The interior design program at Utah State University is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the first in the state to gain this recognition, and has a solid reputation for winning national and international design competitions.
Our faculty are experts at preparing interior designers for professional success. Students are provided with numerous experiences to help them acquire and hone their design skills, and each year we bring internationally renowned designers and architects to campus to work with our students. National and international study experiences to significant design venues and historical sites are also provided. Students are active in professional associations including ASID, IIDA, and USGBC.
In this highly competitive technical program students must pass a first-year portfolio review to gain admission and complete a second-year review to continue in the program. A minimum six-week internship is required during the summer of the third year, and students have the opportunity to pass the LEED Green Associate exam, before graduating with a Bachelor of Interior Design degree. Students may also desire continue their studies in architecture and apply for a graduate program that best fits their goals. Our graduates enter the job market with real-world experience, go on to successful careers, and become leaders in the design profession.
Statement of Accredited Status:
The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Interior Design degree is accredited by:
Council for Interior Design Accreditation
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 Interior Design degree granted Utah State University by 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: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements. This degree program does not prepare students to sit for the (ARE) Architectural Registration Exam. It also prepares students for post-graduate degrees in Architecture.
The mission of the Interior Design Program at Utah State University is to nurture students as they become leaders in design. This is accomplished through a balanced curriculum that provides students with a foundation in both theory and practical knowledge. As educators comprised of interior designers, a graphic designer, and an architect and will:
- Impact and improve the human experience in the built environment.
- Challenge students to think beyond their current mindset and foster innovation.
- Support students as they seek to excel, both academically and personally.
- Be prepared to work with other disciplines and specialists in a positive collaborative environment.
- Provide exposure to the world of design outside the region, both nationally and internationally.
- Foster a culture of inclusion and diversity.
- Emphasize design for the sustainability of society, the environment, and human well-being.
- Prepare students for graduate work and a career at the top levels of the profession.
- Inspire students to use their talents and skills to make a difference in the communities in which they live and work.
We expect our graduates to make significant contributions to the world as designers by impacting their communities and the profession through service and leadership, and by striving to change the world around them. We are leaders in design.
Interior Design Faculty:
Darrin Brooks - Professor of Interior Design
Interior Design Area Coordinator
Susie Tibbitts - Assistant Professor of Interior Design
Steven Mansfield - Principal Lecturer of Interior Design
Holly Murdock - Assistant Professor of Interior Design
Shelbi Boehme - Staff Assistant
Accolades and Awards
BID in Interior Design Four-Year Plan
BID First Year Review
BID Senior Exhibition
Student Achievement Data for CIDA Accreditation
Visiting Designers + Architects Program
Communitas Lecture Series
CIDA Accreditation Standards
What is Interior Design?