For several years now, I’ve had the pleasure of partnering with the Marymount University Graduate Department of Interior Design to host would-be designers interested in becoming professionals in their field. It’s that time of year again, and the university is having a luncheon on May 17—among other spring events—to introduce its design department, faculty, and programs.
Katie Redmiles, Marymount’s Interior Design graduate enrollment coordinator, is here to explain:
As an interior designer, innovator, and artist, it’s important to cultivate creative instincts, an eye for detail, an understanding of the human needs within the built environment, and the ability to provide a unique aesthetic expression.
If you’re looking to nurture those skills and boost your career opportunities in interior design, it might be time to consider a graduate degree. It’s an edge that sets design lovers apart from intentional, human-centered design innovators.
Marymount University’s Master of Arts in Interior Design strives to nurture your intellectual growth, independent learning, and capacity to engage in intentional interior design practices. The coursework of Marymount’s M. Wilhelmina Boldt Interior Design program gives you the knowledge, skills, and techniques that elevate decorators into designers, and it provides the foundation for students to specialize in specific areas of interest within the profession—even those that might not be obvious, as this project shows from the school’s Design-A-Thon:
Whether you’re just setting out in your career or advancing with an established track record, Marymount University can address either need through two tracks:
The first professional degree is for those with a baccalaureate degree not in interior design or architecture.
The post-professional degree is for those with an undergraduate degree in interior design or architecture.
Both tracks focus on teaching students to understand, use, and conduct scholarly research to become leaders in the field. A few notable features to consider:
- 100 percent of the program’s graduates found interior-design related jobs within six months of graduation
- Each track focuses on design knowledge, skills, and programming to master a comprehensive design process
- The program promotes scholarly research through coursework, independent learning, and thesis projects
- The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) has been accrediting the first professional degree program since 2005, which qualifies graduates to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification exam
Marymount University is proud to claim a host of ambitious, intelligent, and forward-thinking Interior Design alumni and expert faculty members. Tyler Wisler, for instance, is an HGTV expert, world traveler—and a Marymount University alum.
He’s appeared on NBC’s George to the Rescue, Good Morning America, The Home Show, and HGTV’s Design Star. Tyler was also involved in a design-competition reality show called The Apartment, which required him to travel throughout Malaysia and Singapore.
“I chose Marymount because they had one of the more reputable Interior Design programs in the D.C. area, and they also offer undergraduate degrees in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising. I think interior and fashion design play off each other’s energies, and I’m a firm believer in surrounding yourself with a variety of disciplines. I also chose Marymount because I knew that wherever I got my education, I wanted it to be in a large metropolitan setting. The design aesthetics are much different in D.C. or New York City than in more rural areas. And that’s inherently what I’m about: In cities, we embrace the new, and we embrace forward thinking.”
Want to join his ranks? Consider one of Marymount’s upcoming events:
- [Info Session] Interior Design Luncheon on Friday, May 17 (in-person informational luncheon will cover Marymount University’s graduate Interior Design program. From admissions guidelines, curriculum content, and unique features of the programs — our faculty will cover it all.)
- [Webinar] Interior Design Webinar on Wednesday, June 12 (hour-long, online event will focus on Marymount’s renowned Interior Design degree)
- [PDF] A Guide to Understanding the Field of Interior Design (downloadable guide designed to give an overview of the field of interior design and outline the specifics of pursuing the Master of Arts in Interior Design at Marymount University)
I hope these resources will be helpful to you, and if you have questions about either of Marymount University’s upcoming information events, don’t hesitate to reach out. You can set up an appointment with me online or by phone.
Click below to RSVP for the Interior Design Luncheon on Friday, Mary 17!
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