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Appointments are not always necessary to receive the information that you are seeking. Most questions can be answered by calling (310) 825-9061 or emailing (arc_id@uclaextension.edu).

Our Program Advisor is available for appointments Monday through Thursday from 10:00am to 3:30pm. To request an appointment, please fill out the form below and we will be in touch with you once it is received.

Contact Information

UCLA EXTENSION

Administration Office:

10960 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1600
Los Angeles, CA 90024-3802

Phone: (310) 825-9061
Email: ARC_ID@uclaextension.edu

If you have general questions about the program or need immediate assistance, the Arc+ID program staff is happy to assist you via phone or email.

Mailing Address:

UCLA Extension, Arc+ID
1145 Gayley Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024-3439

Office Hours:

Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm

Program Advisor’s Office:

Westwood Center
1010 Westwood Boulevard, Room 212
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: (310) 794-3747

The Program Advisor is available for appointments from 10:00am to 3:30pm, Monday through Thursday only. To request an appointment with the Program Advisor, please fill out the Appointment Request Form.

Architecture and Interior Design Program Staff: 

Jeffrey Daniels, FAIA
Director

Vince Mallari
Program Manager

Suzanne Sheppard, CID
Advisor

Steve Martin
Program Representative

Ainsley Reynolds
Program Coordinator

Ellen Song
Program Assistant

Additional Contact Information:

General Program Information: (310) 825-9061
Academic Advisor/Graduation: (310) 794-3747
Student Services: (310) 825-9971
International Student Office: (310) 825-9351

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CAL STATE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY, POMONA

Administration Office:

Office of Admissions & Outreach
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue, Building 98-T2
Pomona, CA 91768

Phone: (909) 869-5299
Fax: (909) 869-4529

Department of Architecture:

College of Environmental Design
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue, Building 7-210
Pomona, CA 91768

Phone: (909) 869-2683
Fax: (909) 869-4331

Office Hours:

Monday through Thursday, 7:00am to 6:00pm

Architecture and Interior Design Program Staff at Cal Poly Pomona:

George Proctor
Chair

Sam Winfield
Administrative Coordinator

Irma Ramirez
Graduate Coordinator/Academic Advisor

 

 

Additional Contact Information:

Cal Poly Pomona Office of Admissions: (909) 869-5299
Cal Poly Pomona Financial Aid: (909) 869-3700

Master of Interior Architecture Application Requirements

Application Term

Application Deadline

Supporting Documents Deadline

Winter 2020*

(classes begin January 6)

October 1, 2019

November 1, 2019

Spring 2020*

(classes begin March 30)

October 2 – December 15, 2019

January 10, 2020

*Use Cal State Apply Spring 2020 application. If your supporting documents are submitted by the Nov. 1 deadline, you will be considered for Winter session admission. If your application is submitted between Oct. 2-Dec. 15 and you provide your supporting documents by Jan. 10, you will be considered for Spring session.

 

 

Required Educational Background

Admission to the Master of Interior Architecture degree program requires a 4-year bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA and the completion of the 82 prerequisite units (Certificate/Foundation Level) or equivalent with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

We welcome students from varied academic backgrounds, including non-design disciplines. A bachelor’s degree in interior design is not required for admission into the Master’s program. Applicants with no previous study in interior design or architecture must complete the Foundation Level prerequisite classes before applying to the Master’s level. The 82 prerequisite units are offered through the Interior Design Certificate curriculum.

Applicants who do have an undergraduate degree in interior design, architecture, or similar design-related field may be eligible to bypass the Foundation Level prerequisites and apply directly to the Master’s level. Before applying to the program, a transcript evaluation by our Program Advisor is required in order to qualify for Advanced Standing. Unofficial transcripts can be used for this review process. Click here to schedule an appointment with the Student Advisor or call (310) 794-3747.

Required Application Materials

CSU Application

Please submit your application online. The CSU application for graduate admissions can be found at (https://www2.calstate.edu/apply). If you have questions, please refer to this guidePlease note that you must forward a copy of your completed application to UCLA Extension.

Transcripts

Start by uploading PDF copies of transcripts from each college/university that you have attended, including Certificate coursework. You must then arrange for official transcripts from each of your schools to be mailed directly to:

Cal Poly Pomona
Office of Admissions & Enrollment Planning
3801 W. Temple Avenue
Pomona, CA 91768

If you have received a degree from an institution outside of the United States, you must mail an official paper copy, along with a certified translation if in a language other than English. 

UCLA Extension Certificate Program official transcripts can be ordered here.

English Language Proficiency Test

All applicants, regardless of citizenship, who have not completed at least three years of full-time enrollment at the secondary level where English is the principal language of instruction are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score:

TOEFL:   550 (paper based)/213 (computer based)/83 (internet)
IELTS:    band score of 6.5

The score cannot be more than two years old. Upload a copy of your score in the “Program Materials” section of the application. You must contact ETS to have your official TOEFL score released. Paper copies are not accepted. The TOEFL code needed from ETS to send your score to Cal Poly Pomona is 4082.

