Interior Design (Not Enrolling)


The Interior Design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation,, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.


The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations.  The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree granted by Ringling College of Art and Design meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Exam (NCIDQ Exam).  For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit:


Ringling College is no longer accepting students into Interior Design as of Fall, 2018.  Please know that Interior Design will remain a valued and CIDA accredited program, while currently enrolled students move through the program towards timely graduation.


A better world is in your hands.
BFA Program

Interior designers create the environments that surround us in everything we do…at home, school, work, or play and fill our lives with beauty, functionality, and excitement! No wonder they’re in such high demand, with Fortune 500 companies, developers, architectural firms, and entrepreneurs lining up to hire interior designers to create spaces that delight and enhance the user experience. The time to be an interior designer has never been filled with as much opportunity to craft your own career path as now!

As an Interior Design major at Ringling College of Art and Design, you will explore the concepts of color, texture, form, light, and empty spaces that come alive through design. You learn the essential components of sustainable design and discover innovative building materials and methods. We challenge you to analyze existing spaces, and environments, while creating new and innovative solutions for interior spaces and experiences. Learn how to take your designs to the next level in both real and virtual contexts through state of the art technology and build your presentation skills. You will connect with industry professionals, and resources, through our high level relationships with associations like ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), IIDA (International Interior Design Association), and IES (Illuminating Engineering Society). We are proud of our CIDA Accreditation (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) and work with our students in support of NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) certification. Graduate ready to jump right into a creative career doing what you love and make the world a better place by Design!




Awards & Accolades 

An Interior Design student won the Most Outstanding Presentation award in the Robert Bruce Thompson National Lighting Competition. To date, Ringling College has more wins in this competition than any other school.

HGTV's Joe Ruggiero visited the Interior Design major in February 2017.




An Interior Design Student Won the 2016 National Lighting Competition



A third year Interior Design student won at this year's Sherwin Williams Student Design Competition. This competition invites Residential and Commercial Design submissions from all over North America.

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 
University of South Florida | Facilities Project Manager

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

Lamis Kanaan ’14 
Alfonso Architects |  Designer  

Siphilele Magagula ’14
P&T Interiors | Interior Designer  

Kelsey Mckiernan ’13

SHS Design | Interior Design Assistant   

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: 100% of the graduates in May 2017 were employed by January 2018
  • Acceptance into Graduate Programs: N/A: None of the students from the May 2017 graduating class applied to graduate school.
  • Graduation Rates: 57% of the students from the Class of 2018 graduated in 4 years
  • Retention/Attrition: 100% of the students enrolled during the spring 2018 semester returned for fall 2018, putting attrition at 0%.



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