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.

Interior design students working on a project together.

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.


Image of Kristy Kellom holding her award.

MSU Interior Design’s Kristy Kellom received Best Student Poster award from the Environmental Design Research Association

May 2, 2019

In June 2018, Kristy Kellom, graduate student in environmental design, also assistant instructor of interior design in the School of Planning, Design and Construction, was awarded the 2018 Best Student Poster award.

Construction Management faculty members Sinem Mollaoglu and Dong Zhao with students Patty Giradot and Carolyn Whiting standing with their award-winning poster at the 21st UURAF.

SPDC students received first-place at MSU’s 21st University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum

June 24, 2019

Three students from SPDC received first-place awards in April at MSU’s 21st University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum.


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