Welcome to the Interior Design Program
The interior design program is a four‐year, professional degree program that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design degree. Our curriculum provides an educational foundation that prepares students to enter the interior design profession and positions the student to seek professional status through the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam as well as state‐specific licensure. The program combines lecture and studio courses and is a balance of theoretical and pragmatic approaches. Environmental responsibility in design is a focus of the program and is woven holistically throughout the curriculum. The program is located within the Department of Applied Design in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. The program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
The mission of the interior design program at Appalachian State University is to provide an educational foundation that prepares students to enter the interior design profession and positions the student to seek professional status through examination and qualification.
The interior design curriculum focuses on integrating theory and application through individual and collaborative problem-solving strategies within the context of the design process. The program places particular emphasis on community service, environmental responsibility, global issues, and universal design in order to prepare students for the challenges of the ever-changing profession. Through practical and aesthetically appropriate design solutions, students actively engage in the development of interior spaces from an ethically responsible perspective for the purpose of achieving increased productivity, improving the quality of life, and protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public. The program is dedicated to creating a supportive learning environment that allows students to develop individual expression of knowledge and skills to create resonance and connection with the practice of interior design.
The Interior Design program is committed to uphold the standards of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA, formerly FIDER), and to prepare students to meet the educational qualifications of the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ). Students and faculty are actively involved in professional organizations like the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).
The program desires to produce students who:
- seek professional interior design status
- are globally aware and culturally sensitive
- are environmentally conscious
- are aware that their skills can make a difference though design and that they can give back to the community through pro bono design services to non‐profit organizations and those in need
- possess a strong foundation in building science and the pragmatic knowledge of construction methods
- understand the multi‐disciplinary nature of our program and the relationship with allied disciplines
We encourage our students to:
- Push the boundaries
- Take risks
- Be thoughtful designers
- Try something new
- Step outside boundaries of comfort
- Think outside their own experiences
- Grow, evolve, and continually change
- Consider meaning, context and history
- Be able to make informed design decisions
- Think critically
- Appropriately defend design decisions
- Be globally aware
- Be culturally sensitive