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Interior Design, B.Sc.

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Its focus is providing for human welfare by improving the quality of life and protecting human health and safety through design of the interior environment. Students study fundamentals, theory, process, communication, research, and technology to identify and solve problems related to people and their use of interior space. They analyze human behavior to determine a client's functional, aesthetic, social, and psychological needs. They design various types of interiors, such as hospitals, offices, schools, residences, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment facilities. 
To do this, students acquire: 

  • a foundation in basic design; 
  • understanding of the relationship between individuals and their environments; 
  • understanding of the contextual relationship of the site, the building, and its systems to the interior; • knowledge of regulations that govern their practice of interior design; 
  • the ability to research user needs and apply findings to problem identification and solution; 
  • understanding of historical precedent and contemporary design theories; 
  • technical knowledge and communication skills; 
  • understanding of business issues and professional ethics; and 
  • a sense of responsibility to society, especially in the use of resources.


Interior design is a professional program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Design and Globalization
  • Interior Design Research
  • Interior Design Ethics and Professional Practice
For more information, please visit the programme website.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Students must complete 7 courses before admission to the program.Freshman and transfer students are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:

  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
Admission to the pre-major status is done by a competitive holistic review. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.50 during pre-major coursework. In addition, students must receive a minimum grade of C- or better in the required pre-major courses before going through portfolio review (not just a 2.50 GPA). Once students have achieved major status, they must maintain a GPA of 2.00.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25960 USD/year
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  • National

    14760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
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Living costs for Minneapolis

  • 1130 - 2050 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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