Chase Ancel - Interior Design
Anna Huntman - Interior Design
Jamie Ball - Interior Design
Isabelle McIntosh - Interior Design
Sara Petoskey - Interior Design
Averie Harris - Interior Design
Sylvia Wroby - Interior Design
Mackenzie Quinn - Interior Design
Elizabeth McGovern - Interior Design
Andria Dolphin - Interior Design
Sean Guirey - Interior Design
Claire Korhorn - Interior Design
Kathryn Crothers - Interior Design
Christian Merriam - Interior Design
Katelyn Grochowalski - Interior Design
The Interior Design program is one of the oldest established majors at KCAD, with a continual high professional placement record among its alumni. The Interior Design program has been accredited by The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) since the early 70s. CIDA is the only accrediting body for interior design programs in the United States and Canada.
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. Their work is comprehensive, incorporating design, drawing, art history, general education, technical skills, and interior design knowledge.
The Interior Design faculty members are practitioners as well as educators and believe that the broad cultural aspects of education and the specialized content unique to interior design are essential to a well-educated student and professional.
KCAD is located in the heart of the contract and home furnishings industry. In addition to course work, students gain knowledge of the profession through field trips, internships, and other educational experiences with furniture manufacturers, design firms, furniture dealerships, and architectural firms.
As a student in the Interior Design program, 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 flexible General Education Pathways model empowers you to direct your learning by exploring subjects you find most engaging and relevant.
You’ll graduate from the Interior Design 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 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 (90% of 2017 graduates were employed in the field by the time they received their degree). 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 program, your versatile skill set will prepare you for a variety of careers working in commercial or residential interior design, retail design, hospitality or healthcare design, education design, contract furniture design, or kitchen and bath design, to name a few.In addition, the increasing need for universal, sustainable, and evidenced-based design will ensure that you’ll have plenty of new avenues and opportunities available to you.
You’ll emerge from the program well positioned for professional success. 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.
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 KCAD’s Material ConneXion Satellite Library, which offers direct access to more than 1,000 physical samples of advanced, innovative, and sustainable materials as well as online access to over 7,000 more, and the Interior Design Resource Room, containing more than 1,500 reference and material samples from industry leading manufacturers. There’s also The 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; and the KCAD 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 journals.
View the 2020-2021 KCAD College Catalog for a list of current courses.
Lee Davis M.A.
Mary Ellen Fritz
As a graduate of the Interior Design program, you’ll be prepared to plan the space and furnish the interiors of private homes, public buildings, and business and institutional facilities, including offices, restaurants, retail establishments, hospitals, hotels, and theaters.
You may work in an architectural or interior design firm, a retail furniture or lighting store, a furniture manufacturer, or a contract furniture dealership.