Downtown Campus 500 Seventeenth Street NW Washington, DC 20006 (202) 639-1800 www.corcoran.edu master of arts Office of Admissions (202) 639-1814 Fax (202) 639-1830 E-mail: [email protected] Office of Financial Aid (202) 639-1851 Fax: (202) 737-6921 E-mail: [email protected] master of arts Interior Design Studying in Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C., offers Corcoran College of Art + Design’s Interior Design students a unique and vibrant place of study. The District of Columbia showcases some of today’s most cutting-edge architecture and design, providing our students with places of inspiration and endless learning opportunities. D.C. also offers wonderful resources to design students, such as various galleries and museums, the Washington Design Center, and leading design firms. D.C. is home to the headquarters of the U.S. Green Building Council, the American Society of Interior Designers and the National Council for Interior Design Qualification. The Georgetown Campus The MA program in Interior Design program is located at the Corcoran College of Art + Design’s Georgetown campus. The Georgetown campus is also home to our other graduate programs in Exhibition Design, New Media Photojournalism, and Art and the Book, offering wonderful opportunities for cross collaboration within the studios. There are endless ways to get involved with the College and the community. Most notably, our Interior Design program is home to a student organization of the American Society of Interior Designers. This student group offers opportunities for networking and relationship building. The group organizes design tours of local firms and recently designed, award-winning spaces as well as lectures on specific areas of interest in design, such as sustainability. Finally, the group is dedicated to community service, and each year it participates in the Georgetown Jingle, a charity event that benefits pediatric oncology units in the D.C. metro area. Some of today’s most well-known designers participate. FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS The Master of Arts in Interior Design serves students with undergraduate degrees in various disciplines by providing a course of graduate study that challenges and motivates the student to develop advanced skills necessary to the profession. Admission to the program is based on the evaluation of: •Completed application form with non-refundable application fee •Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions •Design portfolio for students seeking direct admission without prerequisites •Written personal statement •Interview with the department chair •Résumé •Two letters of recommendation •Writing sample or excerpt, 3–5 pages (optional) At the Corcoran College of Art + Design, we know how important financial aid can be in making graduate studies a reality. The Corcoran offers a comprehensive merit scholarship and need-based financial aid program. Through a combination of institutional merit scholarships and grants, federal and state aid, and tuition payment plans, we help make the personalized Corcoran education affordable. International students should contact the Admissions office for additional application requirements. In assembling a student body of diverse educational, cultural, and interest backgrounds, the Admissions Committee reviews academic qualifications as well as art and design ability. In general, the Committee expects candidates to have a minimum undergraduate or graduate grade point average of 3.0. Applicants who do not have a Bachelor’s degree in architecture or interior design will be considered for admission on the basis of completion of the series of prerequisite courses at the Corcoran College of Art + Design or other accredited institution with a grade of B or higher. An applicant may petition for advanced standing or waiver of prerequisites based upon undergraduate coursework already completed and reviewed by the admissions office at the Corcoran College of Art + Design and the Chair of Design. Students interested in being considered for need-based financial aid as well as non-needbased federal loan programs should ensure they complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as close to January 1 as possible for the upcoming fall term. The Corcoran’s federal school code number is 011950. Please visit our website at www.corcoran.edu for estimated student budgets, tuition and fee information, financial aid awards, and the financial aid process. about the corcoran Focused on the idea of direct and intensely creative education, the Corcoran College of Art + Design is the only college of art and design in the museumand college-rich environment of Washington, D.C. It is one of the only art schools in the country fully integrated with a world-class museum. The Corcoran’s vibrant and active community includes more than 600 degree students pursuing a wide range of Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees in the visual arts. Undergraduate studies culminate with an exhibition in the main galleries of the Corcoran’s own renowned museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, while MA candidates may produce a symposium, publicly defend their theses in our atrium, or exhibit in the galleries. The Corcoran Gallery of Art, a privately funded institution, was founded in 1869 by William Wilson Corcoran. As Washington’s first and largest nonfederal museum of art, the Corcoran is internationally known for its distinguished collection of historical and modern American art, as well as contemporary art, photography, European painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts. Interior Design Here, students master state-of-the-art technology that is used in professional design firms, including Revit, AutoCAD, Sketch Up, Rhino 3d, Adobe Creative Suite, and more. Students also gain valuable skills in visual presentation techniques and learn how to illustrate their design ideas through pen and paper, producing beautiful and complex hand sketches and renderings. Student Involvement ADMISSIONS information Interior Design At the Corcoran College of Art + Design, the MA in Interior Design program offers a challenging, fast-paced, and exciting environment, preparing students for careers in this field. Equal emphasis is placed on interior architecture and design as well as furniture and finish selections, helping to shape well-rounded graduates who are ready for careers with large-scale architectural firms, small boutique firms, or anywhere in between. Students learn from faculty who are experts in their area of practice, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the classroom from the working world of design. Interior Design A sustainable building plan by Ornsiri Amatayakul, 2011. Sustainability Sustainability is everywhere today and has become absolutely essential to the fields of interior design and architecture. MA students in Interior Design at the Corcoran participate in sustainably focused design, building construction, lighting design, and material selection and specification