Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design

Aesthetics, functionality and compliance together form the basis of Sullivan University's interior design degree program in Louisville, KY, along with the application of practical skills such as accurate measuring, cost estimation, computer aided design drafting, perspective drawing and more. You'll explore the increasingly popular principles of environmental and ergonomic design, while developing your knowledge of sales techniques and best business practices.

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accredidation, www.accredit-id.org, 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 Arts in Interior Design granted by Sullivan 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: https://cidq.org/eligibility-requirements

Locations: Louisville

Program Information

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Interior designers don’t just see a space—they see its potential. Guided by the principles of design and their own imaginations, these visionaries transform the spaces in which we spend our lives, including offices, businesses and private homes. Interior design extends far beyond color palettes and throw pillows–our Louisville interior design degree program focuses on the far-reaching impact of effective design, from improving productivity in offices, to promoting environmental sustainability, to increasing the market value of commercial properties.

Find out more information about program successes in graduation rates, placement rates and occupations for this program. View Licensure Disclosures by State.

Make A Career Out Of Your Creativity As A:

  • Designer
  • Design consultant
  • Sales associate
  • Manufacturer's representative
  • Resource librarian
  • Lighting specialist
  • Space planner
  • Interior design assistant
  • CADD designer

Interior Design Student Achievement Data

It typically takes a full-time student taking approximately 12 hours per quarter forty-two months to complete the degree program.

The following data was collected using institutional records from the Registrar and the Director for Career Services for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Student Attrition and Retention:
50% of students admitted in the fall of 2018 returned in the fall of 2019, putting attrition rates at 50%.

Graduation Rates:
Of the students graduating in 2018/2019 academic year, 88% graduated in 4 years.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs:
No students who graduated in 2018/2019 academic year applied for graduate school.

Job Placement Rates:
80% of students who graduated in the 2018/2019 academic year are employed in interior design or a related profession.

Tech Design Courses

Courses

Course
Title
Credit Hours
IDB 101
Fundamentals of Interior Design
4.00
IDB 111
Architectural Drafting
3.00
IDB 121
Visual Communications I
3.00
IDB 131
Design History and Theory I
4.00
IDB 141
Human Factors
4.00
IDB 151
Materials and Products
4.00
IDB 161
Color Theory and Application
3.00
IDB 171
Space and Form
3.00
IDB 181
Residential Design Studio
3.00
IDb 200
Design History and Theory II
4.00
IDB 201
Studio I
3.00
IDB 211
Visual Communications II
3.00
IDB 221
Digital Modeling
3.00
IDB 231
Design Programming
3.00
IDB 241
Lighting Design
4.00
IDB 251
Interior Systems and Construction
4.00
IDB 261
Codes, Standards and Compliance
3.00
IDB 271
Contract Documenting & Detailing
4.00
IDB 281
Kitchen and Bath Studio I
3.00
IDB 291
Studio II
3.00
IDB 301
Special Topics
3.00
IDB 311
Kitchen and Bath Studio II
3.00
IDB 321
Studio III
3.00
IDB 331
Environmentally Responsible Design
4.00
IDB 341
Studio IV
3.00
IDB 351
Business Practices and Ethical Design
4.00
IDB 361
Furniture Design Studio
3.00
IDB 371
Global Design Studio
3.00
IDB 401
Studio V
3.00
IDB 421
Graduate Studio I
3.00
IDB 431
Portfolio and Critique
4.00
IDB 441
Certification Preparation
3.00
IDB 451
Graduate Studio II
3.00
IDB 461
Internship / Co-op (Department Chair Approval)
4.00
BUS 224
Professional Development
4.00
CSC 118
Computer Applications I
4.00
DRF 135
Computer Aided Design Drafting I
3.00
COM 204
Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Management
4.00
ENG 101
Composition I
4.00
ENG 102
Composition II
4.00
FYE 101
Information Literacy
4.00
GEO 244
North American Geography
4.00
GEO 274
Global Environment
4.00
HST 124
Art History I
4.00
HST 225
Art History II
4.00
HST 274
American Government
4.00
LNG 144
Conversational Spanish I
4.00
MTH 113
Mathematical Concepts
4.00
MTH 123
Advanced Mathematics
4.00
General Education Electives
12.00
Course:
IDB 101
Title:
Fundamentals of Interior Design
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
IDB 111
Title:
Architectural Drafting
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDB 121
Title:
Visual Communications I
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDB 131
Title:
Design History and Theory I
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
IDB 141
Title:
Human Factors
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
IDB 151
Title:
Materials and Products
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
IDB 161
Title:
Color Theory and Application
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDB 171
Title:
Space and Form
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDB 181
Title:
Residential Design Studio
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDb 200
Title:
Design History and Theory II
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
IDB 201
Title:
Studio I
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDB 211
Title:
Visual Communications II
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDB 221
Title:
Digital Modeling
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDB 231
Title:
Design Programming
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDB 241
Title:
Lighting Design
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
IDB 251
Title:
Interior Systems and Construction
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
IDB 261
Title:
Codes, Standards and Compliance
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDB 271
Title:
Contract Documenting & Detailing
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
IDB 281
Title:
Kitchen and Bath Studio I
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDB 291
Title:
Studio II
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDB 301
Title:
Special Topics
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDB 311
Title:
Kitchen and Bath Studio II
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDB 321
Title:
Studio III
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDB 331
Title:
Environmentally Responsible Design
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
IDB 341
Title:
Studio IV
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDB 351
Title:
Business Practices and Ethical Design
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
IDB 361
Title:
Furniture Design Studio
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDB 371
Title:
Global Design Studio
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDB 401
Title:
Studio V
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDB 421
Title:
Graduate Studio I
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDB 431
Title:
Portfolio and Critique
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
IDB 441
Title:
Certification Preparation
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDB 451
Title:
Graduate Studio II
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
IDB 461
Title:
Internship / Co-op (Department Chair Approval)
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
BUS 224
Title:
Professional Development
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
CSC 118
Title:
Computer Applications I
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
DRF 135
Title:
Computer Aided Design Drafting I
Credit Hours:
3.00
Course:
COM 204
Title:
Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Management
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
ENG 101
Title:
Composition I
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
ENG 102
Title:
Composition II
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
FYE 101
Title:
Information Literacy
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
GEO 244
Title:
North American Geography
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
GEO 274
Title:
Global Environment
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
HST 124
Title:
Art History I
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
HST 225
Title:
Art History II
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
HST 274
Title:
American Government
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
LNG 144
Title:
Conversational Spanish I
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
MTH 113
Title:
Mathematical Concepts
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
MTH 123
Title:
Advanced Mathematics
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
General Education Electives
Credit Hours:
12.00
Total Credit Hours: 185.00

General Education Electives - Students must choose three additional General Education classes from the Social/Behavioral Science category. These classes are in addition to the required General Education classes listed in the program. See the Table of Contents to find the complete list of General Education classes and minimum requirements.