Personal Statement

Explain your interests, motivations and goals in pursuing a professional degree. This should not exceed 750 words. Upload a PDF copy in the “Program Materials” section of the application.

Recommendations (3)

Three recommendations are required and should be submitted by individuals in a position to assess your potential in the interior design profession or in a Master’s level academic program. All recommendations must be submitted electronically using the portal in the application. It is your responsibility to ensure that recommendation requests are received and completed on time. Applicants will not be notified about missing recommendations. Failure to receive three complete letters will prevent you from submitting your application. Please inform your recommenders that communication will be sent from (calstateapply@liaisoncas.com). If you have questions, please refer to this guide.

Portfolio

Your portfolio must include visual work illustrating your creative or analytical abilities in written, graphic, or mathematical form. Upload a PDF copy in the “Program Materials” section of the application. Please note that the portfolio cannot be larger than 15 megabytes.

Application Fee

A $55 non-refundable filing fee must be paid at the time of application submission. Payments are accepted by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, and AMEX) or PayPal.

Application Copy for UCLA Extension

Please download and email a copy of your completed application to UCLA Extension to (ARC_ID@unex.ucla.edu). Please use the following format in the subject line:

MIA [Quarter Applied] – [Last Name, First Name]
Example:  MIA Fall 2019 – Doe, Jane

To download a copy of your completed application, login from www2.calstate.edu/apply and select the “Check Status” tab. You will see a download icon.

 

International Students (F-1 visa)

In preparation for the I-20 process, please see the following link for the requirements pertaining to your visa: (https://www.cpp.edu/~international/students/incoming-students/f1-visa-i-20.shtml). Cal Poly Pomona’s International Center will be in contact with you upon admission into the program.

 

 

Master of Interior Architecture

The Master of Interior Architecture is a professional degree (M. INT. ARCH.) offered collaboratively between UCLA Extension and Cal Poly Pomona and is one of the top CIDA-accredited programs in the nation.

The primary goal of the Master of Interior Architecture Program is to provide an opportunity for individuals with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree to pursue a rigorous program of part time study that prepares them to enter the field of interior design incorporating the highest standards of professional practice. The program particularly serves career-change students seeking to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming interior design professionals. All classes are taught at UCLA Extension facilities in Westwood, Los Angeles.

Program Requirements & Curriculum

We welcome students from varied academic backgrounds, including non-interior design disciplines. Individuals with no previous study in interior design or architecture must first complete prerequisites in or equivalent to UCLA Extension’s Certificate of Interior Design.

Admissions into to the Master of Interior Architecture degree program requires a 4-year bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA and completion of the 82 prerequisite units found in the Certificate Program (or equivalent) with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

 

Applying to the Master’s Program

Unlike the open enrollment format of the Certificate Program, prospective master’s students must complete an application and submit additional documents in order to be evaluated for admission into the program. For detailed information about applying to the Master of Interior Architecture Program, please see the Master of Interior Architecture Application Requirements.

Applicants who have taken interior design or architecture courses outside of UCLA Extension must have a transcript evaluation with Student Affairs Advisor, Suzanne Sheppard before applying. Click here to schedule an appointment online or call (310) 794-3747.

Program Curriculum and Duration

The Master of Interior Architecture degree program requires the completion of 63 quarter units (44 semester units). Full-time students can complete the program in 4 quarters/1 year. Part-time students taking 4-8 units per quarter can complete the program in 6-8 quarters/1.5-2 years. Upon admission into the program, students are required to register for some classes through Cal Poly Pomona’s BroncoDirect system. Please note that Cal Poly Pomona operates on a semester-system and unit conversions are listed simply for graduation paperwork requirements. All courses follow the UCLA Extension academic quarter schedule.

1ST QUARTER
Interior Architecture Studio A ARCH X 430C/INA 5110 6 Q.units  4 S. units
Concept Driven Design: Visual Seminar and Studio  ARCH X 471.125/INA 5120 4 Q. units  3 S. units
Understanding Building Codes ARCH X 427.20/INA 5130 3 Q. units  2 S. units
Electives  varies  varies
2ND QUARTER
Interior Architecture Studio B ARCH X 471.19/INA 5210 6 Q. units  4 S. units
Research and Programming Methodologies ARCH X 497/INA 5220 4 Q. units  3 S. units
Interior Detailing and Building Systems ARCH X 467.27B/INA 5230 6 Q. units  4 S. units
Electives  varies  varies
3RD QUARTER
Master’s Project: Interior Architecture Studio ARCH X 498.1/INA 6940 8 Q. units  5 S. units
Business Strategies for Interior Architects ARCH X 497.5/INA 6120 4 Q. units  3 S. units
The Ecology of Design* ARCH X 467.55/INA 6130 2 Q. units  2 S. units
Electives  varies  varies
4TH QUARTER  
Master’s Project: Interior Architecture Documents ARCH X 498/INA 6950 8 Q. units  5 S. units
Project Management for Interior Architects* ARCH X 498.2/INA 6140 4 Q. units  3 S. units
Electives  varies  varies

