Interior Design

Find out how our Bachelor of Science in Interior Design program can prepare you create spaces that are both creative and practical.

Enhance your Interior Design skills

In this program, you can:

  • Learn how to create spaces that improve the way your clients feel and work
  • Study computer-aided drafting and design, 3D design, space planning, problem solving, the history of design and architecture, and more
  • Explore specialty design areas, including exhibit, hospitality, retail, and corporate design
  • Discover ways to communicate interior design solutions using a variety of visual media and professional-grade technology
  • Build your interior design portfolio so that it’s ready for potential employers when you graduate
  • Get guidance from instructors with industry knowledge and experience

* Some programs are not available in all states. To find out if your program is available in your state, please contact an admissions representative prior to enrollment.

CIDA accreditation

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) has awarded The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division's Bachelor of Science in Interior Design its prestigious accreditation. This accreditation means that our online Interior Design program meets the highest standards that employers are looking for in graduates. It also demonstrates our unrelenting commitment to refining and improving our curriculum to ensure our program continues to provide a respected Interior Design education.

The Interior Design program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Ave., Ste. 350, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Licensure, credentialing, and other student outcomes - CIDA
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh collects and publishes important information regarding student achievement, including aggregate data addressing attrition and retention, graduation rates, job placement rates, and acceptance into graduate programs in order to meet Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) program eligibility requirements. That information can be found here.

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you’ll be prepared to pursue a variety of entry-level positions in Interior Design, including:

  • Interior Design Assistant
  • Assistant Designer
  • Business Development Coordinator
  • Junior Designer
  • Color Consultant
  • Interior Decorator

Our Career Services team can support you in preparing for and finding the career opportunity that’s right for you.

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The Art Institute student portfolios

Our students, alumni, and faculty are invited to join The Art Institute Portfolio Gallery — an exclusive network — to gain broader exposure for your work, connect with fellow students and alumni, and make it easier for potential clients, recruiters, and creative enthusiasts to find your work.

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Course listing

The courses in the Bachelor’s in Interior Design are designed to prepare you to pursue a career in your chosen field. All of our courses are built to engage and challenge you through text, video, animation, chat, and more, while also helping you learn relevant industry knowledge and skills.

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Faculty overview

The faculty members at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division are devoted to empowering you for your future career. Their guidance and mentorship can help you to focus your creative energy and vision toward the skills that matter most in your field—and, as an online student, you’ll be in constant contact with your instructors via email, video, phone, and even chat.

Mr. Kevin Jordan

Kevin is a graduate of Ball State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design, and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. He worked as a landscape architect for firms in Atlanta, Indianapolis, and Dallas between 1986 and 1998. While living in Dallas, he attended the Art Institute of Dallas* and graduated in 1998 with an Associates of Art in Multi-media Design. From 1998 to 2001, he worked in Denver as a user interface and media designer for AT&T Broadband. In 2002, he graduated with a Masters in Urban Design from the University of Colorado Denver. Kevin has been an Art Institute instructor since 2002, teaching courses in design, graphics, drafting, and various software applications.

*Now a campus of South University.

Lisa Tucker Cross, Ph.D.

Professor Tucker Cross is a Registered Interior Designer in the state of Oklahoma and is certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification. In 2004 she received her Ph.D. in Sweden at Lund University. Her Ph.D. Studies focused on developing a method for evaluating and developing outdoor environments within multi-family housing and urban spaces. Before relocating to Sweden to conduct research, Dr. Tucker Cross owned and managed her own interior design firm in Oklahoma City. In 1996 she completed her Master of Science in Human Environmental Science, Living Space Design, with honors from The University of Central Oklahoma. In 1988 she received a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design from the University of Oklahoma with an emphasis on art and marketing.

Professor Tucker Cross has worked within the design and interior design industry for the past 27 years. She has been with The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division since 2005 and has held a fulltime position since April of 2006. She also works on various administration committees at AiPOD and is the Student Ambassador for the Interior Design Department.

Professor Tucker Cross continues to work in the field of Environmental/Architectural Psychology conducting research and publishing studies to help advance the knowledge in these areas. Since 1996, she has taught courses in interior design, supervised architecture and engineer master students and worked as a lead supervisor to several students conducting their post graduate thesis work. Currently, Professor Tucker Cross works as a CIDA site visitor. Within this role she stays current with requirements for accredited Interior Design programs and professional practice.

Ms. Leslie Wettergren

Ms. Wettergren has been a full time faculty member at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division since 2005. She has a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. She became an Illinois licensed Architect and Registered Interior Designer in 2002. In addition, she is both an NCARB and NCIDQ certificate holder.

Ms. Wettergren has been practicing for more than 13 years in both commercial Architecture and Interior Design. She was an Associate Designer for Crate & Barrel, an Associate Architect at The JRB Group Architects, and a Senior Project Manager at Whitney Inc. Leslie teaches a variety of classes including Drafting Technologies, Codes/ Barrier Free Design, Human Factors, Construction Documents, Institutional Design, and Interior Architectural Systems and Detailing.

