Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
The Interior Design profession concerns itself with the interior spaces of buildings, emphasizing the physical, psychological, and social needs of people at work and leisure.
Through an academic program balanced between comprehensive courses, studios, and cooperative education experiences, students are taught to understand a client's interactions within society and be capable of translating this understanding into appropriate and inspiring design for interior environments. Each level of the student's education engages knowledge and skills in problem discovery and resolution, critical and imaginative thinking, verbal and visual communication, and appropriate technologies.
The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design program is five years in length and requires approximately 1.5 years of cooperative education experience. According to DesignIntelligence, DAAP's Interior Design program is number four in the nation for 2017-2018, and is consistently in the to 10 from year to year. DesignIntelligence lists the Interior Design program as the number one most admired by academic deans and department heads in the country, citing "its co-op program, dedicated studio space, and competent students who are well prepared for practice."
In spring quarter 2011, interior design students designed "creative spaces" for Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI), home to HGTV, DIY, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and GAC. This collaboration was a natural outgrowth of SNI's relationship with DAAP, which began when students took cooperative education assignments with HGTV.
STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT DATA 2013–2015
92.6 percent of the students from the incoming class of 2009 graduated within six years.
82.1 percent of the students from the incoming class of 2010 graduated within six years.
94.7 percent of the full-time freshmen BS Interior Design student cohort entering in fall 2013 returned in fall 2014.
96.6 percent of the full-time freshmen BS Interior Design student cohort entering in fall 2014 returned in fall 2015.
92.9 percent of the full-time freshmen BS Interior Design student cohort entering in fall 2015 returned in fall 2016.
92 percent of 2013-2015 graduates had a full-time position within three months of graduation.
71 percent of 2013-2015 graduates started at a salary greater than $40,000/year. 18 percent started at a salary greater than $50,000/year.*
Acceptance into Graduate Programs*:
4 percent of the 2013-2015 graduates pursued a post-graduate degree.*
*Based on a 2017 survey of 49 responses out of the 89 graduates between 2013 and 2015 or a response rate of 55 percent.