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Interior ArchitectureMajor

Our graduates do much more than design houses; they design hospitals and hotels, offices and schools, textiles and furniture. They represent manufacturers, create lighting systems and preserve historic buildings.


What is Interior Architecture at WVU like?


Our program teaches students to identify, research and creatively solve problems in the design of functional and high-quality interior environments. You will learn approaches to design, interior construction, sustainable practices, interior materials and building codes.

While in the program, you will engage in programming, design analysis and space planning in interior environments. Our students prepare computer-aided and hand-rendered 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.

Entry into the program is competitive. Students are evaluated at the end of their first year and a cohort of the top 20 are selected based on their performance in the Interior Design courses, projects and overall grade point average.

Interior Architecture majors are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of clubs and extracurricular activities across the campus, such as the Solar House Decathlon and the WVU Chapter of the The American Society of Interior Designers.

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What makes Interior Architecture at WVU unique?

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Graduates work in many design fields. Some become commercial designers, creating retail spaces, corporate offices, educational facilities or healthcare buildings. They may also become product designers, facility managers or project managers. Others pursue residential interiors; they may start their own residential design businesses, become textile designers, create kitchens and baths or represent furniture manufacturers. Interior designers may also specialize in lighting systems, historic preservation or sustainable design.

Our graduates have been hired by large international commercial design firms such as SmithGroupJJR, real estate development firms such as David S. Brown Enterprises Ltd. and the Disney Corporation. More locally, recent graduates have found jobs with architectural firms such as Omni Associates, commercial office companies such as Omega Commercial Interiors and kitchen and bath specialty companies such as Davis Kitchen and Tile.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Interior Architecture major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


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What are the courses like in Interior Architecture at WVU?

ID 110:
Introduction to Interior Design

Introduction to design philosophy, elements and principles, universal and sustainable design, and aesthetic and functional evaluation in the context of interior environments using design as a methodology and problem- solving process.

ID 125:
Design Foundations

PR or CONC: ID 110. Application of the theoretical elements and principles of design to two-and three-dimensional compositions.

ID 225:
Space Planning

Studio experience using two-and three-dimensional techniques to increase understanding of spatial relationships; emphasis on ergonomics, anthropometrics, and proxemics.

ID 325:
Computer-Aided Drafting and Design

Lecture/studio using computer-aided drafting and design for interior design; emphasis on CADD as a drafting tool.

ID 330:
Design for Quality of Living

Introduces the concept and methodology of design thinking and the theoretical base of "quality of living" through design programming to enhance quality of living.

ID 375:
Residential Interior Design

Studio experience in residential interior design problems; emphasis on design process, problem solving, functional and aesthetic considerations, critiquing and graphic presentations.

Cost and Aid

How much does Interior Architecture at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates are available on our tuition website. Anyone who is not a current West Virginia resident, including international students, will be charged non-resident rates.

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Extra Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design may qualify for Innovators scholarships based on GPA. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

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What are the requirements to apply for Interior Architecture at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Interior Architecture major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2024-25 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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