The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design is a studio-based program that focuses on creating conceptually driven, critical, holistic three-dimensional spaces. In this major, the principles of space, form, color and light serve as the foundations of your studies. Investigations of building codes, materials, construction methods and documentation will complement studies in the history of interior environments, design theory, business procedures and current professional movements. Your work will engage sustainability issues and inclusive design practice to ensure spaces are accessible to everyone.
While in the program you will have the chance to participate in study abroad opportunities in a variety of locations such as Italy, Qatar and England. The department’s relationships with design firms nationwide offer opportunities and access to professional critiques, visiting designers and site visits. You will gain valuable practical experience through a required internship in an interior design or architecture firm. Upon graduation, a majority of students enter the field or pursue graduate programs in architecture, graphic design and industrial design.
The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).
Some classes you might take in this major:
- Interior Design Studio
- Interior Graphics – Hand and Digital
- Light and Color in Interior Environments
- Construction Documents
- Building Systems
Our alumni are:
- Commercial designers
- Hospitality designers
- Residential designers
- Museum and exhibition designers
- Lighting designers
We are proud of our BFA student successes:
- Job Placement: 82% of the students who graduated in May 2019 were employed within the first year after graduation (88% response rate).
- 100% Acceptance into Graduate Programs: All three students from the May 2019 graduating class who applied to graduate school were accepted.
- Graduation Rates: 86% of the students from the class of 2019 graduated within four years.
- Retention/Attrition: 94% of the students completing the 2017-18 academic year returned for the 2018-19 academic year.
For more information about the BFA in Interior Design program, please download our booklet (.PDF).
The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.
The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design granted by Virginia Commonwealth University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam).
For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.