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Top School in Indianapolis for Interior Design Courses

Students interested in studying interior design in Indianapolis, IN, have only a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local school's degree programs, tuition and ranking info to find out if it's the right one for you.

School and Ranking Information

Within 25 miles of Indianapolis, three schools offer interior design degrees, including a community college, a public university and a for-profit arts school. The public university is our top choice due to its high national rankings, low student-to-faculty ratio and excellent post-graduation prospects.

  • Winner: Located in Indiana's capital city, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis serves more than 30,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students annually. The Department of Design and Communication Technology provides an Associate of Science and a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design Technology.

School Info Chart

Category Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Rankings Tied for #194 in National Universities (2015); #7 in Up-and-Coming Schools (2014)*
Location Indianapolis, IN
School Type 4-year; public
Tuition & Fees (2014-2015) Undergraduate: $8,909 (in-state); $30,089 (out-of-state)*
Interior Design Degrees Offered Associate's; Bachelor's
Interior Design Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 24**
Most Popular Interior Design Degree Level in 2013 Bachelor's (19 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 42%**
Noteworthy The bachelor's degree program is accredited by The Council for Interior Design Accreditation***

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

  • Associate degree recipients are eligible to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam following four years of practical experience; bachelor's-level students can take the exam after only two years of work experience
  • Juniors in the bachelor's program complete an internship for credit
  • Graduates of the program have been hired at companies such as American Structurepoint, Lowes and Kitchen Master

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has 17 schools and 243 degree offerings. It awards degrees from both of its parent universities. IUPUI maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of just 18 to 1. Both of its interior design degree programs are offered at the undergraduate level.

Featuring computer design technology and design studio courses, the interior design associate's degree program covers core concepts like aesthetics, environmental responsibility, safety, business and public awareness. Hand drafting and 3-D computer-aided design techniques are used to explore both residential and commercial interiors while considering building and safety regulations.

The interior design bachelor's degree program shares the associate degree curriculum for the first two years. Students then learn advanced knowledge of interior design and demonstrate their skills. Studio topics include lighting, healthcare facility design and sustainable technologies. All students must complete a capstone project and a senior thesis to graduate.

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