Notes:
* Offered in Spring & Fall only
† Classes restricted to only MIA students. Registration through Cal Poly Pomona’s Bronco Direct System

Electives

Eight quarter units, of choice, are required in the Master’s curriculum. A maximum of 2 units for one Internship can be used toward this requirement. The courses listed below are all the electives offered in our program, however, some may not be offered every quarter. Check course listing information for availability.

Professional Development
Photographing Architecture & Interiors ARCH X 467.11A/INA 560 4 Q. units Available online
SketchUp ARCH X 468.6A 2 Q. units Available online
Advanced SketchUp ARCH X 468.6B 2 Q. units Available online
Interior Design Law I ARCH X 497.10 2 Q. units Available online
Interior Design Law II ARCH X 497.11 2 Q. units Available online
Advanced Portfolio Design & Graphic Storytelling ARCH X 498.10 4 Q. units
Interior Rendering Techniques Using 3ds Max & V-Ray ARCH X 498.12 4 Q. units Available online
Interior Design in Films ARCH X 498.22 2 Q. units
Decorating & Design
Residential Remodeling ARCH X 406.6/INA 538 3.25 Q. units
A Survey of the Decorative Arts ARCH X 443.16/INA 661 4 Q. units
Accessories for Residential Interiors ARCH X 443.40 2 Q. units
Feng Shui for Designers & Architects ARCH X 443.45 2 Q. units
Furniture Design ARCH X 461.4/INA 539 4 Q. units
Internship & Independent Study
Professional Interior Architecture Internship ARCH X 473/INA 615 2 Q. units
Independent Study † INA 591 1-4 Q. units

† Registration through Cal Poly Pomona’s Bronco Direct System.

 

Program Cost

Application Fee: $55
Estimated Program Tuition: $31,500*
Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $4,000
Estimated Total Cost: $35,500

*Price per unit: $500. Elective costs vary.

Facts & Figures

The following data was collected using institutional records and a survey that was administered within 6 weeks of graduation. Information was gathered from 70% of graduates.

Retention and Attrition Rate

Students can begin the program in the Fall, Winter, or Spring. The following retention and attrition rates are for the calendar year.

Retention rate for Master of Interior Architecture students who began in 2016: 85.3%
Attrition rate for Master of Interior Architecture students who began in 2016: 14.7%

Retention rate for Master of Interior Architecture students who began in 2017: 84.6%
Attrition rate for Master of Interior Architecture students who began in 2017: 15.4%

Retention rate for Master of Interior Architecture students who began in 2018: 92.1%
Attrition rate for Master of Interior Architecture students who began in 2018: 7.9%

Graduation Rate

Since students can elect to take the MIA Program on a full- or part-time basis, the length of the program will vary from student to student.

Graduation rate for students who began in 2015: 76.8%  (2 year graduation rate)
Graduation rate for students who began in 2015: 89.3% (3 year graduation rate)

Graduation rate for students who began in 2016: 71.8%  (2 year graduation rate)
Graduation rate for students who began in 2016: 82.1% (3 year graduation rate)

Graduation rate for students who began in 2017: 81.6% (2 year graduation rate)
Graduation rate for students who began in 2017: 92.1% (3 year graduation rate)

Job Placement Rate

Job placement rate for MIA students (students employed within 180 days of completion): 86.8%

  • discipline related jobs: 90.6%
  • non-discipline related jobs: 9.4%

Acceptance into Graduate Program

The following are acceptance rates for the Master of Interior Architecture degree program. Students who apply to this graduate program must have a bachelor’s degree in any field.

2018: 90.2%

2017: 87.7%

2016: 90.2%

2015: 82.4%

2014: 87.0%

 

 

 

 

Deadline approaching to submit your Master of Interior Architecture application materials for Fall 2016 Quarter admissions!

ucla extension and cal poly pomonaAre you planning to apply to the Master of Interior Architecture Program? If so, you only have a few more weeks to turn in your application materials. The Fall 2016 Quarter starts on September 19, 2016, but all application materials are due by June 1, 2016. You can begin submitting your application materials any time between now and the deadline.

Applicants who have an educational background in interior design, architecture, or similar design-related field may be eligible to bypass the Foundation Level prerequisites and apply directly to the Master’s level. Before applying to the program, a transcript evaluation by our Program Advisor is required in order to qualify for Advanced Standing. Unofficial transcripts can be used for this review process. Click here to request a transcript evaluation.

