As a student in our Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredited program, you’ll be able to answer those questions by becoming a creative, socially responsible interior designer. You’ll develop design skills that emphasize imagination while taking into account the needs of the space and your future clients.

Interior Design Program Mission Statement

The interior design major prepares women to be creative and responsible designers. The curriculum stresses the broad intellectual development needed for leadership in the professions and the fundamental skills to enter the profession.

“Interior Design is much more about the carving of interior space. We deal with floors, walls, ceilings and the volumetric space between. How people use the intended space is of the utmost importance. The health, safety and well-being of the occupants, building codes, along with the aesthetics of a space are all taken into account.”

Francine Martini
AIA, IDEC, IIDA, NCIDQ
Assistant Professor, Interior Design

Interior Design Program Philosophy

Faculty share a commitment to a philosophy of an integrated curriculum that demands that the student be simultaneously and sequentially involved with diverse disciplines and concepts, faculty and other students. The program is rooted in design and is supported by a foundation program and a broad spectrum of liberal arts courses. The interior design curriculum is structured to enable the program to teach the fundamentals of interior design and to reflect changes in the profession.

Interior Design Program Goals

  • Think critically, analytically and conceptually to solve spatial problems
  • Acquire the technical knowledge base that is fundamental to interior design
  • Communicate effectively in written, oral and graphic form
  • Develop a personal value system based on social responsibility and professionalism

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Avenue Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI 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 degree granted by Moore College of Art & Design meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information on NCIDQ Exam eligibility, visit: cidq.org/paths

Interior Design Student Retention, Attrition, Graduate Rate, Employment and Graduate School Data (PDF)

Moore Interior Design students have interned or worked after graduation for companies like...
  • Amanda Maier Design
  • Blackney and Hayes Architects
  • Chesterfield Architects 
  • Daroff Design Inc. 
  • Marguerite Rodgers LTD.
  • The McMullin Design Group
  • Target Corporation 
  • Toll Brothers
INTERIor DEsign ADVISORY BOARD
  • Carol Reitter Elia, ASID, LEED-AP, NCIDQ, SAGE | Principal, CR DESIGN
  • Al Holm, AIA | Principal, Alvin Holm AIA Architects
  • John Kelly, ASID | Principal, John Kelly Interior Design Inc.
  • Bridget McMullin ASID, NCIDQ CAPS REGREEN | Principal, McMullin Design Group
  • Michelle Reese NCIDQ | Interior Designer, Francis Cauffman
  • Min Park NCIDQ | Interior Designer, Daroff Design
  • Andrea Kudzmas | Interior Designer, Glenna Stone Interior Design
  • Marguerite Rodgers | Principal, Marguerite Rodgers Interior Design
  • Lee D. Waldron | President, Grenald Waldron Associates

Interior Design Core Curriculum

Foundation Design I & II

Foundation Drawing I & II 

Visual Thinking

Visual Communication

Color Theory

Writing Workshop I & II

Art History I & II

Materials & Construction

History of Interior Design 

Digital Representation

Interior Design I & II

Linear Perspective for Interiors

Modern & Contemporary Art History Course

Non-Western Art History

Interpreting History

Cultural Collisions and Transformations

Interior Design III & IV

Lighting

Advanced Digital Representation

Interior Building Systems

Professional Development I

History of Modern Design

Interior Design Theory and Criticism

Liberal Arts Electives

Studio Electives

Historic Preservation

Construction Documents

Programming

Interior Design Thesis

Professional Development II (Internship)

Liberal Arts Electives

Open Electives 

More Perks & Opportunities

Local Inspiration

Tours, lectures and field studies of Philadelphia’s well-known historic and contemporary interiors.

Materials Library

Stocked with samples and references to help bring your projects to life.

The Right Credentials

The Interior Design major is a CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) accredited program and students can receive NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) eligibility.

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