Interior Design, Bachelor | Iowa State University | Ames, United States
48 months
26930 USD/year
25162 USD/year
8678 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The department at Iowa State University offers the degree Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Interior Design.


About this Degree at Iowa State University

Emphasis is on the student's application of design processes to creatively solve problems of the interior environment based on knowledge of human safety, functional utility, and physical, psychological, and contextual fit.  Graduates in interior design are competent in visual communication (sketching, drafting, and computer-aided design), design problem solving, space planning, lighting and color specification for interiors, finish and furniture selection, detailing interior construction, and application of human factors.  The Interior Design curriculum is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) as providing professional-level education.

Transfer students with studio credits from other colleges and universities must present a portfolio of work done in those courses to determine if these credits can be applied toward specific studio requirements.  Students are required to present their portfolio upon admission and prior to registration for classes.  Arrangements for this process must be made with department advisors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Fundamentals of Interior Design
  • Human Factors in Design
  • Forces That Shape Interior Space
  • Sophomore Field Study
  • Graphic Communication for Interior Design 
  • Interior Design Studio

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Iowa State operates on rolling admission. We strongly recommend that you apply at least six to eight weeks in advance.


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • ACT composite (or converted SAT) score x 3+
  • Cumulative GPA x 30
  • Number of years of high school core courses x 5
  • In addition to the high school course requirements listed above, students applying for admission to the College of Engineering must complete two years of a single foreign language. Students applying for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must complete a third year of social studies and two years of a single foreign language.
  • General Equivalency Diploma (GED) applicants are welcome to enroll at Iowa State University. The specific GED score requirements for admission depend upon when the GED test was taken.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13465 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    25162 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12581 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • In-State

    8678 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4339 USD per semester during 48 months.

Living costs for Ames

1158 - 1797 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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