Interior Design (B.A.)

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.

Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design

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 microenvironment that they use.

The Interior Design curriculum has been continually accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) since 1976.

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Core areas of study include:

  • Design education and pedagogy.
  • Design theory and application.
  • Historic preservation and conservation of built environments.
  • Sustainable design.
  • Visual communication and technology.
  • Indoor environmental quality.

Learn more about requirements and courses in Interior Design.

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Interior Design Graduates


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Data from MSU Spring 2018 Destination Survey

Career Opportunities

Sampling of companies hiring interior design graduates:

  • Bergmann Associates.
  • C2AE.
  • DBI.
  • Jones Lang Lasalle at Beaumont.
  • Kraemer Design Group.
  • La-Z-Boy.
  • NEST of Grand Traverse.
  • Sparrow Health Systems.

Pursuing a graduate degree is also a viable option after graduation.

Faculty members and advisors maintain close relationships with construction management companies, which can help with internships, scholarships and employment in this industry.


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MSU interior design senior Michael Bry discusses Clinton Scholarship experience in Dubai

March 21, 2019

Michael Bry, a senior in the Interior Design Program in the School of Planning, Design and Construction, was an awardee of the prestigious 2018 William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship to study abroad at the American University of Dubai last fall.

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Two MSU Interior Design faculty members received the 2019 Interior Design Educators Council Community Service Award

April 17, 2019

Interior Design Associate Professor and Program Director Suk-Kyung Kim, PhD; and assistant professor Linda Nubani, PhD, received the 2019 Interior Design Educators Council Community Service award at the 2019 IDEC Conference on March 5-9 in Charlotte, NC.

Interior Design Advisor & Undergraduate Secretary

Student Services Office
Human Ecology Building, Room 102

Available appointments are posted at the start of each semester for the entire semester. If no appointment times work for your schedule, please email your advisor to arrange an alternate appointment time. Schedule your appointment online. Note: Appointments are NOT available during the summer, Mid-May to mid-August. Advisors are available on a limited basis via email during the summer break.

Student Life

In addition to student jobs and internships, there are study abroad and undergraduate research opportunities. Learn more about study abroad opportunities within the school. 

There are also a variety of student clubs and organizations including:

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