The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Bachelor of Interior Architecture (BIA) program is a set four-year curriculum that recognizes that the study of human habitation and experience is a lifelong undertaking, and critically essential to achieving a new balance in the way we live.

One of the few interior architecture programs in the nation located within an art school, the BIA program explores light, color, materials, and movement through space and how these influence our relationships to people and the world around us. The core curriculum consists of studio courses that investigate the concepts, methodologies, and techniques of designing objects and space, complemented with seminars, labs, and classes in history, theory, practice, and technology.

Students interested in rethinking how we build, inhabit, and transform our environment explore ideas about materials and construction with sustainability as a goal. Studio work reconfigures new definitions of habitation integrated with complex biological, technological, and cultural systems. You will negotiate between the natural, the artificial, and systems of global development, and develop an ethical imagination in working in the public sphere.

Interested in learning more?

Visit the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects web page for information on the curriculum, faculty, and resources offered through the department.

Interested in learning more about how you can apply?

Visit the undergraduate admissions website or contact the undergraduate admissions office at 800.232.7242 or