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Frequently Asked Questions

What degree is offered?

We offer a CIDA accredited Bachelor of Science (BS) in Interior Design degree. It is a first professional degree that qualifies students to sit for the NCIDQ exam.

What is the difference between Interior Architecture and Interior Design?

We use these terms synonymously. For us, both describe the shaping of interior space through the manipulation of form and the selection of materials and finishes. Students learn the specifics of space planning, construction detailing, lighting design, furniture selection, and material specification. In the professional context of our region, practitioners often find themselves working fluidly between architecture and decoration, in new and existing buildings, and our degree provides students with the skills to engage in this range of practice.

What does it mean to be CIDA accredited?

CIDA, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, is an organization that establishes and regulates the standards for interior design education, and is involved in the process of professional certification. If you wish to obtain certification in interior design—and some states require this for professional practice—the fastest route is by getting a degree from an accredited program.

Why study interior design at Drexel?

Besides being CIDA accredited and highly ranked, our program is uniquely positioned to cater to the skills and interests of our students. We offer a breadth and depth of education that cannot be matched, and our program scales to meet the needs of our students. Small class sizes allow us to foster personal connections between students and with faculty. Our program maintains a strong focus on the skills and knowledge required in interior design, while our college provides facilities and support for cross-disciplinary collaboration. Drexel has the ambition of an R-1 research university, and the City of Philadelphia offers further opportunities for learning, employment, culture, and fun. We encourage students to expand their experiences with travel and internships, and we focus this learning through the year-long senior thesis project.

How does the program prepare students for careers?

Graduates of our program are highly desirable and typically find employment opportunities in their areas of interest. Graduates work locally and across the globe, in small firms and large offices, and in a range of specialty areas. The coop requirement supports student employment during their time in school, and our program exposes students to interior design practitioners through events, competitions, lectures, and studio critiques. Our faculty and alumni maintain an excellent industry network that helps students gain employment and supports them throughout their careers, and Drexel University has a host of career service resources.

What is the best way to see the program?

We love to show off our program and facilities! Drexel has regularly scheduled open houses during which you can tour the campus and meet with students and faculty. Please contact us to arrange a call or visit.