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

Employment Info & Opportunities

Student Achievement

It typically takes a full-time student four years to complete the BFA degree program. The following data were collected using exit interviews with the graduating classes from May 2015, 2016, and 2017 and self-reported employment data on 

Graduation Rates
Of the students graduating in 2017, 87% graduated in 4 years, 13% graduated in 5 years (students had transferred into interior design from another major).

Student Attrition and Retention
100% of students admitted into the professional program (post-portfolio review) in the spring of 2015 returned for their final semester in the spring of 2017.
100% of students admitted into the professional program (post-portfolio review) in the spring of 2014 returned for their final semester in the spring of 2016.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs
5 students who graduated between 2015 - 2017 applied for graduate programs in interior design and/or architecture, all 5 were accepted into at least one program for an acceptance rate of 100%.

Job Placement Rates
75% of students who graduated in 2017 had accepted a full-time position prior to graduation. 20% were actively interviewing at the time of graduation.
88% of students who graduated in 2016 are currently employed in interior design or a related profession.
90% of students who graduated in 2015 are currently employed in interior design or a related profession.

Places of Employment
Below is a sampling of firms that have hired our recent graduates:

HOK, San Francisco
Perkins + Will, Chicago
Gensler, Hong Kong
Rowland Design, Indianapolis
Callison, Seattle
Gary Lee, Chicago
Carson Design Associates, Indianapolis
SMMA, Cambridge
Ware Malcomb, Chicago
VStarr Interiors, West Palm Beach
Delv, Indianapolis
Mary Cook Associates, Chicago
Power Design, Tampa
Snaidero, Chicago
K4 Architecture, Cincinnati
Ideation Studio, Chicago
IDO, Indianapolis
HKS, Richmond
Davis Wince Ltd Architecture, Denver
Tricarico Architecture and Design, Wayne NJ
Sink Combs Dethlefs, Denver
PDMS Design Group, Dallas

Internship Opportunities

Interior Design students are required to have at least one internship experience under the guidance of a professional designer. Several of our students are engaged in internship opportunities on campus. These internships can also be invaluable networking platforms. Purdue offers a broad network of opportunities. 

Purdue Center for Career Opportunity (CCO)
Purdue Center For Career Opportunities - This portal offers Purdue students the opportunity to find internships and jobs via its network. Companies can sign up to recruit Purdue students. 

Purdue Office of Professional Practice (OPP)
The Office of Professional Practice provides students with professional work and research experiences alongside their world-class Purdue education. 

Margo Katherine Wilke Undergraduate Research Internship
The program provides opportunities for students to work with faculty in the College of Liberal Arts on cutting-edge research projects in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Job-Ready Internship Fund
Job-Ready objectives will be: (1) To provide employers with access to CLA students’ unique skills; (2) To encourage CLA students to pursue summer internships and to make unpaid and low-paid internships a viable option for more students; and (3) To enrich CLA students’ understanding of relevant issues and opportunities to be a force for good in their lives after graduation.

City Internships
City Internships provides immersive career training programs for college students and recent graduates. They’re designed to expand your horizons and get you job-ready. For each program, on top of hard and soft skill building at weekly career seminars, workshops and networking events, you’ll undertake an internship placement at one of our partner companies. You’ll develop real-world skills, build your professional network, and fast-track your career.


VPA Employment

The Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts offers ongoing work-study employment opportunities for Purdue students. Students are encouraged to contact the offices to learn about openings and availability: art gallery attendant (Purdue Galleries), Art and Design monitor station assistants (CLA IT - JoLene Lark, Instructional Service Technologist), web presence intern (Art & Design - Petronio Bendito, Associate Professor), and more...

VPA Exhibitions and Awards

Art and Design Undergraduate Exhibition and Awards

The Art and Design Undergraduate Exhibition is an annual juried exhibition organized by the Department of Art and Design and shown in the Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries. Senior Portfolio Visual and Performing Arts.

Westwood Exhibition Semiannual Juried Art Competition 
This is a juried art and design competition that is exhibited at Westwood, the residence of Purdue University’s president. 

Undergraduate Plan of Study

Graduate Plan of Study

Purdue Admissions Website

AD Graduate Admissions

Pao Hall - Award Winning Arts Facility

Pao Hall of Visual and Performing Arts
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West Lafayette, IN 47907
(765) 494.8662
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Academic Advising Office 
(765) 494.3670

Undergraduate students
(765) 494-6291



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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