Top Interior Design Bachelors degree Programs - 2019

Whether it’s a house or a business, a restaurant or a movie theater, interior designers always keep lighting, acoustics, color palettes, style, and customer satisfaction in mind when decorating any space. Interior design majors will learn about more than just color and textile matching, but also how to best represent themes, navigate deadlines, and how to transform a vision into a space.

Courses for the major are just as much about art and aesthetic as they are about computer skills and history style trends. Classes can include: design theory, furniture and architectural history, interior lighting design, computer aided drafting and design, space planning, and contract interior design. Students who wish to pursue this major tend to be artistic, creative, persistent, analytical, and organized.

There are specializations within the field of interior design including: floor plans, textiles, lighting and sound design, and building materials among others. Graduates seek out careers that envelop any number of focuses. Designers can have a preference for designing residential homes, business offices, sporting stadiums, theaters, public service buildings, and schools. Interior designers have the task of balancing functionality with style when designing their projects.

Interior Design fun fact: During the Baroque period, artistic details were emphasized and exaggerated in order to give spaces a sense of drama and grandeur.

Celebrities who studied Interior Design: Courteney Cox, actress.

The average starting salary for a graduate with a degree in Interior Design is $39600

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Savannah College of Art and Design 469 104 (3.6%) 5.4% 96 (92%) 8 (8%) 678 $41,000 $68,400
Iowa State University 268 62 (2.2%) .9% 54 (87%) 8 (13%) 283 $51,200 $82,400
Pratt Institute-Main 414 61 (2.1%) 10.1% 53 (87%) 8 (13%) 185 $48,300 $87,400
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division 55 (1.9%) 14.3% 52 (95%) 3 (5%)
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus 478 53 (1.9%) 1.2% 51 (96%) 2 (4%) 265 $46,500 $82,800
The University of Alabama 290 49 (1.7%) .8% 46 (94%) 3 (6%) 383 $45,200 $77,200
AI Miami International University of Art and Design 47 (1.6%) 10.9% 41 (87%) 6 (13%)
Northern Arizona University 774 43 (1.5%) .7% 39 (91%) 4 (9%) 445 $44,400 $75,200
New York School of Interior Design 1550 43 (1.5%) 100% 32 (74%) 11 (26%)
Fashion Institute of Technology 40 (1.4%) 2.5% 36 (90%) 4 (10%) 110 $46,400 $93,100
Bellevue College 40 (1.4%) 29.4% 32 (80%) 8 (20%)
Florida State University 121 40 (1.4%) .5% 36 (90%) 4 (10%) 413 $43,100 $76,300
Design Institute of San Diego 35 (1.2%) 100% 33 (94%) 2 (6%)
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus 376 35 (1.2%) .6% 30 (86%) 5 (14%) 307 $48,900 $81,500
Kent State University at Kent 585 34 (1.2%) .6% 30 (88%) 4 (12%) 735 $41,000 $66,200
California State University-Long Beach 521 33 (1.2%) .4% 30 (91%) 3 (9%) 233 $45,300 $84,200
San Francisco State University 799 33 (1.2%) .5% 28 (85%) 5 (15%) 265 $49,500 $82,800
Seminole State College of Florida 33 (1.2%) 11.6% 32 (97%) 1 (3%)
The Art Institute of Houston 33 (1.2%) 16.5% 29 (88%) 4 (12%)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 102 31 (1.1%) .5% 31 (100%) 0 82 $56,500 $96,100
