Majors in Interior Design

Students working on interior designs

Become an Informed Professional in Interior Design

The interior design program at IUP strives to foster creativity while applying codes and standards to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public in their built environment. Through rigorous academics, you will transform two-dimensional floor plans into three-dimensional realities that support the psychological, physiological, and sociological needs of people.

Design is not to be confused with decoration: our program emphasizes the synthesizing of information and creative problem solving based on interdisciplinary experiences and communicating solutions. You will learn how to adapt to a changing world by drawing on history and multidisciplinary experience and by applying principles of research.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the core of this program encompasses science, art, technology, and business and includes courses addressing space planning, drafting, design graphics, color theory, building systems, materials and finishes, human factors, computer-aided drafting and design, design history, textiles, lighting, residential and commercial design, and professional practice.

BS in Interior Design

  • Analyze and synthesize various design approaches and solutions to create innovative and functional spaces.
  • Develop much-needed professional communication skills; verbal, written, and technical.
  • Gain practical, on-the-job training through internships.
  • Take advantage of experiential learning opportunities in the community and through meetings with professionals in the industry.
  • Tour a variety of settings, including offices, museums, factories, showrooms, retail outlets, and construction sites.
  • Prepare for your final portfolio presentation your senior year, then bring your portfolio to your job interviews.
  • Develop an understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its relationship to universal design, as well as sensitivity to global environmental issues.
  • Look into international study as a way to enrich your cultural experience.
  • Consider a minor in business administration, communications media, art studio, or theater set design.