Interior Design


A Better World by Design
BFA Program

Interior designers craft the environments that surround us at home, at school, at work, and at play and fill our daily lives with beauty and functionality. No wonder they’re in such high demand, with Fortune 500 companies, governments, and nonprofits lining up to hire interior designers to create spaces that enhance and improve user experience.

As a Ringling College Interior Design major, you will master the concepts of color, texture, form, light, and empty space. You will consider the essential components of sustainable design and discover innovative building materials. We will challenge you to analyze existing spaces and environments and compose plans for future interiors, before taking your designs to the next level in both real and virtual contexts. To connect you with industry professionals, emerging interior designers, and professional resources, we also maintain relationships with industry associations like the American Society of Interior Designers, the International Interior Design Association, Emerging Green Builders, and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. Graduate ready to jump right into a creative career doing what you love.


Awards & Accolades



HGTV's Joe Ruggiero visited the Interior Design major in February.



Interior Design Student Wins 2016 National Lighting Competition


Where are they now?

Our Interior Design graduates are working with the best design and architecture firms in the world - check us out!


Salome Abad 14 
Corgan Associates | Interior Designer  

Kevin Hansen ’14 
Sarasota County Gov | Interior Space Coordinator  

Cheryl Jones ’14
Cheryl Jones Interior Design | Owner/Principal Designer 

Lamis Kanaan ’14 
Rob Bowen Design Group | Jr. Designer  

Siphilele Magagula ’14
P&T Interiors | Interior Designer  

Ronel Constantin ’13
Architect Intern, Searl & Howe Architects
SAIC, Master of Architecture ‘17 

Kelsey Mckiernan ’13
Holly Dennis Interiors | Design Associate   

Chitra Patel ’13
Bisley North America  
Project Designer & Accounts Associate  

Rianna Straw ’13 
Perkins + Will | Interior Designer II, LEED AP ID+C

Dehne Sibbernsen ’13
HOK | Project Interior Designer  

Erin Barnard 12
Eridel Design Studio | Principal Designer & Owner  

Brock Breaux 12, Inc. | Jr. Designer  

Amy Hoffman 12
O'Neil Langan Architects | Project Manager  

Megan Capo 11
Streetsensse | Senior Designer  

Trang Dang 11
Kimberly Timmons Interiors  Designer  

Sonika Fourie Dechow 11
Space as Art | Interior Design Associate  

Jordan T. Nolan 11
Greshan Smith & Partners | Jr. Interior Designer  



See more career opportunities on our career support page.


Turning Passion Into Profession



Opportunities for Interior Design students

Studio Experience
The studio experience is built on a professional practice model that incorporates professionals from the field, actual projects, and “what if” scenarios that encourage innovation and creativity! There is no limit to what students are inspired and encouraged to do and the interior design program thrives on students individualism and development. In a changing world design has impact…and interior designers can make a difference. (#designmatters)

Professional Networking
The interior design faculty at Ringling College brings local, national, and international connections to the program. Through networking opportunities, guest speakers, and field trips, students engage in the interior design profession throughout their experience and learn first-hand the exciting world of design! Students may travel to Chicago for NEOCON, the world’s largest commercial interior design exhibition and trade show to explore products and network.

The Collaboratory
We are proud to say that every Ringling student, regardless of major, is guaranteed the opportunity to gain professional work experience. Our Collaboratory Commitment pairs teams of Ringling students with local businesses to give students a taste of real-world projects, expectations, and deadlines. Facilitated by Collaboratory staff, students will meet with clients looking for creative, unconventional solutions to their branding and design challenges and execute the entire creative process of concepting, presenting, and building campaigns that meet their demands.

Work with our Career Services Center to prepare and guide you to finding an internship focused on your area of interest – we are here to help!  With networks around the region and the country, we help you gain exposure to professional best practices and practical application of your technical skills. We are constantly connecting with industry professionals to find new, exciting opportunities to put your skills to work and get a taste of real-world work demands. 



Ringling College's Interior Design program is accredited by CIDA (The Council for Interior Design Accreditation). CIDA is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

According to CIDA requirements, the following are outcomes from the Ringling College Interior Design major:

Ringling College of Art & Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, Student Achievement Data

  • Job Placement: 83% of the graduates in May 2015 were employed by January 2016
  • Acceptance into Graduate Programs: N/A: None of the students from the May 2014 graduating class applied to graduate school.
  • Graduation Rates: 86% of the student from the class of 2015 graduated in 4 years
  • Retention/Attrition: 90% of the students enrolled during the spring 2015 semester returned for fall 2015, putting attrition at 10%.



Check out our minors, learn more about our faculty or download the curriculum.



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