Get a degree from one of New England’s best interior design programs.

Mount Ida’s nationally accredited Interior Design Degree Program resembles a well-designed room—it’s functional, inviting and creative. As a traditional New England college, we offer a career-oriented interior design degree that integrates a broad education in history, culture and the arts. You’ll learn up-to-the-minute interior design techniques, have access to state-of-the art design technology, build a personal portfolio and gain workplace experience through interior design internships. And you’ll discover fun and inspiration on a vibrant college campus.

Get a well-rounded interior design degree that integrates technical know-how and artistic vision, develops your creative potential and helps you launch your career in interior design.

The Interior Design Program emphasizes applied skills that you can take directly into the workplace. Our project-based interior design degree covers a broad range of environments, including residential, office, retail and hospitality. You’ll develop mastery over the technical side of interior design, while developing your creativity via numerous interior design projects.

You’ll also work on communication and presentation skills and engage in the type of critical give-and-take that occurs within interior design firms (and between interior designers and their clients). You’ll have opportunities to intern at an interior design firm, gaining workplace experience while polishing your resume. And you’ll graduate with a professional portfolio (web-based and traditional) that showcases your abilities and makes you a strong competitor in the job market.

Mount Ida’s Interior Design Program prepares you for eventual licensure as an interior designer. You’ll be eligible to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) exam and earn your required state interior design license.

Accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), our Interior Design Degree Program features small classes. You’ll get lots of face-to-face interaction with classmates and with seasoned faculty who have years of industry experience.

Dividing your time between the classroom and the studio, you’ll take interior design courses that address material such as:

  • Revit, Sketch-Up and AutoCAD
  • Programming, space planning and design development
  • Textiles, finishes, fixtures and furniture
  • Lighting, furniture design and detailing
  • Perspective, rendering and design communications
  • Environmental design, including LEED
  • Building codes, technical standards and legal regulations

The interior design degree requires 126 credits, broken down as follows:

  • 81 credits in interior design core courses
  • 15 credits in foundational art courses
  • 30 credits in arts, sciences and humanities

For complete course listings please refer to our catalog. To learn more about our faculty, please visit the faculty and staff directory.


Faculty & Staff Directory

Interior designers work for a wide range of clients. Specialties include hospitality design, health care design, commercial and corporate design, residential design, retail design and institutional design. In addition, many interior design professionals work in niches such as environmental design, historic preservation, furniture design, ergonomics and health and safety.

Many graduates of our Interior Design Bachelor’s Degree Program go on to graduate school, seeking our Master in Science Management for Interior Architecture, Master of Interior Design, Master of Architecture, Master of Sustainability Design, MBA or another graduate degree.

View our Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) student achievement data here.