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Interior Design & Fashion Merchandising, B.S.

Interior Design Concentration

The Interior Design Concentration curriculum covers all areas of commercial and residential design. Design principles are applied to interiors that include offices, restaurants, retail and hospitality facilities, healthcare facilities, as well as single and multi-family residences. Emphasis is placed on computer technology and aspects of universal design and sustainability as good design practices.

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National Association of Schools of Art and Design Accreditation

The Interior Design program at Western Kentucky University is pleased to announce that it has received notice that the Interior Design Bachelor of Science degree has been granted accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).   This accreditation took effect in October 2016.

The mission of the Interior Design program is to promote, develop and advance the profession of Interior Design. Goals for the Interior Design Program are the following:

  • Student centered-program that promotes academic freedom, inquiry and freedom of expression.
  • Develop practical, technical and organizational skills needed for a global society.
  • Refine abilities to formulate practical and creative solutions relevant to the needs of society.
  • Engage students in the exploration of historical, multi-cultural, global and future oriented perspectives.
  • Promote design as essential in the cultural and intellectual life of society.
  • Research based, resource utilizing and embracing new technology.
  • Develop professional exposure of the design community.
The Interior Design major at WKU is comprised of 81 hours in the major and 42 hours of general education and other electives to total 125 hours. The central purpose of this program is to prepare graduates who can successfully design interior spaces which satisfy the functional and aesthetic needs of the users. Specifically, graduates will be able to identify, research, and creatively solve problems pertaining to the function and quality of the interior environment and perform services relative to its design, including programming, analysis, space planning and aesthetics based on specialized knowledge of interior construction, building codes, equipment, materials and furnishings. Graduates will have skills for preparing drawings and documents relative to the design in order to enhance and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.



Scholarships & Financial Aid

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  • ahs@wku.edu

  • Academic Complex
    1906 College Heights Blvd. #11037
    Bowling Green, KY 42101

Accreditations achieved within the Applied Human Sciences Department

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) - Nutrition & Dietetic Undergraduate and Graduate programs

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - Early Childhood Education Associate Degree

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) - Interior Design program


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