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.

The Bachelor of Interior Architecture (BIA) will no longer accept new students after Fall 2015.

Total Credit Hours 126
Studio  12
  • 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)
 
Interior Architecture Studio Courses 60 
  • INARC 1001 Introduction to Interior Architecture (3)
  • INARC 1002 Design Drawing (3)
  • INARC 1004 Design Communication (3)
  • INARC 2001 Undergrad Studio 1 (6)
  • INARC 2002 Undergrad Studio 2 (6)
  • INARC 2003 Light and Space (3)
  • INARC 2014 Matter and Material (3)
  • INARC 2900 / SOPHSEM 2900 Design Thinking (3)
  • INARC 3021 Undergrad Studio 3 (6)
  • INARC 3900 / PROFPRAC 3900 Undergrad Studio 4 (6)
  • INARC 4021 Undergrad Studio 5 (6)
  • INARC 4011 Construction and Design (3)
  • INARC 4900 / CAPSTONE 4900 Undergrad Studio 6 (6)
  • AIADO 4932 Unwrapping Design (3)
    PROFPRAC and CAPSTONE are now required for new incoming students beginning in the 2015-16 academic year.
 
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 3438 Global Architecture (3)
  • Art History Electives (6)
 
Liberal Arts   30
  • 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  6


Transfer Students

Total credits required for minimum residency: 66
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.