Interior Design - B.A.

Kent State University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates


About this program

Interior Design - B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design degree seeks to exemplify design excellence, make interior spaces for human well-being and to continually expand the reputation and rigor of the program. The program educates highly skilled and empathetic interior designers through a diverse curriculum that emphasizes research, creativity, professionalism and leadership in an era of social and technological change. Competencies achieved in the program include fundamental design skills tempered with the application of research and creative inquiry; knowledge of materials, methods and systems; space planning and programming; professional practice knowledge and critical thinking; gaining experiences through a guided internship; inquiry into human factors in design; and the comprehensive designing of interior spaces with vigilance toward the health, safety and welfare of the public.

The college offers a semester abroad for qualified third-year students in the Interior Design major. The study abroad program is housed in the heart of historic Florence, Italy. The program is open to all students who have made satisfactory progress toward completion of their undergraduate program.

Admission requirements

Freshmen Students:

There is open admission to the Interior Design major, but early application is advised. For direct admission, students must have a minimum 2.75 overall high school GPA and a minimum 22 ACT composite score or a minimum 1100 SAT total score.

Admission to Non-Degree General major:

Students who do not qualify for admission to the Interior Design major may qualify for admissions to the college's non-degree General major. Students in the General major are assigned to freshman orientation classes with all College of Architecture and Environmental Design majors. These classes aid in understanding the broad range of career options within the environmental design professions. Students should take regular coursework in preparation to attempt entry into one of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design majors or may consider alternative degree program options. Students should meet with their advisors to aid in making decisions regarding their degree program and major. In order to move forward with a minimum loss of credit hours, students are strongly recommended to choose an alternate degree program within or outside the college prior to completing 45 credit hours.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students:

All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score, minimum 48 PTE score or minimum 100 DET score; or by completing the ESL level 112 Intensive Program.

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Program content

Semester One

  • Design Foundations Studio I
  • Art History: Renaissance to Modern Art (KFA)
  • Introduction to Interior Design
  • Algebra for Calculus (KMCR) or General Psychology (DIVD) (KSS) or Introduction to Sociology (DIVD) (KSS)
  • Destination Kent State: First Year Experience

Semester Two

  • Introduction to Human Communication (KADL)
  • Interior Design Studio I
  • Representation and Visualization I

Kent Core Requirement

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Three

  • Global Architectural History I (KFA)
  • Interior Design Studio II
  • Interior Design Methods and Materials I: Interior Materials
  • Representation and Visualization II

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Four

  • Global History of Interiors
  • Interior Design Studio III
  • Interior Design Methods and Materials Ii: Building Systems and Codes
  • Design Writing for Interiors (WIC)

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Five

  • Interior Design Theory
  • Interior Design Studio IV
  • Interior Design Methods and Materials III: Lighting and Acoustics
  • Representation and Visualization III

College of Architecture and Environmental Design Upper Division (30000 or 40000 level) Elective

Semester Six

  • Interior Design Studio V
  • Variable Content Seminar in Interior Design
  • Professional Practices I

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Seven

  • Contemporary Issues and Research
  • Interior Design Methods and Materials Iv: Advanced Materials and Assemblies
  • Interior Design Studio VI

College of Architecture and Environmental Design Upper Division (30000 or 40000 level) Elective

Kent Core Requirement

Semester Eight

  • Interior Design Studio VII
  • Professional Practices II

Business Elective

Kent Core Requirement

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university's website for more information.



  • Tuition fees for Ohio residents: $11,587 USD per year
  • Tuition fees for residents of other states and international students: $20,463 USD per year



The in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study and to apply to membership in professional interior design organizations. The program meets the educational requirements for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam).

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Understand the foundations of the interior design discipline: history, theories of design, technical knowledge, human factors, human sciences, design thinking and professional practices.
  2. Understand the complex relationships between design practice, materials, technology, sustainability and social issues in the built environment.
  3. Conduct and apply technical, historical, material and cultural research, using quantitative and qualitative methods to design projects.
  4. Understand how a variety of building materials, finishes and systems are used, assembled and interconnected in construction.
  5. Skillfully manipulate two- and three-dimensional representational techniques using a wide range of media.
  6. Demonstrate effective visual, verbal and written communication skills.
  7. Contribute effectively to multidisciplinary, diverse teams prepared to practice in complex, multicultural global contexts.
  8. Create interior spaces at varying scales, in various contexts and for varying purposes, using research, critical thinking, analysis and problem solving, which respond to user needs and promote human well-being.
  9. Create interior spaces that conform with required codes, standards and regulations to protect the life, safety, health and wellness of the building occupants.
  10. Develop an ethical bearing that addresses sustainability, social justice, leadership, responsibility to clients and society and respect for difference and equity.

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Kent State University

800 E Summit St
44242 Kent Ohio
United States of America

Phone no: +1 330-672-7980

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