Interior Design

Bachelor's Degree

Program Overview

Become proficient in the art and technology of Interior Design. Expand on content you mastered in the associate program to explore advanced topics such as finishes and materials, textiles, lighting, art history, estimating and scheduling, contracts and specifications, construction law, and more. Crystallize your knowledge in your senior thesis project.

Career Possibilities

  • Restaurant Interior Designer
  • Commercial Interior Designer
  • Home Staging

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Bachelor of Science Degree

The Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design is offered through the Department of Design + Architectural Building Technology.

Interior Design is an exciting, sophisticated, and multifaceted profession. It is a process in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to develop a built interior environment which responds to human needs. The practice of interior design requires the designer to understand this process as well as human response to color, light, fabric, texture, and volumetric space.

The role of the Interior Designer in the building process is expanding. The interior design profession now requires the practitioner or design team manager to possess an advanced knowledge of building science and technology. It is essential that today’s designer is able to integrate the advances in building science and technology into the creative design process.

The Interior Design degree program at New England Institute of Technology offers a curriculum specifically developed to meet the needs of today’s demanding interior design profession. The Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design allows students to begin with the fundamental skills to function as a team member in the development of interior design projects. Additional areas of study include space planning, three-dimensional theory, building systems, and construction methods.

Early in the program, students are introduced to the basic elements and theories of design, color and spatial composition that form the foundation of creative design. They are also, through specific courses, introduced to both manual and computer-aided drafting (CAD) skills. Theory and technical courses will familiarize students with the fundamentals of interior design including the design attributes of materials, textiles, building codes, and building systems.

Later in the program, students study advanced concepts of interior design and building science through a unique combination of theoretical and practical courses and design studios. These courses cover advanced topics including finishes and materials, textiles, history, estimating and scheduling, contracts and specifications, construction law, acoustics and lighting, and interior construction documentation. The studio courses allow students to incorporate their learned knowledge and skills in a practical application.  Studio project types include space planning, hospitality, commercial, and institutional.

A unique component of the Interior Design bachelor’s degree is the common core courses shared with the architecture and construction management curriculums. These common courses provide the interior design student with the essential knowledge of building science and technological skills which are crucial in today’s interior design profession. This cross-curricular approach to interior design creates graduates uniquely qualified to succeed in today’s demanding design profession.

The program strives to instill within each student an awareness of and desire to contribute to the profession and society at large through the development of a professional personal ethic that demands technically, environmentally, and socially responsible decision making. The bachelor’s curriculum culminates with a senior thesis project in which students must demonstrate competency and understanding of the technical and design concepts developed throughout their NEIT experience.


“The graduates we’ve hired from New England Tech are very knowledgeable in design, inside and out. We’ve hired several people from New England Tech, specifically from the Interior Design Technology Program, and they worked out very well.

I know how well New England Tech prepares their students for the real world because I am a New England Tech Grad myself.”
Larisa Vlasov
Cardi’s Furniture, Swansea, MA

Bachelor of Science Degree

Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes

Program Mission:

The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design prepares students to be proficient in the art and technology of designing the interior built environment relative to the user’s social, psychological, and aesthetic needs.

Program Goals:

The Program Goals of the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design are:

  1. To educate students in the fundamentals of interior design and building sciences through a seamless and comprehensive study combining the theoretical and practical concepts of design, building systems, components, and construction.
  2. To expand our students’ observational skills and critical thinking abilities.
  3. To instill within each student an awareness of and desire to contribute to the profession and society at large through the development of a professional and personal ethic that demands technically, environmentally, and socially responsible decision making.

Program Outcomes:

The Interior Design graduate will be able to:

  1. Function as an integral member of the building team.
  2. Act in an ethically and morally responsible way with regard to the profession, public safety, and regulatory authorities.
  3. Evaluate and analyze problems relative to the interior built environment and develop solutions that meet the economic, social, technical, and aesthetic needs of the client and society.
  4. Demonstrate a historical appreciation and professional accountability within the context relative to the interior design industry.
  5. Demonstrate effective oral and written communications.
  6. Present design concepts through a graphic and verbal presentation.
  7. Generate construction documents using electronic mediums.

Bachelor of Science Degree

  • ABT 111 Introduction to Building Science
  • ABT 112 Technical Drafting and Graphic Communications
  • ABT 114 Introduction to Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD)
  • ABT 115 Introduction to Structures
  • ABT 122 Two- & Three-Dimensional Design Theory
  • ABT 124 Construction Methods & Materials
  • ABT 137 Introduction to Environmental Systems
  • ABT 211 Presentation Techniques
  • ABT 218 Building Information Modeling I (BIM I)
  • ABT 236 Building Codes
  • ABT 314 Construction Contracts & Specifications
  • ABT 337 Building Information Modeling II (BIM II)
  • ABT 421 Acoustics & Lighting
  • ABT 426 Senior Thesis Proposal & Research
  • ABT 433 Construction Law
  • HI 235 Architectural History
  • ID 121 Interior Building Systems
  • ID 132 Interior Design Studio I – Residential
  • ID 134 Color and Composition
  • ID 212 Programming
  • ID 225 History of Interior Design I
  • ID 226 Finishes & Materials I
  • ID 228 Interior Design Studio II – Retail
  • ID 232 Professional Practice for Interior Designers
  • ID 233 Computer Graphics & Applications
  • ID 234 Portfolio Review
  • ID 235 Interior Design Studio III – Office
  • ID 313 Finishes & Materials II
  • ID 314 History of Interior Design II
  • ID 315 Interior Construction Documents
  • ID 320 Interior Design Studio IV – Space Planning
  • ID 322 Textiles
  • ID 324 Advanced Lighting
  • ID 330 Interior Design Studio V – Hospitality
  • ID 331 Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment
  • ID 410 Interior Design Studio VI – Institutional
  • ID 420 Project Estimating & Scheduling
  • ID 421 Portfolio Review
  • ID 430 Interior Design Studio VII – Senior Thesis
  • ID 431 Professional Issues in Interior Design
  • ELECTIVE Technical Elective (2)

Technical Electives

  • ABT 127 Introduction to Construction Estimating
  • ABT 221 Visualization Studies I
  • MGM 105 Effective Teams and Projects
  • MGM 130 Accounting Fundamentals
  • MGM 214 Marketing Communications
  • MGM 264 Sales and Service Management
  • MGM 314 Principles of Marketing
  • MGM 335 Human Resource Management
  • MGM 355 21st Century Leadership
  • MGM 413 Business Presentations
  • MGM 445 Negotiation