Interior Architecture & Product Design
Integrated User-Centered Whole
Inspiring the course of study of Interior Architecture & Product Design is the close relationship between interior space and the products and building systems that materially comprise it. These elements composed together form an integrated user-centered whole. Located in the College of Architecture, Planning and Design, the program’s curriculum is also influenced by the notion that the interior is an integral part of the building, landscape, and community that provide its context.
Interwoven and Comprehensive
Throughout the years, the program carefully interweaves interior architecture, product design and furniture design into a comprehensive and unique degree offering, a professional Masters of Interior Architecture & Product Design (M IAPD).
Analog and Digital
We value both analog and digital means of exploration and expression. Strengths are built in hand graphic and ideation skills, in hands-on creation of models and prototypes to test design ideas in interior architecture, in product design, and in furniture design. Building upon the design-thinking skills and the importance of multiple approaches to design, digital methods are introduced and reinforced in multiple ways – through the use of digital media in exploration and representation of idea and form, in the use of the CNC router and in the use of other digital equipment. Computers are integrated into studios and focused courses throughout much of the curriculum. Students are encouraged and aided by faculty in the use of BIM, CAD, 3D-modeling, rendering, graphic design, digi-fabrication, parametrics, multimedia presentation, and internet software. The value of analog expression is held in high regard throughout the entire curriculum, and operates integrally with digital means.
Field trips to major metropolitan areas, international study, and internships each enhance student awareness and experience and are integral components of the M IAPD. In addition, exceptional speakers are brought to Manhattan, professionals regularly participate in courses through guest lectures and/or critiques, and experts in related fields are brought in to have an impact on student design.
The Process (Non-Baccalaureate MIAPD 5+ year program)
Admission is competitive and gained to the IAPD program following successful application through the APDesign Student Services office and once the first year requirements are complete including ENVD courses, Math, Physics, Speech, and English courses.
During the course of the IAPD program, students in their third year apply for acceptance to the Graduate School through CollegeNet before they may begin the fourth and fifth years of study. The graduate level fourth and fifth years build upon the first three years of the program and include a culminating project focused on Interior Architecture, Product Design, or Furniture Design.
The Process (Post-Baccalaureate MIAPD 3+ year program)
Admission is competitive and gained following successful application for acceptance to IAPD and the Graduate School through CollegeNet before students may begin their IAPD studies. The graduate level three year + summers builds upon the first years of the program (where the courses are at an undergraduate level) and includes a culminating project focused on Interior Architecture, Product Design, or Furniture Design.