Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts Department of Art and DesignCollege of Liberal Arts

Exploration. Critical thinking. Transformative environments.

We spend 90% of our time in interior spaces. The Purdue University Interior Design (INTD) program develops creative designers who can formulate, communicate, and execute evidence-based design solutions for the physical, social, and psychological needs of society. 

Purdue's interior design undergraduate program is CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) accredited and gives students a sound background in understanding the design process, from research and analysis of the client's goals and requirements, to the formulation of preliminary space plans and two- and three-dimensional design concept studies and sketches that integrate the client's program needs and are based on knowledge of the principles of interior design and theories of human behavior. This process is refined in the program through design presentations and construction documents necessary to implement solutions. Students are also formed into teams for approaching design solutions in cooperative groups.

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, textiles, 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. Below are a few examples of comprehensive design studio work:




Undergraduate Plan of Study

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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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