Columbia College Chicago 1236 31 (1.1%) 1.7% 28 (90%) 3 (10%) 807 $41,900 $63,200
Auburn University 198 31 (1.1%) .7% 31 (100%) 0 169 $48,700 $88,000
Wentworth Institute of Technology 454 29 (1%) 3.3% 25 (86%) 4 (14%) 78 $56,900 $96,800
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus 733 29 (1%) 1.3% 26 (90%) 3 (10%) 564 $42,000 $71,900
California State University-Sacramento 1003 29 (1%) .4% 19 (66%) 10 (34%) 231 $46,800 $84,300
Washington State University 437 28 (1%) .5% 27 (96%) 1 (4%) 151 $50,400 $89,100
Colorado State University-Fort Collins 335 28 (1%) .6% 26 (93%) 2 (7%) 272 $46,800 $82,600
Kean University 840 27 (.9%) 1% 24 (89%) 3 (11%) 575 $42,400 $71,600
Georgia Southern University 749 26 (.9%) .8% 26 (100%) 0 686 $45,500 $68,200
University of Kentucky 395 25 (.9%) .5% 25 (100%) 0 259 $46,100 $82,900
High Point University 466 25 (.9%) 2.8% 25 (100%) 0 667 $42,400 $68,900
Oregon State University 420 24 (.8%) .4% 20 (83%) 4 (17%) 176 $50,300 $87,600
The New School 407 24 (.8%) 1.6% 22 (92%) 2 (8%) 228 $47,700 $84,500
University of North Carolina at Greensboro 618 24 (.8%) .8% 17 (71%) 7 (29%) 869 $40,100 $60,400
Arizona State University-Tempe 273 23 (.8%) .2% 20 (87%) 3 (13%) 304 $49,300 $81,600
Cazenovia College 793 23 (.8%) 8.2% 22 (96%) 1 (4%)
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 111 23 (.8%) .3% 21 (91%) 2 (9%) 195 $51,700 $86,900
University of Wisconsin-Madison 88 22 (.8%) .3% 20 (91%) 2 (9%) 197 $50,800 $86,800
The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago 22 (.8%) 11.1% 18 (82%) 4 (18%)
University of Wisconsin-Stout 921 22 (.8%) 1.4% 22 (100%) 0 562 $47,600 $72,000
University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus 259 21 (.7%) .5% 21 (100%) 0 233 $49,300 $84,200
Virginia Commonwealth University 435 21 (.7%) .4% 18 (86%) 3 (14%) 642 $44,600 $69,800
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 735 21 (.7%) 1.2% 20 (95%) 1 (5%) 741 $41,700 $65,900
Texas Christian University 199 21 (.7%) 1% 20 (95%) 1 (5%) 383 $47,800 $77,200
The Art Institute of Colorado 21 (.7%) 13.3% 20 (95%) 1 (5%)
The Art Institute of Atlanta 20 (.7%) 8.4% 16 (80%) 4 (20%)
Texas State University 750 20 (.7%) .3% 18 (90%) 2 (10%) 474 $45,400 $74,500
Michigan State University 165 20 (.7%) .2% 18 (90%) 2 (10%) 220 $49,800 $85,200
California State University-Fresno 815 20 (.7%) .5% 17 (85%) 3 (15%) 444 $45,100 $75,300
Rochester Institute of Technology 337 20 (.7%) .8% 20 (100%) 0 143 $57,400 $89,600
Ferris State University 801 20 (.7%) .8% 19 (95%) 1 (5%) 526 $47,700 $73,000
Appalachian State University 262 20 (.7%) .5% 19 (95%) 1 (5%) 629 $41,300 $70,100
San Jose State University 719 19 (.7%) .3% 16 (84%) 3 (16%) 75 $56,800 $97,700
Drexel University 440 19 (.7%) .5% 13 (68%) 6 (32%) 111 $57,700 $92,900
The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg 18 (.6%) 11.8% 13 (72%) 5 (28%)
Marymount University 850 18 (.6%) 3% 16 (89%) 2 (11%) 361 $46,000 $78,100
Endicott College 343 18 (.6%) 3% 18 (100%) 0 954 $45,100 $52,000
University of Florida 68 18 (.6%) .2% 17 (94%) 1 (6%) 223 $49,500 $85,100
New Jersey Institute of Technology 350 18 (.6%) 1.2% 17 (94%) 1 (6%) 60 $57,100 $100,000
Harrington College of Design 18 (.6%) 85.7% 16 (89%) 2 (11%)
Central Michigan University 708 17 (.6%) .5% 16 (94%) 1 (6%) 650 $41,800 $69,500
