At CMU, you’ll learn to create and reinvent better home interiors and workspaces by relating interior design to society and architecture. CMU’s interior design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. You’ll benefit from strong ties to working alumni and a robust internship program. Your degree qualifies you for many industry jobs, including project manager, design manager or consultant, facilities management consultant, kitchen or bath planner, merchandise manager, or set designer.
Put Your Degree to Work
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data
|Job||Median Pay||Job Growth through 2022|
|Interior Designer||$47,600 per year||13% (7,000 more jobs)|
The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.
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Interior Design Major
The Interior Design Program involves the detailed design of interiors, drawing on diverse knowledge from various disciplines emphasizing an integrated approach that relates interior design to society and architecture. The Program is nationally accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association for Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Students are prepared to excel in a wide range of careers including commercial, residential, healthcare, and related areas. A sequence of creative design studios is supported by both theoretical and technical courses and students learn both traditional and digital visual presentation formats.
Total: 57 Semester hours
Note: IND 332WI satisfies the University Program Group III-A requirement.
The Interior Design Program has the right to request any student's work for display, publication or permanent use. The department provides minimal supplies and equipment. Students are expected to purchase most of their personal project materials.
Suggested Minors (20-24 hours): Art, Art History, Business Administration, Child Development, Entrepreneurship, Event Management, Gerontology, History, Hospitality Services Administration, International Business and Sustainable Development, Journalism, Management, Marketing , Media Design, Multimedia Design, Museum Studies, Professional Sales, Psychology, Retailing: Development and Finance, Retailing, Sociology.
Interior Design Studio I: Introduction
Application of basic design elements and principles and the use of design concepts, materials, and model building techniques applicable to commercial and residential interiors. Prerequisites: IND 139. Pre/Co- requisite: IND 138.
Visual Communication for Interior Design
Visual communication of design concepts through rendering and presentation techniques; used to express development and the final states of design process. Pre/Co-requisite: IND 139.
Interior Design Drafting
Provides drafting and print reading experience designed to meet the professional needs of students concentrating in interior design by covering presentation, architectural and pictorial drawings.
Introduction to Textiles
Study of fiber, yarn and fabric properties intended for commercial and interior usage; impact of various processes on use and serviceability; includes textile laboratory analysis. Credit may not be earned in both IND 155 and FMD 155.
Design History and Precedent
Cross cultural survey of environmental design (Egyptian through Neoclassical Europe) including furniture, interiors, and architecture with correlating historical context.
Design History and Criticism
Study of Western design forms (17th century through present) with correlating historical, cultural, and theoretical developments. Criticism of current design using diverse criteria. Prerequisite: IND 238.
Human Shelter and Environment
Course explores the interrelationship between the built, cultural and natural environments and human behavior, perception and social interaction. This course may be offered in an online format. Writing Intensive. (University Program Group III-A: Behavioral Sciences)
Computer-Aided Design for Interiors
Fundamental concepts and applications of graphic software programs. Current and potential applications of digital computers and CAD software in design. Prerequisites: IND 131, IND 138, IND 139; Pre/Co-Requisite: IND 337.
This course provides an introduction to construction working drawings, methods and materials of diverse construction types, and building codes. Prerequisite: IND 139.
Materials and Components of Interior Design
Consideration of the materials, equipment and systems utilized in the design and construction of interior environments.
Interior Design Studio II: Residential
Application of basic design process to residential interiors: space planning, furnishings, finishes and color; according to the socioeconomic, physical and psychological needs of users. Prerequisites: IND 131, 138, 139, 332; ART 106, 231; ART 119 or 261; Pre/Co-requisites: IND 155, 238, 334, 336.
Professional Preparation for Interior Design
Development of portfolio and job-seeking skills used for obtaining an internship/entry level position within an interior design firm or related field. Should be taken by majors in the semester prior to IND 438. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: IND 337.
Interior Design Studio III: Special User Groups
Assessment of the special environmental needs of people with disabilities, elderly and children; application to studio design problems. Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: IND 131, 138, 139, 238, 332, 334, 336, 337; Pre/co-requisites: IND 328, 436.
Seminar in Interior Design
Capstone course providing focus on current issues in interior design, methods, materials, and portfolio evaluations. Must be taken during the final Spring semester before graduation. Writing Intensive. Prerequisites: IND 339, 436.
Professional Practices in Interior Design
Application of internships and business procedures to the establishment and general management of a design practice. To be taken immediately following IND 438. Prerequisite: IND 438.
Advanced CAD for Interiors
Advanced application of CAD software. Emphasis on application of the computer as a design tool, topical applications and computer graphic methods. Prerequisites: IND 334, IND 337; Pre/Co-Requisites: IND 339, 436.
Lighting and Other Mechanical Systems
Considers the role of mechanical systems in the design of interior spaces with emphasis on lighting, and including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and acoustical systems. Prerequisites: IND 131, 138, 139, 337; successful completion of math competency.
Interior Design Studio IV: Contract
Application of visual, conceptual and functional design processes in the interior design and space planning of large scale commercial environments. Prerequisites: IND 131, 137, 138, 328, 332, 334,336, 337, 339; Pre- or co-requisite: IND 335.
Interior Design Internship
Supervised internship of 250 hours in an interior design firm or related field designed to complement classroom learning. Taken semester prior to IND 433. Prerequisite: IND 338.
Interior Design Studio V: Senior Thesis
A capstone studio course that focuses on projects with increasing scope and complexity and topics that vary depending on current trends in interior design. Prerequisite: IND 437.