Registration For Spring and Summer Is Now Open.

Choose from three online and one on-campus sessions for Spring and Summer 2021

If you are a high school student or know one who has an interest in pursuing interior design at the college level, make plans to attend one of the workshops in 2021!

The Youth Interior Design Forum (YIDF) is a workshop open to high school students of any grade level and gives them the opportunity to experience interior design firsthand. The workshop blends tradition and innovation in creative learning, covering areas in applied critical thinking and exploration with materials. During the workshop, students explore the fundamentals of 2D and 3D concepts, learn basic drawing and illustration skills, play with color use and light effects, and learn how interior environments affect human behavior. Upon completion, students will have a portfolio of work (a required component for the application for many accredited college interior design programs), an official certificate of completion, and a waiver for an interior design 3-credit hour elective course if the student decides to apply and major in Interior Design at Ball State University.  

"I found this workshop valuable because in a single month I got an inside look on what interior design is, and the process designers go through in transforming a plain room into a gorgeous space that you can’t look away from. From a mission statement to a finish floor plan, you really learn all the steps to complete a project."
- Kayleigh

forum participants explore design process, concept development, graphic communication, lighting design, materials and furniture selections/specifications, perspective drawings and much more. Professors and teaching assistants walk students through the process from the beginning to the end. Students also have the opportunity to learn from industry veterans representing design firms and organizations while creative industry leaders from around the country host guest lectures and Q+A sessions with students.

"This workshop gave me an idea of what the Interior Design curriculum is like. I also learned about things that I never would have known until I get into college. The workshop gave me knowledge to bring into college that my peers won’t have."
- Olivia 


  • Three credit hours of program elective course will be waived, if the student decides to come to Ball State for their undergraduate degree and study in interior design.
  • Many interior design programs in the U.S. require the submission of a graphic portfolio for admission. Through this workshop, participants will have created a major piece of their portfolio that can be used when applying to these programs.
  • Students completing this workshop will gain knowledge and understanding of the design process in the field of interior design giving them a jumpstart in courses and confidence to advance.
  • Students completing this workshop are less likely to change their major at the end of first year, if they start interior design at college level. 

Student Projects


The online forum workshops will use Canvas and WebEx or Zoom. Canvas provides a password protected online environment where the students can submit their work and communicate with the professor and fellow students using discussion boards, chat rooms, and centralized email (Canvas Conversations). WebEx and Zoom allows us to meet with everyone in the workshop online without leaving the comforts of the home, but still allows the feeling of face to face interaction. The online workshops are synchronous (where everyone logs on to participate and meet at certain time of the day).

"This workshop allowed me to experience the world of interior design in a quicker form than a regular course. The friendly critiques and the relaxed environment encouraged me to put in the work and be proud of my final project. It solidified my desire to pursue interior design in college."
- Avonlea

To Register

The sessions will be limited to 15 students each so apply early to ensure your space in the session of your choice. See a sample schedule (PDF).

Online Workshop Dates

  • Session 1
    January 18 – March 26 (10 weeks – will meet in the evenings and weekends on specific days)
  • Session 2
    June 14 – July 9 (Meetings M-F for 2 hours a day)
  • Session 3
    July 12 – August 6 (Meetings M-F for 2 hours a day)

The workshop fee is $800 and may be paid in the following installments: 

Payment Options
Sessions Registration First Payment Final Payment
January 18-March 26
10 Weeks
$100 November 1
December 1
June 14-July 9
4 weeks
$100 March 1
May 1
July 12-August 6
4 weeks
$100 May 1
June 1

The on-campus forum workshop will be offered summer 2021 and will have all of the same elements of the online sessions, but at a much more accelerated pace. This workshop will provide students with new perspectives, new friends, and a personal portfolio full of ideas.

Additional opportunities around campus will allow students to build lasting friendships and experience living on a college campus. Sample activities include an afternoon of shopping, movie night, bowling night, and use of recreational facilities on campus for swimming, fitness, weights, ping-pong, and tennis.

If you are a high school student or know one who has an interest in pursuing interior design at the college level, make plans to attend one of the workshops in 2021!

"I found this workshop valuable because it helped me figure out that interior design is what I am interested in, and it gave me an opportunity to design a restaurant on my own."
- Callie

On-campus workshop dates

Friday June 18 – Sunday June 27

To Register

The on-campus session is limited to 12 students, so apply early to ensure your place in the studio. For planning purposes only, the workshop fee is $1250. The fee will cover your housing accommodation in the campus dorms, a customized course book, drafting supplies/tools, and transportation to field trips in Muncie and Indianapolis. The fee does not cover meals. We suggest budgeting $20-$25 per day to purchase your meals from on-campus dining facilities. See sample schedule here.

Payment options

  • Registration: $100
  • March 1st: $500*
  • May 1st: $650

*if you register after March 1st you will pay $600

For questions about the workshop, call 765-285-1471 or email The Interior Design program at Ball State is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design (NASAD).