Interior Design

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Interior Design

Interior designers don’t just see a space—they see its potential. Guided by the principles of design and their own imaginations, these visionaries transform the spaces in which we spend our lives, including offices, businesses and private homes. Interior design extends far beyond color palettes and throw pillows–our Louisville interior design degree program focuses on the far-reaching impact of effective design, from improving productivity in offices, to promoting environmental sustainability, to increasing the market value of commercial properties.

Make a career out of your creativity as a:

  • Designer
  • Design consultant
  • Sales associate
  • Manufacturer’s representative
  • Resource librarian
  • Lighting specialist
  • Space planner
  • Interior design assistant
  • CADD designer

Aesthetics, functionality and compliance together form the basis of Sullivan University’s interior design degree program in Louisville, KY, along with the application of practical skills such as accurate measuring, cost estimation, computer aided design drafting, perspective drawing and more. You’ll explore the increasingly popular principles of environmental and ergonomic design, while developing your knowledge of sales techniques and best business practices.

Sullivan University is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). This ensures professional training for entry into the practice of Interior Design and the educational foundation that will allow for professional testing for the NCIDQ exam.

B.A. Course Work

CourseCourse TitleCredit Hours
BUS 224Professional Development4
COM 204Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Management4
CSC 118Computer Applications I4
DRF 135Computer Aided Design Drafting I3
ENG 101Composition I4
ENG 102Composition II4
FYE 101Information Literacy4
GEO 244North American Geography4
GEO 274Global Environment4
HST 124Art History I4
HST 225Art History II4
HST 274American Government4
IDB 101Fundamentals of Interior Design4
IDB 111Architectural Drafting3
IDB 121Visual Communications I3
IDB 131Design History and Theory I4
IDB 141Human Factors4
IDB 151Materials and Products4
IDB 161Color Theory and Application3
IDB 171Space and Form3
IDB 181Residential Design Studio3
IDB 200Design History and Theory II4
IDB 201Studio I3
IDB 211Visual Communications II3
IDB 221Digital Modeling3
IDB 231Design Programming3
IDB 241Lighting Design4
IDB 251Interior Systems and Construction4
IDB 261Codes, Standards and Compliance3
IDB271Contract Documenting & Detailing4
IDB 281Kitchen and Bath Studio I3
IDB 291Studio II3
IDB 301Special Topics3
IDB 311Kitchen and Bath Studio II3
IDB 321Studio III3
IDB 331Environmentally Responsible Design4
IDB 341Studio IV3
IDB 351Business Practices and Ethical Design4
IDB 361Furniture Design Studio3
IDB 371Global Design Studio3
IDB 401Studio V3
IDB 421Graduate Studio I3
IDB 431Portfolio and Critique4
IDB 441Certification Preparation3
IDB 451Graduate Studio II3
IDB 461Internship/Co-op (Department Chair Approval)4
LNG 144Conversational Spanish I4
MTH 113Mathematical Concepts4
MTH 123Advanced Mathematics4
Credit Hours 173
General Studies Elective (12 Additional Credit Hours)12
Students must choose three additional General Education
classes from the Social/Behavioral Science category. These
classes are in addition to the required General Education
classes listed in the program. See the Table of Contents to find
the complete list of General Education classes and minimum requirements.
Total Credit Hours for B.A.185


Want to learn more about interior design? These organizations offer great resources for this growing career field:

International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Student Membership provides students enrolled in an interior design program the resources they need for educational and professional development, that are not available on campus. These benefits are exclusive to IIDA Student Members and give aspiring designers unique opportunities to build professional connections that extend well after graduation.

Sullivan University is a NKBA School of Excellence. Students at National Kitchen & Bath Association schools across North America share camaraderie, fellowship and support of other students that are looking for ways to jump start their careers, network with industry professionals and participate in fun and educational activities.

Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design

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