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Interior Architecture, BS

As an Interior Architecture student, you’ll learn to identify, research and creatively solve problems in the design of functional and high-quality interior environments. You'll explore different approaches to design, interior construction, sustainable practices, interior materials and building codes.

Within the program, you'll actively engage in programming, design analysis and space planning in interior settings. Our students prepare both computer-aided and hand-rendered drawings and documents outlining their specifications for aesthetically pleasing interiors that meet client needs, enhance quality of life and ensure public safety and well-being.

Your Degree Plan

Intro

Aerial view of Martin and Woodburn Halls

Our graduates do much more than design houses; they design hospitals and hotels, offices and schools, textiles and furniture. They represent manufacturers, create lighting systems and preserve historic buildings.

As a freshman, you'll take introductory interior design classes right away and are evaluated at the end of your first year. Entry into the program is competitive — a cohort of the top 20 are selected based on their performance in the Interior Design courses, projects and overall grade point average.

After your freshman year, you’ll progress through the rest of the program with the same cohort of students, which will become a valuable support system. An internship or study abroad experience is required, and internships often lead to employment in your aspirational career choice. Students take portfolio-building and professional development courses prior to their internship experiences.

WVU's Interior Architecture Program prepares you to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Exam after the required two years of professional experience. The NCIDQ is the industry's recognized indicator of proficiency in interior design principles and a designer's commitment to the profession.

Interior Architecture majors are also encouraged to participate in a wide variety of clubs and extracurricular activities across the campus, such as the Solar House Decathlon and the WVU Chapter of the The American Society of Interior Designers.

Take advantage of special options related to this major:

  • Honors

    Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first- and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.

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The WVU Difference

What sets this program apart from its competitors?

  • Curriculum includes either an internship or semester abroad.
  • Field trips to New York and Pittsburgh.
  • Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
  • Graduates are NCIDQ-eligible.
  • Dedicated studio spaces.
  • Scholarships awarded annually.
  • Connect with professionals in your field of study and enhance your professional communication skills.
Scholarships

Over 92% of WVU freshmen receive grants or scholarships (2022-2023).

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Learn by Doing

Learning happens outside the classroom. Get involved.

  • Students are required to have at least one internship or study abroad experience, and take portfolio-building and professional development courses prior to the internship.
  • Network with industry professionals and program alumni both in the classroom and through field trips to New York and Pittsburgh.

Connect with other students who share your academic interests as a member of:

View all of the student organizations you can join.

Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

Outside of the Evansdale Crossing building.

What you learn outside of the classroom is just as important as what you learn during class. We’ll help you follow your curiosity.

Careers and Outcomes

How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Interior Designers

Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.

Median Salary: $53,370

Possible job titles include: Decorating Consultant, Design Manager, Interior Designer, Showroom Executive Director.

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Commercial and Industrial Designers

Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.

Median Salary: $75,910

Possible job titles include: Design Engineer, Industrial Designer, Mold Designer, Product Designer, Sign Designer.

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Career options

Recent alumni of the program are employed by interior design and architecture firms and work in the hospitality, education, office, healthcare and real estate development sectors.

Some have followed paths in design publishing, product sales, social media and entrepreneurship.

Others have pursued graduate degrees in fields like architecture, historic preservation and sustainability studies.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Interior Architecture major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2024-25 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Tuition and Aid

How much does Interior Architecture at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates are available on our tuition website. Anyone who is not a current West Virginia resident, including international students, will be charged non-resident rates.

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Scholarships

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Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending WVU in addition to university scholarships.

Financial Aid

The most important step toward funding your future with financial aid for the Interior Architecture major is submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

How to Complete the FAFSA

Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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