Interior Design College of Design


About the Major

An Interior Design major prepares you for a career working with clients to develop a design for their home or work environment. Students study fundamentals, theory, process, communication, research, and technology to identify and solve problems related to people and their use of interior space.


Interior Design (B.S.)

The Interior Design Bachelor of Science program is a professional program that is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).


Interior design students study design fundamentals, theory, process, communication, research, and technology to identify and solve problems related to humans and their use of interior space. The program focuses on improving the quality of life and protecting human health and safety through design of the interior environment. Students design various types of interiors, such as hospitals, offices, schools, residences, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment facilities.

Students are initially admitted to the one-year pre-interior design program where they begin with courses in fundamental aspects of interior design. Upon completion of the foundation level courses, students must participate in a competitive portfolio review, which upon passing they advance to the interior design major where they take intensive design studios and content courses. As part of their requirements, all interior design students must complete an internship.


NOTE: The design studio courses in the program are sequenced over eight consecutive semesters (four years) regardless of transfer coursework completed prior to the term of admission. However, students who transfer to the program with many or all of their liberal education courses completed may be able to enroll at a reduced credit load in their 3rd and 4th year of the program. This allows students to work in the field and gain significant experience in design.


The interior design program leading to the BS in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Avenue Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49053.


The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The BS in Interior Design granted by the University of Minnesota meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit their website.

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