You'll take a variety of courses, including principles of both residential and commercial design, the history of architecture and interiors, and business practices.
Interior Design Professor Nancy VanOver maintains her own design clientele and holds professional memberships with design organizations such as the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, American Society of Interior Designers and the International Interior Design Association. She attends yearly conferences and continuing education programs and, as a result, will pass on to you the latest trends, codes, standards, and research.
You'll learn technical drafting and rendering skills and will develop a working knowledge of building construction and sustainable design and aging in place. You'll take the best of what you design in each course and add to your portfolio, which you'll use in your job search.
There are several opportunities that will help prepare you for a career in interior design. During your internship between your junior and senior years, you might follow in the footsteps of former Adrian students who spent the summer at American International University in London. In addition, the department invites designers, building inspectors, manufacturer representatives, and architects as guest speakers to help provide you with an inside perspective on the industry. Many trips are also planned to Chicago to visit the Merchandise Mart, the Art institute of Chicago, attend kitchen and bath shows, take architectural walking tours, or attend trade shows and career days. By the end of the program, the department will have prepared you to successfully design and implement interior environments that meet the needs of your clients. Recent graduates are employed as showroom consultants, buyers, designers, kitchen and bath planners, commercial designers, and residential designers.