Interior Design

A career with room to grow

DEBUT 2015 Chairing Styles Video

From boutique hotels and restaurants to offices, community areas, and private homes, Interior Designers create the spaces where we live, work, and play. Learn to think first as a designer, then get hands-on experience developing skills that will help you succeed as a working professional in this incredibly exciting field.

What Our Students Learn

In our program students learn the skills to:

  • Speak and write effectively to convey design solutions.
  • Create images by hand and computer that exhibit correct perspective.
  • Work within the framework of current industry standards, processes, ethics, and practices.
  • Research and think critically to solve design problems.
  • Practice good citizenship through outreach and engagement in the community.
  • Develop budgets and specification sheets for the design process.
  • Assume leadership roles, collaborate in teams, and interact with others respectfully.
  • Consider space, color, materials, finishes, and sustainability when selecting and designing for interiors.


The program gives students the opportunity to delve deeper into residential, commercial, and product design. Specialties like aging-in-place, multi-generational housing, and preservation of historic spaces are explored. Students collaborate on product design projects with industry partners.

FIDM Interior Design Students have designed Downtown Los Angeles lofts, helped to renovate the Boys & Girls Club of Venice, and designed unique playhouses that were auctioned off for Orange County's Project Playhouse, which benefits homeless families.

Students also participate in projects such as "Chairing Styles," an exciting collaboration between Interior Design, Fashion Design, and Textile Design students and major companies such as Marimekko and Cotton, Inc.

A well-developed hand—the ability to sketch—is the most important skill in our creative industry. This is the kind of asset taught at FIDM that follows you wherever you go, only gets better with time, and is invaluable regardless of new technology."-- Xander Khajavi-Noori, Product Design Director, Michael Berman Limited

A Closer Look

The Interior Design program helps students develop skills in three disciplines - Residential, Commercial, and Interior Product design. Focusing on creative problem-solving, Interior Design students integrate historical perspectives, current, and future trends to develop design solutions that are functional, innovative, sustainable, and safe. Effective communication, community advocacy, and collaborative design are emphasized.

Completion of the curriculum satisfies the educational requirement for professional membership in ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and IIDA (International Interior Design Association) and enables students to qualify for the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) examination.

For important information about the completion rate, educational debt, and earnings of students who attended this program, click here.