Interior Architecture and Design Major (M)

Addressing the whole student - body, mind and spirit, the purposes of the Art Program are 1) to nourish the senses (particularly the visual and tactile) in order to make the student more perceptive and visually responsive to life experiences and visual phenomena; 2) to cultivate the mind to design and solve problems through manipulating media in search of elegant, aesthetic and technically proficient solutions; and 3) to encourage and support Christian faith and practice by exploring the intersection of the visual arts and Christianity and leading the student through digital processes that translate intangible substance (concepts and emotions) into tangible material. It is a purpose of the Concordia University Program in Art to produce graduates who, as people of faith, are diligent, reflective, compassionate, highly skilled, visually articulate, and successful in their lives and in their vocations.

Interior Architecture and Design (IA&D) is a Cooperative Program with MIAD (Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design) and includes 30 credits to be completed at MIAD. To enroll in MIAD courses, students must have a 3.50 minimum GPA in all prior course work in the major.  Students majoring in IA&D learn basic construction techniques, model construction and digital rendering.  IA&D majors are prepared to work directly with architects in the design of interior spaces. Students are encouraged to take digital electives in web design and animation to enhance their digital skill sets.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Students will: 

  • Describe relationships that exist between the visual arts and the Christian faith;
  • Formulate and creatively solve visual problems.
  • Communicate effectively in a range of media.
  • Apply appropriate historical knowledge in the creation, description and analysis of works of visual art. Art and design are viewed as technical, spiritual/philosophical, and social endeavors.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency and aesthetic sensibility relative to observational drawing, composition, and the manipulation of visual arts media, including appropriate computer/digital applications.
  • Evaluate personal art work and the art work of others.
  • Selflessly share gifts and skills with others through teaching, community activities, and volunteerism.
  • Prepare documents/artifacts and practice strategies to seek employment or to advance in a chosen field.


Core Requirements45
Major Requirements
Concordia Required Courses34
MIAD Required Courses30
Minor: Optional (18 Credits Minimum)
Total Hours120

Major Requirements

Required Courses CUW
ART 1112-D Composition3
ART 145Drawing for Art Majors3
ART 246Color & Media Dynamics3
ART 285Art History I3
ART 286Art History II3
ART 310History of Design3
ART 3123-D Modelling3
ART 450Senior Portfolio/Exhibition1
GD 110Graphic Design I3
GD 111Graphic Design II3
GD 360Web Design I (Or ART 29X Applied Design Elective)3
GD 460Graphic Outlook-Practicum I3
Required Courses MIAD
IAD 220Studio 13
IAD 221Studio 23
IAD 222CAD 13
IAD 223 CAD 23
IAD 224 Materials & Specifications for Interiors3
IAD 225Interior Design & Lighting3
IAD 320 IAD Studio 33
IAD 321 IAD Studio 43
IAD 322 Building Systems 13
IAD 323 Building Systems 23
Total Hours64