An interior designer is someone whose work directly and indirectly impacts the lives of individuals from every walk of life. The three basic needs of all humans are food, shelter, and clothing, and people spend 90% of their time indoors. Good designers do not deal in the obtuse or irrelevant. They deal in meeting basic human needs such as health, safety, and the edification of the soul. They also adhere to such lofty ideals as social justice, equal access to facilities for all persons, and environmental responsibility.

To prepare interior design students to succeed in such endeavors, 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 the areas of universal and environmentally responsible design, incorporating their principles into projects in multiple courses. Interior designers may work with a range of building types, such as the design of 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, etc.

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 to be.

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 coFmponents of merchandising products used in interior spaces, such as furniture, textiles, and lighting. Students can apply directly for admission into either Interior Design major track — design or merchandising. However, a maximum of 16 students will be accepted into the Design track each year. Those not accepted to the Interior Design track will, in most cases, be automatically accepted into the Interior Merchandising major.

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Application to the Majors

Applications to the interior design major are due early in spring quarter.  The application requires that students have successfully completed five specific courses and is comprised of both a written and portfolio component. 

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Applications to the interior merchandising major are accepted any quarter.  Check with the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences for more specific dates.

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A minimum GPA of 2.8 is required for admission to the major. 

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