Top Interior Design Bachelors degree Programs - 2018

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 505 71 (2.6%) 3.7% 64 (90%) 7 (10%) 678 $41,000 $68,400
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh-Online Division 65 (2.3%) 15.6% 56 (86%) 9 (14%)
Academy of Art University 53 (1.9%) 4.6% 35 (66%) 18 (34%)
Fashion Institute of Technology 53 (1.9%) 3.4% 49 (92%) 4 (8%) 110 $46,400 $93,100
Iowa State University 261 52 (1.9%) .9% 49 (94%) 3 (6%) 283 $51,200 $82,400
Pratt Institute-Main 432 51 (1.8%) 7.5% 42 (82%) 9 (18%) 185 $48,300 $87,400
AI Miami International University of Art and Design 49 (1.8%) 11.1% 44 (90%) 5 (10%)
The University of Alabama 294 44 (1.6%) .7% 44 (100%) 0 383 $45,200 $77,200
Florida State University 122 39 (1.4%) .5% 35 (90%) 4 (10%) 413 $43,100 $76,300
University of Kentucky 411 38 (1.4%) .8% 35 (92%) 3 (8%) 259 $46,100 $82,900
Harrington College of Design 37 (1.3%) 82.2% 34 (92%) 3 (8%)
California State University-Long Beach 521 36 (1.3%) .5% 34 (94%) 2 (6%) 233 $45,300 $84,200
Bellevue College 33 (1.2%) 37.5% 27 (82%) 6 (18%)
Design Institute of San Diego 33 (1.2%) 100% 30 (91%) 3 (9%)
Kean University 971 33 (1.2%) 1.3% 31 (94%) 2 (6%) 575 $42,400 $71,600
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus 338 32 (1.2%) .6% 28 (88%) 4 (13%) 307 $48,900 $81,500
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 105 31 (1.1%) .5% 31 (100%) 0 82 $56,500 $96,100
Colorado State University-Fort Collins 302 31 (1.1%) .6% 31 (100%) 0 272 $46,800 $82,600
The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago 30 (1.1%) 12.8% 22 (73%) 8 (27%)
New York School of Interior Design 958 30 (1.1%) 100% 28 (93%) 2 (7%)
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus 739 30 (1.1%) 1.2% 27 (90%) 3 (10%) 564 $42,000 $71,900
Appalachian State University 278 28 (1%) .7% 27 (96%) 1 (4%) 629 $41,300 $70,100
Texas State University 759 28 (1%) .4% 28 (100%) 0 474 $45,400 $74,500
University of Wisconsin-Stout 934 27 (1%) 1.7% 27 (100%) 0 562 $47,600 $72,000
The Art Institute of Houston 27 (1%) 14.4% 23 (85%) 4 (15%)
California State University-Sacramento 1083 27 (1%) .5% 26 (96%) 1 (4%) 231 $46,800 $84,300
Marymount University 828 26 (.9%) 4.2% 25 (96%) 1 (4%) 361 $46,000 $78,100
Northern Arizona University 748 26 (.9%) .5% 25 (96%) 1 (4%) 445 $44,400 $75,200
University of Wisconsin-Madison 86 26 (.9%) .4% 24 (92%) 2 (8%) 197 $50,800 $86,800
Ferris State University 830 26 (.9%) 1% 24 (92%) 2 (8%) 526 $47,700 $73,000
Kent State University at Kent 559 26 (.9%) .5% 26 (100%) 0 735 $41,000 $66,200
Arizona State University-Tempe 309 26 (.9%) .3% 23 (88%) 3 (12%) 304 $49,300 $81,600
University of North Carolina at Greensboro 648 25 (.9%) .9% 21 (84%) 4 (16%) 869 $40,100 $60,400
Columbia College Chicago 1148 24 (.9%) 1.3% 22 (92%) 2 (8%) 807 $41,900 $63,200
School of Visual Arts 295 23 (.8%) 2.7% 18 (78%) 5 (22%)
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-San Diego 22 (.8%) 8.5% 20 (91%) 2 (9%)
