Available as major (B.S. degree) and minorUnderstanding people and creating spaces where they can learn, live, work and play. Designing functional, beautiful places that enhance individual lifestyles. Does this sound exciting and challenging to you? Then consider a career in interior design.
Generate and consult on design ideas. Illustrate and document your suggestions and solutions. Participate in construction and purchasing decisions. Contribute in important ways as a member of a team. Help create pleasing, functional, efficient and safe places for people to live, work and play. At Olivet, you can:
Putting knowledge to workUgly Kitchen Contest — sponsored by TA Design, Kitchen Gallery of Bourbonnais — is held every other fall semester. This juried contest, judged by professional designers and architects, brings together students with clients from the local community who need ideas for renovating their kitchens. The top three winners receive cash awards for their work in specifying cabinets, lighting and finishes that meet National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) guidelines. Students get practical design experience as they interview their clients; measure the actual kitchens; design new plans and get their clients’ approval; and present their plans to their peers and the judges. Team projects are part of every semester. In the past, our students have worked together to:
Our students have completed internships with a variety of local and national companies, including: Heartland Cabinetry; Ethan Allen; RGB Architecture Group; df Design Inc.; Definition by Design; Renaissance Studio Inc.; Pottery Barn; Houston Structural Inc.; Kankakee Homebuilders.Careers
If you are:
then a career in interior design may be for you. A career in interior design requires both education and practical experience. Certification by National Council for Interior Design (NCID), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and/or National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) is also important. Our program prepares you for each step along the way. To sit for the NCIDQ exam, you need 60 credit hours and two years of work experience. Our program helps you meet those requirementsPossible careers include: residential designer, commercial designer, procurement for a design firm, kitchen and bath designer, drafter, lighting designer, sales representative, general contractorCompanies that have employed our graduates: HomeWerks, Orland Park, Ill.; Definition by Design, Grand Haven, Mich.; Holly Hunt/Luxury Home Furnishing, Merchandise Mart, Chicago; Getty’s Hospitality Design Firm; Lee Lumber/Smart Rooms, ChicagoInterior Design is part of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences within the School of Professional Studies.
Gain the skills and the knowledge you need to build a successful career.