Interior Design

Degree requirements

Lighting Design students


To prepare interior design students to succeed, the courses in the Interior Design major encompass knowledge and skills in such areas as elements and principles of design, space planning, architectural drafting by hand and computer, art and design history, universal design (design for a range of ages and abilities), interior finishes and materials, and sustainable, resilient design.

As part of a program within a university committed to changing the world, the interior design faculty place strong emphasis on areas of universal and environmentally responsible design, incorporating their principles into projects in multiple courses.

Degree options

Interior Design major

Interior designers may work with a range of building types, including residences, office space, hospitality (retail, restaurants and hotels), and medical facilities; or in areas of specialization, including lighting design, sustainable design, accessible and universal design, product sales, and more.

Good interior designers have the ability to positively impact the quality of people’s lives at home, work, or any other interior space in which they find themselves. SPU’s interior design program is designed to prepare students for entry into any design specialization they choose. It’s also designed to help them make the world a better place.

Interior Merchandising major

Curriculum for the Interior Merchandising major was developed to educate and train individuals for a variety of entry-level positions in retail or wholesale, operations, sales, and promotion components of merchandising products used in interior spaces, such as furniture, textiles, and lighting.

Students can apply directly for admission into either Interior Design major — Design or Merchandising. However, a maximum of 16 students will be accepted into the Design major each year.

Apply to the major

  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for admission to the major.
  • Prior to applying, you must successfully complete — with a 2.8 minimum GPA — FCS 1050, ART 1102, FCS 1720, FCS 2702, and FCS 2204.
  • Submission of both a written and portfolio component. See the Color Board information and instructions (PDF).
  • Apply to this major through the online Major or Minor application form for the written portion, and submit your portfolio on Canvas, as directed.
  • Applications are due by the first Friday of Spring Quarter.

Faculty Contact

Sandra C. Hartje

Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences; Director of Family and Consumer Sciences
PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Phone: 206-281-2204
Office: Peterson Hall 204B

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