UCLA Extension

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.

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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

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. 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

Enrollment Data as of 2017

Retention Rate

Retention rate for MIA students who began in 2016: 85.3%

Graduation Rate

Graduation rate for students who began in 2013: 83.7% (2 year graduation rate)
Graduation rate for students who began in 2013: 93.0% (3 year graduation rate)

Graduation rate for students who began in 2014: 80.5% (2 year graduation rate)

Job Placement Rate

Job placement rate for MIA students (students employed within 180 days of completion): 89.9%

  • discipline related jobs: 93.2%
  • non-discipline related jobs: 6.8%

Acceptance into Graduate Program

2017: 89.6%

2016: 90.2%

2015: 82.4%

2014: 87.0%