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Universities with Interior Design Majors: How to Choose

Interior design is a broad term that encompasses everything from the basic architecture of a room to the furniture placed within it. Read on to see what you should look for in an interior design program, and see some U.S. schools that offer interior design degrees.

Interior design programs are widely available and typically result in a bachelor's degree. See some schools that offer these programs and learn about some considerations for selecting the school that is the best fit for you.

Schools with Interior Design Degree Programs

The following 4-year schools offer bachelor's degree programs in interior design:

College/University Location Institution Type Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)*
Adrian College Adrian, MI 4-year, Private not-for-profit $33,610
Anderson University Anderson, SC 4-year, Private not-for-profit $24,860
Becker College Worcester, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit $34,080
Florida State University Tallahassee, FL 4-year, Public $6,507 (In-state) $21,673 (Out-of-state)
Marywood University Scranton, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit $32,692

*Source: National Center for Education Statistics

University Selection Criteria

When looking for suitable programs, students should be aware of several factors in order to make an appropriate training decision:

  • Students should look at the degree program offered to see which degree most closely aligns with their interests. A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Interior Design program may incorporate marketing, principles of accounting, public speaking and organizational behavior. Students earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Interior Design will spend more time on specific subjects such as advanced lighting, residential design, furniture design, and contract design.
  • Students should look at program duration when selecting a program. Some undergraduate programs are more basic than others and will only include about 30 to 40 credit hours of interior design-based coursework, while other programs include more than 80 hours of coursework specifically dealing with interior design.
  • Students seeking an undergraduate degree in interior design might want to consider the availability of relevant student organizations for networking opportunities at prospective colleges.
  • Students should look at school accreditation, as one way students can qualify for the National Council of Interior Design Qualification's (NCIDQ) accreditation exam is by attending a Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredited school.

Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design

An undergraduate degree program in interior design combines many different aspects of the art world as well as the fundamentals of design. Study abroad programs, internships, thesis projects and field experience are all part of a bachelor's degree program in interior design. Aside from fulfilling general education requirements, students will spend much of their time focused on the fundamentals of design.

Students can earn a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior design from several public and private schools. Students should consider program accreditation, program length and student organizations when choosing a school to attend.

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