Interior Design Degree

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Create Inspiring Spaces

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How it looks. How it feels. How it works. Creating inspiring spaces that make the best possible use of available space is the core of interior design. When form and function come together in perfect symmetry, they transform an environment into a place that instills a deep sense of harmony for its inhabitants.

Interior Design Program Overview

As a student in the Interior Design Program, you’ll receive one-on-one attention from instructors who are highly qualified working industry professionals. They’ll teach you the essential elements of interior design including drafting, proper selection of furniture, fixtures and equipment, construction document implementation, and much more. Working with students from all walks of life will give you the benefit of a myriad of different perspectives to build your work as an artist.

You’ll graduate confident in the skills you’ve acquired and prepared to successfully enter the field of Interior Design.

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Interior Design Program Highlights

Hospitality Design

Students understand the physical, psychological, cultural and social considerations of designing hospitality projects, including lobbies, restaurants and retail using collaborative approaches and research methods. 

Construction Documents + Contracts

Students understand interior construction and its interrelationship with base building construction and systems.

Manual Drafting + Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Students use CAD systems as a drafting/design tool for interior design. Areas of study include CAD systems (hardware, software, procedures, and standards) and terminology as applied to architectural drawing types.

Upon successful completion, students will have acquired the necessary manual drafting skills and understanding of drawing conventions to apply to future studies in interior design.

Environmental + Human Behavior

Students apply the principles of acoustics, thermal comfort, indoor air quality and water and waste management in relation to environmental impact and human well-being.

Space Planning

Students will learn how to plan common residential and commercial spaces with considerations for physical and psychological factors, spatial relationships, functionality, safety, accessibility and specific needs.

Lighting Design

Students apply the principles and theories of light and color effectively in relation to environmental impact and human wellbeing.

Liberal Arts

The Liberal Arts curriculum is an exciting part of every student’s academic and creative journey at RMCAD. These courses provide the opportunity for students to engage with complex questions and ideas to develop critical thinking skills, a global consciousness, and awareness of art historical foundations that are essential for their intellectual, creative, and personal growth.

Global Consciousness

The curious engagement with communities, perspectives, and narratives that do not match our own offers the opportunity to see one’s personal and creative role in our local, national, and global communities. 

Critical Awareness

The willingness to ask questions and resist easy answers & simplistic dualities offers the opportunity to more clearly understand the complexity and multifaceted reality of history, creativity, and human communities. 

Information Literacy

The ability to read closely, critique freely, and seek additional verifiable information offers the opportunity to more holistically discern the veracity of the information that inundates our lives.

Interior Design Degree Requirements

RMCAD’s Interior Design Bachelor’s Degree curriculum encompasses a variety of disciplines that include elements of architecture, environmental design, graphic design, and industrial design to give students a broad base of knowledge to draw upon.

* RMCAD offers classes year-round in both on-campus and online delivery formats. At RMCAD, we believe that online learning is an important part of the overall college learning experience. To provide students multiple scheduling options, diverse learning modalities, and experience in the virtual environment, all on-campus students are required to take part in online education.

Accreditation Information

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RMCAD’s Interior Design Program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), so you can confidently enter the industry as a professional after you graduate. Learn more about RMCAD’s accreditations here

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RMCAD’s Interior Design classes are structured to cumulatively increase in difficulty as the courses progress, in order to help students accumulate the skills necessary to successfully build beautiful, functional spaces. With a focus on sustainable design that is environmentally responsible, students come away with an ethical and mindful eye for design and the planet.

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Interior Design Careers

RMCAD Interior Design graduates are making their mark one great looking space at a time across several industries. Take a look at potential career opportunities!

Potential Career Paths

Student Work + Success

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Interior Design Faculty

You’ll receive support from experienced instructors with real world experience transforming spaces into beautiful places.

Interior Design Events

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