Program Features

Concept to Construction and Everything in Between

The B.F.A. in Interior Design is an intensely focused professional degree program that facilitates development of a mature, diverse and competitive portfolio. Topics of study include design theory, concept development, human and environmental factors, architectural drawing, computer-aided design and drafting, furniture design and construction, codes, business practices and presentation techniques. As a student of the program, you will touch on all aspects of interior design including lighting, color, materials, finishes, spatial planning and furnishings.

Interior Design in St. Louis

St. Louis has a large interior design community which offers the opportunity to broaden students’ exposure and experiences.  It also provides access to internships, professional adjunct faculty, field trips, guest critics, and significant employment opportunities.  Graduates from our Interior Design program are working at some of the most prestigious firms in St. Louis and firms nationally ranked among the top 100 interior design firms in the country.  Student chapters of professional organizations such as International Interior Design Association (IIDA), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and the US Green Building Council (USGBC) provide networking opportunities and entry into interior design events.

Program Events

IIDA UnRavel Fashion Show
Our interior design students participate in this bi-annual event, hosted by IIDA Gateway chapter, in which designers create high-fashion ensembles utilizing donated interior design materials.  The event is an excellent opportunity for team-building and networking with local professionals.

Kimball Office Corporate Headquarter Tour
Tour of the Kimball corporate offices, manufacturing facilities, product test lab, product design and research facility and surface materials studio. The two-day tour also includes classroom learning sessions about wood veneer technology, sustainability and e-magine software.

Mock Interview Day
Interior designers and architects from leading firms in St. Louis visit Maryville University to individually critique and discuss student resumes and portfolios.

Senior Show
Senior Show is an exhibit showcasing the final project of Maryville University Interior Design students.  This capstone project is a culmination of each student’s design skills, techniques, practices, creativity and values.  Projects range from a variety of facility types such as Healthcare, Hospitality, Educational, Retail and Residential.  These projects incorporate sustainable design practices, universal design principles and responsible design values.

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