The Interior Design Program at WCU provides students with broad exposure to all aspects of the practice of interior design. The program is grounded in research-based problem-solving in addition to a variety of cultural, environmental, and historical perspectives. The Interior Design program is accredited through the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD) and the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), recognizing the highest academic standards established by the profession.
We prepare students for career opportunities in a field that combines creativity, technology and business in a profession that relies on people skills, problem-solving capabilities, and financial awareness. The B.S. degree in interior design includes specialty courses in residential design, commercial design, and kitchen and bath design. It includes a senior capstone project and an internship experience during the summer between junior and senior year. Additionally, we offer students the exciting opportunity to travel for first-hand exposure to the art and architecture found abroad.
Most years, 90-100 percent of the students who graduate from the Interior Design Program find employment in the interior design field within six months of completing the program, and almost all of our students graduate in four years. Employment is available in both residential and/or commercial design markets in full-service design, space planning, decorating, sales, and/or marketing and business management. Both residential and commercial design offers opportunities with design firms as well as in-house designers for furniture stores, office dealerships, architectural firms, manufacturers and builders.
Job Placement: 94% of the students that graduated in May of 2019 were employed by January of 2020, with 94% employed within the interior design field.
Acceptance into Graduate Programs: Two graduates from 2019 have applied, and been accepted to graduate programs.
Graduation Rates: 97% of the students from the class of 2019 graduated in 4 years.
Retention/ Attrition: 95% of all interior design students enrolled during the spring 2019 semester returned in the fall 2019 semester, putting attrition at 5%.
The mission of the Interior Design Program at WCU is strengthen and broaden the intellectual and cultural horizons of our students by providing a supportive learning environment and encouraging a socially responsive approach to design.
The layout of each studio space emphasizes our belief in the importance of student-to-faculty ratio in the classroom. While lecture classes may average 28 students, the studios usually have 14 on the average. The Interior Design Program is housed in a 4,000-square-foot area in Belk Building and has wireless technology for accessing the Web and working with CAD software in the classroom.
To take advantage of the new design technologies available, PC laptop computers are required for the Interior Design Program. Mac computers will not be able to run the required software.