About Us

If creating uniquely inspiring and purposeful spaces where people can live, work and play is your passion, the interior design program at Mercyhurst University is your answer.

A professional interior designer strives to create educational environments where we can learn and grow, healthcare environments where we can heal, and work environments in which we can be safe and productive. It’s about blending form and function – beauty and purpose. Are you up to the challenge?

At Mercyhurst, you'll enjoy one-on-one interaction with professors and design professionals in state-of-the-art studios and labs. We get it – genius doesn’t always strike during the daytime, so our studio spaces and laboratories are available to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week when the university is in session.
You'll also have the opportunity to compete in several different design competitions on the regional, state, and national level, where you're eligible to win awards, scholarships, and professional recognition.

All students are supervised through an internship/cooperative education experience with a real local business to build up their portfolio in a real-world professional setting. Previous students have received hands-on experience working on community projects at Safe Harbor Behavioral Health, Country Fair Cyber Café, Serafini’s Restaurant and the sustainable design dormitory at Mercyhurst.

Winston Churchill once said, "We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us." See how the Interior Design and Pre-Architecture Department can shape you to be ready for a successful and fulfilling career in interior design or architecture.

Quick Facts about Mercyhurst Interior Design:

  • Excellent job placement record
  • Per Department of Labor and Statistics - interior design job growth is expected to be 19.3% from 2010 to 2020
  • Mercyhurst Interior Design graduates earn the educational component for eligibility to take the NCIDQ Professional Exam (National Council for Interior Design Qualification determines eligibility for examination).
  • Excellent student/teacher ratio, 1 faculty per 12 students
  • Students have 24-hour access to all design studios and labs
  • Annual Exhibition of Senior Interior Design Projects in the Mercyhurst University Cummings Art Gallery, open to the public
  • Computer aided drafting and design laboratory and studios
  • Extensive collection of current industry sources (catalogs, materials laboratory)
  • Excellent career and academic advising
  • Students may compete in regional, state and national design competitions
  • Student involvement with architects, interior designers, and facility managers active in the field
  • Flexibility within program for study and travel abroad
  • Wide variety of student exposure to industry at the state and national level
  • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) student chapter
  • International Interior Design Association (IIDA) student membership
  • Interaction with the community in actual design projects
  • Student trips to points of architectural and design interest - London, New York, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Toronto have been some popular destinations.


Cummings Gallery
Art Faculty Show

Dates: Aug 21-Sep 28, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective
William Close and The Earth Harp Collective

Dates: Sep 5

Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

Anais Mitchell
Anaïs Mitchell

Dates: Sep 30

Location: Erie Art Museum

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