For a full list of required application materials and additional details, please see the Master of Interior Architecture Application Requirements.

If you would like to apply to a future quarter, please see the Important Deadlines for Graduate Applicants.

Have additional questions about applying or the Master’s program? Check out the Master of Interior Architecture FAQs.

 

Master Program Admission + Requirements for International Students

International students applying to the Master of Interior Architecture Program will be accepted as graduate students only if they hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in the United States or Canada or have comparable academic credentials from a foreign country. The Master of Interior Architecture does not require Graduate Exams, however, you may be asked to provide them in certain circumstances.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

You are considered an international graduate applicant if you hold or will be holding a U.S. visa as a student, exchange visitor or in another non-immigrant classification.  You must have completed, or will be completing, a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.

Please continue to Admission Requirements for International Graduate Students for more information.

Ready to apply? Use the following links to submit your application:

Graduate application – if you received your baccalaureate degree from a US institution

Graduate application (out of country) – if you received your baccalaureate degree from outside of the United States

Once your application is submitted, we will send you a notification by email to acknowledge receipt of your application.  Cal Poly Pomona makes admission decisions based on self-reported information from the application and it is important that coursework including grades and test scores are entered accurately and completely.

Admitted students who intend to enroll at Cal Poly Pomona will be required to submit an official transcript in order to verify eligibility and high school graduation. Admission decisions may be withdrawn for students who misreported academic information or who have not met the terms of the admission offer.

Submit Required Tests:

TOEFL scores — A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (Internet) is required. TOEFL scores must be sent from the testing agency. We do not accept electronic reporting systems. Please refer to the Cal Poly Pomona International Student website or call (909) 869-2036 for more information.

Submit Transcripts or other Required Documents:

Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the supporting document deadline. Other supporting documents required by individual departments might include unofficial transcripts, a copy of the admission application submitted via www.csumentor.edu, results of the GRE or GMAT, resume, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, portfolios, etc. Such supplemental materials must usually be sent directly to the department requesting them.

Go to the Graduate Programs website to review the departmental websites to confirm which departments require which supplemental documents. All official documents in languages other than English must include a certified English translation.

Pay the admission application fee:

Your application requires a $55 application fee that must be paid by the application deadline.  Failure to pay the application fee will result in your application to Cal Poly Pomona being cancelled.  For more information about fee payment, go to the CSU Mentor website.

AFTER YOU’RE ADMITTED

  • I-20 Process – document necessary for visa appointment; students will receive email communication from the Cal Poly International Studies office.
  • Success 101 – orientation, document check in,  F-1 regulation (course load, employment benefits, resources, etc.)
  • Curricular Practical Training – the internship authorization eligibility and form can be found here.
  • Optional Practical Training – post graduation work authorization and application process; F-1 students are eligible for 12 months of authorization after they complete their study.
  • Upcoming Events, including all workshops.

 

MIA Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Policy

The MIA Program is a graduate level program leading to a Master of Interior Architecture degree. It provides students with advanced knowledge and practical skill training in the field of interior architecture. Although the MIA program has been designed to be completed by full-time students in one year, there are flexible scheduling options and evening classes that allow students, who may be transitioning from a previous career, to work while going to school. These individuals typically complete the program at a slower pace. Nevertheless, the program places a high value on Curricular Practical Training and has made it an integrated opportunity within the curriculum. However, not all students are able to take advantage of CPT. This can be due to their need to work full-time while attending classes, or it can be due to the fact that some students do not develop sufficient skill sets until they have completed substantial parts of the program. Because of this variability, the MIA Program has established CPT as a recommended elective course. As such, it fulfills required units for the degree, and is an integral part of the curriculum, even though it may not be appropriate for all students.

Practical training may be authorized to an F-1 student who has been lawfully enrolled on a full time basis, in a Service-approved college, university, conservatory, or seminary for one full academic year (214.2(f)(10). Exceptions are available only if graduate studies require immediate participation in curricular practical training. A request for authorization for curricular practical training must be made to the DSO (214.2(f)(10)(i)).”

 

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MIA APPLICANT FAQ

For additional answers to your application or admissions questions, please see the International Students FAQ.

 

Certificate Program FAQs and Policies

Why choose a certificate over another degree?

Certificates are ideal if you want specific, practical knowledge in a particular field. They offer a focused course of study balancing theory and practice with an emphasis on real-world experience.

By contrast, many graduate degrees focus on theory. Because completing a certificate program can take less time and significantly less money than a graduate degree, it’s also an ideal way to quickly improve your professional skills, gain practical training, or explore alternate careers.

In addition, most of UCLA Extension’s certificate programs offer open enrollment, meaning you will not have to take preliminary standardized tests, compete for enrollment, or have a certain GPA for admission.

What’s the difference between a Certificate and a Sequential Program?

