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 & instructors.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

Quarter Credit Hours:
180
Timeframe:
12 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

Outcomes

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/71 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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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

  • Eric Schwartz

    Digital Filmmaking & Video Production , 2013

    "[My education gave me] the knowledge, skills, and team working abilities that I need and use every day."

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    Eric Schwartz

    Eric Schwartz is working as a creative services producer at KDRV News Watch 12 in Medford, Oregon. He’s responsible for conceptualizing, producing, and delivering commercials. “What I enjoy most about my career is never knowing what will come next,” he says. Eric adds that his career challenges his creativity and that he learns something new each day.

    He says that reaching people on a personal level is one of the most rewarding parts of his career. “They are projects that aren't out to make a name brand or make a lot of money, but projects that help to spread positive messages that are meant to help out local communities.” These include “You Can Play” video for Portland State University Campus and a “Habitat for Humanity” video. Eric adds that he’s influenced by people who’ve supported him—especially during his time in the military. Eric served in the United States Navy for four years as a hospital corpsman.

    Eric, who in 2013 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Film & Video from The Art Institute of Portland, says that his education helped to prepare him for his creative career. “[It gave me] the knowledge, skills, and team working abilities that I need and use every day.” He recommends that current students take risks and challenges that others won’t. “If things are not how you imagined they would be, find a new way to look at them. Tackle every job with a positive attitude.”

    See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/64 program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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  • Karina Reed

    Fashion Design , 2014

    "The range of experience I gained in school opened my eyes to all the different facets of apparel design and the various careers that were possible with my degree."

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    Karina Reed

    Karina Reed is working as an assistant product developer and designer for Kroger/Fred Meyer in Portland. She’s responsible for communicating with factories, assisting senior designers with collections, and collaborating with buying team. “Most of my day is spent reviewing artwork, fit, and color submits with senior designers, specialists, and buyers—and communicating approvals or changes to factories,” she says. Karina also researches trends for upcoming seasons and analyzes selling for current and past seasons. She points out the best perk of her job—traveling the world for development trips.

    Karina is a past winner of Sock It To Me’s “Design-A-Sock Competition,” earning the top spot over 5,500 other entries. “It's a surreal experience walking into a store and seeing my design for sale, and knowing that people all over the country have bought them,” she says. Karina also saw her senior collection on the runway at Portland Fashion Week. “Getting to share it with my friends and classmates made it even more special because we had all gone through the same struggles to reach that goal.”

    Karina, who in 2014 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Apparel Design from The Art Institute of Portland, says that her education helped her to choose the right career path for her interests and talents. “I honestly never considered product development as a possible career path until I took Tech Sketching and Digital Surface Design [class] and realized how much I enjoy designing digitally.” She recommends that current students be aware of how they’re presenting themselves during interviews. “From your portfolio to your handshake to your shoes, you are constantly being judged in this field. It would be nice if skill was the only thing that mattered but in reality people often hire the person they most want to work with, or whose aesthetic most closely lines up with theirs. Do your research, know your stuff, and always be prepared to defend your work.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/60 program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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  • Ty Johnson

    Media Arts & Animation , 2005

    "I like to tell people that I play with dolls for a living. In truth I'm more like a digital sculptor."

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    Ty Johnson

    Ty Johnson is working as a 3D Modeler for LAIKA, an animation studio in Hillsboro, Oregon. He creates characters based off of drawings and clay maquettes, but has the opportunity to incorporate his own flavor into them. “It is up to me to ensure my creations are aesthetically pleasing and also meet specific technical standards established by riggers, texture artist, animators and everyone else downstream,” he says. He’s especially excited to be part of the team responsible for the Oscar-nominated film, “The Boxtrolls.” “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t love making internationally recognized Oscar-nominated films. Being a part of something as huge as ‘Paranorman,’ ‘The Boxtrolls,’ and ‘Kubo and The Two Strings’ has given me the opportunity to share my passion with literally millions of people.”

    The process that Ty uses to create a character is incredibly intricate. Each puppet he models is further broken into over 72 mechanical parts. “These mechanisms allow for the articulation of eyeballs, glowing ears, and the swapping of magnetic facial expressions.” Each character is unique and requires custom internals, so Ty utilizes 3D printing to get the intricate parts to fit and function properly. “[It] is the hardest yet most rewarding part of my job.” Like many in his industry, he is inspired by the work of Jim Henson. “I can’t help but think of Jim Henson and his amazing puppets when I’m at work. I am a 90s child and Jim’s fingerprints were on everything I grew up with. He’s definitely a hero of mine.”

    Ty, who in 2005 earned a Bachelor of Science in Media Arts & Animation from The Art Institute of Portland, says that his education taught him a valuable lesson in adaptation. As he was working toward his degree, the school updated its software from what it had been using to reflect a new industry standard. “I was distraught and worried that I was starting over. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. The truth is that technology moves fast, standards change, and if you can’t adapt you’ll be left in the dust.” Ty said that the experience he gained in learning the new technology has played out time and time again now that he’s a professional. “Now when I learn about new tools and software I look forward to it like a kid on Christmas Eve.”

    See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/73 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

  • Annin Barrett

    Fashion Design

    "Creative energy gets noticed—and attracts opportunities."

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    Annin Barrett

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

    While I was working toward an art degree, I was awarded a studio space for creating art. I spent most of my time in that studio creating large paintings and drawings for a gallery show. When the show was a success, I wanted to keep pushing forward in the creative art world.

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

    I take real-world projects and problems from advertising, interactive design, page layout, and creative typography and bring them into the classroom—along with real clients to critique student work. We also visit local design companies to look at new technologies.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

    I often assign a process work book for students to fill with sketches, ideas and concepts throughout the term. It demonstrates the progress of a project from early stages to completion with full graphic renderings.

    How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

    Pulling together students’ strengths and skill sets from across all design disciplines, with each student assigned a certain task, helps flesh out the whole project as a unified whole.

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

    My goal for all of my students is to gain a better understanding of art and design through the context of thinking and understanding design solutions. I expect them to understand general theoretical concepts, and I encourage them to explore fine art, design history and theory so they can understand current practices in modern and postmodern media.

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

    Curiosity will take you places you never thought you’d go.

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  • Salvatore Reda

    Graphic & Web Design

    "Curiosity will take you places you never thought you'd go."

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    Salvatore Reda

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

    While I was working toward an art degree, I was awarded a studio space for creating art. I spent most of my time in that studio creating large paintings and drawings for a gallery show. When the show was a success, I wanted to keep pushing forward in the creative art world.

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

    I take real-world projects and problems from advertising, interactive design, page layout, and creative typography and bring them into the classroom—along with real clients to critique student work. We also visit local design companies to look at new technologies.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

    I often assign a process work book for students to fill with sketches, ideas and concepts throughout the term. It demonstrates the progress of a project from early stages to completion with full graphic renderings.

    How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

    Pulling together students’ strengths and skill sets from across all design disciplines, with each student assigned a certain task, helps flesh out the whole project as a unified whole.

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

    My goal for all of my students is to gain a better understanding of art and design through the context of thinking and understanding design solutions. I expect them to understand general theoretical concepts, and I encourage them to explore fine art, design history and theory so they can understand current practices in modern and postmodern media.

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

    Curiosity will take you places you never thought you’d go.

    Read More...
Miami International University of Art & Design alumni Marlon Munoz I'm challenged by the opportunity to take my ideas and bring them to life. Marlon Munoz
Visual Effects & Motion Graphics, Miami International University of Art & Design, 2008