The Interior Design program offers students opportunities in analyzing problems, synthesizing information, and implementing design solutions supportive of the needs of people and the environment. The program emphasizes creative problem solving through interdisciplinary experiences and communicating solutions. It enables graduates to adapt to a changing world by drawing on history while applying the principles of informed design and research. This program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
The core of the program includes courses addressing space planning, hand drafting, design graphics and presentation techniques, color theory, building systems, materials and finishes, human factors, computer-aided drafting techniques, history of design, 3-D design, textiles, lighting, residential and commercial design, and professional practice. Detailed information is available from instructors regarding equipment and supplies to be purchased by students for individual courses in this program. Internships present an excellent opportunity for students to gain practical, on-the-job training and are highly recommended. Experiential learning opportunities in the community augment the program. Students tour a variety of settings including offices, museums, factories, showrooms, retail outlets, and construction sites. Supportive courses are offered in art, theater, communications media, and business. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in commercial and residential design, sales, historical preservation, kitchen and bath design, and showroom management.