Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

Combine art, science and business with an interior design degree from ACU.

A career in interior design is part creative, part science, part business. It involves designing and decorating functional and attractive spaces – on time and on budget – and knowing why those design choices matter.

ACU’s Bachelor of Science in interior design explores how the technical and aesthetic aspects of interior design affect a diversity of populations within residential and non-residential environments. Accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), ACU’s interior design (BS) degree program equips students with unique problem-solving techniques to creatively plan and design environments that protect the health, safety and welfare of building occupants.

Our graduates have secured employment in residential and commercial design and architectural firms across the United States. Other graduates have sought and successfully completed graduate degrees in Architecture and Interior Design. If you’re looking for a challenging and versatile bachelor degree, interior design brings many disciplines together into a vibrant and innovative profession.

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Signature Opportunities

By design, much of what art and design students do in the classroom is hands-on. Our Interior Design students are expected to complete an internship for course credit during the summer after their junior year. The internship can be in residential or commercial design areas and must meet a strict set of guidelines. In addition to the curriculum requirements these internships serve to develop the professional network and facilitate job placements after graduation.

The Interior Design program in conjunction with the Art and Design Department offers Summer Study travel opportunities. Past destinations include England, France, Austria, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic and Italy. These trips are during the summer and are excellent opportunities to earn credit hours while experiencing the arts abroad.

Design project manager and team in meeting going over design proposals with another team member

What can you do after graduation?

The ACU Interior Design program seeks to enable students to serve in the various aspects of the design profession. Students are challenged to develop aesthetic, technical and creative skills to succeed in the job market.

  • Art Consultant
  • Interior Architect
  • Store Planner
  • Design Project Manager
  • Fashion Designer
  • Preservationist
  • Museum Consultant

Other real-world opportunities are found in student organizations including:

  • American Society of Interior Designers
  • Study abroad
  • Student exhibitions
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts
Professor going over room design sketch with student one-on-one

Interior Design Program Data

Two-Year Average (2017-2019)

  • Attrition Average of Declared Majors Freshman to sophomore = 20%
  • Retention Average of Declared Majors Freshman to sophomore = 80%
  • Graduation Rate for Interior Design Majors = 80%
  • Job Placement/Time to Employment of Interior Design Graduates = 90% in 2 months (2017-2019); 5 year average (2014-2019) is 92% in 4 months
  • Acceptance into the Graduate Program of Choice = 100%

In 2017, two students applied and were accepted to graduate school to pursue degrees in architecture and interior design.

Public Statement of Accredited Status

This interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation,, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503. 

The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design granted by Abilene Christian University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit:

Degree Details

Interior Design, BS (INTD)


Business (INTD-IBUS)

Art and Design (INTD-IART)

Required Hours

*Based on track selection

University Requirements: 56 credit hours + Major Requirements: 66 credit hours (Choice of 2 tracks) + Electives: 6 credit hours = Total Required: 128 credit hours*

Example Coursework

Design Drawing

History of Architecture and Design

Interior Components

Design, Construction and Details for Interiors

Minor Available:



Art and Design

Application Deadlines

Regular: February 1st

National Candidates: May 1st

Early Action: November 1st

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