Indiana University-Bloomington 130 17 (.6%) .2% 11 (65%) 6 (35%) 297 $47,700 $81,800
California College of the Arts 717 17 (.6%) 5.2% 15 (88%) 2 (12%) 181 $48,600 $87,500
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design 17 (.6%) 12.2% 15 (88%) 2 (12%)
School of Visual Arts 256 16 (.6%) 2% 15 (94%) 1 (6%)
Kansas State University 550 16 (.6%) .4% 16 (100%) 0 292 $48,300 $82,000
The Art Institute of Portland 16 (.6%) 10.1% 13 (81%) 3 (19%)
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh 16 (.6%) 13% 13 (81%) 3 (19%)
Ohio State University-Main Campus 82 16 (.6%) .1% 12 (75%) 4 (25%) 283 $51,600 $82,400
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale 932 16 (.6%) .5% 14 (88%) 2 (13%) 376 $44,600 $77,500
Eastern Michigan University 1114 15 (.5%) .4% 14 (93%) 1 (7%) 629 $41,800 $70,100
George Washington University 94 15 (.5%) .6% 12 (80%) 3 (20%) 166 $49,500 $88,200
The Art Institute of San Antonio 15 (.5%) 11.9% 15 (100%) 0
Utah State University 902 15 (.5%) .4% 14 (93%) 1 (7%) 283 $48,200 $82,400
University of Northern Iowa 422 15 (.5%) .7% 15 (100%) 0 555 $42,900 $72,200
University of Central Arkansas 909 14 (.5%) .8% 13 (93%) 1 (7%) 847 $39,800 $61,500
Meredith College 520 14 (.5%) 3.8% 14 (100%) 0 902 $36,200 $58,000
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale 14 (.5%) 11.5% 11 (79%) 3 (21%)
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis 904 14 (.5%) .3% 12 (86%) 2 (14%) 543 $44,500 $72,500
Interior Designers Institute 14 (.5%) 100% 14 (100%) 0
Park University 1567 13 (.5%) .6% 12 (92%) 1 (8%) 646 $43,400 $69,700
Western Michigan University 716 13 (.5%) .3% 12 (92%) 1 (8%) 389 $45,700 $77,100
The Art Institutes International-Minnesota 13 (.5%) 9.3% 10 (77%) 3 (23%)
East Carolina University 504 13 (.5%) .3% 10 (77%) 3 (23%) 642 $43,100 $69,800
The Art Institute of Washington 13 (.5%) 14.4% 11 (85%) 2 (15%)
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville 250 12 (.4%) .3% 12 (100%) 0 331 $46,500 $80,300
University of Idaho 554 12 (.4%) .7% 12 (100%) 0 213 $48,300 $85,500
Suffolk University 625 12 (.4%) 1% 11 (92%) 1 (8%) 357 $45,700 $78,400
Middle Tennessee State University 924 12 (.4%) .3% 11 (92%) 1 (8%) 744 $42,100 $65,800
Marywood University 419 11 (.4%) 2.5% 9 (82%) 2 (18%) 863 $38,200 $60,500
Sullivan College of Technology and Design 11 (.4%) 36.7% 9 (82%) 2 (18%)
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-San Diego 11 (.4%) 5.3% 10 (91%) 1 (9%)
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles 11 (.4%) 7.5% 7 (64%) 4 (36%)
The Art Institute of Seattle 11 (.4%) 7.9% 9 (82%) 2 (18%)
The University of Texas at Austin 104 10 (.4%) .1% 10 (100%) 0 79 $53,400 $96,400
Valdosta State University 1232 10 (.4%) .6% 10 (100%) 0 775 $37,700 $64,400
Seattle Pacific University 447 10 (.4%) 1.2% 10 (100%) 0 126 $47,200 $91,200
Salem College 576 10 (.4%) 4.8% 10 (100%) 0
Berkeley College-Woodland Park 10 (.4%) 1.9% 9 (90%) 1 (10%)
Sanford-Brown College-Tampa 10 (.4%) 25% 9 (90%) 1 (10%)
The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga 962 10 (.4%) .5% 10 (100%) 0 682 $40,900 $68,300
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Sacramento 10 (.4%) 8.8% 8 (80%) 2 (20%)
Mount Ida College 10 (.4%) 4.3% 10 (100%) 0
