Interior Design

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree or minor in interior design is for the student with a passion for creating, styling and designing a space.

Interior design students learn a breadth of knowledge — space planning, architectural design, writing project specifications, furniture, lighting, art, flooring, paint, wall coverings and so much more. To utilize this knowledge, they understand that people desire spaces to promote wellness, inspiration and sustainability.


Certification

A career in interior design requires both education and practical experience. The interior design program at Olivet is certified by the National Council for Interior Design (NCID), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) is also important. To sit for the NCIDQ exam, students need 60 credit hours and two years of work experience. Our program prepares students for each step along the way and meet those requirements.


Ideal Location

Olivet is located less than 60 miles from Chicago’s Merchandise Mart and 350 West Mart Center, home to 120 wholesale showrooms. Students experience the Mart through workshops, seminars and projects and have opportunities to present their work to professionals.

 

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Real Life Experience

Every year, Olivet interior design students work with real clients from the local community to compete for awards in the Ugly Kitchen Contest. Those entering the competition receive valuable experience and winners receive cash prizes.

Possible Careers After Graduation

  • Residential designer
  • Commercial designer
  • Kitchen & bath designer
  • Drafter
  • Lighting designer
  • Sales representative
  • General contractor
  • Procurement specialist for a design firm

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Professional Affiliation

Olivet Nazarene University's interior design program is affiliated with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). This affiliation provides students professional development opportunities to network and learn. NKBA also provides scholarships and has great resources for students and professionals.

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