Family and Consumer Sciences

Prospective Students

The mission of the Interior Design Program at Ball State University is to prepare undergraduate students to solve design problems for all spaces within environments built for human habitation and to individualize instruction in design process, new technologies, and human needs that defines a changing world. 

The interior design program is an architecturally oriented program with emphasis on spatial design rather than surface embellishment. All aspects of space including scale, proportions, light, materials, color and texture are studied in relation to their effect on the human spirit. Students work closely in small groups with their professor on projects that develop in size and complexity through the six semesters of design studio. 

The following factors have contributed to our success:

  • Accredited -- The Ball State University Program of Interior Design was accredited by CIDA in July, 2007.
  • Hands-on Training -- Learning by doing is critical in a field like interior design. At Ball State, you will get many opportunities to work on real-life projects.
  • Small Class Size -- Smaller classes is a hallmark of Ball State as a whole. In our program you will work closely with interior design faculty who have a wide variety of real-world experiences in interior design.
  • Internships -- All interior design majors are required to have an internship. These internships give you valuable experience when looking for your first job.
  • Architecture & Construction Management -- Ball State has the only architecture program among public universities in Indiana and a competitive Construction Management program. Both are natural compliments to interior design, so as a major you can also take designated architecture or construction courses as directed electives.
  • Technology -- Ball State has been long committed to having advanced technology for its students just like you would find in the workplace. In addition, you will enjoy access to a wireless campus and much more.
  • Socially Responsible Curriculum -- Today's interior designers need to know more than just how to make a room look good, they need to have a full scope of understanding about environmentally-friendly design and universal design, which means the space is usable for a wide variety of people, even those with physical limitations. Ball State excels in this area with studio classes teaching sustainability and universal design.