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Interior Design

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Inspired by the exquisite work done by Marc-Michaels Interior Design, Sydney Gunty pursued an internship with the company and was able to learn how to go about working in the field of her choice. Read more here.

Majoring in Interior Design

Interior design is based on solving problems related to the quality of people’s physical environment within a structure to achieve interior space. The program develops creative designers who can formulate, communicate, and execute design solutions. These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants, and are aesthetically appealing. Purdue’s interior design program is Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accredited.


Upon completion of the program, Interior Design majors may choose to enter a field directly or indirectly-related to design. Student experiences have included:

  • Interior Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Consultant
  • CAD Designer

Average Starting Salary: $41,975

All Purdue University College of Liberal Arts majors prepare students with the skills identified as contributing to professional success: communicating and listening well, an understanding and appreciation of diverse points of view, creative thinking and problem solving, a collaborative mindset, the ability to synthesize complex ideas and communicate them clearly, and a Boilermaker work ethic.

Students in Purdue’s interior design program develop the analytical skills and gain the experience needed to plan commercial, institutional, healthcare, retail, and residential interiors. Interior Design majors will:

  • Develop as designers who can formulate, propose, and execute creative design solutions for the physical, social, and psychological needs of a changing society.
  • Create designs influenced by rapid changes in technology.
  • Use computer-aided drafting (CAD) and related software to produce construction documents.
  • Gain an understanding of space planning, layout, and color coordination.
  • Learn to coordinate with other professionals, such as contractors, architects, engineers, and plumbers.
  • Produce design plans that are safe and compliant with the American Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Complete coursework for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

Many Interior Design majors choose to enter directly into the workforce using the skills they have acquired at Purdue. Past graduates have gone on to:


  • Ark Interior Designs
  • DELV Design
  • V Starr Interiors
  • Revolution Technologies
  • Tricarico Architecture

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