Bachelor of Science: Interior Design

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We offer you a faculty of industry professionals, an integrated approach to mastery of design techniques, proficiency in the latest technology, and development of the business and presentation skills required for a successful career. A firm foundation in the liberal arts is an integral part of the program.

In this rigorous, multidisciplinary program you will:

  • analyze historical architecture, interior treatments, furnishings, and decorative appointments
  • combine the academic study of the history and theory of interior design with practical, hands-on projects
  • learn drafting techniques, computer modeling, and materials and methods, with an emphasis on sustainability and user health and safety. 
  • understand various aspects of architectural systems
  • explore lighting, acoustical considerations, and real-world business practices    

The program meets the educational requirements of the National Certification for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Exam and for membership in the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).

Interior design in Scottsdale

NAU’s Interior Design program is based in Flagstaff, but can also be completed in a commuter university setting in Scottsdale. Visit the colleges below for more information:

Mesa Community College
Phoenix College
Scottsdale Community College
Scottsdale Distance Learning with the 2 + 2 program 

Laptop requirement

If you take second year Interior Design courses, you will be required to own a laptop so that instruction can occur on the latest equipment with the most recent version of the software—this will make you a competitive applicant after graduation.

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Liberal arts

FACT: Some of the coolest courses you’ll ever take won’t be in your major.

All NAU degree programs require a generous portion of liberal arts—because you can’t be an educated person without them. They enrich and inspire you and make you a better citizen and a better employee, because in today’s complicated world, you need to know about more than just your job. And once you’ve gained that deeper knowledge, broader perspective, and ability to think critically, they’re yours for life.

For more information about degree requirements, visit the academic catalog.

The NAU academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies.Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the catalog as the official, authoritative source.