Interior Design


Located in the Department of Architecture and accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the Interior Design program focuses on improving the quality of life and protecting human health and safety through design of the interior environment. In a challenging program responsive to the changing needs of the interior design profession, students study design fundamentals, theory, process, communication, research, and technology to identify and solve problems for a wide range of physical interior environments for all individuals regardless of socioeconomic background or situation.

The first two years of the 4-year undergraduate bachelor’s degree in interior design introduce the fundamentals of design, visual and technical communication techniques and theoretical and practical applications. Upper-division course work is focused on a series of integrated studio experiences that culminates in a capstone interior design project. Studio experiences require that each student be exposed to a variety of projects at several different levels of complexity and different client project goals. In addition, students complete a three (3) credit field experience in the summer between the junior and senior year.

A professional interior designer is one who is qualified by education, examination, and experience to identify, research and creatively solve problems relative to the function and quality of people's interior environments. The course of study in interior design leads to a first professional degree.

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Interior Design Program Goals

  1. Educate students through an integrated comprehensive study of the theoretical and practical concepts of interior design, building  systems, and interior components and construction.
  2. Develop student ability to synthesize and effectively communicate information, develop critical thinking skills and initiate lifelong learning skills.
  3. Instill in students the desire to practice professional ethics to create socially responsible design solutions emphasizing sustainability, diversity and global perspectives.


All Programs:

Advertising Design



Art Education

Graphic Design - Illustration

Interior Design

Landscape Architecture

Studio Arts




B.S. Interior Design

The Interior Design program focuses on improving the quality of life and protecting human health and safety through design of the interior environment. Interior designers work in an ever-changing and dynamic industry and the NDSU Interior Design program provides you with a hands-on studio experience and a capstone project ensure you’re ready for your career. 


Possible Minors

Minor Program of Study Required:

One of the following minors is required: Business; Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design; Spanish; Communication; History; Gerontology; Emergency Management; Natural Resource Management; other minor options may be approved by interior design faculty.


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Network with Professionals

Third year students tour multiple firms and dealerships in Minneapolis and St. Paul during the Professional Practice course.

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A variety of scholarships exist for students in the interior design program. See the many scholarship information links below for additional information.  Apply today!

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The interior design program leading to the B.A or B.S. Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation,, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503. The program received re­-accreditation in 2016.  The interior design program is also accredited through the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

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Career Possibilities

Become the next interior design professional in:

  • Residential
  • Kitchen and bath
  • Office/Corporate
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Hotel, restaurant and hospitality
  • Education
  • LEED/Sustainability
  • Restoration and Adaptive Reuse
  • Special Populations




Learn from doing.

Meet professionals on industry tours and in the classroom, learn about commercial and residential interior design, building information modeling, business and project management, building codes, and construction documents.

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