With a strong foundation in the liberal arts, St. Kate's interior design major will equip you with the knowledge and skills to serve a wide and diverse range of clients.

First-year students

Admission into the program occurs mid-sophomore year and is based on a cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all coursework and 2.8 for pre-requisite coursework.

Transfer/Continuing education students

Students transferring from another institution must submit a transcript for evaluation and have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

Students who have spent a year or more at another institution and who have completed prerequisite courses or interior design courses at that institution will also need to submit a portfolio of their design work — to assist in class placement at St. Kate's. The portfolio should include any or all of the following:

  • Evidence of drawing and sketching abilities
  • Evidence of color and finish composition
  • Evidence of design programming
  • Evidence of space planning
  • Evidence of schematic design development
  • Evidence of construction drawings and specifications
  • Evidence of CAD and computer rendering work

Second major in interior design

Women and men holding an undergraduate degree may receive a second major in interior design. Students must complete all prerequisite, supporting and major coursework.

Major coursework


  • Introduction to Interior Design Research and Process
  • Sustainability and Material Science in Interior Design Graphic Communication in Interior Design I
  • Graphic Communication in Interior Design II
  • Interior Design Studio I: Residential, Assisted Living and other Forms of Non- Commercial Space
  • Interior Design Studio II: Corporate, Hospitality and Public Spaces
  • Interior Design Studio III: Healthcare Environments, Design for Special Populations and Non-profit Entities
  • Interior Design Construction and Fabrication
  • Lighting Design
  • Lighting and Color
  • Research Based Praxis
  • Interior Design Internship
  • History and Theory of Material Culture
  • Interior Design Senior Studio; Capstone


  • Design and Society
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Intro to Art History I
  • Textiles


  • Intro to Art History II
  • Color
  • Environmental Psychology or Lifespan Developmental Psychology, or Human (Cultural) Geography)
  • Principles of Management
  • General Psychology
  • Statistical Methods in Psychology, or Statistical Analysis, Statistical Analysis Decision Making


  • Chemistry
  • Speaking to Lead and Influence
  • Human Cultural Geography

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