Form and function
If you’re always looking at spaces and wondering how you can make them work better, you understand that form and function create harmony. At Miami International University of Art & Design, we can help you to transform your interest in interior design into real skills.* The online Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program can be your first step into designing spaces that work. It’s part art, part science, and part business.
The program is offered in a convenient online format where you may develop your artistic vision and problem-solving skills. Start with the fundamentals including observational drawing, design, and space planning before moving onto materials and specifications, safety codes, and environmental design.
In our online creative community, you’ll work alongside fellow students and instructors** who bring experience into the classroom. They’ll use online tools to help you utilize industry-relevant technology like CAD and 3D digital modeling. And before you graduate, you’ll explore and create design in many types of environments—helping to build your portfolio of work experience.
What Will I Study?
Our curriculum is designed to help develop the tools and skills to pursue employment in the industry. Students will be mentored by faculty – many of whom are working or have worked in the industry and obtain invaluable guidance to create a standout portfolio.
Learn to effectively work with multidisciplinary teams from a variety of disciplines including architecture, construction, clients, and the community.
Explore how to design for a variety of social, cultural, and economic situations—and how design theory supports and informs a design solution.
Human Centered Design
Learn how to turn a design problem into a workable design solution using a variety of techniques and technologies.
Design Process and Elements & Principles
Learn how furnishings, materials, and finishes are made and installed—and how they may be applied to projects.
Products & Materials
Study the history of art, architecture, interiors, and decorative arts—and how past styles influence new design forms and concepts.
Learn to apply laws and codes—and how designers create healthy, safe spaces utilizing LEED, Building Standards, and International Building Codes.
Regulation & Guidelines
Each degree offered includes an Introductory Technology Fee designed to provide you with the technology you need to get started with your program. The fee covers the cost of an iPad, Apple Pencil and a smart keyboard. In addition, each program includes a Technology Fee that provides the industry-relevant tools and specialized software you’ll need as you move through coursework and assignments. The items included as part of this fee will support your collaboration with other students and assist you in creating a portfolio to present to potential future employers.
• Students have the option to opt out of the Introductory Technology Fee and/or Technology Fee and purchase necessary technology on their own. Tuition includes required eBooks and basic software for all courses within the student's program of study. Students are responsible for procuring and/or replenishing any other equipment or materials as required. Please contact your enrollment counselor for a full list of items that make up the technology fee. Technology specifications are subject to change and/or be replaced with a comparable item due to vendor availability. Some technology fee components are distributed over the course of a student’s program; some technology fee components are downloadable items.
- Laptop and external hard drive
- Program specific software, including AutoDesk, Sketchup and Adobe Suite.
Upcoming Start Dates
Prospective students may apply for admission at any time. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and prospective students are encouraged to apply as early as possible prior to their intended start date. Admitted students may begin their program of study at the start of any quarter (i.e., October, January, April, or July) or mid-quarter (i.e., February, May, August, or November).
If you’re ready to apply, please follow these simple steps: Complete an online application form. Then, within 10 days of applying, send us your high school transcript or high school equivalency certification (or exam, depending on the context) (such as the GED®), and any other college or military transcripts you may have. In the meantime, we’ll work with you to arrange a virtual interview where we can get to know you and your interests in attending college.
GED® is a registered mark of American Council on Education.
To successfully participate in online learning, students must have a computer and stable internet connection. Additional software and hardware differs by program of study. Have questions about whether you’re set up to start online learning? Talk to one of our Admissions Representatives.