A career in interior design is part creative, part science, part business: designing and decorating functional and attractive spaces in service to the user, on time and on budget — and knowing why those design choices matter.

A.C.U.’s Bachelor of Science in interior design explores how the technical and aesthetic aspects of interior design affect a diversity of populations within residential and non-residential environments. Accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (C.I.D.A.), this program prepares the student with unique problem-solving techniques to creatively plan and design environments that protect the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants.

Our graduates have secured employment in residential and commercial design and architectural firms across the United States. Other graduates have sought and successfully completed graduate degrees in Architecture and Interior Design.

Credit hours

University Requirements: 56 credit hours

+ Major Requirements: 66 credit hours (Choice of 2 tracks)

+ Electives: 6 credit hours

= Total Required: 128 credit hours*

*Based on track selection


You’ll take courses such as:

  • Design Drawing
  • History of Architecture and Design
  • Interior Components
  • Design, Construction, and Details for Interiors


  • Art and Design
  • Business

What can you do after graduation?

The A.C.U. Interior Design program seeks to enable students to serve in the various aspects of the design profession. Students are challenged to develop aesthetic, technical and creative skills to succeed in the job market.

  • Art Consultant
  • Interior Architect
  • Store Planner
  • Design Project Manager
  • Fashion Designer
  • Preservationist
  • Museum Consultant

Signature Opportunities

By design, much of what art and design students do in the classroom is hands-on. Our Interior Design students are expected to complete an internship for course credit during the summer after their junior year. The internship can be in residential or commercial design areas and must meet a strict set of guidelines. In addition to the curriculum requirements, these internships serve to develop the professional network and facilitate job placements after graduation.

The Interior Design program in conjunction with the Art and Design Department offers Summer Study travel opportunities. Past destinations include England, France, Austria, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic and Italy. These trips are during the summer and are excellent opportunities to earn credit hours while experiencing the arts abroad.

Other real world-opportunities are found in student organizations including:

  • Study abroad
  • American Society of Interior Designers
  • Student exhibitions
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts

About the Department of Art and Design

Our versatile faculty in the Department of Art and Design is made up of award-winning artists; we are leaders in our various disciplines and media, artists that actively produce and exhibit our creative work. As artists and educators, we believe that art has a unique power to change our world, to make it a more beautiful, generous, rich and open place.

Alice Pratt Brown Art Hall is home to spacious studios, computer labs, specialized classrooms and a woodshop. Advanced students have competitive access to private and shared studio space. The Hall is also home to the Clover Virginia Shore Art Gallery and a sculpture courtyard.

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