Interior_Design

InteriorDesign

Give me some space, and I'll show you what I can do.

You’re not the only person who has a knack for re-imagining the look of a room, and office, or even an entire building interior. For you though, it goes much deeper. You think about how a space connects to the people who use it—and to the environment. If you’re ready to go all-in and make a career out of it, our Interior Design degree program is the place to start. Here, you’ll develop the technical and creative skills to design interior spaces that meet demanding requirements—not just aesthetically, but in terms of safety, accessibility, and sustainability. You’ll be surrounded and inspired by other talented, creatively driven students. And you’ll be pushed, challenged, and, above all else, supported by experienced faculty*. It’ll take total commitment. But it could add up to a career doing what you love.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

Quarter Credit Hours:
180
Timeframe:
12 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

Outcomes

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/499 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

  • Apply the basic principles of design to Interior Design
  • Analyze a client profile and program requirements
  • Develop design solutions from concept through final presentation
  • Select appropriate materials, furnishings, and color palettes for each specific design problem
  • Understand the codes, systems, and methods of building technology and construction
  • Generate hand and computer graphics that appropriately illustrate a design in 2 and 3-dimensions
  • Convey design concepts in a verbal presentation
  • Administer ethical and professional business practices
  • Adapt to a changing profession in response to global issues and technological innovations
  • Research and develop a client profile and program solution for a specific design problem
  • Demonstrate an awareness of building codes and regulations that govern Interior Design

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Classroom Experience

If it was easy, anybody could do it.

You have a unique vision—and a strong passion—for designing the spaces where people live and work. Our program is all about turning that passion and vision into a career that's both challenging and rewarding. You'll have the opportunity to learn to design attractive environments that are safe, accessible, and sustainable, while meeting today’s demanding technical requirements and regulations. We’ll start by guiding you through basics like perspective, proportion, color, drafting, and rendering. Then you can to build skills in areas from textiles, furnishings, and lighting to traditional and computerized design and computer-aided drafting. You’ll explore residential, commercial, institutional, and office design with courses in materials and specifications, building and safety codes, sustainable building principles and practices, environmental design, and human factors. See our gainful employment pages for possible careers that match the program that interests you.

Meet Our Alumni

  • The Art Institute of Indianapolis alumni Kathryn Marris

    Kathryn Marris

    Culinary Arts , 2015

    "The Art Institute of Indianapolis gave me the hands on skills I needed to turn my passion into a career."

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    Kathryn Marris

    Kathryn Marris is the culinary lead at Sur La Table in Carmel, Indiana. She instructs cooking classes, plans and updates the class calendar, manages food orders, plans and executes private events, and provides in store culinary demonstrations. “I enjoy being able to make an impact in others’ lives by teaching them cooking skills that they can use at home. I also enjoy teaching individuals about healthy cuisine and how making fresh and delicious food can have a positive impact in their lives,” she says.

    Kathryn is a fan of celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver. “I really appreciate his push for food education and healthy cuisine.” She’s also thankful for the support and encouragement of her instructors at The Art Institute of Indianapolis. Kathryn adds that culinary arts is a second career for her. She originally worked in marketing, but left her position to return to study culinary arts. “I am now able to combine my previous degree in public relations and communications with my culinary training to spread my passion for cooking and food to others.”

    Kathryn, who in 2015 earned a Culinary Arts Certificate from The Art Institute of Indianapolis, says that her education provided the skills needed to turn her passion into a career. “I learned the technical skills needed to finally be able to refine my existing skills into a polished skill set.” She recommends that current students ask questions and gain advice from other chefs and instructors. “Stay humble, work hard, and never stop researching and learning new techniques.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/491 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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  • The Art Institute of Indianapolis alumni Matt Richardson

    Matt Richardson

    Digital Photography , 2015

    Thanks to [the school's] technology resources and computer programs, I was able to learn and master them before entering the workforce.

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    Matt Richardson

    Matt Richardson is an Indiana-based freelance product photographer for Gordman’s, an off-price department store. He’s responsible for photographing products for the company’s e-commerce site. Matt explains that a typical day includes building a set—including lighting, background, and camera equipment—then moving through shooting the scheduled products.

