Overview of Program
The four-year Interior Design (IDES) program prepares students with a strong foundation of liberal arts, fine arts, technical skills, and knowledge base for the changing interior design profession. The curriculum focuses on the university’s six liberal learning outcomes as well as the standard of the professional industry.
Students are prepared in foundational design courses with sketching, drafting, materials, structures, process, space planning, graphic and computer communications for upper level design studios. Upper-level studios address various programs, populations, and design problems and are interfaced with history, codes, and technical courses to address human environmental needs of health, safety, and welfare.
Students produce a digital portfolio based on concept development and design business.
The program offers many valuable design experiences through travel, speakers, programs, professional jurors, practicing adjuncts, community service projects, as well as an individually developed internships and senior capstone design projects.
To date, the program graduates have had a high job placement rate and are successful with the National Council of Interior Design Qualification and Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design credential examinations.
The University of Charleston also offers a Historic Preservation Certificate.
General admission to the University with a visit to the University and an interview with the Chair of the Interior Design program are highly recommended.