Interior Design

Interior design is based on solving problems related to the quality of people’s physical environment within a structure to achieve interior space.  These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants, and are aesthetically appealing.  Students in Purdue’s interior design program develop the analytical skills and gain the experience to plan commercial, institutional, healthcare, retail, and residential interiors.  This program aims to develop students as creative designers who can formulate, propose, and execute creative design solutions for the physical, social, and psychological needs of a changing society influenced by rapid changes in technology.  Purdue’s interior design program is CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) accredited .

Points of Pride

  • Interior Design is one of the majors housed in the new Visual and Performing Arts Building, a state-of-the-art facility built specifically for the visual and performing arts at Purdue. The building includes computer labs built specifically for the interior design program.
  • The interior design program was ranked nationally by Design Intelligence: the Almanac of Architecture and Design.
  • Purdue has a student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers.      

Special note regarding portfolio review - An art portfolio is not required to begin this major. However, students are required to pass a selective portfolio review in the spring of their sophomore year to advance to upper level design and complete this major. Selection is competitive and is based on the student’s work in Purdue art and design courses and development as a designer. Students not selected for upper level Interior Design work with their academic advisor to change to their second choice major.


  • Interior or architectural design firms, various positions
  • Design positions that focusing on lighting, kitchens and baths, facilities planning, or the furniture industry
  • Showroom manager
  • Consultant

Plan of Study

A Grade of "C" or Better is required in all courses listed above in areas A, B, and C in order to advance.

A. Art & Design Core (12)

AD 10500 Design I
AD 10600 Design II
AD 11300 Basic Drawing (Aesthetic Awareness)
AD 22700 History of Art Since 1400

B. Industrial Design Core (36)

AD 12500 Intro to Interior Design
AD 13000 Interior Design Communication
AD 23000 Interior Design I
AD 24000 Interior Drafting & Drawing
AD 25000 Interior Design II
AD 32000 Interior Lighting Design
AD 33000 Interior Design III
AD 35000 Interior Design IV
AD 38500 History of Interior Design
AD 43000 Interior Design V
AD 44000 Interior Detail & Construction
AD 48500 History of Contemporary Interiors

C. Industrial Design Supportive Requirements (24-27)

AD 23400 Art & Design Internship Preparation**
AD 26000 CAD for Interiors
AD 28500 Interior Components & Materials
AD 32400 (2) Textiles for interiors & (1) AD 22400 (Co-req)
AD 39700 Sustainability in the Built Environment
AD 46500 Professional Practice
AD 47800 Internship or Co-op Program (0 credits)**
AD 47800 Internship in Art & Design
BCM 23000 Mechanical & Electrical Systems
CGT 26200 Introduction to Construction Graphics
CGT 36000 Applications of Construction Documents

**A&D 47800 Internship (min 2 credits) or AD 19100, 19200, 19300, 19400 Co-op Required

Mandatory portfolio reviews are required during the spring semester of the sophomore year. Students must pass this review in order to advance to the next level of Interior Design courses. 

Program Course Requirements (57-58 credits): (See PDF for full list here)

ONE of the following:

ENGL 10600 First Year Composition
ENGL 10800 Accelerated First Year Composition

COM 1140 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Other Language (12) (Proficiency through level IV in one language)
West Heritage
United States Tradition
Other Cultures
Aesthetic Awareness
Racial and Ethnic Diversity
Gender Issues
Social Ethics
Individual and Society
Global Perspective
Natural Sciences
Natural Sciences Lab

Electives (20-21 credits)

University Core Requirements

Courses selected above must meet the following University Core Requirements:

Human Cultures Humanities
Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
Information Literacy
Science Selective
Science Selective
Science Technology Society Selective
Written Communication
Oral Communication
Quantitative Reasoning

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