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Interior Design

A degree in interior design prepares students for a multifaceted career that merges creativity and technology into the design of the built interior environment, addressing aesthetics and supporting human well-being and quality of life.

What Do Interior Designers Do?

Designers work in a variety of market sectors to include residential, commercial, healthcare, liturgical, institutional and hospitality design. They apply knowledge of human experience and behavior to designing the built environment while also considering a global context by considering the social, cultural, economic and ecological contexts in all aspects of their work.

Coursework

Students first complete the required foundation courses in Art and Interior Design, including Drawing I, Design I and II, Interior Design I and II, Human Factors in the Built Environment, hand drafting, AutoCAD and BIM for Interior Designers.

Students then move into a progressive sequence of studio and lecture courses such as Interior Systems, Interior Construction Documentation, Design Presentation Media, Residential Interior Design I and II, Contract Interior Design I and II, Architecture/Art/Interior Design History, Textiles for Interiors, and Professional Practices and Procedures.

Degree Options

There is one Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with this major.

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Outcomes

Our interior design graduates are currently working as designers and space planners at architecture and interior design firms, as facility designers for large corporate and medical offices, as project managers for design-build firms and office furniture dealerships, as manufacturer reps for interior product manufacturers, and as professors in university settings.

• Our graduates have careers with HOK, the Department of Veterans Affairs, HGTV and studioSIX5.
• The interior design degree is accredited by CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation).
The Interior Design Program was founded in 1976, and was the first accredited interior design program in Mississippi, receiving a Foundation for Interior Design Education and Research (FIDER) accreditation in 1990.

Courses You Might Take

ID 178

An introduction to the concepts and theories of human behavior as it relates to the built environment. After this interactive class, you’ll better understand human-centered design and how culture, color, light and nature impact human health, safety and welfare.

ID 339

This junior-level studio builds your technical skills in the 3D world of design visualization utilizing the latest software that allows you to watch your designs develop before your eyes. Students will produce detailed drawings that are necessary for the construction and execution of their design concepts.

ID 490

To cap off your studies in interior design is the senior thesis course. Students will conduct in-depth research to solve individual design problems that relate to current issues, special needs or design topics within the local community.

Meet Some of Your Professors

Claire Hamilton

Associate Professor and Program Coordinator

Favorite Course: ID 325 History of Interior Furnishings and Decorative Arts

Expertise: Commercial Interior Design and History of Interiors

Zina Alaswad

Visiting Instructor

Favorite Course: ID 238 Visual Communication in Interior Design

Expertise: ID Foundations, Visual Communication, Design Education Technology
 

Nancy Bounds

Adjunct Instructor

Favorite Course: ID 311 BIM for Interior Design

Expertise: Human Centered Design, BIM, Healthcare Interior Design

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