Our undergraduate interior design curriculum focuses on improving people’s quality of life and promoting health and well-being through the design of interior environments. By exploring sustainable, human-centered design solutions and learning experiences, you will learn to identify and solve problems concerning people and their interactions with interior space.
Benefits of accreditation
This fully CIDA-accredited interior design program is one of only two in Minnesota and will prepare you to work in the field immediately upon graduation.
Every six years the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) visits and evaluates our undergraduate interior design program to assess its compliance with their internationally recognized accreditation standards. Being accredited means that the quality of our program has been vetted by a national organization through a rigorous peer-reviewed process. It also means that our graduates have the skills and knowledge required to practice interior design and take professional licensing exams.
“CIDA’s superior educational standards provide the foundation upon which students will acquire the knowledge necessary to inform and inspire the profession to continued growth throughout the 21st century.”
Once admitted to the one-year pre-interior design program, you will begin with courses in fundamental aspects of interior design. Upon completion of the foundation level courses, students must participate in a competitive portfolio review. After passing this initial review, you will advance to the interior design major and participate in application-based studios that will challenge you to design various types of interiors, such as hospitals, offices, schools, residences, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment facilities. All interior design students must complete an internship.
Following a typical course load, you can expect to participate in portfolio review at the end of the second semester of your first year. Portfolio review ensures that you have acquired an understanding of essential design knowledge from foundation-level classes and are prepared to move on to more advanced coursework. You must pass the review in order to continue on with your coursework and complete your degree.
To participate in portfolio review, you must be a pre-interior design major with an overall GPA of at least 2.50 and a minimum grade of C- in required courses.
Interior design students gain skills, network with professionals, and clarify their career goals during their internships. Internships typically last for one academic semester or a summer session. Geographically, students have completed internships in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, Boston, Chicago, New York, Milwaukee, and other major cities in the United States as well as international locations such as London. The interior design program coursework and faculty guidance prepare students to seek and apply for successful internship experiences in the design industry. In return, the internship experience enables students to enrich their classroom learning via time with engaged mentors.
Your global education in interior design includes the opportunity to participate in community engagement, learning abroad programs, and studio projects in global settings. Choose from programs located in cities across the world, such as Wellington, Copenhagen, and Glasgow. Through these programs, you will develop an important global perspective that will influence your personal design style approach and ability to function as a global citizen.
The centralized online application will guide you through the necessary materials and steps.