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Interior Design

Major in Interior Design

Judson's new Interior Design Degree Program builds on a very successful architecture curriculum. Students earn a minor in architectural studies while completing the professional Interior Design degree curriculum in the third and fourth year of major study. The program is in a context of an evangelical Christian college, unique in the Chicago area. Environmental stewardship is a design philosophy that guides the degree program and its approach to design education.

Engaging class options in the Interior Design Major include: Theories of Environmental Stewardship, Architectural Design Explorations, Digital Design Simulation, Integrative Interior Design, Advanced Lighting Case Studies, Textiles and Materials.

“If you are interested in being a part of the design community as an interior design student within a Christian context, then the Judson community is the university for you. Judson University is also the only evangelical Christian college to offer an Interior Design degree as part of a School of Fine Art, Graphic Design and Architecture. With these associated disciplines in our school, the interior design graduate will have a deeper understanding of the design of interior environments and the relationship to a Christian worldview." - Dr. Curtis J. Sartor, Dean of the School of Art, Design & Architecture.

Why an Interior Design Degree at Judson?

Diverse Curriculum

Shared courses and faculty from the Art and Architecture Department.

Close to Chicago

Proximity to Chicago: Merchandise Mart, industry, culture and history, Art Institute and museum venues offer many educational enrichments only found in Chicago.

Abounding Employment Opportunities

Chicago is the quintessential American design city full of professionals, networking and employment opportunities.

Personal Attention

Judson's small, intimate Christian community and low student-to-teacher ratio means you will develop close mentor relationships with faculty.

Peer Engagement

Effective student-to-student learning through sharing and collaborating between programs and in studios.

Dedicated Studio and Learning Space

New LEED-Gold facility with dedicated studio space just for the School of Art, Design and Architecture.

Explore the World of Design

Travel and study abroad options are built into degree programs for the School of Art, Design and Architecture

Practical Work Experience

Academic interaction with real projects and professionals will introduce and build your practical design strategies and teach you how to create excellent customer relationships.

Unique Curricular Structure

Minor in architectural studies to build a solid foundation for your degree and career in Interior Design.

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Career Pathways

Students with a bachelors degree in Interior Design are prepared to enter a wide range of design practices. Many states require a license to practice Interior Design. The Judson Interior Design degree program includes the required amount of Interior Design coursework to qualify applicants for the license to practice in the states of their choice. The National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) indentify several tracks towards earning the license to practice in most states. The Judson degree program meets the requirements of NCIDQ for practice preparation of emerging professionals seeking careers as:

  • Interior Design Director
  • Interior Design Consultant
  • Senior Interior Designer
  • Residential Interior Designer
  • Commercial Interior Designer
  • Color and Materials Designer
  • Interior Decorator
  • Interior Design Coordinator
  • Certified Kitchen Designer
  • Decorating Consultant
  • Lighting Designer
  • Acoustic Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Furniture Designer
"We expect graduates of the Interior design program to be competitive with other regional programs, with an edge in terms of personal relationships, ethical judgment, and concern for the natural and built environment. Our professional programs are respected in the Chicago design environment and our graduates experience great opportunities for leadership within the design practices they participate." - Keelan P. Kaiser, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Department of Architecture.

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Welcome from the Program Chair

Keelan Kaiser

 

"We are excited about adding Interior Design program to the Department of Architecture offerings. The career opportunities are fantastic for all of the design disciplines and interior design is no different. With a collegiate experience that is both small scale college and large scale cosmopolitan city, students at Judson have the best of both worlds. Interior design students will make lifelong friends and learn in a great facility with faculty who both teach and mentor. The high quality of personal relationships at Judson is a unique feature of the programs at our School."

 

Keelan P. Kaiser, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP; Chair, Department of Architecture

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