Interior Design

If you are inspired by art, travel, culture; spaces, objects, materials, light; ideas, big and small.

If you care about how spaces look and feel and function; how design improves human health, productivity, happiness, sustainable design and lifestyles.

If you are a visual learner, detail oriented, creative.

Consider interior design.

The philosophy of the interior design program is based on a concern for human beings and the creation of interior settings that support human activities and values. Through the integration of design, research, and theory, interior design contributes to the betterment of the human condition from the individual to the global community. As such, we recognize and respect the interdependence of natural, social, and economic systems in framing design problems.

The Interior Design program provides a progressive professional education focused on positively impacting the human condition within the built environment. Our mission is to facilitate an academic culture committed to teaching, creative discovery, research, and service where students and faculty are inspired to engage complex  issues and envision creative design solutions addressing the unique problems of our time.

The four-year Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design degree offered at the School of Design and Construction is accredited by the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).  Graduates are prepared to enter professional practice and make meaningful contributions from day one.

Along the way, you will be immersed in an experiential based curriculum featuring the design studio.  This collaborative and creative environment seeks to understand what makes great design and how to create it. Supportive coursework provides a broad foundation of design and construction along with disciplinary focus in materials, lighting, history, practices, and theory.

You will learn on your feet, with opportunities for travel and study tours, community engagement, job shadows and internships. Unique to Interior Design is the Senior Experience: offerings include  study abroad in Italy, professional internship, or community-based studio. Many interior design students choose to minor in one of the allied SDC disciplines, expanding their options for practice and graduate education.

The backbone of the interior design curriculum is the studio experience. First-year projects focus on applying the basic elements and principles of design in two and three dimensions. The second year focuses on residential and small commercial design along with technical courses such as materials. Upper-division courses continue to merge design with technical issues through a variety of projects ranging from residential spaces to large commercial firms.

Computer and hand skills are threaded throughout the curriculum. Design studios allow students to receive individualized hands-on training. Computer-aided design is an integral part of the course work. AutoCAD, Revit and other digital programs provide a strong graphics base. An up-to-date materials resource library provides students with samples for project work and information on current material technology and performance.

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The Interior Design program was recently granted a six-year accreditation from the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Many congratulations to Matt Melcher, Interior Design Program Head, and the tireless efforts of all Interior Design faculty in helping to prepare student work and written material for the team visit, which took place last spring. Read the official decision letter at: Summary of Decision -Accreditation – WA_State.