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DESIGNING SPACES, CREATING STORIES

Teaching Methods
Learning Outcomes
Industry Engagement
Facilities and Resources
How To Apply
DESIGNING SPACES, CREATING STORIES
Teaching Methods
Teaching Methods

At Istituto Marangoni Miami, our Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program employs a dynamic and immersive approach to education. Our teaching methods blend theoretical knowledge with hands-on practice, ensuring that students develop a deep understanding of design principles while honing their practical skills.

Through a combination of studio-based projects, workshops, guest lectures, and industry collaborations, students gain valuable insight into the multifaceted world of interior design. Our experienced faculty members, who are industry professionals themselves, provide personalized guidance and mentorship to help students unlock their creative potential and develop their unique design aesthetic.

Additionally, our state-of-the-art facilities, including design studios, computer labs, and fabrication workshops, offer students the tools and resources they need to bring their design concepts to life. With a focus on creativity, innovation, and critical thinking, our teaching methods prepare students to excel in the dynamic field of interior design.

Learning Outcomes
Learning Outcomes

Throughout the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program, students will develop a comprehensive skill set and knowledge base essential for success in the field of interior design. By engaging in studio-based projects and hands-on exercises, students will acquire proficiency in interior design principles and techniques, including space planning, drafting, graphic design, and detailing.

Students will also master industry-standard tools and software such as AutoCAD, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and digital design graphics software, enabling them to create accurate floor plans, construction documents, and digital visualizations of interior spaces. Moreover, the program will foster students’ appreciation for the historical, cultural, and socio-economic influences on interior design through courses on the history of interior design, furniture, and visual culture, as well as studies in world history and humanities.

Graduates will emerge from the program equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate real-world design challenges, adhere to industry standards and regulations, and communicate effectively with clients, contractors, and other stakeholders. The capstone project will provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their design expertise and critical thinking abilities by developing a comprehensive interior design project from concept to completion.

Industry Engagement
Industry Engagement

At Istituto Marangoni Miami, we prioritize industry collaboration to offer our interior design students invaluable real-world experiences and professional growth opportunities. Our comprehensive interior design program equips students with a deep understanding of market dynamics, preparing them for successful careers. With a network of over 80 partnerships with luxury brands in the Miami Design District and beyond, students gain unprecedented access to industry professionals and real-world scenarios.

Through hands-on projects, industry collaborations, and immersive design challenges embedded in our curriculum, students enhance their classroom learning and gain practical experience. They engage in brand partnerships, design competitions, luxury brand collaborations, and immersive industry projects to gain firsthand experience. Our dedicated Career Services team provides personalized support with job applications, mock interviews, and resume building.

We ensure that our interior design graduates are well-prepared to thrive in the competitive job market and embark on fulfilling careers in the field by bridging the gap between academia and industry. Our program serves as an ideal launching pad for those seeking a career in interior design, offering opportunities that extend beyond the classroom to prepare graduates for success in the dynamic interior design industry.

Facilities and Resources
Facilities and Resources

Our state-of-the-art campus at Istituto Marangoni Miami is situated in a modern 7-story building at the heart of the Design District. Each level of our campus is meticulously designed to cater to the diverse needs of our students, providing them with an inspiring environment conducive to learning and development.

Our program offers a comprehensive learning experience, featuring theory classrooms, studio labs, materials labs, and computer labs fully equipped with industry-standard software such as AutoCAD, Adobe Cloud, SketchUp Pro, Revit, Enscape, and Lumion. These cutting-edge tools empower students to excel in every aspect of their interior design coursework and gradually build their professional portfolios. The interior design degree in Miami, Florida at Istituto Marangoni has all the tools to support their academic endeavors, including a comprehensive library stocked with essential references and research materials, both physical and virtual.

Additionally, our close proximity to luxury design houses in the area provides students with valuable insights into industry materials and projects, enriching their learning experience and preparing them for success in the field of interior design. To learn more about our facilities and resources, visit our Miami campus or schedule a virtual tour to get to know us better.

How To Apply
How To Apply

Applying to an undergraduate program at Istituto Marangoni Miami is a straightforward process designed to help aspiring fashion professionals kickstart their academic journey. Prospective students can begin by exploring our range of undergraduate programs on our website and selecting the one that aligns with their career goals and interests.

Once they have chosen a program, applicants can easily complete our online application form, providing necessary personal and academic information. Along with the application form, we will send you a detailed email soliciting the necessary admissions documents: Valid ID, High School Official Transcripts from all previous institutions, High School Diploma or GED, Personal Statement, Finance Form, Portfolio (if applicable), and English language proficiency test (if applicable).

Our dedicated admissions team carefully reviews each application to ensure that candidates meet the program requirements and possess the passion and potential to thrive in the competitive world of fashion. Upon acceptance, students must confirm their spot in class since there is a limited capacity per cohort. For more information, schedule a call with an admissions representative.

Program Highlights

Spatial Design Proficiency

Students develop a comprehensive understanding of spatial design principles, enabling them to conceptualize and execute interior layouts that optimize functionality, aesthetics, and user experience.