San Jose State University 752 22 (.8%) .4% 18 (82%) 4 (18%) 75 $56,800 $97,700
Drexel University 437 22 (.8%) .6% 20 (91%) 2 (9%) 111 $57,700 $92,900
Indiana University-Bloomington 124 22 (.8%) .3% 17 (77%) 5 (23%) 297 $47,700 $81,800
The New School 415 22 (.8%) 1.6% 18 (82%) 4 (18%) 228 $47,700 $84,500
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 100 21 (.8%) .3% 20 (95%) 1 (5%) 195 $51,700 $86,900
High Point University 462 21 (.8%) 2.4% 21 (100%) 0 667 $42,400 $68,900
Georgia Southern University 668 21 (.8%) .7% 19 (90%) 2 (10%) 686 $45,500 $68,200
Virginia Commonwealth University 448 21 (.8%) .4% 19 (90%) 2 (10%) 642 $44,600 $69,800
Rochester Institute of Technology 435 20 (.7%) .8% 18 (90%) 2 (10%) 143 $57,400 $89,600
Endicott College 283 20 (.7%) 3.1% 20 (100%) 0 954 $45,100 $52,000
Oregon State University 471 20 (.7%) .4% 18 (90%) 2 (10%) 176 $50,300 $87,600
University of Arkansas 381 19 (.7%) .4% 18 (95%) 1 (5%) 416 $48,600 $76,200
Washington State University 426 19 (.7%) .3% 19 (100%) 0 151 $50,400 $89,100
Seminole State College of Florida 19 (.7%) 7.9% 13 (68%) 6 (32%)
Interior Designers Institute 19 (.7%) 100% 19 (100%) 0
Western Carolina University 516 18 (.6%) .9% 17 (94%) 1 (6%) 855 $39,200 $61,100
George Washington University 114 18 (.6%) .7% 16 (89%) 2 (11%) 166 $49,500 $88,200
Wentworth Institute of Technology 482 18 (.6%) 2.3% 17 (94%) 1 (6%) 78 $56,900 $96,800
Auburn University 203 18 (.6%) .4% 18 (100%) 0 169 $48,700 $88,000
O'More College of Design 17 (.6%) 48.6% 13 (76%) 4 (24%)
University of Florida 61 17 (.6%) .2% 16 (94%) 1 (6%) 223 $49,500 $85,100
The Art Institute of Atlanta 17 (.6%) 6.8% 16 (94%) 1 (6%)
The Illinois Institute of Art-Schaumburg 16 (.6%) 9.6% 13 (81%) 3 (19%)
The Art Institute of Colorado 16 (.6%) 11% 13 (81%) 3 (19%)
University of Northern Iowa 382 16 (.6%) .7% 16 (100%) 0 555 $42,900 $72,200
Marywood University 446 16 (.6%) 4.2% 14 (88%) 2 (13%) 863 $38,200 $60,500
North Dakota State University 605 16 (.6%) .7% 15 (94%) 1 (6%) 350 $49,500 $79,000
University of Bridgeport 1402 16 (.6%) 2.6% 14 (88%) 2 (13%) 389 $41,600 $77,100
California College of the Arts 857 16 (.6%) 5.3% 15 (94%) 1 (6%) 181 $48,600 $87,500
Michigan State University 135 16 (.6%) .2% 16 (100%) 0 220 $49,800 $85,200
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire 15 (.5%) 7% 12 (80%) 3 (20%)
East Carolina University 519 15 (.5%) .3% 14 (93%) 1 (7%) 642 $43,100 $69,800
Meredith College 576 15 (.5%) 4% 15 (100%) 0 902 $36,200 $58,000
Kansas State University 554 15 (.5%) .4% 14 (93%) 1 (7%) 292 $48,300 $82,000
Central Michigan University 729 15 (.5%) .4% 14 (93%) 1 (7%) 650 $41,800 $69,500
The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga 998 14 (.5%) .7% 13 (93%) 1 (7%) 682 $40,900 $68,300
Eastern Michigan University 1057 14 (.5%) .4% 14 (100%) 0 629 $41,800 $70,100
San Francisco State University 867 14 (.5%) .2% 11 (79%) 3 (21%) 265 $49,500 $82,800
