Interior Design: BID
The interior design program at Utah State University is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the first in the state to gain this recognition, and has a solid reputation for winning national and international design competitions. The Bachelor's of Interior Design degree (BID) is a four-year degree and students complete 120 semester credits. In this highly competitive technical program students must pass a first-year portfolio review to gain admission and complete a second-year review to continue in the program. A minimum six-week internship is required during the summer of the third year, and students have the opportunity to pass the LEED Green Associate exam, before graduating with a Bachelor of Interior Design degree. Our faculty are experts at preparing interior designers for professional success.
Students are provided with numerous experiences to help them acquire and hone their design skills, and each year we bring internationally renowned designers and architects to campus to work with our students. National and international study opportunities to significant design venues and historical sites are also provided. Students are active in professional associations including ASID, IIDA, and USGBC. Students may also desire continue their studies in architecture and apply for a graduate program that best fits their goals. Our graduates enter the job market with real-world experience, go on to successful careers, and become leaders in the design profession.
With a degree in interior design, students are qualified to pursue a variety of graduate programs, including architecture, or they may pursue the following careers:
- Residential interior design
- Commercial interior design
- Manufacture’s sales representative
- Design analysis
- Space planning
- Event planning
- Interior construction
- Architectural firms
- Building codes
- Designing furnishings
Career Services provides counseling and information on hundreds of job and internship opportunities and even helps students apply and interview.
In addition to Utah State University’s admissions requirements, the interior design program has additional requirements:
- Freshman: New freshmen admitted to USU in good standing qualify for admission as pre-majors.. New freshman will follow the 4-year plan as outlined in the USU Catalog. Go to catalog.usu.edu. Click on Caine College of the Arts. Incoming freshman will submit a portfolio in March of their freshman year for admittance to the Interior Design program. The portfolio consists of work completed in first-year classes. Students should be prepared for a competitive portfolio process.
- Transfer Students: Transfer students from other institutions and students transferring from other USU majors are required to have a GPA of 2.75 and will start as a pre-program interior design student. Pre-program students will take a series of required art, art history, and interior design classes in the first two semesters. In spring semester, students will submit a portfolio that is based on the work they do in these classes. It is a competitive portfolio process and admittance is not guaranteed. Interior Design credits from other institutions are not accepted. Students interested in transferring to the Interior Design program are encouraged to make an appointment with an academic advisor.
International students have additional admissions requirements.
Students entering sophomore-level interior design courses must have their own laptop computer. Specifications for the laptop will be provided by the program, and required software will be made available through a special leasing program.
Students must participate in an internship before graduation. This internship is an extensive, real-world learning experience that most students complete during the summer of their junior year.
Professional Organizations, Honor Societies, and Clubs
International Interior Design Association: IIDA is a professional networking and educational association that strives to create a strong niche for the most talented and visionary interior design professionals, to elevate the profession to the level it warrants, and to lead the way for the next generation of interior design innovators. IIDA stands at the intersection of passion and strategy where designers create extraordinary interiors and experiences.
American Society of Interior Designers: ASID is the oldest, largest, and leading professional organization for interior designers. The society's members work in all areas of both commercial and residential design. Professional members of ASID must pass rigorous acceptance standards: they must have a combination of accredited design education and/or full-time work experience and pass a two-day accreditation examination administered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification.
Labs, Centers, Research
With the second oldest undergraduate research program in the nation, USU offers students a wide range of opportunities to gain hands-on research experience. USU’s Honors Program prepares students for excellent graduate programs by helping them build relationships with professors, participate in research projects, take smaller, more intensive classes, and develop leadership skills.
Tippetts Exhibit Hall: A 4,500-square-foot open space with movable display walls, the Tippetts Exhibit Hall supports art exhibits of all types and styles and serves as one of the main display venues for the Art Department and Interior Design program.
Office: UR 117
Phone: (435) 797-8096
Peer Advisor (prospective students only)
Office: UR 109