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What will I learn?

The philosophy and mission of the Interior Design program are consistent with the university’s mission to prepare students for a life of engagement and achievement in multiple fields of endeavor. The Interior Design Program also shares an overall philosophy with Design & Visual Art Programs. The Design & Visual Art programs offer courses of study combining liberal and professional learning that supports the University as an educational and cultural center within the Saint Louis community. The B.F.A. program is designed to promote creative thinking, aesthetic understanding, and technical proficiency, along with a historical perspective and a strong liberal arts core. Program faculties share a close mentoring relationship with their students and combine pre-career advising, internships, and the cultivation of professional contacts with academic guidance. Design is a life skill, a process that can be applied to a lifetime of decision-making. It involves awareness, intentionality, objectivity, creativity, critical analysis, evolution, implementation, and technical skill. Interior design is an extension of that root art and design process with a layering of the specialized knowledge of the interior professions.


The Interior Design program strives to develop ‘practice ready’ students who combine creativity and critical thinking skills through a rigorous curriculum structured to facilitate development of a diverse, creative and competitive portfolio. We prepare students not just to enter the interior design profession, but to become contributing members of a global market with a spirit of service and commitment to sustainable and universal design practices. Both theory and practice are components of this thorough design education which includes research and visualization methods, architectural principles, sustainable design, human factors, color, lighting, code issues, business practice, and computer technologies including digital fabrication. All phases of the design process are addressed: programming, schematic design, design development, construction documents and construction administration. The program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).


To provide the foundation for excellence in the interior design profession by incorporating ‘theory-based’ and ‘practice ready’ education:

  • Provoke critical and creative thinking
  • Strengthen verbal, graphic and technical skills
  • Encourage research and develop ability to analyze problems and synthesize information
  • Support service learning and community engagement (through professional and service activities)
  • Provide practical experience through internships
  • Encourage active learning
  • Communicate high expectations
  • Respect diverse talents and ways of learning

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
$26,070.00 (19,35,317) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected August 2021


College of Arts and Sciences

650 Maryville University Drive,



63141, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have high school diploma; A high school grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).

For international students

To be considered for admission, applicants should have:

  • A high school diploma with a minimum of 22 units of credit including four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, two units of social sciences (social studies) and three additional units in any of the above areas or in a foreign language.
  • A high school grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Freshman applicants who do not meet the criteria listed above, and GED/HiSet applicants (who are considered on a case-by-case basis) may be asked to submit additional material, come to Maryville for a personal interview, and/or complete additional testing before an admission decision is made.

Maryville University requires that students provide proof of English proficiency for study at the University. The following are acceptable means of providing proof of English proficiency:

  • TOEFL: 69 overall with no sub score lower than 15, or
  • IELTS: 6.0 with no sub score lower than 5, or
  • DET: 40, or
  • PTE ACADEMIC: 47, or
  • ELS Center: Level 112 completed with a 2.5 grade or better, or
  • U.S. University/College Study: English Composition 104 equivalent with a “C” grade or better. English for non-native speakers does not qualify, or
  • A Level: 1 “A” grade or better in English or 3 “B” grades or better in subjects other than Math.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

Maryville University offers below pathways course for this subject

About Maryville University

Maryville University is a renowned private institution in St. Louis, Missouri that offers a well-rounded education designed for student success.

  • Ranked amongst America’s top colleges
  • Prides itself on outstanding and innovative teaching
  • 98% of recent graduates are employed or in further study
  • Learning diagnostics and life coaching for every student