Interior Design (BSD)

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.

Coursework in the BSD program in interior design examines the context and spaces in which individuals and groups live and work. 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 their lives. 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 who are 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.

Degree Offered

Interior Design (BSD)
Design & the Arts, Herberger Institute for

Location
Tempe

Major Map

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Application Requirements

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
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Affording College

Scholarships
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Financial Aid
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.

Accreditation

The undergraduate BSD Interior Design program has been continually accredited since 1987, and currently holds accreditation with the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

CIDA-accredited programs assure the public that interior design education prepares students to be responsible, well-informed, skilled professionals who make beautiful, safe, and comfortable spaces that also respect the earth and its resources. For more information please visit the CIDA website.

Milestone

Students in The Design School must successfully pass a degree milestone at the end of their freshman year to continue in the professional degree program. Applying to pass the degree milestone requirement is competitive and limited by available resources. Selection is awarded to those applicants demonstrating the highest promise for professional success.

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Internships

Students majoring in Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and Visual Communication Design are required to complete an internship program as part of their curriculum.

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Professional Organizations

Professional organizations serve as the public face for their respective professions, providing information to the general public about disciplinary practice and its role in improving the well-being of communities, promoting design excellence through the recognition of notable professional achievements, supporting the exchange of ideas and information about best practices between professional members through the development of conferences and through the support of opportunities for continuing education.

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Student Organizations

Joining a discipline-specific student organization is a great way to help your long-term career plans and goals. Membership can add to your academic experience by building a portfolio, making important connections, networking and engaging with local and national professional communities.

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Career Outlook

Graduates find employment opportunities with interior design firms or architecture firms and 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 -3%$49,970
Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary9.4%$73,720
Electrical Drafters5.4%$58,790
Civil Drafters-3%$49,970
Designers, All Other6.2%$49,310
Drafters, All Other-3.4%$49,990
Architectural and Engineering Managers 2%$130,620
Graphic Designers1.4%$45,900
Commercial and Industrial Designers 2%$64,620
Interior Designers3.8%$48,400
Mechanical Drafters-6.8%$52,200
Set and Exhibit Designers6.8%$49,810
Electronic Drafters5.4%$58,790

* 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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