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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 275 / Module
  • Foreign: $ 728 / Module
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    The interior design program is a four-year, professional curriculum accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Accreditations are based on reviews of program competencies and outcomes. CIDA accreditation provides evidence that the competences required to become a professional interior designer are met by the program and students. K-State’s interior design program is within the College of Human Ecology, thus students attain a human ecological perspective on the role of interior design in meeting human needs and enhancing quality of life.

    Interior designers identify, research, and creatively solve problems related to the function of interior environments in order to enhance quality of life and protect public health, safety, and welfare. Interior designers perform services such as programming, design analysis, spatial design, specifications of furnishing and materials, construction documentation, and construction observation. Interior designers use specialized knowledge of human behavior, aesthetics, building regulations, building construction systems, interior materials and finishes, furnishings, and equipment.

    The interior design program emphasizes the interaction between humans and the interior environment. Students are encouraged to become professionals who design interior spaces that are sustainable and enhance user satisfaction, productivity, and safety at all stages of the life cycle. Interior design students take courses in human behavior in the designed environment, interior design, graphic communications, building construction, building systems, history of interior design, basic and advanced computer applications, construction documentation, and professional practice. Areas of focused study available to majors are diverse and include lighting, housing, design for special needs, historic preservation, and sustainable design.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Application deadline May (for Fall intake), October (for Spring intake) Tuition fee
    • USD 275 Module (National)
    • USD 728 Module (International)

    *Tuition fee per credit hour

    Start date January,September 2015 Credits 125 credit hours
    Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    The Interior Design Program is a studio-based curriculum specifically structured to integrate learning with related professional courses taken sequentially and concurrently. ID Studios 1-8 are sequential beginning with design fundamentals and progress through more complex learning in design graphics, spatial composition and space planning, design and execution of working drawings, sustainability, material specification, universal and accessible design, building and life safety codes. Senior level studios (7-8) provide capstone projects that are professionally comprehensive and often team based.

    Specific profession courses also include:

    • Design Behavior in the Interior Environment
    • History of Interior Design I & II
    • Construction Methods and Materials for Interior Design
    • Computer-Aided Visual Communication in Interior Design
    • Environmental Systems for Interior Design
    • ID Practices and Procedures
    • Design for Supportive Environments

    Elective professional courses include:

    • Advanced Design & Behavior
    • Historic Preservation
    • Housing & Its Environment
    • Interior Design Internship
    • Lighting for Interiors
    • Topics in Advanced ID Theory

    The program includes courses in communication, social and natural sciences, quantitative studies, humanities, art, business, and textiles.

    USA requirements for international students

    Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

    After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

    Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 6.5 TOEFL iBT® test : 79

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    Students who have completed a college preparatory curriculum are best suited for the interior design program. Preparation or experience in hand drawing, two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, geometry, algebra, physical science, world history, and written and oral communications is strongly recommended. Cultural and creative activities and exposure to a wide range of cultures through travel and study are encouraged.
    AdmissionAdmission to the interior design program is selective and highly competitive. Applicants are admitted on the basis of academic performance and availability of space.
    February 1 Priority Application Deadline
    • High school applicants must submit a complete K-State admissions application (including an official high school transcript, official ACT or SAT scores, and application fee) to the K-State Office of Admissions.
    • Transfer applicants must submit a complete K-State admissions application, including official transcript(s) for all post-secondary courses completed and application fee to the K-State Office of Admissions.
    • Continuing K-State students must submit an internal application form to the Department of Apparel, Textiles and Interior Design (ATID). These applications are available in the ATID departmental office.
    • Review of all applications will begin February 1. Applicants who apply after the February 1 date will be automatically placed on a wait list.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Technological Requirements

    Interior Design students are required to provide their own laptop computer beginning their second year of study in the program.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Alumni Study Travel Fund

      Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

    • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

      The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Kansas State University.


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