The Interior Design major prepares students to design innovative, functional, supportive and responsible interior environments that positively impact the quality of life. The curriculum develops students' skills and knowledge in color and design, drafting, space planning, building and interior systems, materials and finishes, historical interiors, building and barrier-free codes, and Auto-CAD. The needs of special populations and the mandates that regulate the field of interior design are emphasized.
The interior design program leading to a BS or BA in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Cesar E. Chavez Ave SW, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The BS or BA in Interior Design granted by Illinois State University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.
Point of Pride
All students in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences complete a professional practice (internship) or student teach prior to graduation. These experiences often lead to full-time job offers.
Why study Interior Design?
Interior Design at Illinois State prepares students to design innovative and functional spaces.
Students in this program have access to a state-of-the art studio that includes a lighting lab, materials library, and technology. Students also have opportunities to visit professional interior design firms and study abroad.
Curriculum in this program is updated regularly to ensure students receive a modern and cutting-edge education.
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