Interior Design Program (B.F.A.)
Dive into a variety of transformative learning opportunities to shape creative, rational, socially and environmentally responsible interior design professionals.
A major in Interior Design prepares students for professional practice, through research informed, design thinking infused and practice-based projects and opportunities that will strengthen their rational and creative thinking. Very broadly, it seeks to teach students the importance and value of the design process and design thinking, promote the awareness and knowledge of the contributions of the profession to the health, safety and well being of people in the built environment, and to prepare graduates of the program to succeed as professional interior designers.
The curriculum is interactive, haptic and performance based, offering problem solving experiences in all major areas of design practice (i.e. healthcare, retail, corporate, residential, etc.), in addition to areas of focused instruction including human factors and behaviors, materials, history, building systems and construction, building codes and regulations, lighting, acoustics and professional practice. Issues of national and global importance are included in courses so students will graduate with an awareness of the challenges and opportunities in the world of their professional futures.
Graduates have a wide variety of career paths to choose from, including practice within a firm specializing in interior design, practice in a design unit within architectural firms, design services within a furniture retail setting, facility planning for large corporations, manufacturer product representative, furniture and product design or concentration on a particular element of design such as space planning, lighting, sustainability, historic preservation or kitchen and bath design. Graduates are employed in both residential (single-family dwelling, condominium, apartments, etc.) and commercial (corporate office, healthcare, retail, hospitality, education, entertainment, civic, government, etc.) market sectors.
Experiential Engagement and Travel Study
Students engage in a professional practice sequence and internship experience that provides an effective transition from college to full-time, professional employment. Through both academic and real-world design challenges, students graduate with a strong portfolio in hand, ready to pursue a career in interior design.
Additionally, students engage in an international or national travel study, designed to heighten cultural and global awareness. Previous professional travel-studies include Scandinavia, India, Italy, New York, Chicago and Denver.
Majors are eligible to join the Interior Design Student Club, which holds monthly meetings, invites practitioners to speak, organizes an annual professional development trip to a regional city such as Des Moines, Minneapolis, or Omaha, and has lively social activities. Special events include Interior Design Week, organized by the students to publicize the Interior Design major, educate and to connect students with practitioners.
Our alumni work in creative capacities in organizations locally, regionally and nationally, such as Gensler, RSP Architects, Shrive-Hattery, Lux, Perspective, Architecture Incorporated, TSP, Koch Hazard Architects, CO-OP Architecture, FourFront Architecture, Showplace, Canfield Business Interiors, Interstate Office Products, and many more.
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Check out course descriptions and program requirements for the Interior Design Major in the Online Catalog.
View our current laptop requirement, and be sure to contact Angela McKillip to learn more about system specification before purchasing the computer.
Interior Design faculty maintain currency in their fields of knowledge, uses of technology, and understanding of current issues to inform students, regional professional, and the citizens of the state and region of the important design plays in quality of life issues.
The Interior Design Faculty are: