Interior Design

Course Overview

Interior Design majors study creativity, design process, technical skills, digital technology, and design theory to prepare them for their professional career. Interior Design joins with TCU’s Center for International Studies to offer a semester-long program in Italy that immerses students in Italian culture, design, and history. Eligible students study abroad during the spring semester of their junior year.

  • Learn from the pros. Interior Design students at TCU enjoy real-world exposure to the interior design profession by interacting with design professionals from DFW’s significant urban design center.
  • Students have the opportunity to intern with internationally acclaimed interior design and architecture firms such as HKS, Wilson & Associates, and Gensler.
  • Interior Design majors benefit from TCU’s unique Center for Lighting Education, where they study the application of lighting to interior environments.

Course Examples by Year

Fr

Introduction to Interior Design
Design Fundamentals
Space & Color Theory
Hand Sketching for Interiors

So

Applications in Design Process & Theory
Interior Design Illustration
Lighting Fundamentals
Environmental Systems & Construction
Construction Documentation
Interior Design I
Interior Design Components

Jr

History of Interiors I & II
Digital Media for Interior Design
Professional Practices I
Interior Design II & III

Sr

Interior Design Research
Interior Design IV & V (Thesis)
Professional Practices II
Senior Show

An annual portfolio review is conducted in the spring of the first year in the program. Successful passage of the annual portfolio review is required to progress to the second year. Interior Design internship is required in the summer between the junior and senior year.

Where Graduates Go

Most graduates work for interior design or architectural firms in a wide variety of practice areas including healthcare, workplace, aviation, residential, hospitality, and K-12 school design. Other exciting career opportunities include working as a manufacturer’s representative or facility manager, or at a product dealership.