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.
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