    Matt is excited to be a freelancer whose skills and portfolio speak for themselves. “I am proud I’ve been able to find and acquire jobs by continuous hard work. Career Services from The Art Institutes of Indianapolis [has also assisted me],” he says.

    Matt looks to popular magazines and advertisements for inspiration. He enjoys photos that are creative, current, and eye-catching. He recommends that current students decide where they’d like to work and start looking for career options in that location. “Always make sure your résumé, website, and portfolio are updated with your latest projects, content, and contact information. Also work closely with career services. The connections they have in the industry are endless.”

    Matt, who in 2015 earned a Bachelor of Science in Digital Photography from The Art Institute of Indianapolis, says that his classes prepared him for a career in photography. “Working under deadlines and working with groups or other students helped [understand what the real world was like]. Thanks to [the school’s] technology resources and computer programs, I was able to learn and master them before entering the workforce.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/1399 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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  • The Art Institute of Indianapolis alumni Von Watts

    Von Watts

    Graphic & Web Design , 2015

    "Career Services [at The Art Institute of Indianapolis] helped me with my confidence in interviewing and [taught me] how to conduct myself in front of employers."

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    Von Watts

    Von Watts is an art and compliance supervisor at Herff Jones, a company that manufactures and sells high school and college achievement products. Based in Indianapolis, Von is responsible for managing the graphic designers and typesetters. “I supervise art direction for the art and composition department—and ensure the best visualization of the product while staying within the budget,” she says.

    Von finds inspiration in the world around her. “I can be at a restaurant and the first thing I notice when I sit down is the menu design. If the design is nice, I'll take a picture and add it to my inspiration folder. The same goes when just riding or walking.” She adds that her heroes are teachers and mentors—people who share their creative knowledge. “I love giving back to those who were once in my shoes. I feel good when I can help out my fellow classmates and upcoming designers.”

    Von, who in 2015 earned an Associate of Science in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Indianapolis, says that the school’s software and knowledgeable instructors prepared her for a design career. “My instructors prepared me to receive constructive feedback from my freelance clients and others who view my work. [The school’s] career services helped me with my confidence in interviewing and [taught me] how to conduct myself in front of employers.” She recommends that current students look for chances to grow professionally. “Sometimes you have to create your own opportunities. Think like a creative director.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/497 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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What Will I Study?

Interior_Design_Study

I know what I want. Now show me what I need.

Creating living and working spaces isn’t just about color, light, and materials. It’s about building codes, accessibility, and sustainability. In a rigorous, all-encompassing Interior Design curriculum developed by industry and education innovators to deliver the right balance, you'll study:

  • Traditional and Computerized Design
  • Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD)
  • Space Planning
  • Textiles
  • Lighting
  • Barrier-Free Designs
  • Interior Architectural Systems
  • Residential Design
  • Commercial Design
  • Institutional Design
  • Office Design
  • Materials and Specifications
  • Building and Safety Codes
  • Sustainable Building Principles and Practices
  • Environmental Design
  • Human Factors

I'm looking for my proving ground.

At The Art Institutes system of schools, creativity is our core, our calling, our culture. We know that a creative career isn’t for everyone. It’s only for those who have the confidence and tenacity to make the leap from passion to profession. Our Interior Design degree program reflects the real world and all its challenges. Because it’s tough out there, it’s tough in here. But you’ll have the support you need to make your creativity marketable. We’ll provide the mentoring and real-world experience you need to prevail, with faculty* who’ve worked in the field and internship possibilities at successful businesses. You’ll be encouraged and expected to be bold. To take risks. To push yourself and the people around you. It won’t be easy. In fact, it’ll be the hardest thing you’ll ever love.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

 

Meet our Faculty

  • Danisha Brown

    Fashion Design

    "I tell my students that they'll learn more from each other than they will from me."

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    Danisha Brown

    Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

    Recently I was giving my students some words of encouragement as they left for summer break. As I urged them to push themselves in their studies and to never give up, they looked at me with awe and admiration. I knew that was a moment they’d never forget. And that I’d keep inspiring my students to apply themselves to the work that lies before them.

