Interior Design

Influence how spaces look, feel, and function.

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Interior Design

Our interior design program explores how spaces look, feel, and function. Using a human-centered approach, students learn how the design of the built environment impacts our productivity, health, and emotions. We prepare critical thinkers who can work both independently and as effective members of design teams.

Shared coursework with other design majors during the first two years focuses on color theory, textiles, drawing, and design software. Upper level design studios emphasize space planning, identifying clients’ needs and functional requirements, preparing working drawings, and specifying materials and finishes. Additional coursework provides experience in sustainability, lighting, building construction, design history, and accessibility.

Experiential learning is offered through guest speakers, community design projects, design charettes, study abroad, and clubs.

Interior design is a major program of study offered in Corvallis.


Once you enroll in the interior design program, you can select an area of focus from the following options:

The Dean’s Academy is an academic forum for high-achieving first-year students, transfer students, and current undergraduate students who wish to maximize the educational and experiential aspects of their college experience. Invitation to this option is restricted to those who meet eligibility requirements.

The sports business option provides students with an understanding of the fundamentals of the business of sport, including sports finance, marketing, analytics and sponsorship. The program builds on core business knowledge acquired in business and design programs, and prepares students for careers in sports-related organizations.


degrees and areas of focus

85% Job placement rate

of classes have fewer than 50 students


companies recruit our students each year

Interior Design Opportunities

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Florence, Italy: Accademia Italiana

London, England: London College of Fashion

Seoul, South Korea: Hanyang University

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Student organizations and clubs

Associated Clubs


National Retail Foundation

International Interior Design Association

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Cecelia T. Shuttleworth

Columbia HEHC Scholarship

Gladys Whipple Goode Scholarship

N Marie Ledbetter Memorial Scholarship

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Possible Careers

Health care facility designer

Hospitality designer

Residential or contract interior designer

Sales manager

Design microbusinesses: Real client, real budget, real money

Inspired by the needs of their clients, teams of first-year design students have worked on interior spaces throughout Austin Hall and Weatherford Hall, working with College of Business faculty and staff to invigorate office spaces, common spaces and student classrooms. Some of the teams turn to projects around campus and off-campus, bringing their creativity to spaces across OSU and around Corvallis.

This is how the microbusinesses work for our interior design majors, helping them build their portfolios and sound work experience before graduation.

Oregon is a state for small businesses, sole proprietors, and startups as much as it is for global operations like Nike. That's why every first-year student works together in a team to start their own company — with their money, with their budget, and with their own sales goals. We want you to work seamlessly on a big design team, or have the foundational skills to start your own business when you are ready.

On the yin and yang of design and business

As an active, connected and talented design student, Molly Switzer, AKBD, B.S., Interior Design and B.S., Housing Studies, was ecstatic to land her first job out of college with a reputable design firm in the Portland area. The year, however, was 2008, and Switzer watched wide-eyed as the established business — like many businesses large and small or wealth holdings worldwide — dissolved into ether, impacted by the Great Recession.

“That was a lesson, my first lesson about running your own business. There are no guarantees,” said the proprietor of Molly N Switzer Designs LLC, specialized to full residential interiors and kitchen and bath design and remodel.

Mindful of what she saw as the economic condition of the industry and the need for survival, Switzer worked a few positions after that first job collapsed. All brought necessary tools to her toolbox to eventually build her own business.

In time, the designer was ready for her own thing. Leaving the safety and security of a steady post; Switzer brought everything — including the luxury kitchen sink — to her new business.

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Excellent people and excellent resources available to students — that’s the best thing about the College of Business

Sarah Moore ‘09
Columbia Sportswear

Where our graduates work

Graduates from the college's interior design program have become residential or contract interior designers, sales managers, hospitality designers, health care facility designers, fixtures, furnishings and finishes specifiers, and more.

  • Ankrom Moisan
  • Bora
  • Garrison Hullinger
  • Hyphn
  • Koroseal
  • Mackenzie
  • Neil Kelly
  • Nike
  • Pottery Barn
  • Restoration Hardware
  • SERA Architects
  • ZGF

Here's why you should be a College of Business student

A success plan for life

Professional, personal and leadership skills form the backbone of successful careers. Blueprint, our award-winning series of classes, is focused on professional and leadership development and financial literacy. With Blueprint, you’re on track to graduate on time, with the skills and network to choose your career, and the savvy to make the big decisions at the right time.

We're not just business; we're family

Our first-year students live in one of our business-themed residence halls. This learning-focused, student-first, open-door culture makes the big Oregon State campus feel like the supportive place it is – and feel a lot smaller and easier to navigate than you might think.

We’re the only college at OSU that has a dedicated Career Success Center for our students. We help you find an internship, write a resume and find a job.

Ranked and accredited

Oregon State is ranked in the top five for online education with U.S. News & World Report. The College of Business overall, as well as our accounting program, is accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for degree programs in business and accounting.

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