The Bachelor of Interior Design (B.I.D.) is a professional degree that prepares you for a successful career as an interior designer in today’s global design community. The B.I.D., nationally accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), is one of only a few programs of its kind in the nation.
A Unique Focus on Architecture
The B.I.D. program is part of the Department of Architecture and Interior Design. That means that in addition to your interior design education, you also gain valuable interdisciplinary skills and knowledge in the closely related field of architecture. In fact, you automatically graduate with a minor in architecture. You also have the option to double-major and earn a B.I.D. and a Master of Architecture (M.Arch), the degree required to practice as a licensed architect, in just seven years.
What You Learn
The B.I.D. professional degree program blends classroom theory with intensive studio experiences and real-world learning projects. As an interior design student, you:
- Explore a wide range of design principles and techniques.
- Learn to effectively specify materials, finishes, lighting, color and furnishings.
- Master the ability to create functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces that positively influence the way people live, work and play.
- Partner with public or private clients to develop residential and community design solutions.
- Develop a solid understanding of sustainability and cultural and social responsibility in design.
- Become familiar with 2D and 3D computer applications commonly used in the field.
Professional interior designers create spaces for hospitality, retail, work place, facility healthcare, education and residential environments. You may work in a professional design firm or possibly start your own business. You will be prepared to practice in a variety of residential and commercial settings.