Schools near Minneapolis, MN, with Residential Interior Design Degree Programs
This article looks at three schools within a half-hour of downtown Minneapolis and the interior design degree programs they offer. There is a table of pertinent facts about each school, such as tuition, enrollment, acceptance rate and percentage of students who graduate on schedule. Following this is the name of one other Minneapolis-area school that offers a relevant program.
- Century College, about 15 miles from downtown Minneapolis, offers an associate's degree in interior design.
- About one mile from downtown, Dunwoody College of Technology offers a bachelor's degree in the field.
- The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities offers a bachelor's program, two master's programs and a PhD program in design with an interior design track. The university is about two miles from the city center.
Comparison of Schools
The following table presents facts about these three schools that can help individuals make an informed decision regarding their education.
|Century College||Dunwoody College of Technology||University of Minnesota - Twin Cities|
|School Type||2-year; public||4-year (primarily associate's); private not-for-profit||4-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||8,745*||1,301*||51,848*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)||$5,417*||$21,610*||$14,417 in-state; $26,603 out-of-state*|
|% of Full-Time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||70%*||88%*||81%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - open admissions*||73%*||50%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)|| 56% of full-time students
47% of part-time students*
|82% for full-time students*|| 93% of full-time students
75% of part-time students*
|Graduation Rate||18% (26% transfer-out rate) (Students began in Fall 2014)*||64% (1% transfer-out rate) (Students began in Fall 2011)*||80% (12% transfer-out rate) (Students began in Fall 2011)*|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics.
This college offers an associate's program in interior design that aims to help students gain skills in drafting, estimating, writing specifications and product knowledge. The interior design instructional team at this school is comprised of faculty members and a lab assistant.
Associate in Applied Science in Interior Design
This 60-credit program includes courses in drafting for interior design, lighting fundamentals, design/color, textile applications and sustainable design. Students take part in residential design studios, in addition to an internship. Students can expect to take a mix of online, daytime and evening courses throughout the program. All students are required to provide their own laptop computers that are compatible with computer-aided design software.
Dunwoody College of Technology
This 8-semester bachelor's program covers interior design technology, critical thinking and collaboration. The faculty for this school's program is made up of individuals working professionally in the field of design.
Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
Required courses in this degree program include basic drafting, color/light/design fundamentals, presentation skills, materials/textiles, furniture design and evidence-based design. Aspiring interior designers are required to complete five studios, an internship and a capstone project. Students also create a portfolio of work samples, giving them something to show employers after they graduate.
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
The full-time interior design faculty at this university is comprised of five members. Students seeking a master's degree can choose from a Master of Science or a Master of Arts program, which both require the completion of 34 credits.
Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
The Council for Interior Design Accreditation accredits this 4-year degree program. Major courses in this program include interior design studios, interior materials/specifications, lighting design, computer-aided design, history of interiors/furnishings and sustainable design. In addition, students complete a research course, design thesis studio and an internship. Individuals are also required to complete the university's general education requirements.
Master of Arts in Design - Interior Design Track
Applicants must submit a portfolio of current work, personal statement, three letters of recommendation and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. Candidates with interior design degrees and interior design work experience are preferred. This program offers two sub-plans (A and B) for students to choose from. Regardless of their chosen plan, students take courses in research ethics, theory/philosophy and evaluation/analysis. Students then select a series of concentration courses. Individuals taking option A must complete a master's thesis, while those in option B earn additional major credits and complete a master's project. Both programs require a final oral exam.
Master of Science in Design - Interior Design Track
Students in this program choose from the same core courses as those in the Master of Arts program, but may have different content in the science and art portions of the program. Candidates also have similar admission requirements as the previous program, although the minimum required Graduate Record Examination scores may vary. This degree program offers two sub-plan options (A and B), where plan A includes a thesis and plan B requires more concentration course credits and requires a project instead of a thesis.
Doctor of Philosophy in Design - Interior Design Track
Candidates in this degree program are often interested in teaching or working in research. Applicants to this 63-credit program must have previously earned a bachelor's degree in interior design. Potential students need to submit a writing sample, portfolio of current work, personal statement, three letters of recommendation and Graduate Record Examination scores. Students complete coursework in theory/philosophy and evaluation/analysis, in addition to earning credits in areas of concentration, minor fields of study and thesis work. Doctoral students may also apply for graduate assistantships.
Other School Option
Dakota County Technical College is a public school that's located within 20 miles of downtown Minneapolis. This school offers a 39-credit diploma in residential interior design.