Do more than dream about your career. Design your future.

An interior design degree prepares you for a career in a variety of professions including healthcare design, hospitality design, residential design, kitchen and bath design, and lighting design. Our graduates can be certified by both the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) and the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ).

What You'll Do

As an interior design major at Southeast, you'll gain incredible real-world learning experience including many opportunities outside the classroom.

  • Gain real-world experience through internships and the experiential learning lab.
  • Learn from experienced faculty in a small class environment.
  • Work on real design projects with actual clients.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 95%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Art and Design report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation

  • $56k

    Interior Designer

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an interior designer is $56,040.

  • $69k

    Purchasing Manager

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a purchasing manager is $69,600.

  • $59k

    Set and Exhibit Designer

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a set and exhibit designer is $59,590.

What You’ll Study

As an interior design major, you’ll apply artistic and technical solutions to promote health, safety, and welfare in the building environment. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

Interior Design – 69 Hour Major – No Minor Required

  • DS001 Portfolio Review (0)
  • DS104 Exploring Interior Design (3)
  • DS111 Technical Drafting for Designers (3)
  • DS205 History of Interiors I (3)
  • DS206 History of Interiors II (3)
  • DS207 Interior Systems (3)
  • DS209 Construction Codes for Designers (3)
  • DS211 Basic Kitchen & Bath Design (3)
  • DS218 Form & Space for Designers (3)
  • DS220 Design Communications (3)
  • DS313 Sustainable Design I (3)
  • DS314 Multicultural Design (3)
  • DS315 Sustainable Design II (3)
  • DS320 Advanced Design Communications (3)
  • DS330 Lighting & Electrical Systems (3)
  • DS332 Materials for Interior Environments (3)
  • DS409 Healthcare Design I (3)
  • DS410 Hospitality Design I (3)
  • DS411 Advanced Kitchen & Bath Design (3)
  • DS414 Hospitality Design II (3)
  • DS415 Healthcare Design II (3)
  • DS440 Internship in Interior Design (3)
  • DS450 Professional Practice in Interior Design I (3)
  • DS451 Professional Practice in Interior Design II (3)

Additional Requirements: 18 Hours*  

  • AH210 Art History Survey II (3)
  • AR100 Drawing I (3)
  • CM126 Computer Aided Architectural Drafting (3)
  • CM226 Residential Architectural Drafting & Design (3)
  • CM322 Comm Architectural Drafting & Design (3)

Choose 3 hours from:  

  • AH337 Issues in Modern Architecture (3)
  • UI340 Housing Perspectives (3)
  • UI401 American Cultural Landscape (3)

*Some courses may fulfill General Education requirements.

“Critical Courses” are italicized and bolded. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major.  

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours 
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours 
  • Written Communication – 6 hours 
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours 
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab) 
  • Mathematics – 3 hours 
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines) 
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students) 
  • Civics examination  

Freshman Year 

Fall Semester (16 Hours) 

  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • DS104 (3) 
  • DS205 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • CM126 (3) 
  • DS111 (3) 
  • DS206 (3) 
  • DS209 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: 2.0 cumulative grade point average. 

Sophomore Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • AR100 (3) 
  • CM226 (3) 
  • DS001 (0) 
  • DS211 (3) 
  • DS220 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • AH210 (3) 
  • CM322 (3) 
  • DS207 (3) 
  • DS218 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: 2.0 cumulative grade point average. 

Junior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • DS313 (3) 
  • DS314 (3) 
  • DS320 (3) 
  • DS332 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours) 

  • DS315 (3) 
  • DS330 (3) 
  • DS410 (3) 
  • DS411 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: 2.0 cumulative grade point average. 

Senior Year 

Fall Semester (15 Hours) 

  • DS409 (3) 
  • DS440 (3) 
  • DS450 (3) 
  • UI337/UI340/UI401 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (16 Hours) 

  • DS414 (3) 
  • DS415 (3) 
  • DS451 (3) 
  • General Education (4) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: 2.0 cumulative grade point average.

“Critical Courses” are italicized and bolded. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.

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Do more than dream about the future. Take the first steps to make it all happen.

Accreditations

  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design Accreditation Logo
  • NKBA Affiliated School Logo
  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation Logo

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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Office Phone
(573) 651-2143
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Office
River Campus Seminary 10
Mailing Address
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Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701