Art & Design Department
About the Program
We are an Interior Design program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) with a balanced approach to the artistic and technical aspects of Interior Design. The philosophy of the interior design program at HU is to provide students with an education in design that builds fundamental skills, imparts comprehensive knowledge, and gives opportunities to implement these skills and knowledge through the creative and relevant interior design project experiences. Students are encouraged to develop an attitude of service toward others and sensitivity to the impact of design on the environment.
HU Interior Design students continue to receive awards from design competitions in multiple categories: residential, health care, commercial design, etc. Additionally, the Harding ASID student chapter actively engages in service and community projects and was recognized as the 2009 ASID South Central Chapter of the Year.
Mission & Goals
The mission of the Interior Design program at Harding University is to produce graduates who are knowledgeable, creative, and engaged professionals deeply rooted in Christian values. This mission is carried out by a dedicated, student-focused faculty who strive to embody these same qualities through a Christ-centered approach to mentoring, teaching, scholarship, and service.
Christ-Like: To foster within students a global perspective of design excellence defined by compassionate, Christ-like service to others.
To promote within the academic setting, lifelong intellectual growth through the pursuit of progressive, innovative and sustainable understanding of design, technology, information, and research.
To inspire and provide a culture of creativity and critically diverse thinking grounded in the framework of Fine Arts and traditional design principles.
To mentor and infuse Christ-like professional behavior in interior design practice and procedures, ethics and integrity, business relationships and work excellence.
To stimulate a passion and advocacy for the interior design profession through active engagement in industry organizations, professional relationships and exposure to design diversity.
Academic advising is a crucial part of getting the most from your time as an interior design major at Harding. Plan to schedule an appointment with one of the interior design advisers two-weeks prior to registration week in both fall and spring semesters. Make sure you check for holds on your accounts that might delay your registering for classes. Registering as early as your classification allows ensures that you get the best schedule. Classes fill up fast–register quickly. You will most likely need to rearrange courses due to closed classes along the way.
We have a sample schedule pdf available that can be of help as you are planning your semesters, though it is just a suggestion. You will most likely need to rearrange courses due to closed classes along the way.
Amy Cox, M.B.A., B.S., ASID, IDEC, NCIDQ® - Assistant Professor of Art
Sarah Wilhoit, Ph.D., ASID, IDEC, NCIDQ® 022374 - Assistant Professor of Art, Interior Design Program Director
Careers in Interior Design
Interior design encompasses a variety of career and employment opportunities. Residential design can include remodeling, new construction, model homes, apartments and condominiums. Commercial design specialties expand to include office, health care, institutional, educational, as well as, hotels,restaurants, spas, and retail environments. Many designers are employed by architecture and interior design firms, furniture and home furnishing stores, or specialized design firms such as yachts and private plane design. Below are links with additional information concerning job outlook, interior design practice, income, and career stages.
Retention, Graduation and Job placement
Job Placement: 66% of the students that graduated in May and December of 2015 were employed by January 2016.
Graduation Rates: Of the students who entered upper level courses, 83% of the class of 2015 graduated in four years.
Retention/Attrition: 80% of students enrolled during the spring 2016 semester will be returning to the program in the fall of 2016. This is a 20% attrition rate.
Graduate school: Two students have applied to graduate school in the last two years.