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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.

How to Select an Interior Design School

Interior design programs are widely available and typically result in a bachelor's degree. When looking for suitable programs, students should be aware of several factors in order to make an appropriate training decision:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Program Overview

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, including:

  • Textiles
  • 3D animation
  • Graphic design
  • Sketching

10 Schools with Interior Design Degree Programs

University/College Institution Type
Adrian College 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Anderson University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Becker College 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Cuesta College 2-year, Public
Florida State University 4-year, Public
Fullerton College 2-year, Public
Marywood University 4-year, Private not-for-profit
Montana State University 4-year, Public
Palomar College 2-year, Public
Stephens College 4-year, Private not-for-profit

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