University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus 263 13 (.5%) .3% 11 (85%) 2 (15%) 233 $49,300 $84,200
Universidad Politecnica de Puerto Rico 1431 13 (.5%) 2.4% 7 (54%) 6 (46%)
The Art Institutes International-Minnesota 13 (.5%) 9.4% 13 (100%) 0
Baylor University 240 13 (.5%) .4% 13 (100%) 0 259 $49,700 $82,900
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles 13 (.5%) 5.9% 10 (77%) 3 (23%)
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 760 13 (.5%) .7% 11 (85%) 2 (15%) 741 $41,700 $65,900
New York Institute of Technology 873 13 (.5%) 1.3% 11 (85%) 2 (15%) 212 $53,200 $85,600
The Art Institute of Phoenix 13 (.5%) 12% 11 (85%) 2 (15%)
Maryville University of Saint Louis 424 13 (.5%) 2.1% 11 (85%) 2 (15%) 887 $41,800 $59,200
Texas Christian University 182 13 (.5%) .6% 13 (100%) 0 383 $47,800 $77,200
Utah State University 832 13 (.5%) .3% 13 (100%) 0 283 $48,200 $82,400
University of Central Arkansas 963 13 (.5%) .9% 10 (77%) 3 (23%) 847 $39,800 $61,500
Suffolk University 716 12 (.4%) .9% 11 (92%) 1 (8%) 357 $45,700 $78,400
Sanford-Brown College-Tampa 12 (.4%) 21.4% 10 (83%) 2 (17%)
The Art Institute of Seattle 12 (.4%) 7.2% 10 (83%) 2 (17%)
The University of Tennessee-Knoxville 260 12 (.4%) .3% 11 (92%) 1 (8%) 331 $46,500 $80,300
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design 12 (.4%) 10% 11 (92%) 1 (8%)
Ohio State University-Main Campus 74 12 (.4%) .1% 11 (92%) 1 (8%) 283 $51,600 $82,400
The Art Institute of Philadelphia 11 (.4%) 6.8% 11 (100%) 0
Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis 976 11 (.4%) .3% 11 (100%) 0 543 $44,500 $72,500
Seattle Pacific University 341 11 (.4%) 1.3% 11 (100%) 0 126 $47,200 $91,200
Mercyhurst University 537 11 (.4%) 1.9% 10 (91%) 1 (9%) 945 $39,500 $54,100
New Jersey Institute of Technology 330 11 (.4%) .8% 10 (91%) 1 (9%) 60 $57,100 $100,000
Cazenovia College 734 11 (.4%) 5.3% 11 (100%) 0
Converse College 735 10 (.4%) 7% 10 (100%) 0
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Orange County 10 (.4%) 6% 9 (90%) 1 (10%)
Columbus College of Art and Design 749 10 (.4%) 4% 8 (80%) 2 (20%) 932 $41,000 $55,300
The Art Institutes of York-PA 10 (.4%) 11.4% 9 (90%) 1 (10%)
The University of Texas at Austin 98 10 (.4%) .1% 9 (90%) 1 (10%) 79 $53,400 $96,400
Dunwoody College of Technology 10 (.4%) 21.3% 9 (90%) 1 (10%)
Stevens-The Institute of Business - Arts 10 (.4%) 34.5% 8 (80%) 2 (20%)
Berkeley College-Woodland Park 10 (.4%) 2% 8 (80%) 2 (20%)
Ringling College of Art and Design 389 10 (.4%) 3.3% 10 (100%) 0
Newbury College 1531 10 (.4%) 7.4% 8 (80%) 2 (20%)
University of the Incarnate Word 1170 9 (.3%) .7% 9 (100%) 0 824 $45,000 $62,400
University of Central Missouri 802 9 (.3%) .5% 9 (100%) 0 657 $42,300 $69,200
Western Michigan University 667 9 (.3%) .2% 8 (89%) 1 (11%) 389 $45,700 $77,100
South University-The Art Institute of Dallas 9 (.3%) 8.7% 7 (78%) 2 (22%)
