Interior Design

About our Interior Design program

In SUVA’s Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design program, students learn how to use their imaginations to create distinctive private and commercial interiors. Space planning, furniture design and the study of textiles, lighting, colors and fabrics are essential studies in this program.

Foundation courses in rendering, drafting and color theory prepare students for advanced practical projects in areas such as special needs, environmental and hospitality design, as well as designing a variety of residential and commercial spaces. Graduates at both campuses are prepared for positions at interior design and architectural firms or in residential and commercial design studios.

Cover image: Bonnie Toland

Duration:

4 years

Credits:

125

Minoring:

Summer programs available

Core Faculty:

Eva Murzaite
Brandy Holden

Contact:

800.825.8753 (toll free) or email us

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SUVA has helped me to develop my creativity through challenges every semester. The teachers take the time to teach us as a group and individually and they strive for student excellence.

Ruby Armenta

What our students learn in our Interior Design Program

Aside from being creative in designing a space, our interior design students have to learn a myriad of technical skills in order to graduate successfully. This includes learning about the structural integrity of buildings, the history of design, ergonomics, building codes, spatial concepts, ethics, psychology, computer-aided drawing (CAD) and much more.

  • Adriana Barthel, Floor plan
  • Adriana Barthel, Elevation
  • Adriana Barthel, Digital Concept
  • Adriana Barthel, Specifications with cover sheet
  • Adriana Barthel, Kitchen final render
  • Overview

    As an Interior Designer, you create interior environments that impact how people think, act and feel. Imagine how it feels collaborating with custom home builders to design a kitchen where the client will love to cook and entertain their friends. Think of how it would feel working with hotel owners designing restaurants, lobbies and guest rooms that make people feel welcome, comfortable and connected to their environment.

    Interior designers are creative, imaginative and artistic; they are also detail-oriented, disciplined and highly skilled business people. Interior Design graduates from Southwest University of Visual Arts enjoy the rewards of bringing their imaginations to life to fulfill the needs and wants of private individuals and commercial contractors, creating environments people enjoy and appreciate for years to come.


    Courses

    Credits

    First Year Experience

    35

    General Education Courses

    27

    Interior Design Courses

    57

    Elective Courses

    6

    Total credits

    125

  • Degree Requirements

    First Year Experience Courses

    Credits

    Design Solutions I

    3

    Spatial Dynamics

    4

    Drawing I

    4

    Concepts Through History I

    3

    The Power of Why I

    1

    Drawing II

    4

    Design Solutions II

    3

    Narrative Design

    3

    Concepts Through History II

    3

    The Power of Why II

    1

    Voice And Vision

    3

    English Composition

    3

    Total credits

    35


    General Education

    Credits

    Humanities

    6

    Art History

    6

    Social/Behavioral Sciences

    6

    Math/Science

    3

    Diversity/Global

    3

    Professional Practises

    3

    Total credits

    27


    Interior Design Courses

    Credits

    Creative Thinking

    4

    EAD: Into the Studio

    5

    Concept Development 1

    4

    ID Studio I

    5

    Concept Development 2

    4

    ID Studio II

    5

    Concept Development 3

    4

    ID Studio III

    5

    EAD Senior Seminar 1

    4

    EAD Senior Studio I

    5

    ID Internship

    3

    EAD Senior Seminar 2

    4

    EAD Senior Studio II

    5

    Total credits

    57


    Studio Electives

    Credits

    Course availability varies based on student need

    Total credits

    6

  • Minoring

    Minoring

    Students learn about how space planning, furniture design, study of textiles, lighting, colors and fabrics can effect a residential and commercial space.


    Courses

    Credits

    IDM101 Interior Design Minor (Summer 1)

    8

    IDM102 Interior Design Minor (Summer 2)

    8

    Total credits

    16

Other programs

We offer a range of art and design programs at SUVA