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Masters of Arts in Interior Design

Masters of Arts in Interior Design

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All students with strong training in science, including but not limited to baccalaureate degrees in biology, chemistry, agronomy, and horticulture are encouraged to apply. Admission to the IPSS Program is competitive and based on the applicant’s undergraduate and graduate records, performance on standardized exams, and letters of recommendation. It is expected that applicants will meet the minimum standards established by the University of Kentucky Graduate School. Applicants will automatically be considered for departmental research assistantships, which are awarded on a competitive basis. The graduate program in the School of Interiors provides students with a Masters of Arts degree and post-professional research experiences that lead to expertise in an area of specialization drawn from interdisciplinary knowledge. Filtered through the lens of interior design, this expertise will cultivate and expand the body of knowledge as interior design as demanded by the profession into new domains of practice. Areas of specialization include: Evidence-Based Design Workplace Design Experience Design Community Activism Design for Aging History & Theory Environmentally Responsible Design Leaders in the profession have noted the importance of cultivating both practice-based and theory-based research to advancing the interior design profession. Fully integrated research into practice will require a paradigm shift, but is viewed as the future of the profession. Cultivating a graduate research specialization will prepare practitioners for vital roles as the profession advances. Additionally, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (employment of interior designers is expected to increase by 19% between the years 2010-2020. As the market grows, so too will job competition and a Masters of Arts degree in Interior Design from the University of Kentucky can support a designer's ability to understand and conduct research, analyze, think critically, and apply evidence-based design work through the design process.