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Interior Design Bachelor's Degree Program

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.

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 can 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 build upon the fundamentals learned in the associate degree program and expand their knowledge base of design and building science.  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.

As in the Associate of Science degree in Interior Design, 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. Upon completion of this program, students may also choose to continue into the NEIT Master of Science in Construction Management degree program.


“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 Interior Design programs, at both the associate and bachelor level, prepare the student 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 314 Construction Contracts & Specifications
  • ABT 337 Building Information Modeling II (BIM II)
  • ABT 421 Acoustics & Lighting
  • ABT 427 Senior Thesis Proposal & Research
  • ABT 433 Construction Law
  • 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
  • Technical Electives (2)
  • ID 430 Interior Design Studio VII – Senior Thesis
  • ID 431 Professional Issues in Interior Design
  • EN 331 Research Writing in the Social Sciences
  • ABT 127 Introduction to Construction Estimating
  • ABT 221 Visualization Studies I
  • ENG 300 Imagineering: Human Centered Design
  • MGM 105 Effective Teams and Projects
  • MGM 130 Accounting Fundamentals
  • MGM 210 Marketing Communications
  • MGM 264 Sales and Customer Service
  • MGM 310 Product and Service Marketing
  • MGM 313 Human Resource Management
  • MGM 320 Business Presentations
  • MGM 445 Negotiation
  • MGM 450 Career Leadership