In KCAD's Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree program, students focus
on creative problem solving to enhance the function and aesthetic quality of interior
environments and study universal and sustainable design principles in residential
and commercial projects.
Located in the heart of the contract and home furnishings industry and accredited
by The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the program has established
a consistently high professional placement record among its alumni. Students to gain
firsthand knowledge of the profession through field trips, internships, and other
educational experiences with furniture manufacturers, design firms, furniture dealerships,
and architectural firms.
While earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, you’ll learn how to use
creative problem solving and design thinking to explore the function, aesthetic appeal,
sustainability, and user experience of interior environments. Through collaborative
and individual learning experiences that emphasize place-making and human-centered
design, you’ll be immersed in a studio culture that addresses both local and global
design challenges through a diverse range of project typologies, including residential,
workplace, education, healthcare, and hospitality. At the same time, your explorations
will expand your knowledge of design, drawing, color, digital and hand rendering,
drafting, and industry software.
You’ll also round your education out with a wide range of general education and art
history courses that will stimulate your curiosity, broaden your perspective, and
inspire new creative expressions. KCAD’s flexibleGeneral Education Pathwaysmodel empowers you to direct your learning by exploring subjects you find most engaging
You’ll graduate from the Interior Design degree program prepared to identify and implement
innovative and creative human-centered design solutions that not only meet clients’
needs but contribute to the advancement of the profession. You’ll build a diverse
skill set that blends design fundamentals, critical thinking, analytical reasoning,
creative problem solving, industry standard software proficiency, and clear visual
and verbal communication skills. By expanding your understanding of the ethical and
environmental implications of design, you’ll be able to look at the big picture and
develop innovative solutions that respond to the social, physical, and psychological
impacts of the built environment.
KCAD’s Interior Design degree program has been continuously accredited by the Council
for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA - formerly FIDER) since 1974 and has a consistently
high professional placement record among its alumni. That means you’ll benefit from
a rich history of accreditation and accomplishment that serves as a framework for
the comprehensive curriculum offered in the program today.
What’s more, KCAD’s location in the heart of the contract furniture industry has fostered
strong industry relationships that enable opportunities for design and research professionals
to share their knowledge and experience with you. In addition to your course work,
you’ll gain knowledge of the profession through field trips, internships, and educational
experiences involving interior design, architecture, and furniture companies.
As a graduate of the Interior Design degree program, your versatile skill set will
prepare you for a variety of careers. As a student, you’ll be eligible to take the
Interior Design Fundamental Exam (IDFX), the first part of the three-section NCIDQ
exam that’s recognized in North America as the qualifying exam for the interior design
profession. You’ll emerge from the program well positioned for professional success.
Possible careers include:
Commercial Interior Designer
Residential Interior Designer
Contract Furniture Design
Kitchen and Bath Design
As a student in the Interior Design Program, you’ll benefit from a strong and well
established relationship and commitment to the International Interior Design Association
(IIDA). You’ll be encouraged to be actively involved with the KCAD IIDA student chapter,
taking advantage of competitions, scholarships, and networking opportunities that
are regularly integrated into the program curriculum. Both the KCAD Green Council
student organization and local nonprofit West Michigan Sustainable Business forum
also offer a number of ways to broaden your understanding of sustainability by participating
in initiatives on and off of campus.
When it comes to hands-on interaction, you’ll have at your fingertips both theInterior Design Resource Room, containing more than 1,500 reference and material samples from industry leading
manufacturers, andThe Dow Center FlexLab, KCAD’s state-of-the-art digital fabrication facility featuring 3D printers and scanners,
laser cutting and vinyl cutting machines, wide format printers, and more. There's
also theKCAD Library, which provides access to millions of books through the MeLCat shared library catalog
as well as access to specialized research databases and subscriptions to scholarly
As a graduate of the Interior Design program, you'll be prepared to plan, design,
and furnish the interiors of homes and public spaces. You’ll design offices, retail
stores, restaurants and hotels, schools, and healthcare settings. You may work in
an architecture or interior design firm, specialize in kitchen and bath design, work
for a furniture manufacturer or dealership, or be an interior product manufacturer’s
representative. You may be the boss, contribute great design solutions to a team,
or be an expert in design thinking. Anything is possible.