Interior Design

Mission of Interior Design: to provide a strong, quality undergraduate experience and interior design education, preparing the individual to serve in a diverse and global marketplace while embracing academic excellence and professional and Christian integrity.

Program Overview

The Interior Design program, an emphasis within the Consumer Services major, focuses on both residential and commercial interior environments.through the exploration and study of imaginative and effective design solutions. The program stresses a holistic approach, in which the student is exposed to the diversity of interior design and its applications. Through an interdisciplinary, hands-on approach, students are challenged to create innovative design solutions that promote health, safety, and wellbeing, ultimately improving the quality of life within the interior built environment.


The philosophy of the Interior Design Program strives to nurture in the student a commitment to designing and improving the built environment with respect and regard for the health, safety, and well-being of all users. Emphasis is placed on:

Design Foundations: Building a sound design foundation through both a strong knowledge base and hands-on experiences that foster critical problem-solving and creative expression; focus on the ability for students to design, develop, and deliver quality interior environments that contribute to the well-being and safety of individuals and groups while demonstrating awareness for the environment and society at large.

Design Process: Reinforcing the use of the design process that integrates functional and aesthetic concerns., placing special research emphasis on pre-design investigations and evidence-based design techniques as critical requirements exploring and generating creative solutions for effective problem-solving; a focus on student demonstrated abilities to gather and analyze relevant information, evaluate issues, and set priorities; a holistic approach to solving design problems across disciplines.

Decision-making: Justifying and defending of design solutions in relation to relevant criteria derived from the problem and/or program or larger concepts that recognize the best practices or innovation (e.g., socio-economic, sustainability, global issues); an overall commitment to ethical, responsible design solutions which support the sustainability of the environment from a global perspective; and

Ideation: Conveying (written, graphic, or oral) design intent in a professional manner as appropriate to the audience by embracing technology as a means for effective ideation.

Life-skills: Utilization of life-skills to enhance productivity, flexibility, adaptability and collegiality (presentation, leadership, time management, commitment, life-long learning, design-thinking).


Our mission statement that describes the scope and purpose of the program and its goals are derived from the mission statement and the curriculum is structured to achieve these goals. The Interior Design Program aligns itself with the most current guidelines, standards, and requirements as set for thy by both the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) curriculum requirements and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) Professional Standards. Both organizations present the highest levels of standards for design education which we believe are most benefitting to our

Course curriculum emphasizes real-world projects to give students practical application of design theories. Field trips, guest speakers, and service-learning projects are used to augment classroom experiences. The program is a rigorous program of study designed for students serious about understanding and enhancing the built environment. Courses impart design skills and knowledge in areas including:

  • Design fundamentals
  • Oral, written and graphic communication
  • Illustration and presentation methods
  • Computer-aided design drawing/3-D computer modeling and rendering
  • Residential and commercial-oriented design studios
  • Contemporar issues associated with the built environment and housing
  • Kitchen and bath design
  • Interior materials and finishes
  • Textile end-use and performance
  • Building and mechnical systems and construction
  • Lighting design and energy use
  • Sustainability and environmental design
  • Specification and estimation of materials and furnishing
  • Professional business practices
  • Industry internships

Synopisis sheet for INTD

For more information or to visit the department, contact:

Mr. Stephen Huff, MS, NCIDQ #18779

Instructor, Family and Consumer Sciences


The mission of the Consumer Services: Interior Design emphasis at Carson-Newman University is to provide a strong, quality undergraduate experience and design education, preparing the individual to serve in a diverse and global marketplace embracing academic excellence and professional and Christian integrity.

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