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Interior Design

administrative contact

Joy Patterson
phone: 304-293-3635

program contact

Cindy Beacham
phone: 304-293-3471

Program Details

Program Description

The Interior Design Program, which is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, teaches students to identify, research and creatively solve problems pertaining to the design of functional and high quality interior environments. They gain specialized knowledge of interior construction, sustainable practices, interior materials, furnishing and aesthetics, building codes, and social and ethical responsibilities of designers. Students engage in programming, design analysis and space planning relative to interior environments. They prepare drawings and documents that detail their specifications for aesthetically pleasing interiors that meet client needs, enhance quality of life and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

Career Profile

Employment in design occupations is expected to grow. Interior designers often work for interior design firms, architectural firms, department and home furnishing stores, or hotel and restaurant chains. Beginning designers usually receive on-the-job-training and normally need one to three years of apprenticeship before they advance to higher level positions.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

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WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Interior Design Program is fully accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research.