Moore College of Art and Design 766 9 (.3%) 9% 9 (100%) 0 770 $36,100 $64,600
Maryland Institute College of Art 245 9 (.3%) 2.2% 4 (44%) 5 (56%) 898 $40,700 $58,300
University of Idaho 623 9 (.3%) .5% 8 (89%) 1 (11%) 213 $48,300 $85,500
The Art Institute of San Antonio 9 (.3%) 8.7% 7 (78%) 2 (22%)
Anderson University 775 9 (.3%) 1.8% 8 (89%) 1 (11%)
Valdosta State University 1183 9 (.3%) .6% 8 (89%) 1 (11%) 775 $37,700 $64,400
University of Central Oklahoma 1329 8 (.3%) .3% 6 (75%) 2 (25%) 735 $41,600 $66,200
The Art Institute of Las Vegas 8 (.3%) 9.3% 6 (75%) 2 (25%)
The Art Institute of Virginia Beach 8 (.3%) 8.6% 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
The Art Institute of Portland 8 (.3%) 5.7% 6 (75%) 2 (25%)
Baker College 1573 8 (.3%) .4% 7 (88%) 1 (13%) 810 $44,900 $63,100
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh 8 (.3%) 5.2% 6 (75%) 2 (25%)
South Dakota State University 598 8 (.3%) .4% 8 (100%) 0 434 $43,500 $75,600
EDP University of Puerto Rico Inc-San Juan 8 (.3%) 5.1% 8 (100%) 0
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Hollywood 8 (.3%) 4.1% 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
East Tennessee State University 999 8 (.3%) .3% 8 (100%) 0 785 $40,100 $64,000
The Art Institute of Washington 8 (.3%) 8.3% 6 (75%) 2 (25%)
Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne 1447 8 (.3%) .6% 7 (88%) 1 (13%) 676 $41,800 $68,500
International Academy of Design and Technology-Troy 8 (.3%) 16.7% 8 (100%) 0
Universidad del Turabo 1511 8 (.3%) .5% 8 (100%) 0
Middle Tennessee State University 905 7 (.3%) .2% 6 (86%) 1 (14%) 744 $42,100 $65,800
Oklahoma Christian University 913 7 (.3%) 1.8% 6 (86%) 1 (14%)
Salem College 394 7 (.3%) 3.7% 7 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of Charleston 7 (.3%) 9.7% 6 (86%) 1 (14%)
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Albuquerque 6 (.2%) 21.4% 5 (83%) 1 (17%)
Villa Maria College 1396 6 (.2%) 17.6% 6 (100%) 0
Cleveland Institute of Art 410 6 (.2%) 5.5% 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
Southern Technical College 6 (.2%) 8.5% 5 (83%) 1 (17%)
Chaminade University of Honolulu 1015 6 (.2%) 1.6% 4 (67%) 2 (33%)
Brenau University 1086 6 (.2%) 2.1% 5 (83%) 1 (17%) 731 $43,100 $66,400
The Art Institute of Ohio-Cincinnati 6 (.2%) 8.1% 6 (100%) 0
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Silicon Valley 6 (.2%) 7.5% 5 (83%) 1 (17%)
Adrian College 943 6 (.2%) 2% 6 (100%) 0
Harding University 523 6 (.2%) .7% 4 (67%) 2 (33%) 600 $42,200 $70,900
Virginia College-Birmingham 6 (.2%) 5.5% 6 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale 6 (.2%) 4.2% 5 (83%) 1 (17%)
The Art Institute of Salt Lake City 5 (.2%) 9.6% 5 (100%) 0
Point Loma Nazarene University 282 5 (.2%) .8% 4 (80%) 1 (20%) 423 $44,400 $76,000
Winthrop University 723 5 (.2%) .5% 4 (80%) 1 (20%) 890 $37,600 $59,100
New England Institute of Technology 5 (.2%) 2.1% 5 (100%) 0 238 $44,500 $84,000
Samford University 331 5 (.2%) .7% 5 (100%) 0 272 $43,100 $82,600
