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Bachelor of Interior Architecture & Design

Function and Beauty

At NewSchool, our Bachelor of Interior Architecture & Design stands distinct from traditional interior design education. This growing discipline is designed to meet human expectations while incorporating innovative technology and sustainable perspectives. We focus on crafting holistic experiences, encouraging our students to think and design from the inside out. With a specialized concentration in sustainable and adaptive use of buildings, our graduates are equipped with the foresight and skills to innovate within the evolving canvas of interior spaces.

NewSchool prepares students for practice through a sequence of studio, lab, and lecture classes where they address the design of interior environments in the commercial and residential sectors including hospitality, healthcare, retail, workspaces, community and public spaces, transit spaces, and exhibit and temporary spaces. Our students find a thriving market awaiting them in San Diego, ready to welcome new talent into a variety of design practices.

Program Highlights


On Campus




180 Hours




*Within 6 months of graduation (2022)

Career Opportunities

Our Bachelor of Interior Architecture & Design degree program can prepare you for the following careers:

  • Interior Architect
  • Interior Designer
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Design Director
  • Space Planner

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Interior Architecture & Design program will be prepared to:

PLO 1Critical Thinking: Demonstrate critical thinking in identifying, analyzing, and framing design opportunities and creative problem-solving in order to distill one solution from the multiple possibilities generated.
PLO 2Human-Centered Cultural Awareness: Thoroughly understand the client and end-user needs, as well as relevant cultural elements, to support the development of a design solution.
PLO 3Communication: Demonstrate effective visual, verbal, and written communication. Effectively communicate design solutions both visually and through client-centric presentations.
PLO 4Technical Skills & Professional Knowledge: Demonstrate the ability and knowledge to determine appropriate design solutions and technical documentation throughout the design process, in alignment with client and user needs, environmental, aesthetic, and financial considerations.
PLO 5Professionalism: Demonstrate professionalism, a good understanding of a cross-disciplinary design approach, strong client communication skills, and the role of the context within the production pipeline.

Student Work