In Minnesota, aspiring interior designers can choose between undergraduate diploma, associate and bachelor's degree programs. Master's- and doctoral-level training is also available but is designed for students who are interested in teaching or research. Additionally, certificate programs can be found in such specializations as kitchen and bath design or home furnishing design.
Several degree programs require that students develop a portfolio as well as complete an internship. Applicants should be aware that many interior design programs involve extra expenses, in addition to basic tuition and fees. Although the state of Minnesota has six schools offering interior design programs, just four of those schools are public or private, not-for-profit institutions, and they are listed below.
Alexandria Technical and Community College
Located in Alexandria, this school offers a 72-credit associate's degree with a focus on residential, kitchen/bath or commercial design. Two faculty members provide classroom instruction in the major. After completing coursework, which includes classes in design and drafting, lighting design, presentation techniques and a variety of other courses, students complete an internship. The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) accredits the kitchen/bath track. Alexandria Technical and Community College also offers a 71-credit diploma program.
White Bear Lake's Century College has a 64-credit associate's degree program in interior design. Students take a mixture of daytime, evening and online classes. Coursework covers a wide variety of areas, including lighting, color, drafting, sales, dimensional drawing, Feng Shui and window dressings. An internship is also required. This college also offers a diploma for interior design associates, in addition to certificates in kitchen/bath design (accredited by the National Kitchen & Bath Association), home furnishing sales and interior design consulting.
Dunwoody College of Technology
Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis has a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree program taught by interior design working professionals. In this cross-disciplinary program, students work with other design and construction students, take part in design studios, prepare a professional portfolio and fulfill an internship. The Construction Sciences and Building Technology department also offers a variety of other related degree and certificate programs, such as architectural drafting/estimating and construction project supervision.
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
This university's College of Design is located in Minneapolis; the university also has a campus in St. Paul. The college currently employs five full-time faculty members. Programs range from the bachelor's degree level to three levels of graduate programs. The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredits the bachelor's degree program, which stresses instruction, research and environmental awareness. Students in the master's degree programs research human behavior issues related to design and become eligible to teach. Ph.D. students prepare further for design research and teaching.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Interior Design Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|Alexandria Technical and Community College||2-year, public; rural fringe||Associate in Applied Science in Interior Design with Residential, Kitchen/Bath or Commercial Tracks||$5,416*|
|Century College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Applied Science in Interior Design||$5,435*|
|Dunwoody College of Technology||4-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Bachelor of Science in Interior Design||$22,046*|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||4-year, public; large city|| Bachelor of Science in Interior Design,
Master of Arts in Interior Design
Master of Science in Interior Design,
Doctor of Philosophy in Interior Design
| $14,760 (in-state)
Source: *NCES College Navigator.