Interior design is a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment. Interior designers combine knowledge, creativity, problem solving skills, and aesthetic vision to develop safe, functional, aesthetically pleasing environments that meet the needs of the client. Specialized knowledge includes programming, design analysis, space planning, interior construction, building codes, materials, furnishings, and equipment. Teaching in this program focuses on design education and pedagogy; design theory and application; historic preservation and conservation of the built environment; sustainable design; visual communication and technology; and indoor environmental quality.
The Interior Design program at MSU was established in 1935, and is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Summary information on job placement, graduation rates and retention/attrition are available at Student Achievement Data. Degrees offered are a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design, a Master of Arts in Environmental Design, and a Planning, Design and Construction - Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Design Concentration).