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Bachelor of Interior Design

The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design program at Lawrence Technological University is an accredited, professional studio-based baccalaureate degree program. It offers a curriculum that encourages students to create intentional interiors in a manner that is practically grounded, critically framed, and deeply invested in cultural relevancy and technical advancement.  The program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and is a registered campus center of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).

The curriculum reinforces the interdisciplinary nature of design with common foundation courses for all CoAD programs during the first year, followed by numerous multi-disciplinary courses and electives.  We balance the studio experience with courses that build the theoretical and technical skills needed for success. Students benefit from dedicated studio space and access to a material, lighting, digital, wood and metal fabrication labs. 

Throughout their time at LTU, our students connect with the local design community through real-world, sponsored projects and internship opportunities that allow them to explore the latest innovations in technology, research and theory. Our students leave LTU with the ability to critically engage with practice, share compelling design stories, and grow into thought leaders.

Interior Architecture Furniture

Interior Architecture Bar Rendering Megan Gunderson

Trent Schmitz Interior design drawing

Interior Architecture South Africa

Interior Architecture Rendering

3D Building GIF

Interior Architecture exhibition

Careers in Interior Design

LTU’s Bachelor of Science in Interior Design program prepares students for creative and satisfying careers in a range of areas. While many graduates practice within interior, architectural and multidisciplinary design firms, others work as workplace strategists for leading companies and commercial real estate firms, or by specializing in furniture or lighting design.


Interior Architecture Students

Basic Design Gif

Interior Architecture Materials

Interior Architecture Study Abroad

Admissions + Curriculum

Admission into the Interior Design program follows the University’s admission criteria. Portfolios are not required for admission.

For specific Interior Design program questions, contact the Chair of Art and Design, Philip Plowright, at pplowright@ltu.edu or the Interior Design Director, Jenna Reed Walker, at jwalker1@ltu.edu.

For general questions about admissions, our programs or the college, please contact Alice McHard at amchard@ltu.edu, 248-204-2834 or click on the links below.

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
COM 1103

College Composition

3
MCS 1074

Precalculus

4
DES 1022

Introduction to Design

2
DES 1213

Design Principles

3
ARC 1213

Intro. to Visual Communication

3
Total Credit Hours 14

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
LLT 1213

World Masterpieces 1

3
PSY 1213

Intro to Psychology

3
DES 1223

Design Methodologies

3
ARC 1223

Visual Communication

3
PHY 2213

College Physics 1

3
PHY 2221

College Physics 1 Lab

1
Total Credit Hours 16

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
INX2313

History of Interiors

3
LLT 1223

World Masterpieces 2

3
IDD 3713 Human Factors + Ergonomics 3
INX 2513

Bodies in Space

3
GRA 2523

Foundations of Graphic Design

3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
INX 2413 Human Behavior in the Built Environment 3
INX 2323 Interior Materials and Systems 3
ARC 3823

Prototyping + Fabrication

3
INX 2523

Spatial Perception

3
DES 2020

Sophomore Portfolio Review

0
MCS 2124

Statistics

4
Total Credit Hours 16

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
SSC 2413

Foundations of the Amer. Experience

3
COM 2103

Tech and Prof. Communication

3
ARC 3613

History of The Designed Environment 1

3
INX 3313

Furniture and Millwork

3
INX 3513

Situated Interior Response

3
Total Credit Hours 19

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
ARC 3623

History of the Designed Environ 2

3
INX 3213

Human Comfort

3
DES 3623

Multidisciplinary Studio

3
INX 3223

Documentation, Detailing + Specifications

4
PSC 1143

Environmental Science & Sustainability

3
Total Credit Hours 16
SUMMER    
DES 4530 Internship 0

First Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
DES 4643

Design Theory

4
INX 4513

Space and Empathy

3
INX 4313

Interior Design Practice 

3
INX 4213

Interiors Capstone Research Seminar

2
DES 4112

Design Leadership

2
Total Credit Hours 14

Second Semester

Course # Subject Cr Hrs
SSC 2423

Development of the Amer. Experience

3
INXX 4223

Computational Interior Components

3
ART/GAM/ARC/ARI/ATD/IDD

2XX3-4XX3 CoAD History Elective

3
INX 4523

Interiors Capstone

4
LLT/SSC/PSY 3XX3 or 4XX3

Junior/Senior elective

3
ART/ARC/ARI/GAM/IDD/ATD

1000-4000 level CoAD elective

3
Total Credit Hours 15