MA in Interior Design

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Program Overview

Fairfield University’s master of arts in interior design provides students with no background in the study of interior design with the necessary credentials, industry knowledge and hands-on experience to earn their professional certification in the field of interior design. Students receive individualized support and training from an experienced faculty of professional designers and industry experts, who teach them the technical skills to translate abstract concepts into three-dimensional reality.

Over the course of their studies, students are given the opportunity to develop a robust portfolio and qualify to become NCIDQ (National Council of Interior Design Qualification) certified and members of The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), the International Interior Design Society (IIDS), or the Interior Design Education Council (IDEC). Fairfield University maintains a strong relationship with ASID and has its own chapter within the organization.

If you have questions or would like to receive additional information about the MA in interior design program, please contact program director Rob Hardy at

Message From The Director

Dear Prospective Student,

As interior designers and those interested in interior design, we all have the same basic desire to create beautiful spaces that make people feel comfortable. We are especially attuned to the many subtle details that surround us.

Being an interior designer is more than a profession, it is a way of life. We never stop observing and we notice all the details and find inspiration from them wherever we go.

Fairfield University’s master of arts in interior design is designed to encourage that passion. To develop the creativity and understanding of good basic design is important. Imparting knowledge of construction and public safety requirements is needed as well. To this end, all aspects of interior design are covered to prepare you for a successful career. The development of an impressive body of work will be the key to give you the confidence to present yourself as a true professional ready to enter the field.

If you have always been interested in design but have not pursued its study, this program can be the beginning of an exciting new career. You will have a faculty advisor and mentor who will guide you through the program and help you design the ideal course sequence. Courses are offered both during the day and evenings to help manage a busy life.

The Fairfield interior design MA culminates in a faculty-mentored major capstone project which involves research and which will develop into a major interior design project of your choosing.

I encourage you to look over the courses we offer. Please contact me with questions about the program curriculum and other aspects of the field.

Director of the MA in interior design
(203) 354-8146

Course Of Study

The MA in interior design satisfies the educational eligibility requirements for The National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification and state licensure. Two years of documented full-time work experience is required for students with a previous degree in any field, one year of which may be gained through the program prior to graduation. Students may join the Fairfield University ASID student chapter and become Allied ASID members upon completion of a minimum of 40 credits and full professional members of ASID and IIDS upon passage of the NCIDQ exam.

Because the Interior Design program does not offer a full-time option, the University cannot supply I-20 documentation needed for the F-1 Visa for international students enrolling in a degree program.

Curriculum Overview

Introductory Level:

  • Drawing & Presentation
  • History of Furniture I
  • History of Furniture II
  • History of Architecture
  • Business of Interior Design
  • Textiles

Level 1:

  • Interior Design I
  • Color Design
  • Perspective Techniques
  • Lighting for Interiors
  • Sustainable Design

Level 2:

  • Interior Design II
  • Kitchen & Bath Design
  • Rendering

Level 3:

  • Basic CAD
  • Interior Design III

Level 4:

  • Interior Design IV
  • CAD 3-D Architectural

Level 5:

  • Interior Design V
  • Commercial Design

Level 6:

  • Interior Design VI

Level 7:

  • Interior Design MA Thesis Preparation & Studio

Application Process

Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee. Students seeking admission must submit:

  • A Completed Application for Graduate Admission Form: Apply Now. While your application is in progress, you can check to see if your supporting documents, such as transcripts and recommendations, have been received. Please allow 48 hours from the time we receive the documents for them to post to the checklist.
    Track the status of your application.
  • A Non-refundable $65 Application Fee
  • A Professional Resume: Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and education history.
  • A Personal Statement of self-evaluation of work experience and career objectives.
  • Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended. (All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service.)
  • Two Recommendation Forms and Letters from a current employer, supervisor, or professor. The Recommendations are completed online. At the time of application you will need to provide your two Recommender's names and e-mail addresses.
  • Interviews. Applicants may be required to participate in an interview as part of the admission process. If required, candidates will be contacted by the program director to schedule an appointment.

All application materials should be sent to:

Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Phone: (203) 254-4184
Fax: (203) 254-4073

How to Apply

For detailed admission requirements, please refer to the links below:

Admission Deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information, visit the Office of Financial Aid.


Trudy Dujardin
BS, Southern CT State University, Art Education Graduate work at NYU and Parsons School of Design. President and Founder of Dujardin Design Associates, Inc. Green Advisory Board Member of Traditional Home Magazine and At Home in Fairfield County. Co-Founder of the first Design Futures Council Leadership Summit on Sustainable Design.

Robert Hardy
Program Director
ASID; NCIDQ certified, University of Massachusetts; New York School of Interior Design. Independent designer and founder of Walls Up; contributor to House Beautiful.

Patrick Kennedy
ASID; NCIDQ certified; Inchbald School of Design, London, England. Independent commercial and residential designer - formerly principal designer and manager for P.S. Design Studio, Inc. from 1995 to 2013. An exhibited artist.

Richard Killeaney
BA cum laude, Hobart College; MFA, Rhode Island School of Design. Print design/quilting/weaving/knitting. An exhibited artist.

Bobby (Haralampos) Moisiadis BSME, Fairfield University; MSME, Fairfield University. Professor of drafting and computer aided design at Fairfield University.

Amy Rutledge Jebrine
BA, History of Art, University of Pennsylvania; MA, Art History,Purchase College; MA, Writing, Manhattanville College; Appraisers Association of America; College Art Association, Associate member; Founder/Owner RJ Fine Arts, Stamford, CT

Hollie Sutherland
ASID; NCIDQ certified; BA Hamilton College; Interior Design Certificate, Fairfield University; AAS, New York School of Interior Design; MFA, Endicott College. Recipient of the 2013 ASID Foundation's Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Merit Award; LEED AP ID+C; Principal, Hollis Interiors, Fairfield, CT.

Jane Swergold
ASID; BA, University of Pennsylvania; MA, New York University. First prize winner, Best Residential Design, Connecticut chapter ASID; contributor to House Beautiful; owner, Loebelson/Swergold Interiors, Westport, CT.

Veronica Whitlock
ASID; NCIDQ certified; NYS-CID; Licensed in the State of CT and FL; BA, Duke University; BFA, New York School of Interior Design; MA, Parsons. Independent Residential Designer, V.W. Interiors, LLC, Easton, CT and Jupiter, FL.

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