredible opportunity to lower the costs of their education. The Woodbury Prize scholarship pays half of all tuition and fees for the duration of a student’s enrollment in the program. All transfer students who are accepted into our Architecture (BArch) and Interior Design (BFA) undergraduate programs are automatically considered for the Woodbury Prize. Past scholarship recipients have included students transferring from Pasadena City College, Glendale Community College, College of the Canyons, ELAC, and many other community colleges. Our professional faculty are available to review portfolios and provide input to all prospective students. To find out more about our scholarships or to have your portfolio reviewed, even if you have not yet applied, please contact chair Christoph Korner.
Woodbury School of Architecture offers a four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design (BFA) at its Burbank campus. The program provides students with the analytical, design, and technical skills necessary for success in the interior architecture professions. You will become part of a student community that includes recipients of prestigious awards such as:
$30,000 Donghia Foundation Scholarship: Ryanne Hawkins
$30,000 Donghia Foundation Scholarship: Christian Esparza
Network for Hospitality Industry (NEWH) scholarship: Justin Jakubisn
Network for Hospitality Industry (NEWH) scholarship: Angela Perea
IDEC video competition: Shahad Almazroa, Genesis Li, and Silviya Zhivkova
Killefer Flammang Architects Scholarship presented by the Association for Women in Architecture Foundation: Silviya Zhivkova
$30,000 Donghia Foundation Scholarship: Dominic Luna, Carlos Ramirez
Carnegie Mellon UDream Scholarship: Kayla Manio
SoCAl IIDA student design charrette: Odalis Guerrero-Hernandez
Network for Hospitality Industry (NEWH) scholarship: Jasper Liao and Maryam Laleh
San Fernando Valley Chapter AIA Fund Awards Scholarship: Jasper Liao and Sara Noei
$30,000 Donghia Foundation Scholarship: Yumin Zheng
$30,000 Donghia Foundation Scholarship: Kristen Dusold
Woodbury’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design 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.
It typically takes a full-time student taking approximately 15 credits per semester four years to complete the degree program.
Student Attrition and Retention
90% of students admitted in the fall of 2017 returned in the fall of 2018, putting attrition at 10%.
Of the students graduating in 2018, 85% graduated in 4 years.
Here are a few statistics drawn from a survey of the BFA, Interior Architecture Class of 2018:
Acceptance into Graduate Programs:
12% of students who graduated in 2018 applied for graduate school, and 100% were accepted.
Job Placement Rates:
75% of students who graduated in 2018 are employed in interior design or a related profession.
Recent graduates, including the Class of 2018, have held positions at the following firms: Gensler, SOM, Barbara Bestor, Rios Clementi Hale Studios, HLW International, 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.
Related fields that recent graduates are working in include the entertainment industry, art direction and set design, fashion, jewelry, and product design.
The Burbank 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 shop, a 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 studio building.
The Intelligent Lighting Laboratory allows the students to simulate lighting scenarios and explore through hands-on experience the effects of light on materials and space. It allows them to question the status quo of lighting design and to develop innovative ways of using lighting in architectural spaces. During their coursework new technologies are tested and the equipment and facilities help with the investigation of new ideas. Experiments investigate the impacts of these applications on both the experience of human users of architecture and energy consumption.
The Materials Resource Library holds a large collection of physical samples and online resources, including a subscription to a comprehensive online material database called Material ConneXion. Samples represent a wide range of both standard interior finishes, and more experimental materials.
The Advanced Material Testing Laboratory is equipped for its role as both a space for hands-on education and as a resource for cutting-edge research in the area of material science. It contains a range of equipment and technical support staff for the testing of material samples. Students can manipulate the interior space of the experimental environment with various materials and test the result to determine how color, surface textures, shade devices, lighting systems, and similar factors change the climate and perception of the space.
The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts 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 Bachelor of Fine Arts degree granted by Woodbury University 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.
Woodbury University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Woodbury University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.
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