    How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

    After I graduated from this very school, I started my own fashion business, making swimwear collections. I thoroughly understand both the industry and the student’s perspective. Many students want to start their own businesses, but don’t totally understand the fashion industry. So I share my own experiences to help them gain that knowledge.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching, mentoring, and pushing your students beyond their own perceived limits?

    I choose projects that push students to practice and manage their time effectively so they can produce their best work. One project calls for students to research a designer’s past collections and replicate the technical flats of ten of the designer’s garments; they also write a paper about the designer’s personal and professional history. It’s a way for them to explore the designer’s process and their signature style—and practice adapting to a brand’s aesthetic, even if it’s contrary to their own. Students are typically apprehensive about the technical flats and how many they have to complete. I coach them through the process and they usually rise to the challenge—often surprising themselves.

    How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?

    I tell my students that they’ll learn more from each other than they will from me. Seeing different perspectives impact their artistry and way of thinking for the better. I encourage them to work with students from other majors on their portfolio web sites and photo shoots.

    What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

    A positive attitude. If you have a negative disposition, your chances of getting hired are slim to none. This industry is all about networking, and your attitude could make the difference.

    What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

    Develop time management skills. I encourage my students to use planners and put themselves on a schedule to practice properly budgeting their time.

    Anything else you’d like to share?

    My students keep me motivated. If I can inspire them to manage their time and be positive while dealing with the demands of everyday life, I‘ve done my job.

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  • Lesle Lane

    Digital Photography

    "When I see my students posting on social media something I'd taught them years ago, it makes it worth it."

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    Lesle Lane

    Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

    I knew I was destined to be a photographer from the moment my parents—both photographers—put a camera in my hand. I was eight when my mother bought a new camera, and handed her old one down to me. As a third-generation photographer, the path for me was clear. And I’ve pursued my passion for 25 years. It’s an honor to carry on the legacy that my parents and grandparents left for me.

    How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

    My students would be the first to tell you how I constantly inform—and maybe overwhelm—them about what’s going on in the industry. I cover everything from creating photography to running a company. Many of my business associates come in and speak to my students, which adds more real-life layers. Being a working professional and teaching is a balancing act. But when I see my students posting on social media something I’d taught them years ago, it makes it worth it. I strive to impact my students in a down-to-earth way. One thing’s for sure, they won’t leave here not knowing how the commercial world works.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching, mentoring, and pushing your students beyond their own perceived limits?

    I have students develop their own personal business plan. It forces them to think beyond where they are right now. They do extensive research based on their goals, and come up with educated conclusions about their future. They can't just Google, "What do I want to do with my life." Completing the project brings a mix of relief, celebration, and pride.

    What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

    Candor. My students know if they ask me a question, they're going to get a real answer. They know if an image is good it's going to get praised—but if it isn't, they’ll get a sharp critique. There’s nothing more I can offer than the truth, whether it’s about life or business.

    What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

    One, never stop shooting to please your own creative eye. It’ll keep you growing. Two, find a mentor in your field. Meet with them regularly and exchange ideas and insights about what’s happening in the industry.

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  • Steven J. Overbey

    Graphic & Web Design

    "I believe in you, and you're not alone."

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    Steven J. Overbey

    Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

    When I was hired as a marketing trainee for Scovill Manufacturing in Waterbury, Connecticut.

    How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

    I’ve been involved in sales and marketing for over 40 years. I’ve worked for Fortune 500 corporations, and I owned my own business for 16 years. I’m able to take all that experience and share it with my students in a way that translates directly to the areas we’re studying.

    How does collaboration contribute to students’ success?

    I believe that teamwork and group activities help students learn the importance of group dynamics and organizational skills, which they’ll need when they get out in the real world.

    What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

    It can be done. I believe in you, and you’re not alone.

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The Art Institute of Michigan alumni Calvert Griffin [My education] helped me to learn how to be an effective teammate and work well with others. Calvert Griffin
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, 2014, The Art Institute of Michigan