Department of Art & Design - Interior Design

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Undergraduate Program

Program Overview

The Interior Design Program at Utah State University focuses on providing a student-centered teaching and learning environment. The students are provided with a variety of experiences that build their design knowledge and skills. As a highly competitive program, portfolio reviews are conducted at various levels within the curriculum to determine a student's entrance and continuance. This program prepares students to enter the design profession with a strong work ethic and a comprehensive portfolio.

Profession Overview

Interior design is a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment. These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants, and are also addressed from an aesthetic point of view. Interior design includes a scope of services performed by a professional design practitioner, qualified by means of education, experience, and examination, to protect and enhance the life, health, safety, and welfare of the public. Typically new graduates enter the profession working for an established firm focusing on residential, commercial or sales. The scope of work within commercial firms encompass areas such as healthcare, hospitality, retail, corporate, education, civic and government. Residential firms work closely with clients to design interior spaces that suit individual client needs. These projects are very detail oriented. Sales representatives and showrooms focus on selling products within the areas commercial and residential design.

About This Degree

The Bachelor of Interior Design (BID) has been accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) since 1996. The degree prepares students for entry into the various areas of interior design. Students identify, research and creatively solve problems pertaining to the function and quality of the interior environment. Students also gain an understanding of the legal and ethical issues that guide and direct the profession.

Students graduate with strong technical skills, construction knowledge and excellent portfolios. They are proficient in AutoCAD, Revit, Photoshop, Illustrator, hand rendering, drawing and sketching ideation. Graduates have a working knowledge of construction and building codes and are prepared to work on LEED projects after they obtain their Green Associate certification.

Unique Opportunities

The Interior Design Program provides the students with several unique opportunities which include a six-week internship, LEED Green Associate exam preparation, travel to various design oriented cities, membership in professional student associations and an on-campus visiting designer experience.

Third-year students are required to complete a six-week internship. Students intern with leading firms and well-known designers throughout the country, these include Kelly Wearstler, Nickey Kehoe, Jamie Drake, Vicente Wolf, Alberto Pinto, Gensler, Workshop APD, and Rapt Studios.

Students are required to take the course Environmental Design for Interiors that prepares them to sit for the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate examination. This certification is an important credential when seeking employment.

Students are given opportunities to travel to Chicago, New York and Europe. Destinations include visits to design centers, museums, tradeshows and architectural and interior tours. Each city provides a unique experience and enhances student learning.

Students have the opportunity to join student chapters of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Each organization provides the students a connection to the professional world and allows them to network with other designers.

Our Program invites renowned designers to work with third-year students. Prior to their arrival on campus, the designer sends a project profile to the students. The students work with their professor in the studio to complete their work on the project. While the visiting designer is on campus the projects are critiqued. This is an invaluable experience for the students. The visiting designer in turn presents work from their portfolios during a public lecture. This series gives students an intimate view of how successful design studios work. The series also promotes our program nationally and internationally. Historically, the Visiting Designer Series has become a valuable resource for creating connections for internships and future jobs.


All students are pre-interior design majors until they matriculate into the Interior Design Program. Students who are not selected to matriculate into the second or third year must either find a new major or reapply the following year.

All first-year students who are considering the Interior Design Program must participate in the First-Year Review which assesses basic skills and creativity. Selected students will then be allowed to register for second-year courses. Transfer students must also participate in this review. First-Year Review content must be received by April 1st for admission to the Bachelor of Interior Design (BID) degree for the following academic year. Review content is typically revised and posted in February each year and can be found at:

Second-year students are required to have their portfolios reviewed prior to their matriculation into third-year class standing. The portfolio content is a collection of second-year studio work. The review occurs at the end of April.

Laptop Requirement

Students entering the sophomore-level interior design courses MUST have their own PC laptop computer. Because students learn Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), 3d Modeling, Computer Rendering and Building Information Modeling (BIM) it is unlikely that a generic laptop will have the capability to successfully run these programs. Laptops which meet these specifications tend to be more expensive and because the hardware specifications change each year, it is strongly suggested that students wait until acceptance into the second year to purchase their laptops. PLEASE, NO MACINTOSH COMPUTERS. THE SOFTWARE WILL NOT RUN PROPERLY ON A MAC REGARDLESS OF USING AN ADD-ON OPERATING SYSTEM (i.e., Parallels, Boot Camp).

Laptop Computer Specifications


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