Interior Design Major

Mount Mary University’s accredited interior design program has a reputation for excellence among employers, students and peers across the country. Our program provides you with the skills you’ll need to succeed: skills in space planning, problem solving, contract preparation and material preparation. You’ll also learn how to work with professionals such as architects, engineers and building contractors.

In the classroom and labs, you’ll access the latest industry standard software, including AutoCAD, Revit and SketchUp. The interior design program has a dedicated computer drafting lab and product resource library.

Faculty also work closely with design communities and industry partners and practitioners to create networking opportunities for you to meet professionals in class and through student organization activities. Industry experts often bring their experience to class and field trips are infused throughout the program.

Many class projects consist of real spaces, are performed for actual clients and are juried by interior design practitioners. You get even more practical, real-world experience through a required internship.

Accreditation & Certification

Mount Mary’s interior design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and has been continually accredited since 1986. After completing your four-year bachelor’s degree and two years of experience, you will be eligible to take the National Council for Interior Designers Qualification (NCIDQ) Exam to become certified as a professional interior designer.

The interior design program leading to the Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Interior Design degree granted by Mount Mary University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cida.org/eligibility-requirements.

Admission & Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

Mount Mary offers an accredited four-year Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design degree. An internship is required for all interior design students. The program requires a minimum of 75 credits of interior design courses. You also need to complete the university’s core curriculum requirements. 

Consult the Undergraduate Bulletin (PDF) and Curriculum Guide list for more details on requirements and courses for this major. 

Some academic programs require a GPA higher than what is required for general admission to Mount Mary University. Contact your admission counselor for more information.

Student Achievement Data for the Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design

  • Job Placement:
    • Based on the 2016 to 2019 graduates, 88% of graduates are employed in an interior design related position.
    • 84% within 6 months of graduation had jobs in their field. 60% had full time jobs within their field by graduation.

  • Graduation Rates:
    • 90% of the students graduating between May 2015 and May 2019 that started at Mount Mary University graduated in 4 years. Those that did not were double majors, change of major, or transfer students.
  • Retention/Attrition:
    • 90% of the students enrolled during the Fall 2018 to Fall 2019 semesters returned to the program, putting attrition at 10%.

Entrepreneurship Minor for Interior Design Majors

The entrepreneurship minor is designed for non-business majors who wish to learn how to start a business in their chosen field. The minor is helpful if you want to start your own interior design business. The minor requires a minimum of 21 credits and can be earned in the traditional daytime or accelerated formats. Consult the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details on requirements and courses for this minor.

Carly Seefeldt

EVERY CLIENT COMES WITH DIFFERENT NEEDS, AND IT’S IMPORTANT AS A DESIGNER TO BE ABLE TO THINK ON YOUR FEET AND COME UP WITH CREATIVE SOLUTIONS.

Carly Seefeldt on her intership at First Supply