Interior Design (ID)

BGSU’s Interior Design program is a four-year, 122-hour program that leads to a Bachelor of Science degree, which prepares students for work in the professional practice of interior design. The professional program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Our students have opportunities to:

  • Study abroad
  • Learn from experts
  • Gain valuable experience in work co-ops
  • Join BGSU’s American Society of Interior Design (ASID) chapter
  • Join International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
  • Become a LEED Green Associate

What is Interior Design?

Interior design is the aesthetic interpretation and organization of space, human activity and experience. Interior design professionals create exciting spaces that enhance quality of life, support human behavior and work processes, and boost productivity and efficiency. This profession is a nexus of art, technology and science.

As the demand for quality housing and commercial facilities rises, interior designers are finding many opportunities for creative design positions.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Interior Design are expected to be able to:

  • Collect and analyze data about client needs and set priorities of those needs in the design process;
  • Plan spaces using program information that effectively and efficiently relates the interior space to client needs, utilizing furniture, finishes, and equipment;
  • Design using knowledge of how interiors affect the health, safety, and welfare of the client as well as whether interior elements comply with federal, national, and state codes, particularly those that pertain to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);
  • Incorporate principles of environmental sustainability in design practice;
  • Creatively and effectively express design ideas through hand- and computer-generated drawings;
  • Prepare contract documents to legally facilitate all the components required to undertake a design project, including selection of furniture, finishes, and equipment; coordination with architects, mechanical engineers, contractors, and installers; finalizing drawings, purchasing schedules, and code documents; placing orders with manufacturers; and arranging and supervising project installation.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Interior Design program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and is in good standing. For more information, click here.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Interior Design program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Interior Design program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.