Bachelor of Science Interior Architecture + Design:

Get a degree from one of New England’s best Interior Architecture and Design programs.

Mount Ida’s nationally accredited interior architecture and design degree program prepares students for professional-level entrance into the design field. As a traditional New England college, we offer a career-oriented interior architecture and design degree that combines the techniques of the trade and breadth of a liberal arts education. You will learn contemporary interior architecture and design techniques, have access to state-of-the art design technology, build a personal portfolio and gain workplace experience through interior design internships.

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

The Interior Architecture + Design program emphasizes applied skills that you can take directly into the workplace. Our project-based Interior Architecture and Design Degree covers a broad range of environments, including residential, office, retail and hospitality. You will gain mastery over the technical side of interior architecture and design, while developing your creativity via numerous interior architecture and design projects.

You will also work on communication and presentation skills, and engage in the type of critical give-and-take that occurs within interior architecture and design firms (and between interior designers and their clients). You will have opportunities to intern at an interior architecture and design firm, gaining workplace experience while polishing your resume. And you will 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 will be on track to participate in the national Interior Architecture and Design Experience Program (IDEP) after graduation and about two years of work experience. After the IDEP, you will be eligible to complete the three part National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) exam and earn your state interior design license.

Accredited by the Council for Interior Architecture and Design Accreditation (CIDA), our Interior Architecture and Design degree program features small classes. You will have lots of face-to-face interaction with classmates and with faculty who have years of industry experience.

The Interior Architecture and Design curriculum offers courses that cover the following:

  • Drawing and drafting
  • CAD and AutoCAD
  • Space planning
  • Finishes, fixtures, and furniture
  • Lighting design
  • Environmentally sensitive design
  • Building codes, technical standards, and legal regulations

The interior architecture and design degree requires 123 credits, broken down as follows:

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

Here are just a few of the courses you may be taking:

  • IA 201 – Interior Architecture and Design Studio III: Sustainable
  • IA 314 – CAD Detailing and Construction
  • IA 414 – Professional Practice: Values, Career Planning and Management

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. They work in hospitality design, health care design, commercial and corporate design, residential design, retail design and institutional design. In addition, many interior architecture and design professionals work in niches such as environmental design, historic preservation, furniture design, ergonomics and health and safety.

Many graduates of our Interior Architecture and 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.