Queens University of Charlotte 551 5 (.2%) 1.4% 5 (100%) 0
The New England Institute of Art 5 (.2%) 4.7% 3 (60%) 2 (40%)
The Art Institute of Austin 5 (.2%) 3.2% 5 (100%) 0
Mount Ida College 1249 5 (.2%) 2.8% 4 (80%) 1 (20%)
Sullivan College of Technology and Design 4 (.1%) 25% 3 (75%) 1 (25%)
The Art Institute of Charlotte 4 (.1%) 9.3% 4 (100%) 0
Watkins College of Art Design - Film 1462 4 (.1%) 9.5% 4 (100%) 0
Argosy University-The Art Institute of California-Sacramento 4 (.1%) 4.3% 4 (100%) 0
Mount Mary University 1019 4 (.1%) 2.7% 4 (100%) 0 787 $38,900 $63,800
The Art Institute of Indianapolis 4 (.1%) 6.2% 4 (100%) 0
College for Creative Studies 665 4 (.1%) 1.4% 4 (100%) 0 616 $47,900 $70,400
Southern Illinois University-Carbondale 1042 4 (.1%) .1% 4 (100%) 0 376 $44,600 $77,500
The Art Institute of Michigan 3 (.1%) 3.7% 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham 3 (.1%) 5.5% 3 (100%) 0
Newschool of Architecture and Design 1344 3 (.1%) 4.2% 3 (100%) 0
The Art Institutes International?Kansas City 3 (.1%) 7.7% 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
Becker College 1364 3 (.1%) .8% 3 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of Wisconsin 3 (.1%) 7.5% 3 (100%) 0
Bay Path University 779 3 (.1%) .7% 3 (100%) 0
Marylhurst University 3 (.1%) 1.8% 3 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of Tucson 3 (.1%) 8.6% 2 (67%) 1 (33%)
Olivet Nazarene University 694 3 (.1%) .4% 3 (100%) 0 543 $45,300 $72,500
Sanford-Brown College-Seattle 2 (.1%) 4.2% 2 (100%) 0
Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion 504 2 (.1%) .3% 1 (50%) 1 (50%) 791 $44,000 $63,700
American InterContinental University-Atlanta 2 (.1%) 1.7% 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
St Catherine University 655 2 (.1%) .3% 2 (100%) 0
Brigham Young University-Idaho 1009 2 (.1%) % 2 (100%) 0 600 $49,200 $70,900
The Art Institute of Washington-Dulles 2 (.1%) 6.1% 2 (100%) 0
The Art Institute of St Louis 2 (.1%) 5.1% 2 (100%) 0
Weber State University 2 (.1%) .1% 1 (50%) 1 (50%) 568 $52,000 $71,800
Abilene Christian University 625 2 (.1%) .3% 2 (100%) 0 441 $42,000 $75,400
The Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville 2 (.1%) 2.1% 1 (50%) 1 (50%)
Concordia University-Wisconsin 741 2 (.1%) .3% 2 (100%) 0 836 $43,300 $62,000
Arcadia University 548 2 (.1%) .4% 2 (100%) 0 265 $36,900 $82,800
University of Memphis 849 2 (.1%) .1% 2 (100%) 0 712 $44,500 $67,100
Living Arts College 1 (%) 2.1% 1 (100%) 0
Marist College 246 1 (%) .1% 1 (100%) 0 355 $48,100 $78,500
Mississippi College 654 1 (%) .2% 1 (100%) 0 890 $39,600 $59,100
University of Charleston 1273 1 (%) .3% 1 (100%) 0
Park University 1522 1 (%) % 1 (100%) 0 646 $43,400 $69,700
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Tucson 1 (%) 14.3% 1 (100%) 0
Whitworth University 306 1 (%) .2% 1 (100%) 0 810 $42,300 $63,100
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