Interior Design

Careers in Interior Design

Iowa State interior design graduates are employed by interior design and architectural firms, retail stores, and the design departments of corporations and institutions. Some are self-employed and own their own studios. Some are involved in areas of specialization, such as offices; restaurants, hotels and resorts; health-related facilities; retail and exhibition design; places of worship; schools; museums and theaters; government facilities, etc. Still others are involved in specialized aspects of the field such as lighting, color and materials specification, manufacturer’s representation, sustainability, adaptive re-use and historic preservation.

Many employers prefer to hire entry-level interior designers who have internship experience, which  significantly reduces the amount of on-the-job training they must provide. Our degree program includes an internship requirement, and we also offer a variety of specialized option studios that help students hone their competitive edge.