Interior Design

Create aesthetically pleasing spaces that meet the physical and psychological needs of their occupants with an interior design degree.

At Park University, our Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree program provides students with the opportunity to learn the practical and theoretical aspects of interior design. Students will apply creative and technical solutions within a structure to achieve a built environment. These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants and are aesthetically attractive.

Locations & Learning Options

As a student in our Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program, you will be required to take face-to-face classes at our Parkville, Missouri campus.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree requires a minimum of 120 completed credit hours, including 78 hours of degree-specific core curriculum and approved electives. Refer to your catalog for a complete listing of coursework for this degree.

  • Parkville, MO

B.F.A. MAJOR – 78 HOURS , 2.5 GPA

AR 115 Introduction to the Visual Arts ……………… 3 cr.

AR 140 Drawing I ………………………………………….. 3 cr.

AR 142 Two-Dimensional Design: Black & White ……………………………………. 3 cr.

AR 143 Three-Dimensional Design …………………… 3 cr.

AR 144 Color Theory ……………………………………… 3 cr.

AR 218 Graphic Design Software………………………. 3 cr.

AR 282 Visual Communications I …………………….. 3 cr.

AR 283 Introduction to Interior Design ……………… 3 cr.

AR 288 Visual Communications II ……………………. 3 cr.

AR 289 Fundamentals of Interior Design ……………. 3 cr.

AR 290 Interior Design Materials and Resources …. 3 cr.

AR 296 Textiles for Interior Design ……………………. 3 cr.

AR 298 History of the Designed Environment I: Antiquity to Mid-Nineteenth Century ……………………… 3 cr.

AR 382 Drawing Systems I ………………………………. 3 cr.

AR 383 Furniture Design …………………………………. 3 cr.

AR 388 Drawing Systems II ……………………………… 3 cr.

AR 389 Commercial Interiors …………………………… 3 cr.

AR 390 History of the Designed Environment II: Mid-Nineteenth Century to the Present …………………………. 3 cr.

AR 392 Human Factors in Interior Design ………….. 3 cr.

AR 393 Lighting Fundamentals for Interior Design ……………………………….. 3 cr.

AR 491 Interior Design Professional Practice ……….. 3 cr.

AR 495 Building Construction Systems ………………. 3 cr.

AR 498 Senior Studio: Directed Topics and Research …………………. 3 cr.

AR 499 Senior Seminar: Thesis Project, Portfolio and Exhibition …… 3 cr.

Art and Design Electives …………………………………………… 6 cr.

TOTAL …………………………………………….. 78 cr.

All graduating art and design majors are required to individually document (either by means of color slide photography or digital photography) selected examples of their best work. These final portfolios are to be submitted to their major advisors as part of their Senior Seminar. These slides, CDs, zip disks, etc. will remain the property of the Department of Art, Design and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Art and Design majors must plan, when preparing their yearly educational budgets, to spend at least $250 per semester on art supplies. All studio art courses require varying amounts of personal equipment and supplies. Studio fees collected at registration for some art courses provide only a portion of the supplies needed. Supply lists will be provided on the first day of classes.

Dr. Debra Sheffer

Associate Dean
debra.sheffer@park.edu

Roxann O’Rourke-Sherrodd

Program Coordinator
rsherrodd@park.edu

Gain technical and design skills, and prepare for your career in design.

Students majoring in interior design at Park University combine the common body of knowledge in interior design with the intellectual development found in a liberal arts education. A sequence of design studios and graphic communications studios with supporting lecture courses provides the practical content integral to the profession.

As a student pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, you will be required to individually document selected examples or your best work. These final portfolios will then be submitted to your major advisor as part of your senior seminar.

Careers

Our programs will prepare you for many different career options, including:

  • Commercial Interior Designer
  • Residential Interior Designer
  • Design Build Firms
  • Kitchen and Bath Designer
  • Manufacturer’s or Product Representative
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Program Highlights

While pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, you will be required to learn art and design fundamentals, including color theory, drawing, two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, which will all lay the foundation for acquiring an extensive interior design skill set At the culmination of this program, Park University education, combined with work experience, will enable students to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications examination and become registered interior designers.

Faculty

At Park University, our faculty members are experts in interior design and are committed to helping you build your professional-quality design portfolios, so you can pursue your own interior design career.


 

Dr. Andrea K. Lee

Assistant Professor of Art
alee@park.edu

Roxann O’Rourke-Sherrodd

Assistant Professor, Art, Design and Interdisciplinary
rsherrodd@park.edu

Related programs

Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.