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.

CURRENT STUDENTS: Connect with your academic advisor for advising appointments or to change your major/minor.

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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

See career outcomes for MSU interior design graduates, including salaries, top employers and employment locations.


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.


Student & Faculty Stories

View of avatars in a Chittenden Hall classroom from the MSU A Mile in My Shoes virtual reality application.

MSU to launch virtual reality application supporting diversity, equity and inclusion

March 31, 2021

This new A Mile in My Shoes application will enable people to interact with real-world scenarios of racism, microaggressions and biases to help increase awareness and empathy for others.

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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.

Interior Design Advisor & Undergraduate Secretary

Student Services Office
517-432-3393
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. (More details: MSU Student Information System resources.)

Note: Appointments are NOT available during the summer or 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 college education abroad and undergraduate research opportunities. Also learn more about SPDC education abroad opportunities.

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

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