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Orange County 9 (.3%) 5.8% 8 (89%) 1 (11%)
The Art Institute of Salt Lake City 9 (.3%) 19.1% 6 (67%) 3 (33%)
The Art Institutes of York-PA 9 (.3%) 12.5% 8 (89%) 1 (11%)
Chaminade University of Honolulu 948 9 (.3%) 2.4% 9 (100%) 0
Samford University 275 9 (.3%) 1.1% 7 (78%) 2 (22%) 272 $43,100 $82,600
South University-The Art Institute of Dallas 9 (.3%) 8.7% 8 (89%) 1 (11%)
University of Arkansas 374 9 (.3%) .2% 8 (89%) 1 (11%) 416 $48,600 $76,200
University of Bridgeport 1246 9 (.3%) 1.4% 8 (89%) 1 (11%) 389 $41,600 $77,100
Anderson University 810 9 (.3%) 1.6% 8 (89%) 1 (11%)
Winthrop University 637 9 (.3%) .9% 8 (89%) 1 (11%) 890 $37,600 $59,100
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Hollywood 8 (.3%) 4.1% 6 (75%) 2 (25%)
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire 8 (.3%) 4.9% 7 (88%) 1 (13%)
Universidad del Turabo 1516 8 (.3%) .5% 8 (100%) 0
Mount Mary University 1139 8 (.3%) 5.1% 8 (100%) 0 787 $38,900 $63,800
Abilene Christian University 649 8 (.3%) 1.1% 6 (75%) 2 (25%) 441 $42,000 $75,400
The Art Institute of St Louis 8 (.3%) 11.4% 8 (100%) 0
Baylor University 254 8 (.3%) .3% 8 (100%) 0 259 $49,700 $82,900
EDP University of Puerto Rico Inc-San Juan 7 (.2%) 5.6% 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
South Dakota State University 671 7 (.2%) .4% 7 (100%) 0 434 $43,500 $75,600
Illinois State University 317 7 (.2%) .2% 7 (100%) 0 416 $43,700 $76,200
Columbus College of Art and Design 678 7 (.2%) 3.1% 6 (86%) 1 (14%) 932 $41,000 $55,300
University of Central Oklahoma 1265 7 (.2%) .3% 5 (71%) 2 (29%) 735 $41,600 $66,200
East Tennessee State University 943 7 (.2%) .3% 7 (100%) 0 785 $40,100 $64,000
Newbury College 1388 7 (.2%) 4.8% 7 (100%) 0
Ringling College of Art and Design 364 7 (.2%) 3% 6 (86%) 1 (14%)
Cleveland Institute of Art 307 7 (.2%) 6.9% 6 (86%) 1 (14%)
Maryville University of Saint Louis 397 7 (.2%) 1.2% 7 (100%) 0 887 $41,800 $59,200
Converse College 795 7 (.2%) 3.6% 7 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of Virginia Beach 7 (.2%) 6.9% 7 (100%) 0
FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles 227 7 (.2%) 2.9% 7 (100%) 0
O'More College of Design 7 (.2%) 26.9% 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
Queens University of Charlotte 659 7 (.2%) 1.7% 6 (86%) 1 (14%)
The Art Institute of Austin 6 (.2%) 4% 6 (100%) 0
Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne 1447 6 (.2%) .4% 5 (83%) 1 (17%) 676 $41,800 $68,500
Moore College of Art and Design 441 6 (.2%) 7.1% 6 (100%) 0 770 $36,100 $64,600
Stevens-The Institute of Business & Arts 6 (.2%) 27.3% 6 (100%) 0
Western Carolina University 561 6 (.2%) .3% 6 (100%) 0 855 $39,200 $61,100
Oklahoma Christian University 859 6 (.2%) 1.7% 5 (83%) 1 (17%)
University of Central Missouri 800 6 (.2%) .3% 6 (100%) 0 657 $42,300 $69,200
Marylhurst University 6 (.2%) 4.1% 6 (100%) 0
Pittsburg State University 919 6 (.2%) .5% 6 (100%) 0 445 $42,000 $75,200
Mercyhurst University 490 6 (.2%) 1.1% 5 (83%) 1 (17%) 945 $39,500 $54,100
Villa Maria College 1465 6 (.2%) 14% 6 (100%) 0
University of the Incarnate Word 938 5 (.2%) .4% 5 (100%) 0 824 $45,000 $62,400
The New England Institute of Art 5 (.2%) 6.3% 3 (60%) 2 (40%)
Mississippi College 669 5 (.2%) .8% 5 (100%) 0 890 $39,600 $59,100
Brenau University 1240 5 (.2%) 1.6% 5 (100%) 0 731 $43,100 $66,400