Advanced Digital Design Skills

Students acquire advanced proficiency in digital design tools, enabling them to create detailed 2D and 3D models, renderings, and presentations, enhancing their ability to communicate design concepts effectively.

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Historical and Cultural Insight

Students gain insight into the historical and cultural contexts that have shaped interior design practices, empowering them to incorporate historical influences into their contemporary design solutions.

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Strategic Business Acumen

Students develop a solid foundation in business principles relevant to the interior design industry, including branding, marketing, finance, and sustainability, preparing them to navigate the business aspects of interior design practice and entrepreneurship.

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Professional Collaboration and Communication

Students hone their teamwork and communication skills through collaborative projects and presentations, preparing them for successful careers in the collaborative and client-facing aspects of the interior design profession.

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Program Specifics

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CREDENTIAL

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Diploma

START TERM

Spring, Summer, Fall

DURATION

4 years

MODALITY

Full-time | On Campus

CREDITS

120 credits

Curriculum

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program offers students a comprehensive exploration of the dynamic field where creativity meets functionality. Through a diverse curriculum, students will delve into various aspects of interior design, from spatial planning and digital graphics to materials selection and historical influences. With a strong foundation in design principles, students will tackle courses ranging from architectural drafting to lighting design, developing a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of how interior spaces influence human experiences. The BFA in Interior Design also emphasizes critical thinking, ethical considerations, and sustainability, preparing students to address the complex industry of Interior Design. Below are the interior design courses from the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design program.

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BID101
Architectural Drafting

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles and techniques of architectural drafting, focusing on developing the skills necessary to create precise technical drawings and blueprints for interior design projects.

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BID102
Drawing for Design

Students explore various drawing techniques and tools relevant to interior design, emphasizing sketching, rendering, and visualization skills essential for communicating design concepts effectively.

BID103
Interior Graphic Standards and Applications

This course covers the application of graphic standards specific to interior design, including symbols, codes, and conventions used in architectural drawings and specifications.

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ARH100
History of Art

Students delve into the history of art, examining major artistic movements, styles, and works of art from prehistoric times to the present day, with a focus on understanding the cultural and historical contexts of artistic expression.

ENC101
English Composition I

This course focuses on developing students’ writing skills, emphasizing clarity, coherence, and critical thinking in academic writing, with an emphasis on composing well-structured essays and research papers.

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Interior Space Planning

Students learn the principles and techniques of spatial planning and layout design, focusing on optimizing functional and aesthetic aspects of interior spaces to meet user needs and requirements.

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BID105
Digital Design Graphics I

This course introduces students to digital design software and tools relevant to interior design, emphasizing basic digital rendering, modeling, and presentation techniques.

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BID106
Interior Finishes and Materials

Students explore the selection and application of interior finishes and materials, considering factors such as aesthetics, durability, sustainability, and regulatory compliance in interior design projects.

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WHO100
World History

This course provides a broad overview of world history, covering major historical events, civilizations, and cultural developments from ancient times to the present day, with an emphasis on understanding global interconnectedness and historical context.

ENC102
English Composition II

Building upon the skills developed in English Composition I, this course focuses on advanced writing strategies and rhetorical techniques, with an emphasis on argumentation, research-based writing, and critical analysis.

English Composition II
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Interior Environments I

Students explore the principles of interior design, focusing on spatial organization, circulation, and human factors in interior environments. Emphasis is placed on conceptualizing and developing design solutions for various interior spaces.

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BID202
AutoCAD for Interior Design

This course introduces students to computer-aided design (CAD) software, specifically AutoCAD, commonly used in the interior design industry. Students learn basic drafting and modeling techniques to create precise technical drawings and 3D models.

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BID203
History of Interior, Furniture and Visual Culture I

Students study the historical development of interior design, furniture styles, and visual culture, exploring how historical influences shape contemporary design practices and trends.

History of Interior, Furniture and Visual Culture I
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MAC105
College Math I

This course covers fundamental mathematical concepts and techniques relevant to interior design, including algebra, geometry, and trigonometry, with applications to spatial calculations, measurements, and proportions.

SPC201
Speech

Students develop oral communication skills, including public speaking, presentation delivery, and effective communication strategies, essential for professional practice in interior design.

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Interior Environments II

Building upon the concepts introduced in Interior Environments I, this course focuses on advanced design principles and methodologies, emphasizing conceptualization, programming, and schematic design development for complex interior projects.

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BID205
Digital Design Graphics II

Students further develop their digital design skills, exploring advanced rendering techniques, 3D modeling, and visualization tools to create immersive and realistic representations of interior spaces.

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BID206
History of Interior, Furniture and Visual Culture II

This course continues the exploration of interior design history, focusing on the evolution of design movements, styles, and iconic designers from the modern era to the present day.

History of Interior, Furniture and Visual Culture II
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MAC114
College Math II

Building upon the mathematical concepts covered in College Math I, this course delves into more advanced topics such as calculus, statistics, and mathematical modeling relevant to interior design analysis and problem-solving.

ENV209
Environmental Science

Students examine environmental principles and issues related to interior design, including sustainability, green building practices, and environmental regulations impacting design decisions and material choices.

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Interior Environments III

This course focuses on the integration of technical systems and building technologies into interior design projects. Students explore advanced topics such as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems, as well as code compliance and accessibility standards.

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BID302
Building Codes, Regulations and Systems

Students learn about building codes, regulations, and standards governing interior design practice, including fire safety, building occupancy, and accessibility requirements. Emphasis is placed on interpreting and applying codes to design projects.

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BID303
Building Information Modeling for Interior Design

Students gain proficiency in building information modeling (BIM) software, such as Revit, for collaborative design, documentation, and coordination of interior spaces. Topics include BIM workflow, parametric modeling, and clash detection.

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ECO200
Principles of Economics

This course introduces students to fundamental economic principles and theories, focusing on microeconomic concepts such as supply and demand, market structures, and pricing mechanisms relevant to the interior design industry.

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HUM200
Special Topics in Humanities

Students explore interdisciplinary topics in the humanities that intersect with interior design, such as cultural studies, philosophy, or art history, enhancing their understanding of design contexts and influences.

Special Topics in Humanities
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Interior Environments IV

Students engage in advanced studio projects focusing on specialized interior design typologies, such as hospitality, healthcare, or retail environments. Emphasis is placed on design research, programming, and design development.

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BID305
Lighting Design and Acoustics

This course explores principles of lighting design and acoustics in interior spaces, addressing factors such as natural and artificial lighting, lighting fixtures, sound absorption, and noise control strategies for optimal spatial quality.

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BID306
Digital Design Graphics III

Building upon skills acquired in previous digital design courses, students refine their proficiency in digital rendering, animation, and virtual reality (VR) technologies to create immersive design presentations and visualizations.

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PSY201
Psychology

Students study psychological principles and theories relevant to interior design, including human behavior, perception, and ergonomics. Topics may include environmental psychology, user experience (UX) design, and design psychology.

PHI300
Ethics

This course explores ethical issues and dilemmas in the practice of interior design, including professional responsibility, sustainability, and social equity. Students analyze case studies and develop ethical decision-making skills essential for ethical design practice.

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Interior Environments V

Students continue to develop and refine their comprehensive interior design projects, integrating feedback from faculty and peers to produce final design solutions. Emphasis is placed on design excellence, professional presentation, and design innovation.

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BID402
Interior Detailing and Documentation

Students finalize construction documentation for their interior design projects, ensuring accuracy, clarity, and compliance with industry standards and regulations. Emphasis is placed on attention to detail and technical precision.

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BID403
Sustainability in Interior Design

Students apply sustainable design principles to their final design projects, demonstrating a commitment to environmental responsibility and social equity in interior design practice.

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BID404
Interior Design Research

Students complete their research projects or theses, presenting their findings to faculty and peers in a formal presentation. Emphasis is placed on research methodology, critical analysis, and scholarly communication.

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Critical Thinking

Students further develop their critical thinking skills through reflective analysis of their interior design projects, peer reviews, and critiques. Emphasis is placed on synthesizing feedback, revising design solutions, and articulating design rationale.

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Construction Documents

This course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of construction documentation in the context of interior design projects. Topics include architectural detailing, building codes, construction materials, specifications, and industry standards. Students learn to create accurate and detailed construction drawings and documents that communicate design intent to contractors, builders, and other stakeholders involved in the construction process.

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BID406
Professional Practice in Interior Design

This course explores the practical aspects of running an interior design practice, including business management, project management, client relations, and legal considerations. Students learn about professional ethics, industry regulations, licensing requirements, contracts, and billing practices. Through case studies and real-world scenarios, students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to navigate the complexities of the interior design profession.

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BID407
Interior Design Internship

The Interior Design Internship provides students with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a professional design setting. Under the guidance of experienced designers or firms, students apply their classroom knowledge to real-world projects, gaining valuable insights into the day-to-day operations of an interior design firm. Internship experiences vary but may include tasks such as assisting with design concepts, drafting plans, sourcing materials, and collaborating with clients and contractors.

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Capstone in Interior Design

In this culminating course, students demonstrate their mastery of interior design concepts, skills, and principles through the completion of a comprehensive capstone project. Working independently or in small groups, students conceptualize, design, and execute a final project that showcases their creative vision, technical proficiency, and professional competence. Emphasis is placed on originality, innovation, and professionalism in the execution of the project.

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SOC200
Sociology

Sociology is the scientific study of society, human behavior, and social interactions. In this course, students examine key sociological concepts, theories, and methodologies to better understand the social forces that shape individual behavior, group dynamics, and societal structures. Topics may include culture, socialization, deviance, social stratification, race, gender, and globalization. Through readings, discussions, and research projects, students develop critical thinking skills and gain insights into the complex interplay between individuals and society.

