Interior Design, BSD

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The Interior Design program at The Design School provides a unique learning and research setting for the study and exploration of how people inhabit, interact with, and transform interior environments. We are part of a new comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to design teaching and research that encompasses many disciplines of design under one umbrella, each contributing specific skills and knowledge. The program is primarily focused in the design of human centered interiors while fostering innovation and collaboration. The Interior Design students in our school have the unique opportunity to acquire skills, knowledge and experience working with students in disciplines with whom they will collaborate in professional practice.

The program is located in the midst of a growing metropolitan area with many design firms and alumni contributing to our educational mission and goals, enriching the educational experience of our students by creating a strong network of support. This living laboratory of design invites the community to participate in student projects with the value of gaining new understanding of integrative and sustainable approaches and methods. Community participation keeps design decision-making inclusive of multiple perspectives in problem solving. We educate our students to be able to be transformative thinkers, oriented on public good, and designing spaces that enhance the human experience.

For information on interior design program student demographics, graduate placements and retention rates please see Arizona State University Interior Design Program Data.

To learn about our program's mission and goals, please see ASU Bachelor of Science in Design Interior Design Program Information.

Interior design examines the context and spaces in which individuals and groups live and work. We focus on the design of human centered interiors with community engagement. We educate our students to be transformative thinkers oriented on public good and to design spaces that enhance the human experience.

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The interior design program at The Design School explores how people inhabit, interact with and transform interior environments. Interior designers create environments within buildings that meet the physical and psychological needs of individuals and institutions, providing a useful, rich and rewarding environment for users. Interior design involves the design of space, equipment and furniture. It requires substantial technical and organizational understanding; sensibility to form, lighting, color and texture; and an awareness of design history and theory.

All students admitted to the major must pass a degree milestone at the end of the first year to continue in the major. For more information on the milestone process, students should visit https://design.asu.edu/resources/students/milestones. This is an eight-semester program requiring sequential completion of studio coursework or approved equivalent at any point of entry.

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Interior Design, BSD

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Career outlook

Graduates find employment opportunities with interior design firms, architecture firms or corporations and governmental entities of any size. Firms may specialize in interior design for residential, commercial, retail, hospitality, institutional and health care spaces. Career specialties include historic restoration, branding, sustainability, new product innovation, and incorporation of new technology.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Architectural Drafters 8.1%$52,870
Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary 10.6%$80,050
Electrical Drafters6.8%$59,690
Civil Drafters8.1%$52,870
Designers, All Other5.8%$55,930
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5%$137,720
Graphic Designers4.2%$48,700
Commercial and Industrial Designers 4.4%$65,970
Interior Designers4.4%$51,500
Mechanical Drafters5.2%$55,130

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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