About the Program
Interior design is based on solving problems related to the quality of people’s physical environment within a structure to achieve interior space. These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants, and are aesthetically appealing. Students in Purdue’s interior design program develop the analytical skills and gain the experience to plan commercial, institutional, healthcare, retail, and residential interiors. This program aims to develop students as creative designers who can formulate, propose, and execute creative design solutions for the physical, social, and psychological needs of a changing society influenced by rapid changes in technology. Purdue’s interior design program is CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) accredited.
Coursework encompasses creative exploration, professional preparation, technical information, and skills with emphases on interior construction, building systems, codes, equipment, and components as well as accessibility, environmental, and sustainability strategies.
Special note regarding portfolio review - An art portfolio is not required to begin this major. However, students are required to pass a selective portfolio review in the spring of their sophomore year to advance to upper level design and complete this major. Selection is competitive and is based on the student’s work in Purdue art and design courses and development as a designer. Students not selected for upper level Interior Design work with their academic advisor to change to their second choice major.
Please visit Interior Design for more information.
126 Credits Required
Liberal Arts Curriculum
Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.
Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.
Departmental/Program Major Course Requirements (78 credits)
A. Art & Design Core (12 credits)
B. Interior Design Core (33 credits)
C. Interior Design Supportive Requirements (27 credits)
D. Interior Design Studio Arts Selectives (min. 3 credits)
E. Interior Design Art History Selectives (min. 3 credits)
- ** AD 47800 - Internship In Art And Design (1-8 credits with min 5 credits) or AD 19100 , AD 19200 , AD 19300 , AD 19400 Co-op Required (0 credits)
- A Grade of “C-” or Better is required in all courses listed above in areas A, B, and C in order to advance The P/NP option is not available.
- Mandatory portfolio reviews are required during the spring semester of the sophomore year. Students must pass this review in order to advance to the next level of Interior Design courses.
Other Departmental - Liberal Arts Core For BFA, Professional, & Education (25-34 credits)
The College of Liberal Arts Other Departmental area is designed to be experiential, informative, and relevant to life in a rapidly changing universe. It combines courses that fulfill University Core foundational outcomes, discipline diversity, social diversity, and other languages to produce a well-rounded background for students. Coursework is integrative and collaborative and fosters insight, understanding, independence, initiative, and the desire to reach across divides and redefine our relationship to the peoples and the worlds that surround us.
LA Core III: Linguistic Diversity (3-4 credits)
Proficiency through level IV in one world language
Foundational Requirements (21-30 credits)
Students must complete approved coursework that meet the following foundational outcomes.
- Humanities - all approved courses accepted.
- Behavioral/Social Science - all approved courses accepted.
- Information Literacy - all approved courses accepted.
- Science #1 - all approved courses accepted.
- Science #2 - all approved courses accepted.
- Science, Technology, and Society - all approved courses accepted.
- Written Communication - all approved courses accepted.
- Oral Communication - all approved courses accepted.
- Quantitative Reasoning - all approved courses accepted.
- Double counting of courses is allowed across the various categories.
- All accredited programs whose accreditation is threatened by CLA Core requirement, both professional BAs and BFAs, are exempt from Liberal Arts Core I & II in order to meet accreditation standards and requirements. Liberal Arts Core III: Linguistic Diversity is still required for such programs.
- “Degree +” students (students with a second major outside of Liberal Arts) are exempt from the CLA Core.
University Core Requirements
For a complete listing of University Core Course Selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.
- Human Cultures: Behavioral/Social Science (BSS)
- Human Cultures: Humanities (HUM)
- Information Literacy (IL)
- Oral Communication (OC)
- Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
- Science #1 (SCI)
- Science #2 (SCI)
- Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
- Written Communication (WC)
For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.
- 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
- 32 credit hours of Purdue coursework at the 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
- Liberal Arts offers a streamlined plan of study for students pursuing a second degree outside of CLA. Contact the CLA Advising Office for more information.
World Language Courses
World Language proficiency requirements vary by program. The following list is inclusive of all world languages PWL offers for credit; for acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor.
ASL-American Sign Language
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