Major: Interior Design

What colleges offer a Major in Interior Design?

Look around the room you're in right now. Does it have good lighting? How does it make you feel? Are the colors of the walls in harmony with those of the furniture? Interior designers ask questions like these about the indoor spaces where we spend so much of our time. If you choose this major, you'll learn about much more than choosing wallpaper and matching it to drapes. You'll learn how to turn anything from a college dorm room to a corporate boardroom into a great space.

Interior design majors learn how to create practical and beautiful indoor environments, improving people's lives at home and at work and protecting their health and safety.

“Design is such a wonderful process of discovery that it never ceases to be interesting.”Janine King, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Interior Design, University of Florida

Are You Ready To...?

  • Collect fabric swatches
  • Spend long hours in the studio and computer lab
  • Build drawing skills
  • Use computers to create floor plans and perspective drawings

It Helps To Be...

Creative, flexible, and good with people. You'll need to work within a budget and satisfy your clients' tastes. You may hate the idea of a three-hundred-gallon fish tank, but if your client wants it, you'll have to fit it into your design.

College Checklist

  • Is the department accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation?
  • Does the department concentrate more on architecture and construction or visual effects and personal expression?
  • How many professors are in the department? Make sure you'll get the attention you deserve.
  • Do students take on a variety of challenging projects? Check out their work, if possible.
  • Are studios and computer labs equipped with the latest? Do students have their own desks?

Did You Know?

Leonardo da Vinci designed interiors for Italian nobility.

Course Spotlight

Studio is the class at the center of most interior design programs. You'll explore and test creative solutions to interior design problems, applying what you learn in other classes. As you advance from semester to semester, you'll face tougher and tougher design problems.