Interior Design (B.S.)

A multidisciplinary approach to interior design

If you are interested in learning physical environment design through a multidisciplinary lens, the Interior Design B.S. degree may be a good fit for you. It is a highly structured CIDA accredited program, at the forefront of sustainability, that focuses on state-of-the-art methods to train students to enter the design profession.

Faculty members emphasize collaboration and the creative use of technology to prepare students for their careers. Your mentors come from a wide range of design disciplines and possess a broad experience of the design fields, including interior design, architecture, landscape architecture, fine art, graphic design, and information design.

Learn the industry of interior design

You will gain broad understanding of 3-dimensional design principles, space planning, and the history of interior, architectural, and furniture design.

You will also acquire skills with the latest design and documentation software to illustrate your concepts and solutions for projects examining the whole spectrum of human activity. Examples include business and commercial establishments (offices and stores), places for recreation and hospitality (hotels, restaurants, resorts), health and cultural institutions (hospitals, schools, libraries, theaters, museums, places of worship), and residential interiors.

B.S. in Interior Design curriculum

Along with the CASE Credit Hour and Residency Requirements, students must complete the following:

  1. Foundations
    1. CASE English Composition
    2. Mathematical Modeling
  2. CASE Foreign Language Choose from:
    1. CASE Foreign Language: proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework.
    2. Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the first year of college-level coursework in addition to the completion of the CASE Culture Studies requirements (both CASE Diversity in the United States and CASE Global Civilizations and Cultures).
  3. CASE Intensive Writing
  4. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
    1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
    2. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 3 courses
  5. CASE Critical Approaches
  6. CASE Public Oral Communication

Students must complete at least 54 credit hours of coursework in the Interior Design major, including:

  • SOAD-A 100 Pathways: Introduction to Art, Design and Merchandising
  • SOAD-A 101 Creative Core: Color or FINA-F 102 Fundamental Studio—2D
  • SOAD-A 211 Cross-Disciplinary Workshops in Art, Design, and Merchandising
  • SOAD-D 168 Beginning Interior Architectural Design Studio
  • SOAD-D 271 Intermediate Interior Architectural Design Studio 1
  • SOAD-D 272 Intermediate Interior Architectural Design Studio 2
  • 12 credit hours of Advanced Studio courses, chosen from the following (at least 3 credit hours must be in D374):
    • SOAD-D 374 Advanced Interior Architectural Design Studio: Global Context
    • SOAD-D 475 Advanced Interior Architectural Design Studio: Contemporary Issues
  • SOAD-D 264 Digital Architectural Drawing
  • SOAD-D 335 Lighting Interior Spaces I
  • SOAD-D 336 Lighting Interior Spaces II
  • SOAD-D 263 Design Methods
  • SOAD-D 268 Architectural Theories and Concepts
  • SOAD-D 365 Architectural, Interior, and Furniture Design Studies
  • SOAD-D 277 Materials and Components of Interior Design
  • SOAD-D 302 Architectural Documentation
  • SOAD-D 469 Professional Practices in Interior Design

Choose two (2) courses from the following:

  • SOAD-C 280 Introduction to Comprehensive Design
  • SOAD-C 380 Topical Issues in Comprehensive Design
  • SOAD-C 381 Topical Issues in Collaborative Design
  • SOAD-C 480 Special Problems in Comprehensive Design
  • SOAD-C 481 Intensive Seminar in Comprehensive Design
  • SOAD-D 191 Design Studies: Form and Function
  • SOAD-D 201 3D Modeling for Design and Digital Fabrication
  • SOAD-D 202 Interior Visualization
  • SOAD-D 203 Green Building Concepts and Technologies
  • SOAD-D 261 Architectural, Interior, and Furniture Design Studies I
  • SOAD-D 262 Architectural, Interiors, and Furniture Design Studies II
  • SOAD-D 290 Special Topics in Interior Design
  • SOAD-D 394 Advanced Digital Architectural Drawing
  • SOAD-D 485 Advanced Special Topics in Interior Design
  • SOAD-X 490 Independent Study in Interior Design
  • ARTH-A 102 Renaissance through Modern Art

Interior design internships

Interior Design majors take their education in many directions. Most students will work approximately 2-3 years to qualify to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification exam. Others may choose to attend graduate school.

Interior Design majors can become commercial designers, civic designers, residential designers, in-store designers, and design specialists. They can work in sales and marketing or education, among many other options.

Previous Interior Design students have accepted internships with the following organizations:

  • Brandy Ketterer Design
  • Brenner Design
  • D2P Designed to Perform
  • Details Commercial Group
  • Directions in Design
  • For the Home
  • Gail Ressler Interior Design
  • Haworth, Inc.
  • HKS Maregatti
  • Indiana University- Architect's Office
  • Indiana University- Residential Programs and Services, Interior Design Department
  • Interior Management, Inc.
  • Julie Bova Interior Design
  • Kerrie Kelly Design Labs
  • Kimball Office
  • MJ Interiors
  • Nate Berkus Associates
  • Tassels

Many students begin exploring internship opportunities, including, as early as their freshman year. Consult your academic advisor to learn more.