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.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.
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.
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
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.
Retention, Graduation and Job placement
Job Placement: Of the students that graduated in May and August of 2018, 86% were employed in the profession of Interior Design by October 2018.
Graduation Rates: Of the students who entered upper level courses, 75% of the class graduated in four years.
Retention/Attrition: Of the students enrolled during the spring 2018 semester, 75% will be returning to the program in the fall of 2018. This is a 3% attrition rate.
Graduate school: In the past three years, three students applied for graduate school. All three were accepted into graduate school.