What will I learn?

Interior Design involves the creation of functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces and experiences in our buildings and places dealing with small and large-scale projects and installations - from single family homes and model apartments to retail, office, hospitality and health care applications.

Program Objectives

  • It is the mission of the Interior Design program to provide students the opportunity to participate in the design, development and implementation of creative and technical solutions for a variety of interior environments in which all people exist and function.
  • The program offers coursework that synthesizes design history and theory, structural and technical systems, legal, ethical, and economic frameworks for professional practice along with the social, cultural and environmental context of the built environment.
  • Students will deal with Interior Design in the context of the architectural and engineering environments in which their anticipated projects reside.
  • The program prepares students to fully utilize 21st century technology, specifically information technology and digital media, in the process and products of Interior Design.
  • An additional and critical goal of the program is the preparation of students to work in maintaining the health, safety and welfare of the public by understanding and adhering to building and life safety codes, having an awareness of ergonomics, universal design, and ADA requirements, and becoming knowledgeable about environmentally responsible building practices and materials. And, as designers, we want everything to look good.

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to conceive and design for interior spaces, incorporating knowledge and skills.
  • Understanding the basic principles of design and color in two and three dimensions, particularly with regard to human response and behavior. Design principles include, but are not limited to, an understanding of basic visual elements, principles of organization and expression and design problem solving.
  • Ability to apply design and color principles in a wide variety of residential and non-residential projects. This requires an in-depth knowledge of the aesthetic and functional properties of structure and surface, space and scale, materials, furniture, artifacts, textiles, lighting, acoustics, heating and cooling systems, air quality systems, and the ability to research and solve problems creatively in ways that pertain to the function, quality and effect of specific interior programs.
  • Understanding of the technical issues of human factors and basic elements of human behavior, including areas such as programming, environmental control systems, anthropometrics, ergonomics, proxemics, way finding, sustainability, universal design, and design for the physically and mentally challenged. In making design decisions, the ability to integrate human-behavior and human-factor considerations with project goals and design elements.

Where do Interior Design majors work?

Common Job Titles

  • Color and Window Treatments Specialist
  • Interior Designer
  • Project Coordinator
  • Electronics Sales Associate
  • CAD Designer

Top Employers

  • Sequoia Group Holdings
  • WSP
  • Tricarico Architecture and Design PC
  • Breslow Home Design Center
  • Target

Which department am I in?

J. Robert and Barbara A. Hillier College of Architecture and Design

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$30,160.00 per year
This fees is for 2020 and subject to change for the academic year.

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

Start date

1 September 2020, 19 January 2021


J. Robert and Barbara A. Hillier College of Architecture and Design

University Heights,

Weston Hall 340,


New Jersey,

07102, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a high school graduates who have not previously attended college may apply for admission as freshmen.

For international students

We consider your entire academic high school record, especially your grades in math, science and English. We also take into account trends in your performance, for example, if your grades have improved from freshman to senior year.

Students in the top 25 percent of their class meet our class rank requirements. If your school does not use a ranking system, we consider a 3.0 GPA to be equivalent.

English Language Requirement: Students whose native language is not English are required to submit their results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination or the International English Language System (IELTS) and may also be required to take courses in English as a Second Language. The minimum TOEFL score is 550 on the paper-based exam, 213 on the computer-based exam, or 79 on the internet-based exam. The minimum IELTS score is 6.0.

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About this uni

As an industry leader, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) prepares students for careers in the ever-changing technological market.

  • No.1 university in USA for upward mobility
  • State-of-the-art facilities and leading industry connections
  • Lively campus just 20 minutes from Manhattan, New York
  • 11,400 students from over 70 different countries enrolled