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Interior Design

Founded in 1978, the Interior Design program at Arizona State University has a rich history of graduating successful interior designers. Our program has consistently been ranked as one of the top interior design programs in North America in America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools, published by DesignIntelligence. The eight semester degree program culminates in a Bachelor of Science in Design, with a concentration in Interior Design. Continually accredited since 1987, the program currently holds accreditation with the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). In 2007, the program expanded admissions from 22 undergraduate students to 30 students per year, adding new courses that reflect technological and cultural changes, with a strong emphasis on sustainable design and a deep involvement in community-based, charitable design projects.

The consistent success of our program is dependent on many factors.

Our faculty are experts. The educational experience begins with our diverse and knowledgeable faculty. This distinguished group includes recognized scholars and leaders in the history, theory, and practice of architecture and interior design. In addition to resident faculty, local practitioners also teach classes as visiting instructors. This experience gives students an understanding of the profession in its current state and provides valuable networking opportunities within the profession. All instructors strive to integrate the most up-to-date research and best practices into each class curriculum.

Our curriculum is strong. It is grounded in essential design and communication skills, and includes a culture of research in all design studios. Our courses introduce the most up-to-date information and procedures to prepare designers for tomorrow’s work environment. We recognize and inform students of the discipline’s significant impact on the health, safety and welfare of the end user. We are committed to integrating sustainable practices into our curriculum. This means more than simply using sustainable materials in student projects and presentations but a philosophy of designing to better the geo-physical environment. We strive to balance large lecture courses with small studios that have a low faculty-to-student ratio. Field trips, and both theoretical and “real world” project scenarios are part of our curriculum. A solid education provides the basis for a majority of our students to acquire internships and full-time employment in large prestigious architecture and design firms.

Our students are competitive. Individuals attracted to the discipline of interior design should have a desire and passion to create better living environments. Our students are highly creative yet attentive to details of function and economy. We enhance our student’s natural abilities to translate their creative ideas into a coherent process of visual, verbal, and written communication. As tomorrow’s leaders, our students are actively involved in applicable professional organizations while in school, such as ASID, AIA, IIDA and IFMA. They recognize that interior design can advance society and make a difference in someone's life.

Our alumni stay connected. Program alumni are employed within the top one hundred global design firms, often holding key leadership positions. We routinely bring in external reviewers from prominent firms, many of whom are alumni, to critique and mentor our students. This continuous cycle between education and practice through the involvement of our recognized alumni promotes networking and employment opportunities for our graduates.

Our location is unique. The interior design program resides in one of the most comprehensive design schools in the country. Merged with other design majors in 2009, The Design School encourages frequent multi-disciplinary class activities among the majors of architecture, industrial design, interior design, landscape architecture, and visual communication design. Cross-disciplinary teaching environments also exist among our program and other ASU majors, such as music, dance, and construction. In addition, our students can take advantage of a diversity of experiences available at a sizeable Research 1 institution located within a large metropolitan area.

Arizona State University Interior Design Program data.