courses. Students learn how to understand the information and apply it within their designs, and they also learn how to educate their clients on sustainable practices and considerations. The Corcoran is also a member of the Partnership for Academic Leadership on Sustainability, a collection Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design institutions committed to sustainability. Careers in Interior Design Brooke J. Traeger Department Chair, Design An NCIDQ-Certified interior designer, Brooke J. Traeger currently serves as the associate chair of Interior Design for the Corcoran College of Art + Design. Prior to joining the Corcoran in 2011, she served as a project manager and senior designer for ForrestPerkins, specializing in high-end hospitality design. In 2004, Ms. Traeger graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she received an MFA in interior design. Ms. Traeger also holds a BA in fine art, with an emphasis in design, from the University of Iowa. Ms. Traeger has led and managed interior design projects for Marriott & Renaissance Hotels, Fairmont Hotels, Hilton Worldwide, Starwood, HOST Hotels and Resorts, and privately owned hotel companies. Ms. Traeger has been honored with several industry awards in recognition of her dedication to design. In 2009, she received the ASID Washington Metro Chapter “Designer of Distinction” Award. Her design projects have won numerous additional prestigious awards. Most notably, the Palmer House Penthouse Suite in Chicago was named one of Elite Traveler magazine’s Top 100 Suites of 2009. Sharing her commitment to design with the professional and student community is a passion of Ms. Traeger’s. She currently serves as the President for the American Society of Interior Designers Washington Metro Chapter. Career Preparation and Instruction ART HISTORY AND ACADEMIC STUDIES REQUIREMENTS CURRICULUM An exciting range of courses is offered each semester. The Graduate Design Center includes state-of-the-art computer labs for design students, studios, and seminar rooms dedicated to this specialized program of study. The Interior Design MA program accepts applications from students with backgrounds in interior design or architecture as well as those with unrelated degrees. A portfolio is required for those with relevant backgrounds and optional for those with unrelated degrees. The standard curriculum totals 60 credits; however, additional coursework, up to 21 credits, may be assigned upon admission to those applicants whose undergraduate degrees are unrelated to interior design and for applicants who need additional instruction in certain areas. Upon acceptance to the MA program, students are advised of any necessary prerequisites to be completed. •Survey of Decorative Arts II •History of Architecture and Interior Design •Contemporary Culture and Design •Principles and Theory of Interior Design •Interior Design Professional Practice •Art History Elective INTERIOR DESIGN REQUIREMENTS •Interior Design Studios (total of 4) •AutoCAD II or Advanced Revit •Revit I •Lighting Design •Materials, Finishes, and Methods •Construction and Detailing •Selected Topics in Interior Design •Interior Design Pro-Thesis •Interior Design Thesis •Electives (total of 2) Accreditation The Corcoran’s MA program in Interior Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. This program fulfills the education requirement that qualifies graduates to sit for the National Council of Interior Design Qualification professional licensing exam. Graduates from the Corcoran’s MA program in Interior Design learn from practicing professionals in the field of design. The faculty is made up of interior designers, architects, structural engineers, graphic designers, color specialists and renderers, textile designers, and more. Class sizes range from 8 to 15 students. The studios are centered on a collaborative work environment, and all students participate in active critiques, discussions, and design charettes. During their time here, students interact with the faculty as well as a variety of area professionals who visit the studios to offer critique, providing opportunities for connections to the professional world. Additionally, the Interior Design department hosts a lecture series each year. Past lecturers have included practitioners from Gensler, OPX, DBI Architects, ForrestPerkins, SKB Architects, and more. Finally, students have a variety of opportunities to develop their personal portfolio, resume, and brand. Every spring, Interior Design students participate in a College-wide portfolio review with Gensler, Hickok Cole, Perkins and Will, and more leading architecture and design firms. Study Abroad Interior Design MA students are encouraged to participate in the valuable and extensive Study Abroad programs the Corcoran offers. Each year, programs are hand selected and tailored to each specific department. Our Interior Design students have participated in Corcoran programs developed in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and Ladakh, India. The College also offers opportunities to study at The Danish Institute for Study Abroad, The Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, and more. Most students, during their time here, participate in a Study Abroad program that greatly benefits their development as designers. Aging in Place Consultant Architectural Photographer Color Specialist Corporate Office Designer Design Blogger or Journalist Design and Construction Project Manager Educational Designer Facilities Planner Healthcare Designer Hospitality Designer Lighting Designer Multi-Family Residential Designer Product Designer Professional Renderer Residential Designer Retail Designer Set Designer Shelter Magazine Stylist Space Planner Sustainability Consultant or Designer Textile Designer Visual Merchandising and Display Designer Graduate Placements Hapstack Demetriou ForrestPerkins Fox Architects Knoll Anthropologie Hickok Cole SWB Architects DBI Architects Sunrise Senior Living Culmination of the Program The Interior Design MA program culminates in a year-long researchand project-based thesis. Through their course of study, students are exposed to all aspects of interior design, preparing to select, design, document, and research their specified topic. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue theses that are “outside the box,” socially and environmentally responsible, and otherwise atypical design solutions or projects. Recent thesis projects have included a line of sustainable furniture, a collection of textiles, a web-based magazine of interior design, and an entirely sustainable grade school in the slums of Thailand. All thesis students present their work within the Corcoran Gallery of Art to a panel of critics, designers, and faculty. They receive constructive feedback on their projects so they can continue to develop and hone the work, even after graduation. The work is also exhibited at the Gallery for several weeks, allowing the public to view the impressive work our students have created.
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