Career Prep

Interior designers work in a wide range of settings, both commercial and residential. A majority of interior designers practice at least part of the time in both the residential and commercial areas. Most commercial interior designers concentrate within design specialties, such as designing for the hospitality or health care industries.

Some specialize further by designing restaurants, residential kitchens and baths, interiors for airplanes or yachts, or historic conservation or restoration.

Graduates of the B.A. Interior Design program are educated to:

  • Analyze client’s needs, goals, and life safety requirements.
  • Integrate findings with knowledge of interior design.
  • Formulate preliminary design concepts that are aesthetic, appropriate, functional, and in accordance with codes and standards.
  • Develop and present final design recommendations through appropriate presentation media.
  • Prepare working drawings and specifications for interior detailing, fixtures, and furnishings in compliance with accessibility guidelines and applicable codes.
  • Collaborate with professional services of other licensed practitioners in the technical areas of mechanical, electrical, and load-bearing design as required for regulatory approval.
  • Prepare and administer bids and contract documents as the client’s agent.
  • Review and evaluate design solutions during implementation and upon completion.

As an advanced degree, the Master of Arts in Interior Design positions students for successful careers in a wide array of settings. Graduates provide design services as interior design educators, and pursue research in the field of interior design. This graduate degree also provides a strong interdisciplinary knowledge and practice background for those working toward doctoral studies.

NCIDQ Pass Rates (CIDA Programs)

The NCIDQ Examination is founded on education and enhanced by experience. NCIDQ Certification assures interior designers are competent to meet industry standards not only for aesthetics but also for public health, safety and welfare. Washington State University’s pass rate is consistently higher than national averages:

  • 2016 IDFX Passing Rate: WSU (100%), National: (71% )
  • 2016 IDPX Passing Rate WSU (75%), National (59%)
  • 2016 Practicum Passing Rate: WSU (100%), National (62%)

Read more about pass rates here.