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Interior Design

Interior Design Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Art Institute of Atlanta can help you prepare for it.

Program Overview

In the Interior Design program, you'll study the design, safety, and usability issues of creating the spaces where we live, work, and play. Coursework focuses on space planning, traffic patterns, and the colors, surfaces and furnishings that make surroundings comfortable and livable. Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level employment such as draftsperson, facilities planner, interior designer/decorator, or space planner.
Interior Design

Program Description

Accredited by CIDA

The Interior Design programs at many of our schools are accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). This assures you that your education will not only serve you during your time in school, but prepare you for future professional growth. You can be confident that the Interior Design programs at The Art Institute of Atlanta meet the quality standards recognized by the profession.

Interior Design is both an art and a science. As the discipline that interfaces between architecture and the user, its purpose is to enhance the quality of life and facilitate human activity within the built environment. The Interior Design baccalaureate curriculum combines the critical thinking skills and broad, cultural knowledge inherent in the liberal arts with the creative, technical, and professional skills necessary for interior design practice. Coursework focuses on issues relevant to current design practice, including: environmental concerns, the use of sustainable materials for “green design,” the needs of special populations, and changing technology.

Students in the Interior Design baccalaureate program begin with the foundations of interior design as well as traditional art in courses focused on drawing, color, and 2-D and 3-D design. Their study continues with the design process and how to apply the elements and principles of design to the development of interior space. As students expand their skills and have the opportunity to learn how interior design affects human behavior and the natural environment, they begin to see the impact interior designers have on the lives of others by creating spaces in which people live, work, and play. They have the opportunity to learn to develop and carry out a design concept from space planning to selection of materials, finishes, color, and furnishings.

Throughout the program, students have the opportunity to explore methods of visual communication necessary to convey design ideas in manual and computer-aided drafting and rendering courses. These students have the opportunity to focus on the relationship of interior space to architecture in courses about interior detailing, building systems, lighting, and codes and regulations. Industry-experienced faculty guide students as they hone their skills to create a portfolio to show prospective employers and clients. Students have the opportunity to make valuable contacts with professionals in the field through professional organizations and internships.

Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level positions with interior design or architecture firms or companies specializing in facilities or space planning. After gaining additional on-the-job experience and passing the NCIDQ exam, graduates may become registered interior designers as independent consultants or open their own firms.

Licensure, Credentialing and Other Student Outcomes
The Art Institute of Atlanta collects and publishes important information regarding student achievement, including aggregate data addressing attrition and retention, graduation rates, job placement rates, and acceptance into graduate programs in order to meet Council for Interior Design (CIDA) program eligibility requirements. That information can be found here.
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Students need to meet all requirements. The Art Grant is not offered at all Art Institute schools and the grant amounts vary by location; check with the school you’re considering attending for exceptions and details.

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