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Interior Design, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cullowhee, NC, United States
Interior Design program at Western Carolina University will help students to transform the inside of homes, retail spaces, restaurants, medical offices and other venues into highly functional, attractive places that create the mood and atmosphere their clients require.
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Key facts:

  • The Interior Design Program at Western Carolina University provides students with broad exposure to all aspects of the practice of interior design. The program is grounded in research-based problem solving in addition to a variety of cultural, environmental, and historic perspectives. The Interior Design program is accredited through the National Association of Schools of Art & Design and the Council of Interior Design Accreditation, recognizing the highest academic standards established by the profession.
  • After completing foundation art history and studio art classes, including drawing and two- and three-dimensional design, students become immersed in interior design inside and outside the classroom. Interior design principles, common challenges and best practices are explored in courses centered on residential and commercial design, lighting, space planning, kitchens and baths, and computer-aided drafting and design technique. An optional travel course enables students to study art, design and architecture abroad. Students apply what they have learned during an internship with a professional interior designer and a senior capstone project. Accomplished, professional faculty offer personalized attention in small studio and lecture courses that average 14 and 28 students, respectively. Students use the program’s lighting studio, sample/resource room, seminar meeting lounge, a computer/plotter workroom, and two dedicated interior design working studios.
  • A growing population and higher personal income has created numerous career opportunities in the field in residential and commercial design. Interior designers often work as part of a design firm or as a staff designer for government agencies or businesses such as furniture stores, office dealerships, architectural firms, manufacturers, and builders. Employment opportunities include work with residences, offices, restaurants and hotels, healthcare settings, financial institutions, educational buildings, criminal justice facilities, stores, religious sanctuaries, exhibits and museums, trains, ships, airliners and recreational vehicles. All of WCU’s program graduates from May 2014 were employed within eight months, and 90 percent landed jobs in the field of interior design. Students’ acceptance rate to graduate school was 100 percent. Over 40% of past interior design students have been offered permanent employment before graduation from their internship employers.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Interior Design curriculum include:

  • Interior Design
  • Architectural Drafting and Design
  • Survey of Interior Materials
  • Rapid Visualization
  • Space Planning
  • Perspective Drawing
  • Architectural Construction Process
  • CADD for Interior Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Residential Design 
  • Contract Design 
  • Kitchen and Bath Design 
  • Professional Practice in Interior Design 
  • Senior Capstone
  • Internship

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Be sure that you complete the correct application. Be sure to be truthful, accurate and thorough. 
    • Application fee: This required, nonrefundable processing fee should be submitted at the time of application. The online application provides information about electronic submission of the application fee.
    • A majority of first-year prospective students submit an application prior to high school completion. An official high school transcript (or its equivalent) showing work completed to date is required at the time of application and prior to application deadlines. 
    • First-year applicants are required to submit official SAT I or ACT scores. Applicants are encouraged to take the same type of test at least twice (once in the spring of the junior year and once in the fall of the senior year) and may consider taking both the SAT I and ACT based upon score results.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    10902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6902 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3451 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cullowhee

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


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