Bachelor of fine arts

Interior Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design 

The Interior Design Program at American International University prepares design professionals committed to improving the quality of life, increasing productivity, and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public in interior environments. The curriculum requires a rigorous investigation into artistic conceptualization along with the design of the interior space and its furnishings. Career options include residential and commercial design within the architectural and interior design industries, exhibit, and furniture design.

Program Learning Outcomes

The base of Knowledge: Produce designs that effectively use essential design tools: concepts, formal design principles/structures, and skills;

Understanding: Incorporate historical and contemporary practices into the design process;

Critical Thinking: Articulate the relationship between form, content, and social/cultural contexts that have impacted the choice of essential design tools;

Synthesis: Create designs that synthesize a variety of conceptual approaches, processes, technical knowledge, and research methods in response to complex situations and scenarios.

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Interior Design Degree Plan


What can I do with my major?

Career Opportunities

  • Interior Designer
  • Furniture Designers
  • Exhibition Designers
  • Lighting Designers
  • Kitchen Designers

Degree Requirements

The School of  Architecture and Design offers two majors: Graphic Design and Interior Design.

School of Architecture and Design Requirements 

Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program must complete a minimum of 120 credits including satisfaction of all degree requirements of AIU. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic rules of AIU and those of the department.

General Education Requirements 


School Core Requirements


Major Requirements


Total Credits Required for Degree (minimum)



General Education Requirements

American International University has established seven competencies that form the foundation of the learning outcomes in our courses. Upon successful completion of the General Education program, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Critical thinking
  • Effective communication
  • Ethical reasoning
  • Global self-awareness
  • Information literacy
  • Mathematical and scientific reasoning
  • Quantitative and IT Literacy

With the understanding that our students will specialize in a variety of academic majors, the General Education Program requirements are designed to ensure that all students will acquire experiential and activity-based learning and the application of knowledge in concrete situations as part of their AIU experience.  

Required Interior Design Courses

All Interior Design students must complete the following courses. Students are responsible for observing all course prerequisites and limitations.

  • Drawing I
  • Surface Studio
  • Space Studio
  • Time Studio
  • Design Process
  • History of Modern Design I
  • Architectural Drafting and Perspective Drawing
  • Interior Design: CAD I
  • Interior Design: CAD II
  • Interior Design Studio I
  • Interior Design Studio II
  • Interior Design Studio III
  • Interior Design Studio IV
  • Interior Perspective and Illustration
  • Furniture/Product Workshop
  • Interior Materials and Systems
  • Building Construction Systems in Architecture I
  • Interior Lighting Design Application
  • Building Construction Systems in Architecture II
  • Supervised Feild Experience
  • Senior Seminar
  • Business Practicum
  • Art/Design Studio Electives

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