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.

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accredidation,, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.

The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design granted by Sullivan University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit:

B.A. Course Work

Course Course Title Credit Hours
BUS 224 Professional Development 4
COM 204 Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Management 4
CSC 118 Computer Applications I 4
DRF 135 Computer Aided Design Drafting I 3
ENG 101 Composition I 4
ENG 102 Composition II 4
FYE 101 Information Literacy 4
GEO 244 North American Geography 4
GEO 274 Global Environment 4
HST 124 Art History I 4
HST 225 Art History II 4
HST 274 American Government 4
IDB 101 Fundamentals of Interior Design 4
IDB 111 Architectural Drafting 3
IDB 121 Visual Communications I 3
IDB 131 Design History and Theory I 4
IDB 141 Human Factors 4
IDB 151 Materials and Products 4
IDB 161 Color Theory and Application 3
IDB 171 Space and Form 3
IDB 181 Residential Design Studio 3
IDB 200 Design History and Theory II 4
IDB 201 Studio I 3
IDB 211 Visual Communications II 3
IDB 221 Digital Modeling 3
IDB 231 Design Programming 3
IDB 241 Lighting Design 4
IDB 251 Interior Systems and Construction 4
IDB 261 Codes, Standards and Compliance 3
IDB271 Contract Documenting & Detailing 4
IDB 281 Kitchen and Bath Studio I 3
IDB 291 Studio II 3
IDB 301 Special Topics 3
IDB 311 Kitchen and Bath Studio II 3
IDB 321 Studio III 3
IDB 331 Environmentally Responsible Design 4
IDB 341 Studio IV 3
IDB 351 Business Practices and Ethical Design 4
IDB 361 Furniture Design Studio 3
IDB 371 Global Design Studio 3
IDB 401 Studio V 3
IDB 421 Graduate Studio I 3
IDB 431 Portfolio and Critique 4
IDB 441 Certification Preparation 3
IDB 451 Graduate Studio II 3
IDB 461 Internship/Co-op (Department Chair Approval) 4
LNG 144 Conversational Spanish I 4
MTH 113 Mathematical Concepts 4
MTH 123 Advanced Mathematics 4
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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