Environmental and Interior Design (BFA)

Syracuse University

Date Posted: May 5, 2019
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Baccalaureate degree


The B.F.A. degree in environmental and interior design (EDI) prepares students to pursue careers focused on the design of the built environment in the disciplines of environmental design, interior design, interior architecture, adaptive reuse, spatial design, and exhibition design. In addition, the program prepares graduates who may choose to pursue advanced studies at the master’s degree level in architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, interior design, exhibition design, lighting design, furniture design, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and the humanities. The B.F.A. program is fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Students receive a broad liberal arts education in conjunction with studio courses in the fine arts to complement their work in the program. Due to the mutual and overlapping bonds of environmental design, industrial design, fashion design, and communications design, the programs in the School of Design share a common foundation curriculum in the first semester.

The field of environmental and interior design reconciles past building uses with future needs to shape and sustain a better world. Design history, theory, sustainable design practices, building stewardship, adaptive reuse, and professional practice are promoted in the curriculum. Individual work experiences, design-build activities, and speculative community-based projects engage students with emerging issues and the field.

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