The Interior Design Bachelor of Science program is a professional program that is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).
The Interior Design Program integrates teaching, research, and outreach efforts to improve human well being through the design of interior environments. The designed environment influences people’s behavior and well being. Guided by society’s informal and formal regulations, such as cultural norms, laws, and policies, it can support or hinder people’s physical, social, or psychological needs. Interior designers who understand this relationship can create environments that support and improve people’s quality of life in the settings in which they lead their lives.
By identifying and creatively solving problems related to the interior environment, we contribute to the life, health, safety, and welfare of diverse individuals, groups, or communities. Through its goals to produce graduates who design holistically, think critically, and act responsibly, the program prepares students for excellence in professional practice and professional leadership. The program has been CIDA-accredited since 1972.
The Interior Environments minor introduces students to the discipline's core principles and the question of how health and well-being are impacted by the social, cultural, historical, and technological forces behind the design of interior environemnts.
Graduate Studies in Interior Design (Design Graduate Program, Interior Design track)
These degree programs focus on post-professional graduate study in design and human behavior theory, research methods and application of research findings. Graduate study in Interior Design emphasizes the theory, research, and teaching of interior design as a means to improve the human condition and protect people’s health, safety, and welfare. Interior Design masters students build on their knowledge and experience in interior design education and practice; they learn how to identify and solve design and human behavior problems from a research approach and extend their specialized knowledge for practice or can teach. The Ph.D. degree prepares designers to become the design researchers and teachers of the academy.
All Interior Design graduate students take courses with students from other design and human behavior fields across the University to provide an intellectual foundation for identifying and investigating a topic that is specific to their research focus. Faculty members’ research focuses include the influence of culture on design, sustainability, design education, post-occupancy evaluation, and issues facing the interior design profession.