Our program provides resilient, sustainable, and adaptive design solutions that enhance the function, safety, and aesthetic quality of indoor environments as a professional interior designer. Our bachelor’s degree in interior design will prepare you for an exciting and challenging career in a variety of settings like commercial offices, health care facilities, hospitality (restaurant and hotel), store planning, and much more.
As one of our students, you’ll develop strong visual design skills, which you’ll use to produce the drawings, structural models, computer simulations, or full-scale prototypes you’ll work on as a professional. You’ll also gain the verbal skills you’ll need when working with clients, contractors, architects, and others involved in design projects. Our curriculum focuses on global diversity and universal design, or design that is accessible to all people, as well as creating sustainable interiors. You’ll apply these lessons to professional experiences because we are one of the few programs in the country that will pair you with real-world clients.
Learn in a Collaborative Atmosphere
You’ll work in a stimulating studio setting, where the learning is collective, cooperative, and competitive. You'll work closely with professors on projects that develop in size and complexity throughout your education.
Work with State-of-the-Art Technology
Ball State's interior design program is committed to staying in touch with evolving technology such as AutoDesk Revit Architecture and Adobe Creative Suite.
Gain Experience with Real Clients
Through our University Design Center, you’ll work directly with clients to design their spaces during your junior and senior years.
Connect with Others through the IDA
The Interior Design Alliance student organization gives you the opportunity for professional growth and to connect with other students, faculty members, and professionals.
The interior design program leading to the BS and BA is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Cesar E. Chavez Ave SW, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The BA and BS degrees granted by Ball State University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.
Our degree program also requires an internship component that provides students with the necessary skills to launch successful careers. Learn more.
Before purchasing a computer, read our computer requirements for best results using Autodesk Revit and Navisworks applications. Learn more.
Portfolio Review Process
Entry-level students pursuing interior design must complete a supplemental application process and secure admission into the Pre-Interior Design Program. For more information about the supplemental admission process, please log on to bsu.edu/admissions. Interior Design students are placed in the Pre-Interior Design program for the first year. Approval to pursue the Interior Design major requires the submission of a portfolio during the spring semester of the first year.
We require 1st-year students to submit a portfolio of graphic works to demonstrate creativity and skills acquired during the first year. The portfolio includes selected projects from courses taken during the fall and spring semesters. Spring semester projects will be as “work in progress” accomplished during January and February. The best portfolios include diverse content and devote more attention to creative talents as well as technical abilities.
Portfolio Review Process
Enjoy this sampling of work from our talented students.
Take the Next Step
If you’d like to learn more about our Bachelor of Interior Design degree, complete our online form. Or one of the best ways to get a true feel for Ball State is to see it for yourself, so schedule a visit today! And if you’re ready to apply, review our admission requirements and complete our online application.