Michael S. Grefe

Michael Grefe has been a full time faculty member at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division since 2006. He has a bachelor's degree from Grinnell College, M.Arch Southern California Institute of Architecture, BFA, MFA in Illustration from the Academy of Art University and Professional member of IDEC, Interior Design Educators Council and NCIDQ Certificate holder.

Michael discovered his passion for design while attending Harvard University's Career Discovery as a college student. He has a total of 17 years working in Interior Design, Architectural/ Landscape Design and has worked on many public works, commercial, office, retail and high end residential projects for notable firms such as Gensler and public works projects for BART, Bay Area Rapid Transit, San Francisco.

Michael is an artist and has been featured and exhibited in The Art Institute of Pittsburgh's Faculty Show. He has many research interests including aging in place design and green technologies for the home. Michael teaches a variety of classes such as Office Design, Residential and Advanced Residential Design.

Lori Kinley

Mrs. Kinley began at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division as an adjunct in late 2006; however, she has been a full time faculty member since late 2008. Mrs. Kinley obtained a Bachelor of Science in Advertising from Bradley University, a Bachelor of Art in Interior Design from Anderson University and a Master of Art in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art & Design. Presently she is working on a PhD at the University of Missouri-Columbia in Architectural Studies with a focus on “Conceptualization of Place Identity in Virtual Learning Environments.

Currently, Mrs. Kinley is a member of the Anderson City Planning and Commission Board and a Commissioner of the South Carolina State Museum Board.

Matthew Swiertz

Mr. Swiertz earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in Interior Architecture from Northern Illinois University. After passing the NCIDQ exam in 1998, he served as the head proctor for the Chicago region of the exam for three years. In addition to being a Senior Full Time Faculty member with The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division, he also has been practicing design for 18 years with the firms of Kaya K. Doyle AIA and David Lindquist and Associates. He has designed multiple restaurants, offices and residential projects. He has even had the chance to design a terminal for a small, regional airport. Mr. Swiertz has been teaching Interior Design since 1993 and has worked for many different colleges and institutions. He also currently serves as CIDA accreditation visitor and is a member of IDEC. He has been with the Interior Design Program Online since 2003.

Interior Design degree requirements

As a prerequisite for admission to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division, students must be a high school graduate with a minimum, cumulative, final high school CGPA of 2.0 or higher, or hold a General Education Development GED Certificate, or associate's degree or higher.

Online orientation

Before you start your first course, you’re encouraged to complete an online orientation that introduces you to different features of the online classroom and prepares you for your role as an active learner in our online classes.

Classroom demo

See the online classroom in action.

Software requirements

  • Adobe Acrobat Professional (Version 10 or higher)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (Version 10 or higher)
  • Adobe Flash Professional (Version CS6 or higher)
  • Adobe Creative Suite - includes Photoshop and Illustrator CS6
  • Autodesk AutoCAD Full Version
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Google Sketchup (free download from sketchup.com)
  • Microsoft Office Professional (Version 2010 or higher) or Microsoft Office University 365
  • Norton Antivirus (Version 10.2 or higher)
  • Windows Media Player (Version 12 or higher)

Minimum technology requirements

  • PC: Users should have systems with the following specifications: AMD Athlon 64 with SSE2 technology, AMD Opteron® processor with SSE2 technology, Intel® Xeon® processor with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology, or Intel Pentium 4 with Intel EM64T support and SSE2 technology. For Windows 7 (32-bit): Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon™ dual-core processor, 3.0 GHz or higher with SSE2 technology. For Windows 7 with SP 1. All require 4GB of RAM, 30GB of available hard disk space recommended, 1,280 x 1024 display resolution with true color, 512MB VRAM, Open GL 2.0-capable system, and DirectX® 10 capable graphics card with Shader Model 3.
  • Mac: Dual Boot Required Users should have systems with the following specifications: Apple® Mac® Pro 4.1 or later; MacBook® Pro 5.1 or later; iMac® 8.1 or later or *Mac OS X v. 10.7 or higher, 4GB RAM, 30GB available hard disk space recommended, 1280x1024 display with 16-bit color, 512MB VRAM, OpenGL 2.0–capable system. Dual boot requirements: Boot Camp (comes with mac OS X), Windows 7 (64-bit required if running OS X 10.7) and Additional 20 GB HD Space required for Windows Partition. Mac users must have a minimum of OS 10.7 in order to run Adobe Creative Cloud. Additional notes about installing Windows via Boot Camp if students do not have it already set up: Students will need to purchase: Windows 7: Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate (Boot Camp 4 or 5) See Windows 7 requirements -or- Windows 8: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro (Boot Camp 5 only) See Windows 8 requirements. Helpful link: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5634

Important Note: “Virtual machines” are not supported by The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division for the Interior Design program.

Web browser requirements

Windows Users: The two latest releases of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome are supported.

Mac Users: The two latest releases of Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome are supported.

Hardware requirements

  • Color Inkjet Printer
  • Color Flatbed Scanner
  • Digital Camera
  • Mouse

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