Beyond
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Internships

A wide range of internships are available to you as a student at Istituto Marangoni Miami’s Interior Design program, many of which are specific to your field of study. Whether your passion lies in creating inspiring interior spaces, crafting innovative design solutions, or exploring the latest trends in the industry, our internship programs are made to support your academic goals and offer priceless practical experience. These internships provide a distinctive combination of hands-on learning and professional growth, putting you on the path to a successful career in interior design. Opportunities include working with prestigious design firms and supporting real-world interior design projects.

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Industry Networking Sessions

At Istituto Marangoni Miami, we understand the value of networking in the interior design field. We give students exclusive access to important members of the interior design community and invite them to speak to our students through our ‘In Conversation With’ series. These individuals share their knowledge and ideas, providing insightful advice for budding designers. Furthermore, our instructors, industry events, volunteer programs, and partnerships with luxury design companies offer many networking opportunities for students to broaden their professional horizons and establish significant relationships in interior design. Interior Design in Miami provides a thriving career path with opportunities for emerging designers. With the field experiencing substantial growth, aspiring professionals’ prospects are promising and expansive.

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Design Contests

At Istituto Marangoni Miami, we value growth and development through competition and experiential learning. Therefore, we urge our interior design students to participate in various design competitions. These contests present real-world challenges, from conceptualizing innovative design solutions to collaborating with industry partners on creative projects. By participating in these competitions, students can hone their abilities, demonstrate their talents, and obtain real-world experience—all of which improve their portfolios and position them for success in the competitive world of interior design.

Collaborations

Collaborations with top interior design brands are a priority for Istituto Marangoni Miami, as they give our students vital practical experience and mentorship possibilities. Students get the opportunity to learn about the different facets of the industry through these relationships. Students experience real-world scenarios, learn from industry experts through interior design projects for esteemed customers, and showcase their work in notable publications and exhibitions. Working with industry experts from Kartell, Illulian, Cabana, IIDA, EAST Hotel, West Elm, and more has helped students hone their abilities and understand interior design thoroughly, setting them up for success in this competitive industry.

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TUITION

Cost and Fees Bachelor Degree 
Total Semester Credit Hours 120
Tuition per Credit Hour $1,295
Non-Refundable Application $100
Semester Campus Fees  $250
Semester Digital Resource Fees $350
Total Cost of Attendance $160,700

At Istituto Marangoni Miami, we understand that each student’s financial situation is unique. That’s why we offer various payment options tailored to the specific program you are applying to. For detailed information about the payment opportunities available for our programs, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our representatives. They will be delighted to assist you in finding the best program for you and answer any questions you might have. 

* For a comprehensive overview of our tuition, fees, and refund policy, kindly access and download our catalog for detailed information.
*For finance-related inquiries, please contact the Finance Department at finance@immiami.com.