Baker College 1571 5 (.2%) .3% 5 (100%) 0 810 $44,900 $63,100
Adrian College 1025 5 (.2%) 1.8% 3 (60%) 2 (40%)
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Silicon Valley 5 (.2%) 13.9% 3 (60%) 2 (40%)
Southern Technical College 5 (.2%) 13.2% 5 (100%) 0
Sanford-Brown College-Seattle 5 (.2%) 6.9% 4 (80%) 1 (20%)
Newschool of Architecture and Design 1369 5 (.2%) 5.2% 4 (80%) 1 (20%)
Maryland Institute College of Art 239 5 (.2%) 1.3% 4 (80%) 1 (20%) 898 $40,700 $58,300
The Art Institute of Philadelphia 5 (.2%) 3.3% 3 (60%) 2 (40%)
North Dakota State University 656 5 (.2%) .2% 5 (100%) 0 350 $49,500 $79,000
Watkins College of Art Design & Film 1486 4 (.1%) 9.8% 4 (100%) 0
College for Creative Studies 742 4 (.1%) 1.5% 4 (100%) 0 616 $47,900 $70,400
The Art Institute of Charlotte 4 (.1%) 8.3% 4 (100%) 0
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque 4 (.1%) 14.8% 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
Weber State University 4 (.1%) .2% 3 (75%) 1 (25%) 568 $52,000 $71,800
New England Institute of Technology 4 (.1%) 1.6% 4 (100%) 0 238 $44,500 $84,000
The Art Institute of Phoenix 4 (.1%) 3.1% 2 (50%) 2 (50%)
The Art Institute of Michigan 4 (.1%) 4.4% 4 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of Charleston 4 (.1%) 5.7% 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
Harding University 510 4 (.1%) .4% 4 (100%) 0 600 $42,200 $70,900
New York Institute of Technology 895 3 (.1%) .4% 3 (100%) 0 212 $53,200 $85,600
The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville 3 (.1%) 3.4% 3 (100%) 0
Point Loma Nazarene University 241 3 (.1%) .4% 3 (100%) 0 423 $44,400 $76,000
Marist College 276 3 (.1%) .2% 3 (100%) 0 355 $48,100 $78,500
The Art Institute of Wisconsin 3 (.1%) 5.4% 3 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati 3 (.1%) 5.1% 3 (100%) 0
Concordia University-Wisconsin 632 3 (.1%) .4% 3 (100%) 0 836 $43,300 $62,000
The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham 3 (.1%) 4.8% 3 (100%) 0
Purdue University-Main Campus 170 3 (.1%) % 3 (100%) 0 98 $57,400 $94,200
Universidad Politecnica de Puerto Rico 1458 2 (.1%) .4% 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
Dunwoody College of Technology 2 (.1%) 4.2% 2 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of Indianapolis 2 (.1%) 2.6% 2 (100%) 0
University of Charleston 1209 2 (.1%) .6% 2 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of Las Vegas 2 (.1%) 2.1% 2 (100%) 0
Olivet Nazarene University 596 2 (.1%) .3% 2 (100%) 0 543 $45,300 $72,500
University of Memphis 926 2 (.1%) .1% 2 (100%) 0 712 $44,500 $67,100
Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion 557 2 (.1%) .3% 2 (100%) 0 791 $44,000 $63,700
Living Arts College 1 (%) 2.9% 1 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of Tucson 1 (%) 2.3% 1 (100%) 0
Andrews University 709 1 (%) .3% 1 (100%) 0 756 $43,100 $65,000
Arcadia University 560 1 (%) .2% 1 (100%) 0 265 $36,900 $82,800
Howard University 359 1 (%) .1% 1 (100%) 0 259 $50,000 $82,900
St Catherine University 592 1 (%) .2% 1 (100%) 0
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Tucson 1 (%) 6.7% 1 (100%) 0
Bay Path University 760 1 (%) .2% 1 (100%) 0
The Art Institutes International?Kansas City 1 (%) 1.8% 1 (100%) 0
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