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

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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.


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. 

Program Requirements

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Our curriculum is based on the most recent standards set by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Learn more.

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




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.


Our degree program also requires an internship component that will provide students with necessary skills to start their career. These learning opportunities will help build skills for your future in interior design. Learn more.

Laptop Configuration

  • Operating System -  Windows 10
  • Intel i7, 64 bit Processor. (Anything in this class)
  • RAM 16 GB
  • Graphics Card - Nvidia Quadro (True Color Support would be good if you can get it)
  • Resolution - 1,920 x 1,200 or higher with true color
  • DPI Display Setting: 150% or less
  • 15" screen
  • Hard Drive - 500 GB minimum ( A solid state drive would be even better but not necessary)
  • Internal or external DVD drive
  • 3 button mouse
  • Built in wireless/ethernet
  • External hard drive to backup projects- 1 TB.
  • Lenovo - Anything that has THINK in the name. Example: ThinkPad
  • Dell - We can do it all in the laptop line, even AlienWare.
  • Apple - All Apple Laptops

Student Gallery

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Interior Design Careers

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

Residential interior design focuses on the planning or specifying of interior materials and products used in homes. Designers are trained to interview clients to help them explore in depth their needs and tutor them as to possible future requirements that will improve their lifestyle.

Kitchen and bath designers bring together knowledge of textures, colors, space, and lighting to plan and decorate kitchens and bathrooms in restaurants, homes, schools, hospitals and other spaces. This specialty also requires an understanding of the electric and plumbing systems used in kitchens and bathrooms.

Health care designers create environments for hospitals, clinics, examination rooms, surgical suites, mobile units, hospice care homes, nursing, assisted living or long-term care facilities, or any other health care environment. Design for health care facilities impacts the well-being of not only patients and their families, but also of the care provider, therefore directly impacting the quality of care.

Hospitality design focuses on environments that entertain or host the public, including nightclubs, restaurants, theaters, hotels, city and country clubs, golf facilities, cruise ships, and conference facilities. For an interior designer in this specialty, it is important to understand the client's business, including operational procedures, image and use requirements, as well as budget and financial constraints. Design solutions have to be responsive to goals, budgets, and aesthetic objectives established by the client.

Office design focuses on the public and private areas utilized by corporate and professional service firms. Office design, by its very nature, cannot be neatly categorized or defined, as there are an almost endless number of workplace types. People's offices can be found in traditional office buildings, in their homes, at a hospital nurses' station, or even in an airplane cockpit, so design must reflect this variety.

Retail design and store planning concentrate on spaces like you would find in department stores, outlets, showrooms, and shopping malls. Retail designers are not in the business of creating "pretty stores." While pretty environments are nice, pretty does not necessarily create sales-per-square-foot. Designers who successfully practice in this field must be strategic planners who understand how great retail designs are developed.

Entertainment design brings together the use of interiors, lighting, sound, and other technologies for movies, television, music videos, dramatic and musical theater, clubs, concerts, and theme parks. Designing for entertainment differs from the design of more conventional settings and often involves using your creativity to tell a story or create a separate reality.

Institutional design provides design solutions to a wide range of markets including commercial, government, educational, and healthcare organizations. For an interior designer in such a broad specialty, it is important to understand the institution and the goals that they would like the design to achieve.

Educational design is about creating an environment that supports the educational process and overall learning experience. Student performance in school has been shown to have a relationship to the quality of the building, so interior designers in this specialty will need to consider many factors of the space, including security, ergonomics, acoustics, storage, indoor air quality, and the visual environment, as all of these factors affect student performance.

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