Interior Design

Interior Design Students and professor

Program Overview

At Judson, our Interior Design Program builds on a very successful architecture curriculum. You can earn a minor in architectural studies while completing the professional Interior Design curriculum in the third and fourth year of study. The Judson BA in Interior Design program offers a competitive professional education within the context of a Christian Evangelical institution in the Chicago area Environmental stewardship is a design philosophy that guides the program and its approach to design education.

The BA in Interior Design granted by Judson University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information, visit NCIDQ’s webpage on NCIDQ Exam Eligibility Requirements.

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Why Interior Design at Judson?


Our scenic riverside campus makes a beautiful home, is located just minutes from Chicago, a center for quintessentially American architecture and urbanism. Chicago is the quintessential American design city full of professionals, networking, and employment opportunities.

Career Preparation

Judson’s Interior Design program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. Judson will ensure that students receive an education that will serve them not only during their time at school, but also prepare them for future professional growth and to integrate Christian principles to prepare them for life.

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.

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Architecture and Interior Design Department

Learn more about the other programs offered in the Architecture and Interior Design Department.

World Class Facilities

All Architecture and Interior Design courses are taught in the 88,000 square foot, LEED Gold Certified Harm A. Weber Academic Center. As one of the most energy-efficient buildings of its kind in North America, students complete their architecture education within one of the most environmentally self-sustaining academic buildings in the country, designed by international architect and Cambridge University professor C. Alan Short.

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Lead Professor of the Interior Design Program

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Joan Kaufman

Student Work

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image of an architectural building model
OAM – The David Model
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A student fabrication of a building exterior using white material
A student fabrication of a building exterior using white material
OAM – The David Presentation
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OAM Presentation Board by Architecture student Elizabeth Arcos
OAM Presentation Board by Architecture student Elizabeth Arcos
OAM – The David Presentation
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A female student poses by a yellow backdrop holding a model of a path and standing in front of a poster with a larger rendering of the path
A female student poses by a yellow backdrop holding a model of a path and standing in front of a poster with a larger rendering of the path
OAM – The David Presentation
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Personal Attention & Peer Engagement

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

Students are also able to experience effective learning through sharing and collaborating between programs and in studios.

Architecture/Interior Design Student outside of HAWAC

A Diverse Curriculum

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

Many foundational courses are shared and include faculty from both the Art and Architecture Departments. Students can minor in architectural studies to build a solid foundation for their degree and career in Interior Design.

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Study Away Experience

Each student studying architecture and interior design embarks on a European trip the summer after their junior year to study the masters and develop the fine arts required within the field.

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The Draewell Gallery

Our on campus not-for-profit gallery exhibits local and national artists with the goals of fostering an appreciation for the arts on campus through visual engagement and the creation of public dialogue regarding issues important to Judson’s core mission.

Each spring, seniors in our art, design, and architecture programs present their final projects in a professional gallery setting.

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Summer Discover Camp!

The Judson University Architecture and Interior Design Workshop is based on the exploration and discovery of design and architectural foundations, while gaining an understanding of what it means to become and architect.

The week is filled with visits to downtown Chicago, architectural firms, presentations from Judson faculty, and foundational design projects. The students are exposed to formal and spatial exercises and multi-step projects focused on divergent thinking and creative problem solving.


In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year term, an eight-year term with conditions, or a two-year term of continuing accreditation, or a three-year term of initial accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established education standards.

Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a non-accredited undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the non-accredited degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree. Judson University, Department of Architecture and Interior Design offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

  • Master of Architecture (pre-professional degree + 42 graduate credits)

Find Success at Judson

The Interior Design Program that was paired with two years of architectural training taught me to look at a building both from the inside out and the outside in, as well as appreciate all facets of the design process. The study abroad program in Florence, Italy that I had the opportunity to partake in is something I will always cherish and I encourage all young students to take advantage of this!”
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Kiersten Laansma Vankerkhoff2018 Graduate, Former Digital Design Expert for Crate & Barrel’s Design Services | Northbrook, IL