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Interior Design

Availability: Hattiesburg

What do Interior Designers do?

A degree in interior design prepares graduates for a multifaceted career that merges creativity and technology into the design of the built environment, addressing aesthetics and supporting human well-being and quality of life. Designers work in a variety of market sectors and apply knowledge of human experience and behavior to the design of the built interior environment considering social, cultural, economic and ecological contexts in all aspects of their work.

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20studio class enrollment cap
100%job placement rate 2016-present
2dually accredited by CIDA and NASAD

What Will I Learn?

Students first complete the required foundation courses in Art and Interior Design, including Drawing I, Design I and II, Interior Design I and II, Human Factors in the Built Environment, hand drafting, AutoCAD and BIM for Interior Designers.

Students then move into a progressive sequence of studio and lecture courses such as Interior Systems, Interior Construction Documentation, Design Presentation Media, Residential Interior Design I and II, Contract Interior Design I and II, Architecture/Art/Interior Design History, Textiles for Interiors, and Professional Practices and Procedures

Experiential Learning Environment

Interior design students are exposed to a variety of hands-on learning opportunities to include designing real-world projects, traveling domestically and abroad and completing professional internships. The dedicated design studio provides a unique, personalized learning environment that mimics a real working design firm where faculty serve as mentors and role models. Students have assisted the faculty on several University design projects to include the Moffitt Health Clinic, the Marine Research Center and Greene Hall renovation.


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Interior Design BSHattiesburg
  • Residential Interior Design
  • Hospitality Interior Design
  • Commercial Interior Design
  • Healthcare Interior Design
  • Senior Living Interior Design
  • Interior Design Educator
  • Audrey Neeld, 2018
    Interior Design Assistant, Amanda Simmons Interiors, Houston, TX
  • Giulia Irwin, 2016
  • Maggie Betsch, 2017
    Vinyard Interior Designer, Nashville Office Interiors
  • Taylor Messingham, 2017
    Designer, Lawrence Group, St. Louis, MO
  • Alissa Clouse Tang, 2016
    Interior Design Associate, Duvall Decker Architects, Jackson, MS
  • Jamie Jelinski, 2015
    Interior Designer, Pi Architects, Austin, TX

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CIDA Student Achievement Data:

In accordance with the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accreditation requirements, the Southern Miss Interior Design Program collects and publishes information regarding student achievement including aggregate data addressing attrition and retention, graduation rates, job placement rates, and acceptance into graduate programs.

Job Placement Rates for Recent Graduates:

100% of graduates from the May 2018 graduating class were employed within the design field by August 15, 2018.

Graduate School Acceptance Rate:

No students from the May 2018 graduating class applied to graduate school.

Graduation Rate:

88% of the students from the May 2018 graduating class graduated within 4-years of declaring Interior Design as their major.

Retention/Attrition Rate:

89% of the Interior Design Majors enrolled during the spring 2018 semester returned in the Fall 2018 semester, putting attrition at 11%.