Interior Design

Body

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.

Advanced

Tab Header
Curriculum and Course Sequence

Text

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

Text

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

Text

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

Text

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

Text

Technology Requirements

Students in the Department of Design at The Ohio State University are required to have their own laptop computers after being admitted into one of our major programs. We do not make recommendations of specific computers, but students pursuing a major in Interior Design will need a machine that is capable of meeting the technology specifications of the following softwares:

Media
Image
woman in white shirt using smartphone. Photo by Bruce Mars on Unsplash.
Text

Students should check with The Office of the CIO prior to purchasing software for site licensed software that is available at discounted prices for students.

Students should check Tech Hub for prices.

Tech Hub is the Ohio State campus computer store. Get software and hardware at or below academic discounted pricing. They work with students, faculty and staff for personal and departmental orders. A variety of Apple, Dell and HP hardware is available including laptops, iPads, tablets, desktops, accessories and add-ons. A variety of software is available including Microsoft, Adobe, EndNote/Reference Manager and more. Tech Hub prices extended to students, faculty and staff with a valid Ohio State BuckID.

Accordion Header
Student Achievement Data

Text

2018-2019 Academic Year

  • Job Placement: 92%
  • Graduate Program Acceptance: 100% of students who applied.
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: TBD 
  • Retention: 100% of the students enrolled during the previous academic year returned.

​​​​​​​2017-2018 Academic Year

  • Job Placement: 87%
  • Graduate Program Acceptance: 100% of students who applied.
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 80% 
  • Retention: 100% of the students enrolled during the previous academic year returned.
Text

CIDA Accreditation Status

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Science in 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 Bachelor of Science in Design granted by The Ohio State Univieristy meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.

Text

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.

Media
Image
Alumna Brooke Somogyi (BSD, 2017) with colleagues at Design Group.
Media
Image
Alumna Christa Christian (BSD, 2011) working for multi-disciplinary firm with a specialization in senior living communities.
Pull Quote
According to Coroflot's latest Design Salary Guide, the median salary for an Interior Designer is $50,200.
Text

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)

Text

Alumni Spotlight


Paul Benson

BSD - Interior Design, 2009

  • Principal Designer, Primate Studio

Paul Benson’s work spans a wide spectrum of environments, both physical and digital. His Emmy Award winning work often includes broadcast news set designs, events, and tour experiences. He cares about improving spaces, places, and experiences. Paul Benson is the principal designer at Primate Studio, based in New York City. 

Media
Image
Paul Benson

Accordion Header
Who hired our Interior Designers after graduation?

Text
  • Continental Office, 
Columbus, OH
  • The Prestige Group, 
New York, NY
  • Mitsch Design, Indianapolis, IN
  • Judith Politi, Columbus, OH
  • Francescas Interior Design Studio, Stuart, FL
  • Gensler, Oakland, CA
  • DesignGroup, Columbus, OH
  • Shrekshock, Columbus, OH
  • RRM Design Group, 
San Luis Obispo, CA
  • D Hospitality, Hillard, OH
Text
  • SmithGroupJJR, Chicago, IL
  • Continental Office, 
Columbus, OH
  • MicroCenter, Columbus, OH
  • Design Blitz, San Francisco, CA
  • APG Office Furnishings, Cleveland, OH
  • Dupler Office, Columbus, OH
  • Park West Gallery, 
Australia and Caribbean
  • Chute Gerdeman, 
Columbus, OH
  • King Business Interiors, Columbus, OH
  • Meyers + Associates, Columbus, OH
  • Archiland,, Singapore
  • Moody Nolan, Columbus, OH
Text
  • Continental Office, 
Columbus, OH
  • Gensler, New York, NY
  • The Gettys Group, Chicago, IL
  • Roto Group LLC, Dublin, OH
  • Shrekshock, Columbus, OH
  • Roto Group LLC, Dublin, OH
  • 801 Creative, Columbus, OH
  • Neighborhood Design Center, Columbus, OH
  • Red Architecture + Planning, Columbus, OH
  • D Hospitality, Hillard, OH
  • Compose Brand and Environment, West Point, NY
  • BLDG Ltd., Washington, D.C.