SCAD offers one of the largest and most professionally-engaged interior design programs in the United States. Students benefit from the expertise of full-time faculty who hold terminal degrees in the field and who share a common belief that a holistic educational framework guides future professional development and inspires life-long learning.
Projects include commercial, residential and institutional design, and address a wide range of behavioral, environmental, decorative and technical issues. Social responsibility and sustainability are emphasized.
SCAD interior design students work with electronic design software including Revit, AutoCAD, MicroStation, SketchUp, Adobe CS5 Master Collection, 3ds Max, SURFCAM, and Autodesk Maya. A fully integrated intranet system offers online help, shared drive space, downloadable 3-D models, building use maps and access to online resources.
In the B.F.A. program, students gain a strong foundation in drawing, design and technology, and also study design history, human responses to the environment, construction, materials, furnishings, lighting, building codes, barrier-free design, sustainable design and professional practices.
The M.A. degree offers advanced study for those who wish to gain knowledge of design theory and the interior design profession with an emphasis on emerging materials, human response and research methods.
The M.F.A. is a terminal degree that emphasizes design inquiry, in-depth investigation and communication for students who wish to become design practitioners and/or earn the credentials to teach at the college level.
The DesignIntelligence 2010 Deans Survey named the SCAD graduate program in interior design one of the top three most admired for "preparing students for practice," noting SCAD's "excellent faculty and rigorous application of theory."