Interior Design - MFA


Application to the Interior Design Program


Although it is recommended that all applicants meet the January 7 application deadline for the School of Art,  Interior Design will also consider applicants for each academic year if applications are received three weeks before the Graduate School Deadline for Fall April 15.

Please note: Applications for graduate study received after the Jan 1 deadline will not be considered for assistantships during the first year. Assistantships begin in the Fall Semester.

Hazardous Material Training

Because of their leadership rolls within the interior design program all graduate students are requested to go through two on-line training courses. Graduate teaching assistants are required to go through this training. Together the courses take about 45 minutes.

Laptop Computers

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Art provides an instructional lab with computer-aided design (CAD), presentation, and general software like Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. From the second semester of the second year and on through graduation, most studio projects have significant CAD components. There is a very high demand placed on the lab to meet instructional needs. It is available during non-class times for anyone in the School of Art having appropriate training. Students are not required to own personal computers; however, the majority finds they benefit from having their own.

We strongly recommend that students purchase laptop computers. While these cost more than desktop computers, they have significant advantages. Students can bring their computers to work in any studio. They can work both on and off campus, in and out of town. Further, we can help trouble-shoot hardware and software problems on laptops in ways we obviously can not with desktop computers.

The following are basic specifications for a laptop:

  1. Pentium 4 or Pentium M processor
  2. Windows XP Pro operating system
  3. Minimum 512 megabytes of RAM, more is better
  4. Minimum 60 gigabytes of hard disk storage
  5. Minimum 14" screen (highly recommend 15") 6. Microsoft Office Suite
  6. Most recent educational AutoCAD and Architectural Desktop Microsoft software is available at competitive prices through the university bookstore.

Autodesk Architectural programs are available at a fraction of market value through the the following web site specifically set up for UGA students by the Autodesk Educational Representatives in Atlanta: To use this site you must register with your UGA e-mail as your username. Be certain to purchase the Architectural Bundle with a perpetual license.

Study in Cortona, Italy

The UGA Studies Abroad Program in Cortona offers two interior design studio classes. UGA undergraduate students may apply for Studio IV and Furniture design. Graduate students and non-UGA undergraduates may apply for these courses or appropriate independent studies. All students must meet course pre-requisites. Students are encouraged to take an art history class to round out their schedules.

For more information e-mail or visit the Cortona web site. Choose the international study link to learn more about Cortona and other School of Art opportunities to study abroad.

Mailing Address and Campus Bus Directions

Mailing Address

Interior Design Program
University of Georgia
Lamar Dodd School of Art
101 Visual Arts Building
Athens, GA 30602

Interior Design Studio and Office Location

Broad Street Studio 2
257 W. Broad Street

  1. Studios are two blocks west of the Arches.
  2. Located between the Holiday Inn and Holiday Inn Express.
  3. Limited street parking is available within a few blocks.

Campus Bus

  1. Take UGA Milledge Avenue Bus.
  2. Exit at the Broad Street Studios.
  3. Studios are on left after the Holiday Inn if leaving campus.
  4. Studios are on right after H.I. Express if approaching UGA.