Interior Design Major
The bachelor of arts degree in interior design prepares students for careers as professional interior designers, as well as for graduate studies in various design specialties such as color and lighting design, environmental behavior, architecture and facilities planning. The program supports the view that the creative talents and technical skills of the educated designer need to focus on the human element within the design process. Students use their artistic abilities and interests to find solutions that are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants, and are aesthetically attractive.
Students of interior design at Mercyhurst are uniquely positioned to enter the multi-faceted profession of interior design in both the contract sector (offices, retail stores, restaurants, hotels, resorts, healthcare and other commercial settings) and the residential sector (single-family and extended family housing, apartments, and condominiums).
Students are encouraged to participate in the many student competitions that are available each year. This engagement with the professional community provides the hands-on design experiences and recognitions that lead to successful careers.
Another key element of interior design education at Mercyhurst University is student participation in the annual Senior Interior Design Exhibit. This senior thesis process provides students a capstone project exhibiting their creative works and showcasing their talents and abilities.