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Interior Design Lab

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide students with the education they need to become informed professionals in entry- to mid-level interior design positions. This program strives to foster creativity while applying codes and standards to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public in their built environment. Well-developed programs are used to analyze and synthesize various design approaches and solutions to create innovative and functional spaces. Rigorous academics allow students to transform two-dimensional floor plans into three-dimensional realities that support the psychological, physiological, and sociological needs of the end users.

Our Goals

  • To promote future excellence in the interior design field by keeping current with industry trends.
  • Strive to encourage educational enrichment and professional interaction through internships, out-of-classroom experiences, and other professional development opportunities.
  • Foster creative approaches to design solutions.
  • Acknowledge the designer’s impact on global issues, such as the environment, human factors, and cultural awareness.
  • Encourage the development of professional communication skills; verbal, written, and technical.

About the Program

The Interior Design program encompasses science, art, technology, and business. Space planning, drafting (including CAD), color, lighting, historic and modern design development, residential design (including kitchen, bath, and media room), contract design, professional practice, and textiles form the core of the curriculum. Supportive courses are available in art and business. Internships are recommended and encouraged.

Students develop an understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its relationship to universal design, as well as sensitivity to global environmental issues. Projects include healthcare, residential, restaurant, and retail spaces. Additionally, students tour a variety of settings, including offices, hospitals, museums, factories, showrooms, retail outlets, and construction sites. International study is available to provide an enriching cultural experience for students. All Interior Design majors are encouraged to participate in the student chapter of American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Activities include attendance at professional meetings, speakers, and field trips.

Student Association

The ASID student chapter (student chapter 224) was established at IUP in December 1998. Membership offers students the opportunity to prepare for rewarding careers in interior design by belonging to the largest association representing designers, industry, and students. Through their membership, students can participate in a wide variety of learning experiences and programs that complement their academic training. Through interaction with the society's thousands of practitioners and industry contacts, ASID student members gain insight into the professional aspects of interior design. Through industry and professional interaction, students are introduced to new developments in the field and develop professional skills that will be used throughout their interior design careers.

Career Possibilities

As you might expect, there are many different opportunities with a degree in interior design. See the following sources for more information.


The IUP Interior Design program is accredited by NASAD (the National Association of Schools of Art and Design).

  • Human Development and Environmental Studies Department
  • Ackerman Hall, Room 207
    911 South Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2336
  • Fax: 724-357-5941
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.