Interior Design – Program Features
Project Based Learning
Student chapters of professional organizations such as the International Interior Design Association, American Society of Interior Designers and the US Green Building Council provide networking opportunities and entry into interior design events.
The intensive BFA program includes the study of research and visualization methods, architectural principles, human factors, color, lighting, code issues, business practice, and the latest computer technologies. Students develop a diverse, competitive and professional portfolio and participate in the senior show. A required senior capstone project is the culmination of a student’s design skills, techniques, practices, creativity and values. Projects range from a variety of facility types including health care, hospitality, educational, retail and residential.
Graduates of Maryville’s Interior Design program take the national licensing exam administered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification and/or a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) exam.
Maryville is proud to work with numerous corporate and civic organizations in St. Louis and beyond through partnerships created in support of our academic programs and student opportunities. The list of the University's partners is long, impressive, and ever expanding: Rawlings, Mercy, St. Louis Public Schools, Parkway School District, Edward Jones, Northwestern Mutual, RGA, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, and Maritz, just to name a few.
Our partners provide students with opportunities to experience hands-on involvement in real-world projects, requiring them to hone market-ready skills even before they graduate. Students also experience a variety of work environments and develop a network of industry contacts through these partnerships, so Maryville graduates often have a competitive edge in the job market. In fact, many of our partners provide valuable internships—which can lead to full-time jobs with the firm or agency.