Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and PerformanceDepartment of Art and DesignCollege of Liberal Arts

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Purdue's accredited Interior Design program develops creative designers who can formulate, communicate, and execute evidence-based environmental design solutions for the physical, social, and psychological needs of society. 

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) curriculum, accredited by both CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) and NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) gives students a sound background in understanding the interior design process; from research and analysis of client goals and needs to ideation and synthesis of realized spaces. Students formulate preliminary models, conceptual sketches, space plans, construction drawings and presentation boards all while thoughtfully integrating, context, theories of human behavior and the over-arching elements and principles of design.

Career Opportunities

Students in Purdue's interior design program develop the analytical skills and gain the experience to work in commercial, institutional, healthcare, retail, and residential market sectors. Courses in art and architectural history, building construction, and professional practice are complemented by field trips and presentations by practicing designers, forging industry relationships which develop into employment opportunities. The required internship or co-op course prepares students to enter this challenging profession with valued work experience.  Expertise gained through the program can also be applied in employment opportunities such as product representatives, commercial furniture specialists, and consultants.

Design for People in Mind

Coursework encompasses creative exploration, professional preparation, technical information, and skills with emphases on interior construction, building systems, codes, equipment, and components as well as accessibility, environmental, and sustainability strategies.

Introductory courses begin with basic drawing, design, and drafting, and are followed by a sequential series of studio classes on increasingly complex projects. Students learn rapid sketching techniques, model making, computer-aided design, lighting design, presentation techniques, and construction documents necessary to implement solutions. 



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The Interior Design program at Purdue University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. 


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