The interior design program at Drexel is uniquely situated to offer the best education and career opportunities. Students benefit from gifted peers, outstanding faculty, world class facilities, and an unmatched depth of resources. Our highly ranked, CIDA-accredited program is supported by a top university with a distinctive vision, and we maintain a principal position within the academic and professional worlds. Interior design at Drexel is characterized by a focus on human experience, explorations of materials and form, commitment to a sustainable future, and a rigorous professional training.
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The undergraduate Interior Design Program explores the behavioral, technological, environmental and aesthetic aspects of interior design within the context of increasingly more complex design projects. Combined with Art and Art History and general education requirements, a core of interior design courses creates a unique education at the forefront of design. Through academics grounded in problem-solving design studios, cooperative employment, and a dedicated faculty, the Interior Design program prepares students for leadership positions in the interior design industry.
The mission of the Interior Design program is to prepare students to enter the field of interior design as skilled designers, creative thinkers, professional leaders and responsible citizens. We cultivate students who acknowledge their responsibilities to the safety and well-being of the public and the stewardship of the environment to lead a multifaceted profession in an ever-changing world. The curriculum combines a studio-based design sequence with broad liberal arts study and experiential learning. Paired with a well-established professional co-op, the coursework is structured to build upon the fundamentals of interior design and to anticipate and reflect change in a continually evolving industry. The program encourages exploration and experimentation that fosters life-long learners who will contribute to the profession and the discipline’s body of knowledge.
Students participate in a vigorous learning environment through hands-on making, conceptual exploration, and engagement with their faculty and peers. The program engages both the process and products of design and recognizes that ideas involve aesthetics, function, ethics, technology and the realities of the marketplace. The program embraces the visual studies, providing a foundation of design knowledge, and integrates social science research and methods that inform human-centered designs.
DIVERSITY AND EQUITY
Our program culture embraces diversity and in our work we aim to increase equity, both for interior design practitioners and for the people that are served by our projects. We believe interior design is uniquely equipped to advocate and promote diversity and equity in the profession and the built environment.
Sustainable thinking is a fundamental responsibility of contemporary design practice. Our program promotes and emphasizes sustainable practices as the inherent responsibility of designers and exposes students to a diverse array of sustainable approaches and techniques. These include new and future technologies, material innovations, green building techniques, historic and vernacular strategies, biomimicry, and larger scale approaches including urban and social sustainability. We consider how sustainability is intricately tied to the health and well-being of the interior environment and its inhabitants. We offer a Minor in Sustainability in the Built Environment for students who wish to focus their studies in this area.