Harrington College of Design’s Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design combines the elements and principles of design with practical applications, incorporating space planning and problem solving, supplemented with general education coursework. This program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA, formerly FIDER).*
Li-Pei Schweder earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Harrington College of Design in 2004. Today, she's an interior designer with a Chicago architecture and design firm focusing mainly on corporate interiors. Hear her story on the role her Harrington education played in helping her discover her future.
The curriculum of Harrington's bachelor-level Interior Design degree offers students the opportunity to explore creative design, business skills and computer-aided design technology. Students may also choose a specialized course of study to concentrate their focus on a specific area of interior design, with choices including Sustainable Design, Branded Environments, Digital Technology and Historic Preservation. Graduates should be able to:
Courses in Harrington's BFA in Interior Design program focus on assisting students in the first phase of preparation toward becoming qualified, licensed professionals, as illustrated in the sampling of courses below*.
*Course curriculum is subject to change.
For accreditation information for this and other Harrington College of Design programs, please click here.
*An additional form of accreditation that a school may undertake to obtain is a specific, individual accreditation of certain programs (programmatic accreditation). Institutional accreditation is not the same as or a substitution for programmatic accreditation. Although programmatic accreditation is not required for employment in many cases, the existence of programmatic accreditation is a further indication that a program meets the standards of the profession, and may therefore indirectly enhance employment opportunities. Also, in some cases, programmatic accreditation will allow the graduates of the accredited program to sit for some credentialing exams immediately upon graduation without any requirement of work experience. The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (“CIDA”), formerly known as the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (“FIDER”), accredits Interior Design programs. The Bachelor of Fine Arts Interior Design program at Harrington College of Design is programmatically accredited by CIDA.
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Below you can find placement rates and other information tailored to your chosen campus and program. Certain disclosures are published on this website to assist students in understanding the facts about their programs.
The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2011 and 10/15/2011 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 59%
A first-time student has no prior postsecondary experience before enrolling at this campus. This means that a student who attended another college, university or other postsecondary school before enrolling at this school is not included in the calculation. The rate also does not include students initially enrolled part-time, taking individual classes (as compared to enrolling in a full program), or only auditing classes. These rates are calculated using the Student Right-to-Know formula in order to comply with U.S. Department of Education requirements. The statistics track all first-time, full-time and certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students who began school during the date range and have completed within 150% of the normal program length. For example, for a two-year program, the graduation rate would include students who had completed within three years of beginning the program. This statistic is not specific to one program alone; rather, all applicable undergraduate programs are included in this overall rate. Information pertaining to the Graduation Rates of all postsecondary institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be found on the College Navigator website. http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
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