K-State is an excellent place to get your start as an interior designer! An indicator of the quality of the ID program is the quality of employment opportunities available to them immediately upon graduation. Our students do internships with top 100 firms from coast to coast. Recently, our students have interned or gained employment with top firms such as Callison in Seattle, Perkins+Will in Dallas & Washington, D.C., Hersch Bedner Associates in Santa Monica, SOM in Washington, D.C., and Gensler in Dallas and San Francisco. Our students are also employed by leading firms in other metropolitan areas including Denver, Chicago, Kansas City, Omaha, St. Louis, and Wichita. The feedback we receive from employers at the completion of student internships is always complementary and reassures us that our curriculum is preparing our students well for entry-level positions. Employers frequently note the high level of professionalism demonstrated by our students and graduates. Our graduates often comment on how well-prepared they realize they are once they start their careers. They quickly discover they have skills that set them apart from other beginning designers. You can be confident that your efforts in our program will give you the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the interior design profession.
Interior design students learn the creative, aesthetic, and technical information and skills necessary to translate a design concept into a three-dimensional reality. As part of this four-year professional program, students develop expertise in critical thinking and spatial design. Students develop knowledge and skills in:
- Interior space planning
- Selection and specification of interior furnishings and finishes
- Graphic and verbal presentation
- Model building
- Computer-aided design and drafting
- Preparation of contract documents
- Construction systems, processes and materials
- Building codes
- Business procedures
- Professional ethics
- Project administration
Students have many opportunities for contact with professionals and the professional world throughout the program. The curriculum includes the opportunity for a summer internship, a variety of domestic and foreign study tours, and study abroad 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.
Student chapters of American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) provide the opportunity for interior design students to network with professionals in our region and to continue their education outside the classroom.
K-State's Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, which certifies that the program meets the educational standards set by the Interior Design profession. Earning a degree from a Council for Interior Design Accreditation-accredited program impacts the right of individuals to practice Interior Design in states with licensure or registration laws.
For more information on professional qualification standards, see the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and the National Council for Interior Design Qualifiacations.