BS in Interior Design

BS in Interior Design


Do you imagine yourself designing living spaces, shopping spaces, or spaces for fun, leisure, and entertainment? Are you creative but yet detail driven? Do you want to influence the future of green design?

The East Carolina University interior design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Our computer-aided design studios, professional mentoring program, and intensive internship experiences add up to state-of-the-art preparation for work in the diverse, competitive, and rewarding field of interior design. Recently recognized by Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) for their scholarship in design education, faculty in our program give students the opportunity to explore their passion for design while preparing them for their future career.

Program Mission and Philosophy

The mission of the ECU Interior Design program is to prepare students to be creative problem-solvers with a strong sense of social responsibility. The intent of the program is to integrate aesthetics and creativity with technology and an interdisciplinary knowledge base in addressing the human condition in interior environments.

Our shared value of design for human needs provides a common purpose connecting the practice of interior design to the consequential issues of society (e.g., environmental degradation, human health and well-being, cultural diversity, social justice, and sustainable community). As such, the interior design program is a catalyst for fostering connections with communities while preparing students for assuming diverse roles in entry-level interior design practice.

Admission Requirements

Students can declare the interior design major upon completion of IDSN 1081IDSN 1180IDSN 1181IDSN 1200, and IDSN 1500, with a C (2.0) or higher; a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5; and an acceptable level of proficiency in studio work as shown in the portfolio review. Throughout the program, students must make a C (2. 0) or better in all IDSN major courses.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

Four Year Plan

Upon completion of IDSN foundation courses, students submit portfolios which contain representative work from IDSN 1081 , IDSN 1181 , and IDSN 1500 . This work is evaluated by the interior design faculty, who recommend whether students are prepared to enter the professional-level interior design courses. Students who do not meet the level of proficiency needed for the professional-level courses have the opportunity to resubmit a portfolio a maximum of two additional times. Meeting the minimum standards does not guarantee entry into the professional level. Admission to professional-level courses is competitive and limited.

Delivery Methods

This program is only offered in an on-campus, Face to Face format.

Additional Information

Internship: IDSN 3203-Interior Design Internship is required and consists of coursework spring session followed by 200 clock hours of onsite work experience over an eleven-week summer session.

Policy on Student Projects:The IDMR department reserves the right to retain, exhibit, and reproduce design projects submitted by students for class assignments for the purpose of complying with accreditation and program requirements. Work submitted for grades is the property of the department until it is returned to the students.

Student Achievement Data

Accreditation Information

The East Carolina University interior design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).