Interior Design

Degree requirements

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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

Curriculum for the Interior Design major educates and trains you for a variety of entry-level positions in interior design in residential, commercial, and hospitality design, and in specialized areas such as kitchen and bath design and lighting design.

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.

Entering the Interior Design or Interior Design Merchandising Major

This program has a competitive application process.  Consult the Undergraduate Catalog for complete information on how and when to apply to this program and what you must do to complete it.

Faculty Contact

Sandra C. Hartje

Co-Dean of the Division of STEM and Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences; Chair of Interior Design
PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

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

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FCS success stories

Our graduates become scientists, designers, counselors, leaders, and educators in the apparel, interiors, and food and nutrition fields. Here are some of their stories.

For Melissa Perry '18, a double major in vocal performance and interior design, Seattle Pacific set her apart from others in both of her fields of interest, interior design especially. Read more.