The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers a full, 3.5-year Master of Architecture (MArch) with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture degree including all the foundational coursework needed to complete the degree and an accelerated two-year program for students with a preprofessional bachelor's degree in architecture or architectural technology.

Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture (3.5 years)

SAIC's 102-credit master’s in interior architecture program is a carefully choreographed studio sequence, offering students all of the skills required of an architect and the sensibilities required of the contemporary interior architect, while grounding them in the histories of and theories specific to design of interior spaces.

Coursework

Each semester's sequence of courses is integrated around a timely and cogent intellectual focus, while individual studios approach design concepts from a particular vantage point that reinforces the development of comprehensive understanding. Classwork includes:

  • Studios for conceptual orientation
  • Seminars framed in reading and discussion
  • Case study labs that develop technical skills and real world proficiency

The track begins with a foundation of required skills and grounding in the histories and theories specific to architecture. Collaborative studios in the second year offer a chance to develop the interdisciplinary approach demanded by many of today's design problems. Third-year studios culminate in work with artists from the wider SAIC community, with teams of artists and designers placing work in the public realm.

Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture students are encouraged to apply for project-based design studios such as Industry Partnerships and the collaborative GFRY studio, sponsored by Motorola. Recent industry projects include collaborations with Samsung, Industreal, Danese Milano, the Tacoma Museum of Glass, Rossana Orlandi (Salone Internazionale del Mobile), Brand.It, Haworth, and Dupont Corian. The GFRY studio has produced wide-reaching demonstration projects such as 2000 Watt Living, 18% Grey, Com(m)a, RE:, and Watershed with international partners in Europe, Asia, and South America. Click here for more information on these projects.

For more information about this degree, visit the admissions requirements web page or the curriculum requirements web page. Or, learn more about the AIADO department and its resources and facilities.

Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture, Option 2 (2 years)

Students with an undergraduate, preprofessional degree in architectural studies, architectural technology, or interior design may submit a letter with their application requesting admission to SAIC’s MArch with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture, Option 2 program. This 60-credit program includes many of the same course clusters as the MArch with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture program, but excludes some of the foundational courses students completed as undergraduates.

Certificate in Historic Preservation

A Certificate in Historic Preservation is available to students pursuing the Master of Architecture (MArch) and MArch with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture options at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).

Interested in learning more?

For more information about this degree, visit the admissions requirements web page or the curriculum requirements web page. Or, learn more about the AIADO department and its resources and facilities.

Interested in learning more about how you can apply?

Visit the graduate admissions website or contact the graduate admissions office at 800.232.7242 or gradmiss@saic.edu.