Certificate Programs consist of a sequence of courses of at least 140 credit-bearing hours, which provides instruction in a coherent body of knowledge within a specialized field.

Successful completion leads to the award of a formal academic testimonial, appearing on the student’s transcript and commemorated by a University gold-seal certificate document signed by the Dean of UCLA Extension. All certificate program curricula have been approved by the appropriate dean or faculty of a UCLA or UC school, department, or college. Completion of a certificate program may also be accompanied by a public announcement of the award.

All courses offered in both certificate and sequential programs have been approved by the UCLA Academic Senate. For certificate programs, the full curriculum (in addition to individual courses) also meets University of California guidelines. Typically the academic level of certificate or sequential programs is post-baccalaureate.

Sequential Programs are sequences of courses, often with fewer than 140 credit-bearing hours, providing relevant instruction in a particular area. However, sequential curricula have not been approved for formal academic testimonial, nor will their completion appear on a student’s transcript.

All courses in sequential programs have been approved by the UCLA Academic Senate. Students paying Sequential Program fees are eligible for academic counseling services from the department offering the classes.

How do employers perceive UCLA Extension’s certificates?

Employers worldwide recognize the value of ongoing training and up-to-date skills. Certificate programs—focused study sequences that combine theory with practical knowledge—are typically very well received by employers, and can be a significant consideration for hiring and promotion. In addition, because certificate program curriculum is reviewed at least every 5 years, and frequently developed by accredited professional organizations, state commissions and board, employers can rest assured of relevant, current topic coverage in the classroom.

I’m an international student; can I enroll in a certificate program?

Yes, many of our certificate programs are suitable for international students, who can study here while on an F-1 visa. For details, see our International Students section here.

When and how do I enroll in classes?

There is no application or formal paperwork that is required to start the certificate program. You simply sign up for classes based on the order outlined in the Quarterly Curriculum Sequence. Use this chart to map out which classes you should be enrolling in per quarter in order to efficiently progress through the program. All Arc+ID classes are offered every quarter (except for the History classes, see chart for details) so you can start the program at any quarter! Registration usually begins a month and a half before the quarter starts. Check the Academic Calendar for important quarter and registration start dates. For instructions on how to enroll in classes, click here.

Once I’m enrolled in classes, am I automatically eligible to receive my certificate?

Not quite. You must establish candidacy in the Interior Design Certificate program first.

Students can take up to 5 classes in the Arc+ID program before they establish candidacy. The Interior Design Candidacy Fee is $250, non-refundable, non-transferable. To establish candidacy, click here and select “Apply Now” or call the Enrollment Office at (310) 825-9971. Please note: International Students must establish Candidacy before starting classes. To apply for Candidacy as an International Student, click here. For more information, please visit the International Student Office or call (310) 825-9351.

We suggest you first try a couple of program courses; however we encourage you establish your candidacy as soon as you have decided to pursue the program.

In addition, candidate students will have exclusive access to a set of resources & benefits including:

  • Full-Time Counselor dedicated to working individually with each student.
  • Priority spot on waitlists over non-candidate students.
  • Access to the Job + Internship listings as a benefit just for Certificate students.
  • Resource Library featuring reference books, product samples, literature, and periodicals.
  • Class Credit available in exchange for duties performed as a Teaching Assistant or Librarian.
  • BruinCard available for a $10 fee, for the duration of the program.
  • Advance notice of upcoming course and new quarter enrollments before the general public.

How many courses can I take a quarter? Can I skip a quarter?

You can take as many courses as you feel you can handle during a quarter. Most students who work full-time take 1 per quarter. You are free to skip a quarter, and you have 5 years from the date of your candidacy acceptance to complete your certificate.

Can I take certificate courses if I haven’t filed for candidacy?

In general, yes. There are some exceptions such as courses and internships reserved exclusively for our certificate candidates; check individual course listings for exceptions.

I’ve taken similar courses elsewhere—can they apply toward my certificate?

If you’ve completed courses at an accredited U.S. college that seem to be equivalent, you can petition to apply your prior coursework towards your certificate. Upon acceptance of your petition, an amount up to a maximum of 25% of the unit in your program may be advanced, and specific required courses may also be waived. Petitions for advanced standing and course waivers must be made within the first quarter of the certificate program. Once you have established candidacy and have started the program, all remaining required courses must be completed at UCLA Extension; courses taken at other institutions will not be accepted. Click here to contact your Certificate Program Advisor for more details.

Since I never went to college will I be able to handle the course work?

You do not need a college (bachelor’s) degree to enroll in the Interior Design Certificate program. Most certificate program courses are at the academic level of post-baccalaureate (college/bachelor’s degree) or some may be at the level of undergraduate major sequences. While most advanced courses typically have prerequisites, we usually offer introductory courses you can take if you’re at a beginning level or need to refresh your knowledge. Typically you can also try a course to see if you’re comfortable with the level. Your Certificate Programs Advisor can work with you to plan your curriculum and review any potential transfer or substitution courses, depending on your academic background and professional accomplishments.