MEET OUR
FACULTY

All faculty
Dr. Lazo-Flores has been in the creative industry and higher education for over thirty years. She has been a design educator in both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels of interior architecture, landscape architecture, furniture design, product and interface design, industrial design, and studio art programs in the US, Singapore, Japan, and the Philippines. She has professionally practiced for over ten years, covering luxury residential design, commercial offices, hospitality spaces, trade shows, and military buildings in various parts of the world. She received her Ph.D. in Design Science and Planning from Chiba University, Japan, with a Japanese Ministry of Education scholarship. Teaching Areas: Research & Concept Development, Design for Sustainability and Interior Graphic Standards
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Dr. Thelma Lazo-Flores
Dean of Interior Design
An architect from the Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela, Jose started his career among local top architects while developing a 5-year tutoring experience in design disciplines. He pursued an MA in Design and Media Management at the Miami International University of Art and Design, which provided him with invaluable insights into the interior design business in the US. His current experience focuses on upscale residential and hospitality projects. Jose covers Design Studio, Interior Graphic Standards, and Advanced Visual Presentation Techniques, among many others. Teaching Areas: Digital Rendering Techniques and Design Project II
read more
Jose E. Rodriguez
Interior Design Professor
A meticulous interior designer focused on developing interiors within the hospitality design industry. He is also an electronica enthusiast, a passionate educator, and a lover of all things design. He earned his BFA in Interior Architectural Design at California State University—Long Beach. He teaches Design Studio and AutoCAD for the Intensive Interior Design Program. Teaching Areas: Design Project I  
read more
Man Hum Chan
Interior Design Professor
A professional lighting designer with a broad design practice in Chicago with dbHMS, New York with G2J Design, and Miami with ISP Design, all with multiple interior spaces. At ISP Design, he was on the team designing various Apple flagship store designs for national and international branches. Currently, he is a design consultant and teaches lighting courses at multiple institutions in Miami. Gustavo holds an MA in Lighting Design from Parsons New School of Design and a BFA in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Teaching Areas: Lighting Design
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Gustavo Gil
Interior Design Professor
After graduating from Texas A&M University with an architecture degree, Mr. Sukphisit held positions such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) / CAD manager, project manager, on-site BIM trainer, and college-level Revit and AutoCAD software instructor. Mr. Sukphisit is a Revit Certified Professional. His interests have been in new skills development (including BIM implementations, COBie deliverables, and laser scanning) and bringing those skills to his current position as Project Manager for Broward County and Adjunct Faculty at Istituto Marangoni Miami. Over his 20 years of architecture, engineering, and construction experience, Mr. Sukphisit has prepared many contract deliverables, which he strongly shares with students in his coursework. Teaching Areas: Sensory and Experience Design 
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Peck Sukphisit
Interior Design Professor
Ricardo Garcia is a talented graphic designer with an MA in Design and Media Management from Miami International University of Art and Design. His design expertise is multidisciplinary, and he excellently provides layout and design direction in diverse projects. He has worked on end-to-end brand creative, brand systems, social-digital experiences, brand campaigns, launches, and events for high-tech and digital brands. Teaching Areas: Introduction to Digital Design and Intermediate Digital Design
read more
Ricardo Garcia
Interior Design Professor
Andrea is an architect and project manager with over fourteen years of experience in interior design and furnishings, especially in the kitchen and bath area. She works as a training specialist for one of the world’s largest kitchen manufacturers. Andrea received her Bachelor of Architecture from Universidad Rafael Urdaneta in Venezuela. She teaches AutoCAD for the Intensive Interior Design Program. Teaching Areas: Interior Design Fundamentals
read more
Andrea Fernandez
Interior Design Professor
Michelle is a dedicated and results-oriented professional with over 11 years of broad-based experience in higher education – excelling in various teaching methods to encourage creativity and higher-order thinking among students. On top of her expertise in increasing student performance, syllabus development, and course planning, she has diverse and extensive experience in fashion education, branding, graphic design, and business. She has served in senior design management positions in the fashion and beauty industries. Her lesson planning and class organization expertise extends to her teaching of Business in Interior Design and Business of Luxury. She holds an MBA from Florida International University and a BA in Marketing from Barry University. Teaching Areas: Business of Interior Design
read more
Michelle Pitter
Interior Design Professor
Ms. Mariam Elias is an educator, designer, and writer. In the last five years, she has served in various academic institutions locally and internationally, such as Florida International University, Istituto Marangoni Miami, Miami International University of Art and Design in Miami, and Coventry University in Cairo, Egypt. She has taught in graduate programs such as the MA in Design & Media Management and MFA in Visual Arts. She has also covered courses in disciplines such as Advertising, Graphic Design, and Interior Design. Teaching Areas: History of Art, Design and Visual Culture
read more
Mariam Elias
Interior Design Professor
MEET OUR
FACULTY
All faculty
Dr. Lazo-Flores has been in the creative industry and higher education for over thirty years. She has been a design educator in both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels of interior architecture, landscape architecture, furniture design, product and interface design, industrial design, and studio art programs in the US, Singapore, Japan, and the Philippines. She has professionally practiced for over ten years, covering luxury residential design, commercial offices, hospitality spaces, trade shows, and military buildings in various parts of the world. She received her Ph.D. in Design Science and Planning from Chiba University, Japan, with a Japanese Ministry of Education scholarship. Teaching Areas: Research & Concept Development, Design for Sustainability and Interior Graphic Standards
read more
Dr. Thelma Lazo-Flores
Dean of Interior Design
An architect from the Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela, Jose started his career among local top architects while developing a 5-year tutoring experience in design disciplines. He pursued an MA in Design and Media Management at the Miami International University of Art and Design, which provided him with invaluable insights into the interior design business in the US. His current experience focuses on upscale residential and hospitality projects. Jose covers Design Studio, Interior Graphic Standards, and Advanced Visual Presentation Techniques, among many others. Teaching Areas: Digital Rendering Techniques and Design Project II
read more
Jose E. Rodriguez
Interior Design Professor
A meticulous interior designer focused on developing interiors within the hospitality design industry. He is also an electronica enthusiast, a passionate educator, and a lover of all things design. He earned his BFA in Interior Architectural Design at California State University—Long Beach. He teaches Design Studio and AutoCAD for the Intensive Interior Design Program. Teaching Areas: Design Project I  
read more
Man Hum Chan
Interior Design Professor
A professional lighting designer with a broad design practice in Chicago with dbHMS, New York with G2J Design, and Miami with ISP Design, all with multiple interior spaces. At ISP Design, he was on the team designing various Apple flagship store designs for national and international branches. Currently, he is a design consultant and teaches lighting courses at multiple institutions in Miami. Gustavo holds an MA in Lighting Design from Parsons New School of Design and a BFA in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Teaching Areas: Lighting Design
read more
Gustavo Gil
Interior Design Professor
After graduating from Texas A&M University with an architecture degree, Mr. Sukphisit held positions such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) / CAD manager, project manager, on-site BIM trainer, and college-level Revit and AutoCAD software instructor. Mr. Sukphisit is a Revit Certified Professional. His interests have been in new skills development (including BIM implementations, COBie deliverables, and laser scanning) and bringing those skills to his current position as Project Manager for Broward County and Adjunct Faculty at Istituto Marangoni Miami. Over his 20 years of architecture, engineering, and construction experience, Mr. Sukphisit has prepared many contract deliverables, which he strongly shares with students in his coursework. Teaching Areas: Sensory and Experience Design 
