What is Interior Design?


Interior designers are imaginative, creative, artistic, and resourceful. Interior designers know how look at a space or blueprint, and visualize the completed environment. Interior designers work with products, textiles, light, color and materials to create an aesthetic interior  for their client. In addition, interior designers must understand the structural requirements of their plans, the health and safety issues, building codes, and many other technical aspects.

The Interior Design concentration at Radford University provides a comprehensive education, accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, [CIDA]. Please see the Interior Design Concentration Mission and Goal Statement for more information.

Our educational experience at Radford University enhances your creativity while developing your decision-making skills for accommodating all functional, technical, legal and business concerns for a design solution.

Council for Interior Design Accreditation

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, Ml, 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 Fine Arts in Interior Design granted by Radford University 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/paths.


Why Interior Designers Matter : Radford University


Course Examples

DSNI 103 - Visual Thinking for Design

An application of design fundamentals and problem solving techniques to two- and three-dimensional design problems for the interior spatial environment, with attention to human factors. Emphasis is on the design process, including conceptual thinking and creative expression.

DSNI 125 - Technical Drafting

An introduction to the skills and techniques required in representing designed space and form using conventional architectural drawing drafting standards.

DSNI 320 - Computer Aided Design I

An introduction to concepts and techniques of two-dimensional and three-dimensional computer-aided design applications for interior spaces.

DSNI 407 - Senior Showcase and Portfolio

This capstone course is the culminating activity of four years of interior design study. Students confront the challenge of designing and developing their individual portfolios and producing a senior exhibit. This course also provides: learning experiences that engage student in collaboration, consensus building, leadership, and team work.


Students develop entry-level competencies for positions including those in institutional, corporate, hospitality, retail and residential design.

Please see the Interior Design progress sheet for required courses.

Please see our Student Achievement & Institutional Data for more information.


Building a Sustainable Tiny House

Students from a variety of majors enrolled in the Scholar-Citizen: Special Topics in Design-Think Through Make course and researched, designed and prototyped a sustainable tiny house. 


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