The Bachelor of Interior Architecture (BIA) program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is a set four-year curriculum. In the second through fourth years, interior architecture progressive design studios are the core of the BIA curriculum. Each class must be fulfilled by taking the class at SAIC or by transfer credit. Classes taken at other schools may not be equivalent in content or credit and might not be eligible for transfer or for only partial credit. Transfer credit is accepted only at the time of admission.

Total Credit Hours 132
Studio  13.5
  • CP 1010 Core Studio Practice I (3)
  • CP 1011 Core Studio Practice II (3)
  • CP 1020 Research Studio I (3)
  • CP 1022 Research Studio II (3)
  • CP 1030 SAIC Wired I (1.5)
    or
  • CP 1031 SAIC Wired II (1.5)
 
Specific Interior Architecture Courses 58.5 
  • INARC 1001 Introduction to Interior Architecture (3)
  • INARC 1002 Design Drawing (3)
  • INARC 1004 Design Communication (3)
  • INARC 2002 Beg. Interior Arch II (6)
  • INARC 2003 Design with Light (3)
  • INARC 2014 Design with Materials (3)
  • INARC 2101 Ideas and Spaces (6)
  • INARC 2900 Sophomore Seminar: Informing Design: Thinking Strategies (3)
  • INARC 3001 Intermed. Interior Arch. (6)
  • INARC 3002 Intermed. Interior Arch. II (6)
  • INARC 4001 Adv. Interior Arch. I (6)
  • INARC 4002 Adv. Interior Arch. II (6)
  • INARC 4011 Design with Details (3)
  • INARC 4017 Informing Design: Research (1.5)
 
Art History   18
  • ARTHI 1001 World Cultures/Civilizations: Pre-History to 19th Century Art and Architecture (3)
  • Art HIstory Elective at 1000 level (3)
  • ARTHI 2501 History of Space (3)
  • ARTHI 4348 Global Architecture (3)
  • Art History Electives (6)
 
Liberal Arts   30
  • English (6)
    • ENGLISH 1001 First Year Seminar I (3)
    • ENGLISH 1005 First Year Seminar II (3)
  • Natural Science (6)
  • Social Science (6)
  • Humanities (3)
  • ARCH/INARC 4056 Architectural Theory (3)
  • Liberal Arts Electives (6)
 
General Electives   12

Four-Year Curriculum Outline

First Year

Fall

  • CP 1010 Core Studio Practice (3)
  • CP 1020 Research Studio I (3)
  • CP 1030 SAIC Wired I (1.5)
  • INARC 1001 Introduction to InArch (3)
  • ARTHI 1001 World Cultures/Civilizations: Pre-History to 19th Century Art and Architecture (3)
  • ENGLISH 1001 First Year Seminar I (3)
16.5

Spring

  • CP 1011 Core Studio Practice II (3)
  • CP 1022 Research Studio II (3)
  • INARC 1004 Design Communication (3)
  • ENGLISH 1005 First Year Seminar II (3)
  • Art History elective at 1000 level (3)
15
Second Year

Fall

  • INARC 1002 Design Drawing (3)
  • INARC 2101 Ideas and Spaces (6)
  • ARTHI 2501 History of Space (3)
  • INARC 2900 Sophomore Seminar: Informing Design: Thinking Strategies (3)
  • Liberal Arts (3)
18

Spring

  • INARC 2002 Beginning Interior Architecture II (6)
  • INARC 2003 Design with Light (3)
  • Liberal Arts (3)
  • General Elective (3)
  • Art History Elective (3)
18
Third Year

Fall

  • INARC 2014 Design with Materials (3)
  • INARC 3001 Intermediate Interior Architecture I (6)
  • ARCH/INARC 2150 Architectural Theory—Humanities credit (3)
  • Liberal Arts (3)
  • General Elective (3)
18

Spring

  • INARC 3002 Intermediate Interior Architecture II (6)
  • Art/Architectural History (3)
  • Liberal Arts (3)
  • General Elective (3)
15
Fourth Year

Fall

  • INARC 4001 Advanced Interior Architecture I (6)
  • INARC 4011 Design with Details (3)
  • ARTHI 4348 Global Architecture (3)
  • Liberal Arts (3)
  • General Elective (3)
18

Spring

  • INARC 4002 Advanced Interior Architecture II (6)
  • INARC 4017 Informing Design: Research (3)
  • Liberal Arts (6)
15

Transfer Students

Total credits required for minimum residency: 60
Minimum Studio credit: 42

Interested in learning more?

Visit the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects website 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 ugadmiss@saic.edu.