Designers no longer exclusively design things. They design experiences, interactions, and lifestyles—they define culture. The Bachelor of Design programs will prepare students to become “lifestyle and experience designers”—designing innovative user/consumer products, experiences and lifestyle relevant solutions. Interior designers work with clients and other design professionals to develop safe, functional, and attractive interior environments that meet people’s needs. Interior designers are imaginative, artistic, and creative, combining their professional knowledge with an aesthetic vision. They learn to design spaces for commercial and professional office use, health care facilities, educational spaces, museums, government facilities, retail spaces, theaters, and more.
This degree program is a contemporary, future driven approach that integrates design thinking, making, processes, and methodologies with technology and programming, entrepreneurship and business strategies and management. Each concentration and subject area (Graphic Design, Experience Design, Interior Design, and Illustration) will establish a foundation for the student to transform into a unique, creatively charged, practice-ready professional concerned with how we communicate to consumers and to each other, the spaces we inhabit, the products we use and interact with, and the perception and interaction among people, objects and ideas.
Working within collaborative educational environments that mirrors the profession, students will create compelling real-world experiences between user and thing, occupant and space, and consumer and brand. They will understand how design can be used to communicate meaningful messages, craft functional and beautiful objects, create compelling experiences, influence behavior, and make our interactions more efficient and our communities more livable. Students will develop a perspective that is broad and powerful, learn to implement design strategies for more competitive and productive commercial and social enterprises, and understand how design can drive business decisions and entrepreneurial efforts.
Students participate in local and regional design competitions, take part in meetings with professional organizations and studio owners, and go on off-campus experiences to design centers both domestically and abroad. Students are strongly encouraged to gain professional experience by working in a professional setting – similar to an internship – over the course of their degree.
Winthrop interior design faculty are seasoned professionals with years of experience working in the industry and educating aspiring designers. Students gain practical experience throughout their studies with the guidance of our accomplished and recognized faculty.
“The challenge of the classes taught me endurance, time management, and pushed me further than I thought I could go.” – Class of 2019
“If I was going to receive a design degree, I needed to be sure it was legitimate. I looked at several art schools and the thought of not having “core” classes and a good educational foundation troubled me. At Winthrop, you receive a well-rounded education including math, science in addition to all of this, I loved the fine art aspect.” – Class of 2000
- Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) in Design with a concentration in Interior Design
To apply for scholarships, a digital portfolio must be submitted for review. This competition is open to all students planning to pursue degrees in Design. Learn more