Interior Design student in studio working on a design project

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.

Shireen Kanakri in the classroom

Achieving Academic Excellence
Shireen Kanakri

Children with autism can be especially sensitive to their surroundings. Professor Shireen Kanakri’s life mission is to find out how we can use color, lighting, sound, and more to make kids on the spectrum comfortable. Learn more about her work.

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.

The University Design Center faculty members and students work closely with organizations and businesses to provide Interior Design and Space Planning services in Indiana. Businesses benefit from our experienced faculty and motivated students to tackle real-world design challenges.

The Interior Design Summer Workshop provides high school students with 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 this 10-day workshop, you will 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.

Currently, the Ball State Interior Design Advisory Board consists of 46 members from over 30 diverse design-related firms. It is the responsibility of the Interior Design Advisory Board to aid, support, and promote the Interior Design Program at Ball State University and beyond.

Mission

The mission of the Interior Design Program at Ball State University is to prepare undergraduate students to solve design problems for all spaces within environments built for human habitation and to individualize instruction in design process, new technologies, and human needs that defines a changing world. Learn more.

Program Requirements

Accreditation

The interior design program leading to the BA and BS is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Avenue, 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 granted by Ball State University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). Go to NCIDQ Exam Eligibility Requirements to learn more about the visit.

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Completing our program will earn you either a bachelor of arts or bachelor of science in interior design.

Credits

120

Courses

A few of the courses you will take include:

  • Graphic Communication
  • Sustainable Interiors
  • Universal Design
  • Color and Light
  • Furniture Design

Our curriculum also includes six interior design studio courses (18 credits) and at least two approved electives (6 credits) in areas such as art, architecture, construction management, or marketing.

For a complete list of all the courses you will take, their descriptions, and additional course requirements, please view our Course Catalog. Or download our eight-semester plan to see a full program of study.

Internship

Our degree program also requires an internship component that provides students with the necessary skills to launch successful careers. These learning opportunities will help build skills for your future in interior design. Learn more.

Computer and Software

Interior design students use Autodesk Revit and Adobe Creative Cloud applications to complete course assignments for the major in addition to Microsoft Office applications for other class assignments. For this major, choosing a Microsoft Windows/PC Laptop with an intermediate to advanced configuration with additional memory will is the best choice. Purchasing a computer with an advanced configuration will accommodate the processing demands required of the software and from the creative projects you will create as you advance through the program. 

Before making a computer purchase, review the system requirements for Auto desk Revit. Select Autodesk Revit System Requirements. For the best computing results, review the specifications for either Value: Balanced price and performance, OR Performance: Large, complex models. Do not select the first choice in the list for a Minimum: Entry-Level Configuration, as these specs will ultimately not have enough processing power to produce your course projects long-term.

Technicians within Hardware Repair are certified to provide students with convenient on-campus support for Lenovo Think-branded computers, Dell computers, and Apple computers. 

You will use Autodesk Revit and Adobe Creative Cloud applications to complete course assignments.

Once have a computer, create a personal Autodesk account. This action connects you to the Autodesk community. Next, go to the Autodesk Education Community, and then follow the directions for downloading the software as an enrolled student. 

As an enrolled student, you can use Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus for no charge and Adobe Creative Cloud requires an annual subscription. Learn more.

Student Gallery

Enjoy this sampling of work from our talented students.

Interior Design Careers

Interior designers often design both residential and business settings, although some choose to specialize in certain areas. Learn more.

Paying for College

Apply to Ball State

Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all applications on an individual basis. Applying is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.

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More Information

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