Can I take a course toward a certificate if it’s not listed as part of the requirements?

Only approved program courses count toward your certificate program. If you are considering a course outside the established curriculum for which you would like credit towards your certificate, discuss it ahead of time and seek pre-approval from your Certificate Programs Advisor.

Can I take courses towards my certificate on a passed/not passed status?

No. All courses taken for a certificate program must be taken for a letter grade. A grade of “C” or better is required for the course to count towards the certificate.

Can I take concurrent enrollment courses?

In special cases, you may be approved to take concurrent enrollment courses to satisfy your certificate requirements, however you must obtain approval from your Certificate Programs Advisor prior to enrolling.

Is job placement available with my certificate program?

Candidacy students in the Interior Design program have exclusive access to the Job + Internship Opportunity listings on our website. Access expires 4 years after your account is created, however eligible students can renew their account at any time by contacting the Arc+ID office at arc_id@uclaextension.edu or call (310) 825-9061.

Internships offer students the opportunity to work directly in a design office to obtain hands-on work experience. Interns also earn course credit. 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.

In order to receive credit for an internship, the Internship Agreement form must be submitted to our office immediately upon starting your internship. Please review the Internship Process & Internship Program Description for more information.

If you are an international student looking to pursue an internship, you must review the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Policy.

Additionally, your coursework will provide you with opportunities to network with instructors and other students, many of whom are working professionals. Professional associations also frequently advise us on our certificate programs, and may hold events or programs such as career fairs.

Master of Interior Architecture

The Master of Interior Architecture is a professional degree (M. INT. ARCH.) offered collaboratively between UCLA Extension and Cal Poly Pomona. We are the 3rd ranked CIDA-accredited program in the nation.* The primary goal of the Master’s Program is to provide an opportunity for individuals with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree to pursue a rigorous program of part time study that prepares them to enter the field of interior design incorporating the highest standards of professional practice. The program particularly serves career-change students seeking to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming interior design professionals. All classes are taught at UCLA Extension facilities in Westwood, Los Angeles.

(*DesignIntelligence)

 

Program Requirements & Curriculum

We welcome students from varied academic backgrounds, including non-interior design disciplines. Individuals with no previous study in interior design or architecture must first complete prerequisites in or equivalent to UCLA Extension’s Certificate of Interior Design.

Admissions into to the Master of Interior Architecture degree program requires a 4-year bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA and completion of the 82 prerequisite units found in the Certificate Program (or equivalent) with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

 

Applying to the Master’s Program

Unlike the open enrollment format of the Certificate Program, prospective Master’s students must complete an application and submit additional documents in order to be evaluated for admission into the program. For detailed information about applying to the Masters Program, please see the Master of Interior Architecture Application Requirements.

Applicants who have taken interior design or architecture courses outside of UCLA Extension must have a transcript evaluation with Student Affairs Advisor, Suzanne Sheppard before applying. Click here to schedule an appointment online or call (310) 794-3747.

Program Curriculum and Duration

The Master of Interior Architecture degree program requires the completion of 63 quarter units (44 semester units). Full-time students can complete the program in 4 quarters/1 year. Part-time students taking 4-8 units per quarter can complete the program in 6-8 quarters/1.5-2 years. Upon admission into the program, students are required to register for some classes through Cal Poly Pomona’s BroncoDirect system. Please note that Cal Poly Pomona operates on a semester-system and unit conversions are listed simply for graduation paperwork requirements. All courses follow the UCLA Extension academic quarter schedule.

1ST QUARTER
Interior Architecture Studio A ARCH X 430C/INA 5110 6 Q.units  4 S. units
Concept Driven Design: Visual Seminar and Studio  ARCH X 471.125/INA 5120 4 Q. units  3 S. units
Understanding Building Codes ARCH X 427.20/INA 5130 3 Q. units  2 S. units
Electives  varies  varies
2ND QUARTER
Interior Architecture Studio B ARCH X 471.19/INA 5210 6 Q. units  4 S. units
Research and Programming Methodologies ARCH X 497/INA 5220 4 Q. units  3 S. units
Interior Detailing and Building Systems ARCH X 467.27B/INA 5230 6 Q. units  4 S. units
Electives  varies  varies
3RD QUARTER
Master’s Project: Interior Architecture Studio ARCH X 498.1/INA 6940 8 Q. units  5 S. units
Business Strategies for Interior Architects ARCH X 497.5/INA 6120 4 Q. units  3 S. units
The Ecology of Design* ARCH X 467.55/INA 6130 2 Q. units  2 S. units
Electives  varies  varies
4TH QUARTER  
Master’s Project: Interior Architecture Documents ARCH X 498/INA 6950 8 Q. units  5 S. units
Project Management for Interior Architects* ARCH X 498.2/INA 6140 4 Q. units  3 S. units
Electives  varies  varies

Notes:
* Offered in Spring & Fall only
† Classes restricted to only MIA students. Registration through Cal Poly Pomona’s Bronco Direct System

Electives

Eight quarter units, of choice, are required in the Master’s curriculum. A maximum of 2 units for one Internship can be used toward this requirement. The courses listed below are all the electives offered in our program, however, some may not be offered every quarter. Check course listing information for availability.

