Start with the right foundation

You have an eye for well-arranged spaces, welcoming environments, and communicating ideas - even identities - through visual cues. But you don’t know whether to go to an art institute or a liberal arts university. With our major in interior architecture and design, you can have both. We’ve joined with the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design to offer a cooperative program that will give you hands-on experience and a well-rounded, faith-based education.

Sample Careers
  • Interior Designer
  • Architecture Teacher
  • Architectural Drafters
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The average undergraduate student award is $16,603.

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Program Overview

The bachelor’s degree in interior architecture and design is a cooperative program with MIAD (Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design). To quote MIAD’s program description, “Our interior architecture and design program is built on the premise that spaces and their furnishings can affect people in deep, meaningful ways.” In this program, you’ll get to experience the Christian liberal arts perspective of Concordia while pursuing a rigorous design program at MIAD. You’ll combine theory and practice to solve visual and spatial problems in the classroom and with real-world clients.

During your time here, you’ll take the majority of your classes (including the Liberal Arts Core, the majority of your major, and your minor) right on the CUW campus. You’ll go to MIAD for the remaining 24 credits (six credits per semester over the course of two years). Many graduates have also paired this major with a complementary minor in business, entrepreneurship, or art to further their abilities and career endeavors.

What to Expect

When you graduate with a degree in interior architecture and design, you’ll have a deep understanding of color and media dynamics, 3-D modeling, and computer-aided design (CAD) drawing. You’ll have as strong foundation in the liberal arts (including history, english, communication, and the social sciences) with hands-on experience working with clients. You’ll even complete a senior portfolio to show the work you’ve done during your time here. Whether you go on to work as an interior designer, a facility planner or a model builder, you’ll have the foundation and skillset you need to build a future in interior architecture and design.

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