Art & Design Department
  • This is a photo of Assistant Professor of Art Amy Cox and several interior architecture and design students in the newly renovated Sparrow's Promise.

    Interior Architecture & Design

    IAD Students apply their education and gain experience with real-world projects.

    Sparrow's Promise Project
  • This is artwork developed by students in Harding's interior architecture and design program.

    Interior Architecture and Design

    Citizen's Park Project
  • This is a photo of an interior architecture and design student at Harding.

    Interior Architecture & Design

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    Interior Architecture & Design

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    Interior Architecture & Design

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    Interior Architecture & Design

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.

Harding University 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.

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. Architecture and interior design firms, furniture and home furnishing stores, or specialized design firms such as yachts and private plane design employ many designers. Below are links with additional information concerning job outlook, interior design practice, income, and career stages.

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Senior Thesis Project

The Senior Thesis project is rooted in research and addresses a social issue of the student's choosing. These comprehensive projects demonstrate creative and technical skills acquired by students throughout the program and culminate in a presentation and gallery exhibit. Projects have included renderings for the Haven Center's Behavior Health and Education Center, the Common Ground Neighborhood Hub, Heart4Memphis's Christian Connection and Resource Center, a homeless center and the Wabasi Wellness Center.

  • This is a photo render from a senior thesis project.
  • This is a photo render from a senior thesis project.
  • This is a photo render from a senior thesis project.
  • This is a photo render from a senior thesis project.
  • This is a photo render from a senior thesis project.
  • This is a photo render from a senior thesis project.
  • This is a photo render from a senior thesis project.

Curriculum Plan


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.


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.


The interior design program leading to the BFA in Interior Design 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 BFA in Interior Design granted by Harding University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit

Awards & Honors

2019 ASID South Central Chapter Student Design Summit Regional award winners

Brent Johnston
Computer Generated Rendering - Bronze
New Student Spotlight Residential - Silver

Alexis Haney
Workplace Design -Silver

Joanna Roberts
Workplace Design - Silver

Megan Bentley
Residential Design - Gold

Katie Peoples
Workplace Design - Gold
Residential Design -Silver

Toria Adkison
Healthcare Design - Silver & Gold
Hand Rendering - Bronze
Workplace Design - Silver
Portfolio - Silver

Academic Advising

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 advisors a minimum of two-weeks prior to registration week in both fall and spring semesters. Students must make sure to check for holds on their accounts that might delay registering for classes. Registering as early as each classification allows ensures that students get the best schedule. Classes fill up fast, so it is recommended that students register quickly.

For a list of requirements and courses for the Interior Design major visit the Harding Catalog.

Amy Cox, M.B.A., B.S., ASID, IDEC, NCIDQ® - Assistant Professor of Art

Sarah Wilhoit, Ph.D., ASID, IDEC, NCIDQ® 022374 – Program Director, Assistant Professor of Art

Retention, Graduation and Job placement

Job Placement

Of the students that graduated in May and August of 2020, 77% were employed in the profession of Interior Design by October 2020.

Graduation Rates

Of the students who entered upper level courses, 100% of the class graduated in four years.


Of the freshmen, sophomore and juniors enrolled during the spring 2020 semester, 81% will be returning to the program in the fall of 2020. This is a 20% attrition rate.

Graduate school

In the past three years, three students applied for graduate school. All two were accepted into graduate school.

Student Portfolios

Students in this program graduate with a large portfolio. View the portfolio of some recent graduates to learn more about what students in the Interior Architecture and Design Program accomplish during their undergraduate studies. 

B.A. Interior Design 2020 Alumnus

B.A. Interior Design 2019 Alumna

B.A. Interior Design 2018 Alumnus