Interior Architecture Design (BFA)

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Prepare for a creative career as a designer for commercial, institutional, residential, and product design companies with an interior architecture design degree from Indiana State University.

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Why Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Architecture Design at Indiana State?

Indiana State’s Interior Architecture Design program emphasizes artistic innovation and professional preparation. Successfully completing the program prepares you to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification [NCIDQ] exam and become a licensed interior designer.  

Design Your World

The design of interior spaces has a significant impact on people's daily lives, enhancing quality of life and well-being. Our BFA program at Indiana State equips you with the skills and aesthetic instincts necessary to create visually pleasing, functional, and sustainable interior spaces.

In our program, you will gain the necessary creative, technical, and theoretical techniques to excel in creating commercial, institutional, residential, and product designs. With hands-on projects, laboratory experiences, and frequent field trips to meet working designers, your coursework will blend artistic creativity and functional problem-solving into a dynamic, well-rounded learning experience.

Learn from Our Excellent Faculty

Our professors have decades of professional work experience as designers, and some continue to design professionally as they teach. Their industry knowledge and connections can help you complete valuable practicum experiences, secure top internship placements, and develop a robust professional network as you prepare to establish your interior architectural design career. Small class sizes and hands-on learning allow you to creatively collaborate one-on-one with expert faculty and fellow students.

Apply Your Skills in Our Advanced Design Spaces

Practice your design skills in our state-of-the-art learning laboratories. Interior architecture design students work in a dedicated studio space with a critique room, exhibition gallery, resource library, work room, and design spaces.  

Workstations are equipped with leading industry software, including AutoCAD, Revit, 20/20, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch Up, and others. You will collaborate with your peers on studio projects, critiques, design competitions, and presentations, and use the design spaces for exams and research papers.    

What You'll Learn in the Interior Architecture Design Program

The BFA in Interior Architecture Design emphasizes professional preparation, collaboration, and innovation in the conceptualization and design of attractive, dynamic interior spaces. In this program, you will complete studio courses in design areas including: healthcare, historic restoration, residential, NKBA kitchen and bath, multi-family residential, commercial, and universal and corporate.

Studio courses will help you create a design portfolio for post-graduation employment. And you will have the opportunity to participate in a senior thesis exhibition. This year-long project begins in the fall semester with in-depth research on your chosen project typology and continues in the spring semester with design and construction documents. You will finish your undergraduate program with a final design solution for your chosen field.

You will also complete an internship. Our students have secured internships with architecture and interior design firms in cities including Atlanta, Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville, New Orleans, and Phoenix.

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Transfer Credit

Indiana State University accepts credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities within the United States, and from selected schools located outside the United States. Credit also may be granted for military training and experience. Previously earned college credit can be applied toward completion of the program per Indiana State's transfer guidelines.

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Career Possibilities for Interior Architecture Design Majors

Our program prepares you for a successful career with interior design and architecture firms, corporate facilities management offices, governmental offices, trade showrooms, and exhibit design offices in museums. Our graduates practice across the United States and abroad.

Current employers of Indiana State interior architecture design alumni include: Carson Design Associates (Indianapolis), CSO Architects (Indianapolis), Jensen & Halstead Ltd. (Chicago), Ratio Architects (Indianapolis), Restoration Hardware (Cincinnati), and Salernos Kitchen Cabinetry (New York). 

Azizi Arrington-Slocum, a Black female professor of interior architecture design, stands before three walls of interior architecture blueprints and plans. She has shoulder-length black hair, and she wears a grey shirt and black pants.

Learn from This Expert

“Design is just like poetry. It’s a form of art. The way poems make us feel is the same with design.”

Professor and Built Environment Department Chair Azizi Arrington-Slocum encourages hands-on creativity and innovation as she educates future interior architecture designers at Indiana State.   

Learn more about Prof. Arrington-Slocum and the program.

Accreditation

Indiana State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Higher Learning Commission

In addition, the Interior Architecture Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (formerly FIDER) and the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).