- Offered as:
- Graduate program
The interior design field focuses on enhancing the function and quality of interior spaces to improve quality of life, productivity, health, safety, and welfare. Interior design is a fine arts discipline tempered by the human sciences.
The interior design major at WSU balances study in art, architecture, and humanities with a strong hands-on component.
All students complete a senior immersion experience — faculty-led study abroad in Florence, Italy, a professional internship, or working directly with a faculty mentor on a design project to benefit the local community.
- Scholarships & financial aid
A variety of state, federal, and university-sponsored programs are available to help students with educational costs.
For all students at WSU
Washington State University awards millions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships to students every year based on financial need, academic merit, or a combination of the two.
To get all the financial help WSU can provide, you'll need to do these two things:
- Complete the University's general scholarship application so you can be eligible for scholarship consideration, including departmental awards.
- Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) so WSU can consider you for aid (scholarships, grants, loans, etc.) based on financial need. Get started here.
For design students
In addition to general university scholarships, students in architecture are eligible for corporate and privately supported scholarships and achievement awards offered by the School of Design and Construction, Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture, and College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences.
- Careers in interior design
Designers work in a wide range of settings, and WSU prepares you to be successful in any area of interior design.
A majority of designers practice at least part of the time in both the residential and commercial areas. Most commercial designers concentrate within design specialties, such as designing for the hospitality or health care industries.
Some specialized areas of interior design include adaptive reuse, restaurant design, residential kitchen and bath design, interiors for airplanes or yachts, or historic conservation or restoration.
Whatever the setting, here are some of the things you'll likely do as a professional interior designer:
- Analyze client needs, goals, and life safety requirements
- Integrate findings with knowledge of interior design
- Formulate preliminary design concepts that are appropriate, functional, and comply with codes and standards
- Develop and present final design recommendations through appropriate presentation media
- Prepare working drawings and specifications for interior detailing, fixtures, and furnishings in compliance with accessibility guidelines and applicable codes
- Collaborate with professional services of other licensed practitioners in the technical areas of mechanical, electrical, and load-bearing design as required for regulatory approval
- Prepare and administers bids and contract documents as the client’s agent
- Review and evaluate design solutions during implementation and upon completion