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College of Architecture and Environmental Design
College of Architecture and Environmental Design

304 Taylor Hall
Tel: 330-672-2789 | Fax: 330-672-3809


The Interior Design program focuses on human needs that can be fulfilled by the design of one's surroundings. This program teaches interior designers to identify, research and creatively solve problems relative to the function and quality of one's near environment. Competencies achieved in the program include fundamental design; design analysis; space planning and programming; and the design of all interior spaces, with an understanding of health, safety and welfare of the public as they relate to all aspects of environmental design.  

Career Opportunities

Interior designers work in a wide range of environments, including restaurants, hotels, stores, offices, airports, hospitals and homes. Surveys indicate that a majority of interior designers practice in several areas, although they tend to favor one or two.
Practitioners often contribute to design education as part-time educators or participants in studio critiques. Some interior designers become full-time educators, helping to train the next generation.

Interior designers also work as sales and marketing professionals in related industries. for example, an interior designer might be the sales and marketing representative for a major carpet manufacturer, providing product information to interior designers and architects. (Source: Careers in Interior Design)

Admission Requirements

Direct admission to the Interior Design program is based on a combination of high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores.

General Admissions for New Freshmen:
There are open admissions to this program, but early application is advised. Students are admitted to interior design based on a cumulative high school grade point average of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) AND a minimum ACT composite score of 22 (1020 SAT combined critical reading and math score).
Students most likely to be admitted and succeed at the Kent Campus are those who have graduated with at least 16 units of the recommended college preparatory curriculum in high school. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for new freshmen

Admissions for Transfer Students: Generally, a transfer applicant who has taken 12 or more semester hours with a college cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale may be admitted. An applicant who has taken fewer than 12 semester hours will be evaluated on both collegiate and high school records. For more information on admissions, visit the Admissions website for transfer students

Students who do not qualify for admission as a result of GPA below 2.50 are placed as AEDG majors until the required GPA is achieved.

AED-Gs are assigned to freshman orientation classes with all College of Architecture and Environmental Design majors. These classes aid in understanding the broad range of career options within the environmental design professions. Students should take regular coursework in preparation to attempt entry into one of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design majors or may consider alternative degree program options. Students should meet with their advisor to aid in making a decision regarding their degree program and major. In order to move forward with a minimum loss of credit hours, it is strongly recommended that AED-G students, who were not accepted into a degree program, choose an alternate degree program within or outside the College prior to completing 45 credit hours.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum 131 credit hours, including all required coursework. Minimum 39 upper-division credit hours. Minimum 2.500 GPA in major, including interior design, art, architecture, marketing, visual communication design and technology courses. Minimum 2.000 cumulative GPA.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

1. Demonstrate necessary research skills and appropriate writing skills.

2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of design and systems integration through a thesis or capstone experience and participation in an array of professional practice and "field" related coursework.

Study Abroad/Away Opportunities

The college offers full-semester programs abroad for qualified third-year Interior Design students. The study abroad program is housed in the 13th-century Palazzo dei Cerchi, located in the heart of historic Florence, Italy. The program is open to all students who have made satisfactory progress toward completion of their undergraduate program.

Program Fee



Council for Interior Design Accreditation

Student Organizations

Interior Design Student Collaborative, American Society of Interior Designers, International Interior Design Association, United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Construction Specification Institute (CSI)

Type Legend: DD Diversity–Domestic; DG Diversity–Global; ELR Experiential Learning; KAD Kent Core Additional; KBS Kent Core Basic Sciences; KCM Kent Core Composition; KFA Kent Core Fine Arts: KHU Kent Core Humanities; KMC Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning; KSS Kent Core Social Sciences; WIC Writing Intensive

Please read the sections in the University Catalog on Kent Core, diversity, writing-intensive and the experiential learning requirements.

Type Course Title Credits
  US 10097 Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
II.   MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS (100 credits)  Courses count in major GPA 
Type Course Title Credits
  AED 10001 Design Thinking I* 2
    10002 Design Thinking II* 2
    10101 Design Foundations Studio I* 3
    10102 Design Foundations Studio II* 3
KFA  ARCH 10012 Survey of Architectural History II 3
KFA ARTH 22007 Art History II: Renaissance to Modern Art 3
  ID 14011 Introduction to Interior Design* 1
    14012 Design and Human Behavior* 3
    24001 Interior Design Studio I: Space Planning and Human Factors* 3
    24002 Interior Design Studio II: Detailing and Fabrication* 3
    24011 Methods and Materials I: Building Systems* 3
    24012 Codes and Standards for Interior Practice*
    24013 History of Interiors I: Ancient to 15th Century*
    24021 Integrated Digital Applications* 3
    24022  3D Modeling and Rendering*
    34001 Interior Design Studio III: Large Scale Planning and Documentation* 4
    34002 Interior Design Studio IV: Global and Historical Context* 4
    34011 Lighting for Interior Spaces 3
    34012 Methods and Materials II: Interior Materials 3
    34013 Interior Design Business and Professional Practice* 3
    34021 Lighting for Interior Spaces Laboratory 1
    34022 Methods and Materials II: Interior Materials Laboratory* 1
    34023 Personal Branding and Image Making* 3
    44001 Interior Design Studio V: Specialized Focus and Populations* 5
    44002 Interior Design Studio VI: Community Engagement* 5
    44011 Integrated Design Practice and Project Management* 2
    44014 History of Interiors II: 16th through 19th Century* 3
    44015 History of Interiors III: 20th Century to the Present* 3
    44041 Current Issues in Interior Design* 1
ELR   44592 Professional Interior Design Internship* 1
    44611 Interior Design Research and Programming* 2
    44612 Interior Specifications and Cost Analysis* 3
WIC   44631 Inquiry for Evidence-Based Design* 1
  MKTG 25010 Principles of Marketing 3

Personal Selling (3)
Retailing and Web-Based Merchandising (3)
  TECH 11071 Woods Technology I 3
    31015 Construction Technology 3
Type Course Title Credits
KAD COMM 15000 Introduction to Human Communication 3
KSS ECON 22060 Principles of Microeconomics 3
KMC MATH 11010 Algebra for Calculus 3
Choose from the following: 3


General Psychology (3)
Introduction to Sociology (3)
  Kent Core Composition 6-8
  Kent Core Humanities 3
  Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory) 6-7
  Kent Core Additional 3

* A minimum grade of C (2.000) must be earned.

Note 1: A minimum 2.500 cumulative GPA is required for advancement to second year and a 2.500 GPA in the major to graduate.

Note 2: This professional program is based on both lecture and studio work. Because of this, the coursework requires the use of expendable materials. Interior Design majors are expected to purchase art supplies and materials beyond the regular textbooks.

Special Major Note:

Students who pass 15 credits of non-remedial academic coursework each fall and spring semester and the 1-credit First Year Experience course will accumulate 121 credits in four years. This major requires 131 credits for graduation. Students can stay on track for graduation by:

  • Declaring their major as freshmen and completing all courses in sequence (bear in mind that switching majors may cause a delay in graduation);
  • Prioritizing required courses above electives;
  • Meeting regularly with their academic advisors to stay on track;
  • Passing each required course the first time attempted and maintaining the minimal GPA for the major;
  • Successfully completing more than 15 credit hours of relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during academic semesters; and/or
  • Completing relevant coursework (field-based work, internship) during summer sessions.