Interior Design

School of Planning, Design & Construction


Dr. Janice Hironaka
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Phone: 517-432-3393

Almost every type of building — from airport terminals to schools, from hotels to hospitals, and from offices to homes — is planned by interior designers. Good design can boost office productivity, increase sales, attract clients, provide a more relaxing hospital stay or increase a building’s market value.

Interior Design (ID) in the School of Planning, Design and Construction is a professional program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Upon completion, you will earn a bachelor of arts degree in interior design.

Undergraduate students acquire:
• A design foundation.
• An understanding of the relationship between occupants and their environments.
• An understanding of interior space within a shell and systems.
• A knowledge of regulations.
• The ability to research to identify and solve problems.
• An understanding of historical precedent and contemporary design theories.
• The technical knowledge and communication skills.
• An understanding of professional ethics and business.

Interior designers learn to read blueprints, understand building and fire codes, and make space accessible to the disabled. Designers collaborate with architects, electricians and building contractors to ensure that their designs are safe and meet construction requirements.

To see courses required by this major, visit the Interior Design major listing in the MSU course catalog

Career Opportunities
AutoCAD Technician
Barrier-free Design Specialist
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Commercial or Hospitality Design
Environmental Designer
Lighting Designer
Product Marketing
Project Manager
Residential Interior Designer
Set Design
Site Manager

A sampling of companies hiring MSU grads
Allied Office Interiors
Architectural Firms
Construction Companies
DBI Business Interiors
Department Stores
Furniture Companies
Pulte Home Corporation