Mission and Goals

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The Department of Architecture + Interior Design offers the undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Architecture leading to the professional Master of Architecture, in addition to an undergraduate professional Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design.

All three degrees are part of an arts cluster within the College of Creative Arts and provide rigorous professional education within the context of a selective, mid-size liberal arts university.

Mission and Goals

Consistent with the mission of the University and College of Creative Arts, it is our mission to prepare students for global engagement as future architects and designers, and as citizens of an ever-changing and diverse world. We strive to provide students rigorous professional preparation within the context of a nationally recognized liberal arts university; to embrace a culture of innovation grounded in an understanding of artistic tradition; and to promote engaged and critical inquiry in the pursuit of new understandings and new knowledge. We value the importance of personal values and a sense of responsibility to our global future as essential to positioning our graduates for leadership positions in a changing world.

Strengths of our three programs include:

  • Competitive, portfolio-based admissions
  • An emphasis on collaborative and interdisciplinary experiences
  • State-of-the-art facilities, housed within historic Alumni Hall
  • Numerous opportunities for domestic and international off-campus study
  • Emphasis on student-directed independent research, modeled by the graduate thesis
  • Active participation by outside scholars, in-residence critics, and guest lecturers 
  • State-of-the-art digital work, supported by the requirement for student-owned laptops and digital fabrication equipment

Miami University's College of Creative Arts offers three degree programs in architecture and interior design:

  • The NAAB-accredited professional Master of Architecture has two tracks. Admission to the  two- or three-year track is dependent upon academic background.
  • The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture is a pre-professional degree that prepares students to enter a two-year professional Master of Architecture program such as Miami University offers.
  • The CIDA-accredited Bachelor of Fine Arts offers a professional undergraduate education in interior design that prepares students to enter practice immediately upon graduation or to pursue further graduate level education.

Several special academic opportunities, both on and off campus, augment these three degree programs.

2020 Strategic Plan