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Program Details

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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.

Program Mission

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.

Studio Culture

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.

Sustainability Philosophy

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.

Accreditation Information

Accreditation is a testament of our commitment to educational quality and professional preparation. The Interior Design program is accredited by both the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). CIDA sets rigorous educational standards that ensure students from accredited programs are prepared to be well informed, responsible, and skilled interior design professionals. Students graduating from a CIDA accredited program are qualified to sit for the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) certification exams. NASAD establishes standards of knowledge and skills for degrees in art and design. Accreditation with NASAD requires that we maintain high professional standards in art and design education, and demonstrates our commitment to educating students in both interior design and the fine arts.

The Drexel University interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation,, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. 
The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design granted by Drexel University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: 

Student Statistics & Student Achievement

The following information represents the latest data available. 

Degrees awarded in June 2017
BS Interior Design: 19
MS Interior Architecture & Design: 12

Retention and Graduation rate for June 2017 graduates
Undergraduate Interior Design: 81% of the students enrolled as freshman during the spring 2013-14 quarter returned for the Fall 2014-15 quarter
Undergraduate Interior Design: 75% of the returning Fall 2014 sophomores graduated in June 2017 
Graduate Interior Architecture & Design: 93% of the students entering the MS program in the summer or fall of 2014 graduated in June 2017

Percentage of 2017 Undergraduate Interior Design graduates attending graduate school or employed in design related areas: 89%
Number of Interior Design BS Degrees awarded in 2017: 19
Number accepted to graduate school: 2 (100% acceptance rate)
Number obtaining interior design related employment within 9 months: 16
Number unaccounted for: 1 (these students could not be reached)

Percentage of 2017 Graduate Interior Architecture & Design graduates attending graduate school or employed in design related areas: 92%
Number of Interior Architecture & Design MS Degrees awarded in 2017: 12
Number accepted to PhD Programs: 0 (0 applicants)
Number obtaining interior design related employment within 9 months: 11
Number unaccounted for: 1 (these students could not be reached)