Interior Design Undergraduate Program
The interior design program at Kansas State University provides a first professional degree in a four-year curriculum. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in the interior design profession. The program is accredited by both the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. With professional practice experience, graduates of CIDA-accredited programs are eligible to complete the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) examination, which is the basis of most title and license legislation in the United States and Canada. For more information about the NCIDQ examination, see their website.
Graduates of the interior design program are well positioned to advance their credentials and earn other professional designations that advance their particular career goal. These credentials can include but are not limited to the LEED Accredited Professional status, American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers certification, and EDAC, Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification.
Our graduates are also prepared to attend graduate schools of their choice in a variety of disciplines or specializations including, but not limited to, interior design, lighting design, historic preservation and architecture. Recent graduates have earned graduate degrees at the University of Texas, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Kansas and the University of Oxford (UK).
Distinctive Characteristics of the Interior Design Program
The interior design program provides a high-value, affordable education in interior design that can be achieved within eight sequential semesters beginning with the fall term. Students are selectively admitted into the program based on academic preparation. See the FAQ about the program to learn more about the selective admissions process.
The interior design program in the College of Human Ecology emphasizes the interactions between humans and the interior environment. Students are encouraged to become professionals who design interior spaces that are sustainable, founded on evidence-based strategies, and enhance user satisfaction, productivity and safety for all and at all stages of life.
The interior design program provides students the opportunity to explore the rich intersections between human ecological theory, design theory and interior design practice. Students develop competencies in creative two- and three-dimensional design, aesthetics, design thinking, application of the design process, design history, sustainability, ethics, color, lighting, acoustics, environmental comfort and building construction systems, codes, regulations and a broad spectrum of design communication skills.
As part of this four-year professional program, students develop expertise in critical and synthetic thinking so that they become exemplary professionals able to articulate client needs through pre-design data collection and analysis, programming, design, construction documentation and post-occupancy evaluation. Students develop the ability to understand and apply design research to their work and are given the opportunity to engage in an undergraduate research project in their final year of study.
Students have many opportunities for contact with professionals throughout the tenure of their studies. The curriculum includes opportunities for summer internships for academic credit, a variety of domestic and foreign study tours, and study abroad experiences through relationships between Kansas State University and several foreign universities. Students in the interior design program have opportunities to work in teams, participate in service learning projects, and learn from professionals in the region who participate as critics and guest lecturers.
Interior design students have multiple opportunities to network with professionals in our region and make valuable career contacts. The ID Program is the home of the student chapters of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) which have liaisons to the professional chapters in both the Kansas City and Wichita areas. In addition, some interior design students with an interest in hospitality design join the NEWH Hospitality Industry Network and connect with professionals from the Dallas chapter.