Dr. Janice Hironaka
Good design can boost productivity, increase sales, attract clients, foster creativity, provide a relaxing hospital stay or even increase the market value of a building. Almost every built interior environment - including healthcare settings, schools, offices and homes - is planned by an interior designer.
Interior design is a profession incorporating both the functionality and aesthetics of indoor spaces. Interior designers understand the importance of the relationship between human beings and the complex microenvironments that they use.
The Michigan State University (MSU) Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accredidation (CIDA). The program is located in the MSU Human Ecology Building, which houses several design studios, work rooms, CAD labs, classrooms and galleries.
Students in Interior Design gain knowledge in programming, design analysis, space planning, interior construction, building codes, materials, furnishings and equipment. Learning to read blueprints, nderstanding building and fire codes, and making space accessible to the disabled are important aspects for designers to know when working with architects, electricians and building contractors so designs are safe and meet construction requirements.
Enrollment in the interior design major is limited. Factors used in consideration for admission to the upper-level courses include:
- Overall number of credits and GPA;
- Completion and GPA of interior design courses 140, 142, 150, 152, 240, 250, 252 and ATD 231; and
- An artistic portfolio component may be required
Core Teaching Areas
- Design education and pedagogy
- Design theory and application
- Historic preservation and conservation of built environments
- Sustainable design
- Visual communication and technology
- Indoor environmental quality
Sampling of companies hiring interior design graduates
- Bergmann Associates
- Jones Lang Lasalle at Beaumont
- Kraemer Design Group
- NEST of Grand Traverse
- Sparrow Health Systems