Interior designers draw upon many disciplines to enhance the function, safety, and aesthetics of interior spaces. Interior designers are concerned with how different colors, textures, furniture, lighting, and space work together to meet the needs of a building’s occupants. Designers are involved in planning the interior spaces of almost all buildings—offices, airport terminals, theaters, shopping malls, restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals, and private residences.
"A human-centered approach informs all aspects of our work from small details to organizing large complex spaces. Our unique program balances design theory with technical learning through courses and exercises that include construction of actual environments, furniture, light fixtures, and details."
(Provided By: The University of Oregon)
"Instruction emphasizes the three-dimensional possibilities of sculpting interior space, from conceptual ideas. The courses include lectures, demonstrations, and critiques of works-in-progress. Professional designers and educators from outside the department visit regularly to lecture and review student projects."
(Provided By: California State University- Long Beach)
"The program emphasizes the impact of interior environments on human wellbeing. We teach students to become professionals who design interior spaces that are sustainable, founded on evidence-based strategies, and enhance user satisfaction, health, wellbeing, productivity and safety for all and at all stages of life."
(Provided By: Kansas State University)
"...With a curriculum that equally respects the importance of creative skill, history, building technology, ethics, innovation, and business practice, our graduates have the ability and confidence needed to immediately contribute to the profession and society."
(Provided By: Virginia Institute of Technology)
"The undergraduate Interior Design Program explores the behavioral, technological, environmental and aesthetic aspects of interior design within the context of increasingly more complex design projects. Combined with Art and Art History and general education requirements, a core of interior design courses creates a unique education at the forefront of design."
(Provided By: Drexel University)
"Interior designers are imaginative, creative, artistic, and resourceful. Interior designers know how look at a space or blueprint, and visualize the completed environment. Interior designers work with products, textiles, light, color and materials to create an aesthetic interior for their client."
(Provided By: Radford University)
"A degree in interior design prepares graduates for a multifaceted career that merges creativity and technology into the design of the built environment, addressing aesthetics and supporting human well-being and quality of life. Designers work in a variety of market sectors and apply knowledge of human experience and behavior to the design of the built interior environment..."
(Provided By: The University of Southern Mississippi)
"Interior Design at Pratt provides a scintillating learning environment—New York City, interior design capital of the United States. It is widely acknowledged that interior design education, as it is taught across the United States, began at Pratt."
(Provided By: Pratt Institute)
The program provides a substantive design education and is one of the few comparable programs that is STEM certified. Students complete a common core of foundation courses then choose to build expertise within a focus area utilizing electives from the broad course offerings within Human Ecology and at Cornell to support their individual goals.
(Provided By: Cornell University)