read more
Peck Sukphisit
Interior Design Professor
Ricardo Garcia is a talented graphic designer with an MA in Design and Media Management from Miami International University of Art and Design. His design expertise is multidisciplinary, and he excellently provides layout and design direction in diverse projects. He has worked on end-to-end brand creative, brand systems, social-digital experiences, brand campaigns, launches, and events for high-tech and digital brands. Teaching Areas: Introduction to Digital Design and Intermediate Digital Design
read more
Ricardo Garcia
Interior Design Professor
Andrea is an architect and project manager with over fourteen years of experience in interior design and furnishings, especially in the kitchen and bath area. She works as a training specialist for one of the world’s largest kitchen manufacturers. Andrea received her Bachelor of Architecture from Universidad Rafael Urdaneta in Venezuela. She teaches AutoCAD for the Intensive Interior Design Program. Teaching Areas: Interior Design Fundamentals
read more
Andrea Fernandez
Interior Design Professor
Michelle is a dedicated and results-oriented professional with over 11 years of broad-based experience in higher education – excelling in various teaching methods to encourage creativity and higher-order thinking among students. On top of her expertise in increasing student performance, syllabus development, and course planning, she has diverse and extensive experience in fashion education, branding, graphic design, and business. She has served in senior design management positions in the fashion and beauty industries. Her lesson planning and class organization expertise extends to her teaching of Business in Interior Design and Business of Luxury. She holds an MBA from Florida International University and a BA in Marketing from Barry University. Teaching Areas: Business of Interior Design
read more
Michelle Pitter
Interior Design Professor
Ms. Mariam Elias is an educator, designer, and writer. In the last five years, she has served in various academic institutions locally and internationally, such as Florida International University, Istituto Marangoni Miami, Miami International University of Art and Design in Miami, and Coventry University in Cairo, Egypt. She has taught in graduate programs such as the MA in Design & Media Management and MFA in Visual Arts. She has also covered courses in disciplines such as Advertising, Graphic Design, and Interior Design. Teaching Areas: History of Art, Design and Visual Culture
read more
Mariam Elias
Interior Design Professor
MEET OUR
FACULTY
All faculty
Dr. Lazo-Flores has been in the creative industry and higher education for over thirty years. She has been a design educator in both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels of interior architecture, landscape architecture, furniture design, product and interface design, industrial design, and studio art programs in the US, Singapore, Japan, and the Philippines. She has professionally practiced for over ten years, covering luxury residential design, commercial offices, hospitality spaces, trade shows, and military buildings in various parts of the world. She received her Ph.D. in Design Science and Planning from Chiba University, Japan, with a Japanese Ministry of Education scholarship. Teaching Areas: Research & Concept Development, Design for Sustainability and Interior Graphic Standards
read more
Dr. Thelma Lazo-Flores
Dean of Interior Design
An architect from the Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela, Jose started his career among local top architects while developing a 5-year tutoring experience in design disciplines. He pursued an MA in Design and Media Management at the Miami International University of Art and Design, which provided him with invaluable insights into the interior design business in the US. His current experience focuses on upscale residential and hospitality projects. Jose covers Design Studio, Interior Graphic Standards, and Advanced Visual Presentation Techniques, among many others. Teaching Areas: Digital Rendering Techniques and Design Project II
read more
Jose E. Rodriguez
Interior Design Professor
A meticulous interior designer focused on developing interiors within the hospitality design industry. He is also an electronica enthusiast, a passionate educator, and a lover of all things design. He earned his BFA in Interior Architectural Design at California State University—Long Beach. He teaches Design Studio and AutoCAD for the Intensive Interior Design Program. Teaching Areas: Design Project I  
read more
Man Hum Chan
Interior Design Professor
A professional lighting designer with a broad design practice in Chicago with dbHMS, New York with G2J Design, and Miami with ISP Design, all with multiple interior spaces. At ISP Design, he was on the team designing various Apple flagship store designs for national and international branches. Currently, he is a design consultant and teaches lighting courses at multiple institutions in Miami. Gustavo holds an MA in Lighting Design from Parsons New School of Design and a BFA in Interior Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Teaching Areas: Lighting Design
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Gustavo Gil
Interior Design Professor
After graduating from Texas A&M University with an architecture degree, Mr. Sukphisit held positions such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) / CAD manager, project manager, on-site BIM trainer, and college-level Revit and AutoCAD software instructor. Mr. Sukphisit is a Revit Certified Professional. His interests have been in new skills development (including BIM implementations, COBie deliverables, and laser scanning) and bringing those skills to his current position as Project Manager for Broward County and Adjunct Faculty at Istituto Marangoni Miami. Over his 20 years of architecture, engineering, and construction experience, Mr. Sukphisit has prepared many contract deliverables, which he strongly shares with students in his coursework. Teaching Areas: Sensory and Experience Design 
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Peck Sukphisit
Interior Design Professor
Ricardo Garcia is a talented graphic designer with an MA in Design and Media Management from Miami International University of Art and Design. His design expertise is multidisciplinary, and he excellently provides layout and design direction in diverse projects. He has worked on end-to-end brand creative, brand systems, social-digital experiences, brand campaigns, launches, and events for high-tech and digital brands. Teaching Areas: Introduction to Digital Design and Intermediate Digital Design
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Ricardo Garcia
Interior Design Professor
Andrea is an architect and project manager with over fourteen years of experience in interior design and furnishings, especially in the kitchen and bath area. She works as a training specialist for one of the world’s largest kitchen manufacturers. Andrea received her Bachelor of Architecture from Universidad Rafael Urdaneta in Venezuela. She teaches AutoCAD for the Intensive Interior Design Program. Teaching Areas: Interior Design Fundamentals
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Andrea Fernandez
Interior Design Professor
Michelle is a dedicated and results-oriented professional with over 11 years of broad-based experience in higher education – excelling in various teaching methods to encourage creativity and higher-order thinking among students. On top of her expertise in increasing student performance, syllabus development, and course planning, she has diverse and extensive experience in fashion education, branding, graphic design, and business. She has served in senior design management positions in the fashion and beauty industries. Her lesson planning and class organization expertise extends to her teaching of Business in Interior Design and Business of Luxury. She holds an MBA from Florida International University and a BA in Marketing from Barry University. Teaching Areas: Business of Interior Design
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Michelle Pitter
Interior Design Professor
Ms. Mariam Elias is an educator, designer, and writer. In the last five years, she has served in various academic institutions locally and internationally, such as Florida International University, Istituto Marangoni Miami, Miami International University of Art and Design in Miami, and Coventry University in Cairo, Egypt. She has taught in graduate programs such as the MA in Design & Media Management and MFA in Visual Arts. She has also covered courses in disciplines such as Advertising, Graphic Design, and Interior Design. Teaching Areas: History of Art, Design and Visual Culture
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Mariam Elias
Interior Design Professor

Career Paths

Graduates of the Bachelor of Interior Design program are well-equipped to pursue diverse career opportunities in the dynamic field of interior design. With a comprehensive understanding of design principles, technical skills, and industry standards, our students are prepared to excel in various sectors of the interior design industry. Whether working independently, as part of a design firm, or within corporate environments, our graduates possess the knowledge and creativity to thrive in today’s competitive job market. If you are looking for an interior design career, here are some career path you can take:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Interior Design program are well-equipped to pursue diverse career opportunities in the dynamic field of interior design. With a comprehensive understanding of design principles, technical skills, and industry standards, our students are prepared to excel in various sectors of the interior design industry. Whether working independently, as part of a design firm, or within corporate environments, our graduates possess the knowledge and creativity to thrive in today’s competitive job market. If you are looking for an interior design career, here are some career path you can take:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Interior Design program are well-equipped to pursue diverse career opportunities in the dynamic field of interior design. With a comprehensive understanding of design principles, technical skills, and industry standards, our students are prepared to excel in various sectors of the interior design industry. Whether working independently, as part of a design firm, or within corporate environments, our graduates possess the knowledge and creativity to thrive in today’s competitive job market. If you are looking for an interior design career, here are some career path you can take:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Interior Design program are well-equipped to pursue diverse career opportunities in the dynamic field of interior design. With a comprehensive understanding of design principles, technical skills, and industry standards, our students are prepared to excel in various sectors of the interior design industry. Whether working independently, as part of a design firm, or within corporate environments, our graduates possess the knowledge and creativity to thrive in today’s competitive job market. If you are looking for an interior design career, here are some career path you can take:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Interior Design program are well-equipped to pursue diverse career opportunities in the dynamic field of interior design. With a comprehensive understanding of design principles, technical skills, and industry standards, our students are prepared to excel in various sectors of the interior design industry. Whether working independently, as part of a design firm, or within corporate environments, our graduates possess the knowledge and creativity to thrive in today’s competitive job market. If you are looking for an interior design career, here are some career path you can take:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Interior Design program are well-equipped to pursue diverse career opportunities in the dynamic field of interior design. With a comprehensive understanding of design principles, technical skills, and industry standards, our students are prepared to excel in various sectors of the interior design industry. Whether working independently, as part of a design firm, or within corporate environments, our graduates possess the knowledge and creativity to thrive in today’s competitive job market. If you are looking for an interior design career, here are some career path you can take:

Interior Designer

Designing functional and aesthetically pleasing interior spaces for residential, commercial, or institutional clients, interior designers collaborate with architects, engineers, and clients to create innovative design solutions.

Architectural Drafter

Utilizing drafting software and technical knowledge, architectural drafting assist architects and interior designers in creating detailed drawings and plans for construction projects, including floor plans, elevations, and construction details.