Professional Development
Photographing Architecture & Interiors ARCH X 467.11A/INA 560 4 Q. units Available online
SketchUp ARCH X 468.6A 2 Q. units Available online
Advanced SketchUp ARCH X 468.6B 2 Q. units Available online
Interior Design Law I ARCH X 497.10 2 Q. units Available online
Interior Design Law II ARCH X 497.11 2 Q. units Available online
Advanced Portfolio Design & Graphic Storytelling ARCH X 498.10 4 Q. units
Interior Rendering Techniques Using 3ds Max & V-Ray ARCH X 498.12 4 Q. units Available online
Interior Design in Films ARCH X 498.22 2 Q. units
Decorating & Design
Residential Remodeling ARCH X 406.6/INA 538 3.25 Q. units
Accessories for Residential Interiors ARCH X 443.40 2 Q. units
Feng Shui for Designers & Architects ARCH X 443.45 2 Q. units
Furniture Design ARCH X 461.4/INA 539 4 Q. units
Contemporary Applications of Historical Design: Part I ARCH X 443.17 2 Q. units
Contemporary Applications of Historical Design: Part II ARCH X 443.18 2 Q. units
Themed Design ARCH X464 2 Q. units
Internship & Independent Study
Professional Interior Architecture Internship ARCH X 473/INA 615 2 Q. units
Independent Study † INA 591 1-4 Q. units

† Registration through Cal Poly Pomona’s Bronco Direct System.

 

Program Cost

Application Fee: $55
Estimated Program Tuition: $31,500*
Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $4,000
Estimated Total Cost: $35,500

*Price per unit: $500. Elective costs vary.

Facts & Figures

The following data was collected using institutional records and a survey that was administered within 6 weeks of graduation. Information was gathered from 70% of graduates.

Retention and Attrition Rate

Students can begin the program in the Fall, Winter, or Spring. The following retention and attrition rates are for the calendar year.

Retention rate for Master of Interior Architecture students who began in 2016: 85.3%
Attrition rate for Master of Interior Architecture students who began in 2016: 14.7%

Retention rate for Master of Interior Architecture students who began in 2017: 84.6%
Attrition rate for Master of Interior Architecture students who began in 2017: 15.4%

Retention rate for Master of Interior Architecture students who began in 2018: 92.1%
Attrition rate for Master of Interior Architecture students who began in 2018: 7.9%

Graduation Rate

Since students can elect to take the MIA Program on a full- or part-time basis, the length of the program will vary from student to student.

Graduation rate for students who began in 2015:  76.8% (2 year graduation rate)
Graduation rate for students who began in 2015:  89.3% (3 year graduation rate)

Graduation rate for students who began in 2016:  71.8% (2 year graduation rate)
Graduation rate for students who began in 2016:  82.1% (3 year graduation rate)

Graduation rate for students who began in 2017:  81.6% (2 year graduation rate)
Graduation rate for students who began in 2017:  92.1% (3 year graduation rate)

Job Placement Rate

Job placement rate for MIA students (students employed within 180 days of completion): 86.8%

  • discipline related jobs: 90.6%
  • non-discipline related jobs: 9.4%

Acceptance into Graduate Program

The following are acceptance rates for the Master of Interior Architecture degree program. Students who apply to this graduate program must have a bachelor’s degree in any field.

2018: 90.2% 

2017: 87.7%

2016: 90.2% 

2015: 82.4% 

2014: 87.0% 

 

 

 

 

Master of Interior Architecture FAQs

What is the Masters of Interior Architecture and how does it differ from a Certificate of Interior Design?

In Certificated Programs the curriculum focus is very specific, an approach similar to that of a Master’s program. Our Certificated Program provides a highly intense education in design principles and interior design. Students who receive their Certificate have the same standing when taking the NCIDQ examination as graduates from degree-granting institutions.

Through a unique partnership with Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA Extension now provides a rigorous curriculum leading to the Master of Interior Architecture Degree. Not only is our program fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), it’s the only one in the nation offered on a continuing education basis. This allows you to study at your convenience full time or part time and to apply for admission during any academic quarter.

Are the programs accredited?

Yes. UCLA is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Our programs were developed and are administered in accordance with Extension policy and the regulations of the Academic Senate of the University of California, and are accredited by CIDA.

My undergraduate degree is in a different field. Am I still eligible?

