The Interior Design Program prepares students for entry-level residential design and sales positions in retail stores and design studios, and commercial design positions in office dealerships and corporate facilities. Graduates of the Interior Design Program are employed by interior design firms, furniture stores, flooring stores, paint and decorating centers, building centers, kitchen and bath design firms, office dealerships, and corporations as in-house interior designers.
Interior designers confer with clients to determine the purpose and function of the environment, style preferences, budget, types of construction, equipment to be installed, and other factors which affect planning interior environments. They integrate findings with their knowledge of interior design and formulate plans to be practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity or improving the life-style of occupants. Interior designers advise clients on interior design factors such as space planning, the layout and utilization of furnishings and equipment, color schemes and coordination, and the selection of interior components. They estimate material requirements and costs, prepare drawings and materials for presentation to the client for approval and coordinate the implementation of al phases of the design project.
Successful interior designers are creative and visually sensitive individuals who enjoy working with people and the components of interior design. They are organized and decisive with the ability to follow through on all tasks, as well as effective sales-oriented communicators.