Sustainability Consultant

Focused on promoting sustainable design practices, sustainability consultants advise clients on eco-friendly materials, energy-efficient systems, and green building strategies to minimize environmental impact and enhance occupant well-being.

Furniture Designer

Designing and creating furniture pieces that are functional, ergonomic, and aesthetically pleasing, furniture designers collaborate with manufacturers and craftsmen to produce high-quality furniture products for residential, commercial, and hospitality settings.

Retail Space Planner

Responsible for optimizing retail environments for maximum functionality and customer engagement, retail space planners design layout plans, merchandise displays, and visual presentations to enhance the shopping experience and drive sales in retail stores and showrooms.

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Career Paths

Interior Designer

Designing functional and aesthetically pleasing interior spaces for residential, commercial, or institutional clients, interior designers collaborate with architects, engineers, and clients to create innovative design solutions.

Architectural Drafter

Utilizing drafting software and technical knowledge, architectural drafting assist architects and interior designers in creating detailed drawings and plans for construction projects, including floor plans, elevations, and construction details.

Sustainability Consultant

Focused on promoting sustainable design practices, sustainability consultants advise clients on eco-friendly materials, energy-efficient systems, and green building strategies to minimize environmental impact and enhance occupant well-being.

Furniture Designer

Designing and creating furniture pieces that are functional, ergonomic, and aesthetically pleasing, furniture designers collaborate with manufacturers and craftsmen to produce high-quality furniture products for residential, commercial, and hospitality settings.

Retail Space Planner

Responsible for optimizing retail environments for maximum functionality and customer engagement, retail space planners design layout plans, merchandise displays, and visual presentations to enhance the shopping experience and drive sales in retail stores and showrooms.

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Career Paths

Graduates of the Bachelor of Interior Design program are well-equipped to pursue diverse career opportunities in the dynamic field of interior design. With a comprehensive understanding of design principles, technical skills, and industry standards, our students are prepared to excel in various sectors of the interior design industry. Whether working independently, as part of a design firm, or within corporate environments, our graduates possess the knowledge and creativity to thrive in today’s competitive job market. If you are looking for an interior design career, here are some career path you can take:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Interior Design program are well-equipped to pursue diverse career opportunities in the dynamic field of interior design. With a comprehensive understanding of design principles, technical skills, and industry standards, our students are prepared to excel in various sectors of the interior design industry. Whether working independently, as part of a design firm, or within corporate environments, our graduates possess the knowledge and creativity to thrive in today’s competitive job market. If you are looking for an interior design career, here are some career path you can take:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Interior Design program are well-equipped to pursue diverse career opportunities in the dynamic field of interior design. With a comprehensive understanding of design principles, technical skills, and industry standards, our students are prepared to excel in various sectors of the interior design industry. Whether working independently, as part of a design firm, or within corporate environments, our graduates possess the knowledge and creativity to thrive in today’s competitive job market. If you are looking for an interior design career, here are some career path you can take:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Interior Design program are well-equipped to pursue diverse career opportunities in the dynamic field of interior design. With a comprehensive understanding of design principles, technical skills, and industry standards, our students are prepared to excel in various sectors of the interior design industry. Whether working independently, as part of a design firm, or within corporate environments, our graduates possess the knowledge and creativity to thrive in today’s competitive job market. If you are looking for an interior design career, here are some career path you can take:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Interior Design program are well-equipped to pursue diverse career opportunities in the dynamic field of interior design. With a comprehensive understanding of design principles, technical skills, and industry standards, our students are prepared to excel in various sectors of the interior design industry. Whether working independently, as part of a design firm, or within corporate environments, our graduates possess the knowledge and creativity to thrive in today’s competitive job market. If you are looking for an interior design career, here are some career path you can take:

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FAQ

What are the admissions requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts program?
To apply for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Styling program, you must submit the following criteria:
    • Completed Online Application 
    • High school diploma or equivalent
    • Official transcripts from all previous academic institutions
    • Portfolio showcasing relevant creative work (if applicable)
    • English language proficiency test scores (if applicable)
    • Personal statement outlining career goals and aspirations
What is the duration of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program?
The Bachelor’s in Fashion Business typically takes 8 semesters to complete on a full-time basis. However, the program duration may vary depending on factors such as enrollment status and course load.
Can I pursue a career in interior design if I don't have any prior experience or background in design?
Absolutely! Our Bachelor of Interior Design program is designed to accommodate students with varying levels of experience and backgrounds. Whether you're a beginner or have some prior knowledge in design, our curriculum provides comprehensive instruction and hands-on training to help you develop the skills and expertise needed for a successful career in interior design.
How does the Bachelor of Interior Design program prepare students for the professional world of interior design?
Our program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of interior design principles, technical skills, and industry best practices. Through a combination of classroom instruction, studio projects, internships, and industry collaborations, students gain practical experience and develop a professional portfolio that showcases their design abilities and creative vision. Additionally, our Career Services team provides personalized support with job placement, networking opportunities, and career development resources to help students transition seamlessly into the workforce upon graduation.
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