For admission to the Master of Interior Architecture program, an applicant must have received a baccalaureate degree in any field, have attained an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 and have completed the 82 prerequisite units or their equivalent. An applicant who does not meet these criteria may be admitted on a conditional basis if evidence of compensating qualifications can be furnished.

My undergraduate degree is in Interior Design or a related field. Can I apply directly to the MIA program?

Advanced standing is awarded on a case-by-case basis. Before applying to the program, a transcript evaluation by our Program Advisor is required in order to qualify for Advanced Standing. Be prepared to produce your transcripts, course descriptions, and a portfolio or samples of completed work. Click here to schedule an appointment online or call (310) 794-3747.

I’ve already taken some art and design courses at another school. May I get credit for them?

Advanced standing is awarded on a case-by-case basis. Before applying to the program, a transcript evaluation by our Program Advisor is required in order to qualify for Advanced Standing. Be prepared to produce your transcripts, course descriptions, and a portfolio or samples of completed work. Click here to schedule an appointment online or call (310) 794-3747.

What do I do if my undergraduate GPA is lower than 3.0?

An applicant who does not meet these criteria may be admitted on a conditional basis if evidence of compensating qualifications can be furnished.

Do I need to submit a portfolio if I’ve completed the prerequisite/Foundation Level at UCLA Extension?

Yes, a portfolio is required for all applicants.

Once I’m admitted to the program, can I take a quarter off from taking classes?

Students must maintain continuous Cal Poly Pomona enrollment in the degree program.

A lack of registration in degree coursework at Cal Poly Pomona for more than two quarters without an approved leave of absence will result in a discontinued status in the program and will require re-admission into the program. Enrolling in courses offered through UCLA Extension will not count towards residency requirements at Cal Poly Pomona, even though approved courses will count towards your MIA degree. 

What will my diploma say when I graduate?

The Master of Interior Architecture degree is conferred by Cal Poly Pomona.

Is financial aid available?

Federal financial aid is available for the six Advanced Level courses offered through Cal Poly Pomona. Please visit the 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 more information, see scholarships.

Does the Master’s program offer internship & job placement opportunities?

Students in the Master of Interior Architecture program have exclusive access to the Job + Internship Opportunity listings on our website. Access expires 4 years after your account is created, however eligible students can renew their account at any time by contacting the Arc+ID office at arc_id@uclaextension.edu or call (310) 825-9061.

Internships offer students the opportunity to work directly in a design office to obtain hands-on work experience. Interns also earn course credit. 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.

In order to receive credit for an internship, the Internship Agreement form must be submitted to our office immediately upon starting your internship. Please review the Internship Process & Internship Program Description for more information.

If you are an international student looking to pursue an internship, you must review the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) Policy.

I earned my Master’s degree in Interior Architecture – can I now call myself an interior architect?

It is important to understand the distinction between a title used for providing professional services and the name for an area of academic inquiry. Designers are not permitted to use the term “architect” or “interior architect” in describing themselves or their professional services, unless they are, in fact, licensed architects. This precedent has been established to clarify the areas of legal responsibility in a construction project. However, with regard to investigating the nature of design in an academic program, the use of the use of the term “interior architecture” is appropriate when it demonstrates a special commitment to a certain set of intellectual principles. With that distinction in mind, students should nevertheless be aware of the following rules:

Graduates from this program cannot legally call themselves interior architects and cannot legally say they practice interior architecture, unless they are licensed architects.

Under California law, there is no such title as interior architect or a separate scope of practice called interior architecture. In California, you are either an interior designer, a Certified Interior Designer or a licensed architect.

Any interior designer – Certified or not – who advertises architectural services is breaking the law unless you are licensed.
Do not hold yourself out as an architect or say that you do architectural design, or interior architecture, as it is unethical as well as unlawful, and you can be subject to an embarrassing citation and an expensive civil penalty from the California Architects Board.

Regardless of which interior design program you graduate from, you can only call yourself an interior designer or the legal title Certified Interior Designer but only when you have applied to, and been approved by CCIDC.

In addition, the title Certified Interior Designer and appellation CID are both protected by statute in California. It is unlawful to use them without first being Certified by CCIDC (meeting all CCIDC exam, education and experience requirements.) Note that passing a national examination which emphasizes the word Certified does not make you a Certified Interior Designer in California.

What percentage of your graduates are working in the field?

90% of our graduates are working full- or part-time as designers or in related industries.

If I have additional questions, do I need to make an appointment with the program advisor?

Most questions can be handled over the telephone by Arc+ID staff at the 1010 Westwood Center, (310) 794-3747 or at the Extension Administration Building, (310) 825-9061. You need to make an appointment only if you have a problem, want to discuss advanced standing, or are arranging an internship. To plan your courses of study, follow the curriculum sequence published each quarter in the UCLA Extension catalog.