Interior Design

The practice of interior design at The Ohio State University includes understanding the impact of human needs and environmental conditions on potential spatial design opportunities. Students in our program apply a sophisticated level of design thinking and design research approaches to the planning and development of public and private interior environments of all scales with a strong emphasis on commercial, workplace, hospitality, educational, and healthcare-related spaces. The balance of design studio and courses that provide the technical and theoretical knowledge that is required for students to emerge as design leaders encourages students to learn and practice collaboration, sustainable design strategies, and research-based design approaches to anticipate and provide for future environmental design requirements. Our interior design program culminates in a final project that demonstrates each student's comprehensive knowledge and ability to work independently.

Career Prospects in Interior Design

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Design take positions with design consulting offices, corporate design departments, and government design agencies. Interior designers often work with architects, building owners and managers, furniture dealers and manufacturers, and contractors to plan and organize the elements of space for effective environments.

The work of design occurs in either the context of consultant design, where independent design firms provide services to clients, or in the context of corporate, governmental, or non-governmental/not-for-profit design, where design services are provided within an organization.

Consultant design offices can be as small as one person -- an office of 15-20 people is considered relatively large -- and the largest might employ 100 or more. Consultant offices may specialize in one design discipline, or even a subcategory of that specialty. Consultant offices can also be multidisciplinary, and employ designers from all categories, as well as engineers, researchers, marketing and human factors experts, etc.

Corporate design groups exist in all major industries, and employ designers of all disciplines. Organizations with large corporate facilities often maintain an internal interior design department.

Design offers many opportunities for a challenging career. Many designers begin with project work, and advance to research, coordination and management. Planning activities often place designers in the role of analyzing business trends, and establishing strategic goals for design activities. Many organizations value the contributions designers make to their businesses, and provide good opportunities for advancement.

2013–2014 Student Achievement Data

Bachelor of Science in Design (BSD) - Interior Design

  • Job Placement: Of the students who graduated in May 2014, 71% were employed upon graduation and 29% were awaiting official offers.
  • Acceptance into Graduate Programs: 100% of students from the May 2014 graduating class who applied to graduate school were accepted.
  • Graduation Rates: 80% (12 of 15) of the students from the class of 2014 graduated in 4 years.
  • Retention/Attrition: 100% of the students enrolled during the spring 2013 semester returned in autumn 2013, putting attrition at 0%.

Professional Organizations

Professional organizations play an important role in the development of design disciplines and provide valuable resources to their student and professional members. The following organizations are all relevant to Interior Design.

International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)
Retail Design Institute (RDI)
Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD)
The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Curriculum and Course Sequence

All required courses in the major programs must be taken in an exact sequence, as they are offered only once per academic year. Any student failing a required course will be removed from the major program and be required to stop the course sequence. They will then restart their program sequence by taking the course again the following academic year.

Year One

Autumn Semester
Design Foundations, 9 hours
Arts and Sciences 1100.09: College Survey, 1 hour
GE Courses, 6 hours

Spring Semester
Design Foundations, 9 hours
GE Courses, 6 hours

Year Two

Autumn Semester
Design 3102: Intro to Interior Design 1, 3 hours
Design 3200: Design Research 1 , 3 hours
Design 3400.02: Design Media 1 for Interior Design, 3 hours
GE Courses, 9 hours

Spring Semester
Design 3152: Intro to Interior Design 2, 3 hours
Design 3450.02: Design Media 2 for Interior Design, 3 hours
Design 3550.02: Materials + Processes for Interior Design, 3 hours
Design 3552: Interior Design Technology 1, 3 hours
GE Courses, 9-11 hours

Year Three

Autumn Semester
Design 4102: Intermediate Interior Design 1, 3 hours
Design 4200: Design Research 2 , 3 hours
Design 4400.02: Design Media 3 for Interior Design, 3 hours
Design 4502: Int Design Technology 2, 3 hours
GE Courses, 6 hours

Spring Semester
Design 4152: Intermediate Interior Design 2, 3 hours
Design 4650: Collaborative Design, 3 hours
Design 5750: Advanced Design History, 3 hours
Elective Courses, 6 hours

Year Four

Autumn Semester

Design 5102: Advanced Interior Design 1, 3 hours
Design 5200.02: Design Research 3 for Interior Design, 3 hours
Design 5502: Int Design Technology 3, 3 hours

GE Courses, 6 hours

Spring Semester
Design 5152: Advanced Interior Design 2, 3 hours
Design 5552: Int Design Technology 4, 3 hours
Design 4750: Professional Practices (weeks 1 to 7), 3 hours
GE Courses, 7 hours

Suggested Electives

Design 4797: Study Tour
Design 4998: Undergraduate Scholarship 1
Design 4998H: Honors Undergraduate Scholarship 1
Design 4999: Undergraduate Scholarship 2
Design 4999H: Honors Undergraduate Scholarship 2
Design 5191: Internship
Design 5193: Individual Studies
Design 5194: Group Studies
Design 5600E: Design Matters (Honors Embedded)
Design 5600S: Design Matters (Service)
*Arch 2220: Sustainability and the Built Environment
*Arch 2300: Outlines of the Built Environment
*Arch 2310: Introduction to Design
*Arch 4798: Study Tour
*Arch 5110: History of Architecture 1
*Arch 5120: History of Architecture 2

* For information about courses outside of the Department of Design, please search the Course Catalog.