What You'll Become with Your Interior Design Degree

Keegan Leehan Keegan Leehan '09 is a kitchen and bath designer for South One Supply and Home Center. "The education that I received at IUP has continued to be helpful throughout my last five years as a kitchen and bath designer, from visual presentation, to easily utilizing the 20/20 Technologies Design Program, to simply knowing spatial codes within different interior spaces," she said.

Build YourInterior Design Career on Your Portfolio, Internship

When you complete your BS in Interior Design from IUP, you'll be qualified for an array of both residential and commercial design work. Being qualified gets you in the door, but what differentiates you is the rigorous training you will have completed. Because you'll be trained on hand drafting before you use a computer, because you'll have a portfolio when you graduate, because you'll have gained real experience through an internship, because you'll have the background in math, chemistry, and physics, and because you'll have knowledge of energy and environmental design, you'll be well positioned to make your case to prospective employers.

Upon completion of two years of supervised professional work experience, you will be ready to prepare to take the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) exam and begin the process to receive your NCIDQ certification.

Careers

With a BS in Interior Design from IUP, you can consider entry-level positions in a wide variety of areas such as:

  • Architectural firms
  • Interior design firms
  • Hospitality design
  • Retail design
  • Healthcare design
  • Kitchen and bath design
  • Lighting design
  • Educational design
  • Product representative
  • Showroom management
  • Historic preservation
  • Institutional design

Path to Higher Degrees

While many jobs in this field require a bachelor's degree rather than a master's degree, you can expand your expertise by completing an advanced degree such as:

  • MFA in interior design
  • MS in interior architecture and design
  • PhD in interior design