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Southern Illinois University



College of Applied Sciences and Arts

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Program Information



This four-year Interior Design curriculum is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) as a professional level program and results in a Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design.  CIDA is the only nationally and internationally recognized accrediting agency for Interior Design curricula.


Quigley Hall on the SIU CampusSIUC's Interior Design program is the oldest accredited program in the state and is one of the oldest accredited programs in the country.  It was first accredited by FIDER (fore-runner of CIDA) in 1974.  As Interior Design professional standards have developed and matured over time, so has the Interior Design Program at SIUC.  It remains continually responsive to the standards and demands of the Interior Design profession.


Interior Design impacts the life safety, health, and welfare of people in the built environment and significantly contributes to the quality of their lives.  The Interior Design Program at SIUC is continually responsive to the demands and standards of qualification for the profession and its related fields. 

It provides students with a comprehensive, interdisciplinary education in preparation for design and administrative positions in the fields of commercial, corporate, public, hospitality, retail, healthcare, institutional, and residential design.

The approach toward Interior Design education at SIUC provides technical emphasis as the basis for creative and aesthetic problem solving.

Our Graduates Will:

  • be technically smart and creatively intelligent;
  • have developed an understanding of social, cultural, technical and theoretical factors that affect the built environment;
  • become instilled with aesthetic sensibility;
  • have the need for intellectual inquiry in order to stay current with changing societal and technological imperatives;
  • have the ability to always design within the context of universal design – designing environments that are usably accessible places for the lifespan of all people regardless of their abilities; and
  • designing sustainable, so that the built environment contributes to  enduring ecological systems  and does not deplete them.
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The amount of material to be covered, the fast pace of assignments, and the pressure of critical reviews combine to produce a highly charged and energetic atmosphere.  Successful students must be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously and demonstrate an ability to manage their time wisely.

At the core of required course work are classes and studios that provide knowledge of design and the design process including programming, schematic design, design development, and construction documents. Support courses to complement and enhance the core consist of drawing, presentation, furniture design, materials, history, sustainable design and energy conserving/producing systems, lighting, acoustics, mechanical systems, professional practice and topics current to the profession.

We believe small-sized studios *(approximately 15 students) provide the best opportunity for excellent instruction and guidance and, thereby, nurture mature and creative design development. For detailed information click here.



• Our five year average: approximately 60% placement rate within the design industry


• Our five year average: approximately 95% of upper level students


• Although a graduate degree is not required for most interior design industry jobs, some graduates do select this route. In recent years, our graduates have had success in masters programs at SIU as well as locations such as SCAD, UK, and the U of O.


There are two guides to the curriculum in interior design: the four-year curriculum for incoming freshmen and the three-year curriculum for transfer and change of major students. The three-year option is available for those students who have completed all or most of the Core Curriculum requirements.

4-Year Curriculum Guide (Incoming Freshman)
3-Year Curriculum Guide (Transfer Students)


Our Interior Design alumni are major players in the Interior Design profession.  They hold top and mid-management positions in influential interior design and architecture firms throughout the world such as:• Gensler, • HOK, • Perkins+Will, • Whitney, • Arcturis, and many more.

Our Alumni are committed to interacting with our students to provide professional advice and critical review of student work, internship experience, and potential job placement.

interior design alumni and interns

The Interior Design Program is an active participant in the SIU Alumni Association's Extern Program (a mini-internship during Spring break).  Internships are not a required part of the curriculum, but faculty and the Program Director work with students to help arrange individual internships typically during the summer between the third and fourth years.


Graduates of the program are well positioned to practice professionally in a wide range of positions with interior design firms, architecture firms, corporations, government agencies, or as individual practitioners. 

The forecast is very positive for continued and long-term growth in the interior design field.  This profession has become very sophisticated and complex with many opportunities for application

Graduates of the program currently hold positions in large, globally based design firms as well as in small independently owned practices throughout the United States and internationally.  Whatever the nature of the practice, our entry-level graduates tend to advance rapidly.  Success is, nevertheless, dependent on the development of individual talents and abilities, motivation, and willingness to locate in areas of growth and renovation within a reasonably substantial population base.

Our program has an outstanding reputation and has had for many years.  However, as excellent as our program is at providing the opportunities to gain all the right skills and abilities, it is up to the individual student to acquire them.  We are looking for good students who are willing to work hard, accept new ideas, who are receptive to excellent instruction, and who want the ride of their life!


A number of scholarships are available to Interior Design students through the University, the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, the School of Architecture, and through the Interior Design Program.

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There are many ways to become involved at SIU and within the SoA. The ID program specifically and encourages student membership in one (or both) of these professional interior design associations - American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Check out current student group activities on Instagram: @siucinteriordesign.

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
The International Interior Design Association

Interior Design literature

The Interior Design Program participates in the Living Learning Communities housing plan whereby Interior Design majors and Architectural Studies majors may choose to live together on either of two residence hall floors dedicated only to our students.


To enhance the overall quality of education, additional support services are provided. These include Career ServicesDisability Support Services, and Academic Success programs, and Diagnostic Testing.

Additional activities include the University Honors Program where additional scholarships are available to UHP students, Travel Study programs (one within the School of Architecture), and various studio related field trips, workshops, guest lectures, co-op, extern, and intern opportunities.


Applicants meeting university admission requirements are placed in the major.  There are no additional requirements for admission. 


Our Interior Design students, like all SIU students, can take advantage of a wealth of resources designed to help students find success in school and in life. To help supplement ID students in their academic endeavors, our school facilities include teaching studios, a model shop, a resource library with sample room, as well as a full range of profession-related software to help students develop critical and necessary digital application skills. Take a tour!


Interested in Interior Design? Come to SIU for a visit.


Submit your application to the Interior Design Program.