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Oklahoma State University

Interior Design

What You Will Learn

The program incorporates components of graphic, interior, and materials design. Coursework includes fundamentals of design, design analysis, ergonomics, concept development, space planning and programming, universal design principles, computer-aided design (CAD), and related aspects of environmental design. A required professional internship provides valuable work experience prior to graduation.

Career Opportunities

Students in interior design are preparing for careers as professionals who assist businesses and families in planning and solving problems relative to the function and quality of interior working and living environments. Career opportunities include professional practice in interior design and architectural firms, lighting design, facility management, historic restoration and preservation, and product design and sales management.

The OSU Distinction

The undergraduate interior design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), and the program has achieved national ranking by the publication Design Intelligence.

Internships/Clubs

The American Society of Interior Designers - Student Chapter (ASID) is a professional society which promotes the profession of interior design, exposes students to the professional community, and explores the variety of careers available in the field.

The International Facility Management Association - Student Chapter (IFMA) is a professional association which promotes the profession of facilities management, encourages professional development, and introduces students to the philosophy and practice of facility management.

The OSU U.S. Green Building Council (OSU USGBC) is a professional organization committed to a sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving buildings. The USGBC has student chapters for young leaders to come together and participate in green building experiences on their own campuses through service initiatives; the organization also offers Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) workshops that help students to take the LEED Green Associate examination.

A required professional internship provides valuable work experience prior to graduation.

Alumni

  • Laura Britt, Owner of Laura Britt Design (Austin, TX)
  • Lauren Fite, Registered Interior Designer at Dewberry (Tulsa, OK)
  • Tiffany Harper, Strategic Account Manager for Steelcase (Tulsa, OK)
  • Kate Howell, Interior Designer and Senior Associate at Rees Associates (Oklahoma City, OK) 
  • Meagan Humbolt, Registered Interior Designer at Lilly Architects (Tulsa, OK)
  • Molly Gerkin Johnston, Owner of Gerkin Interior Design (Tulsa, OK)
  • Allison Keys, Owner of the Wooden Nickel (Stiilwater, OK)
  • Melissa Lies, Interior Designer with KKT Architects, Inc. (Tulsa, OK)
  • Molly Nelson, CEO & Owner of Prestonwood Design Group (Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX)
  • Brett McPherson, Owner of Designers Brew (Oklahoma City, OK)
  • Jill Selman, Principal at Sparks Reed Architecture & Interiors (Tulsa, OK)
  • Margaret Sevadjian, CEO & President of Charles Alan Incorporated (Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX)
  • Kelli VanderMaas, Principal and Consultant at Interior Planning Services (Tulsa, OK)

Facilities 

As a student in the program, you will create design projects using augmented reality, virtual reality, and digital prototyping in the department’s Mixed Reality Lab. The lab is equipped with a projector-based Passive 3D stereoscopic VR system, multiple VR Head Mounted Display systems, multiple AR Head Mounted Display systems, 3D body /object scanning capabilities, 8-Camera Motion Capture system, multiple 3D printers, as well as a collaborative design console.

Rankings

The undergraduate interior design program has achieved national ranking by the publication Design Intelligence.