B.F.A. Interior Design

Do you want to create safe, artful and life-enhancing interiors?
Degree Type Bachelor of Fine Arts
CAREERS & SALARIES Annual Employment Report
Delivery On Campus

UW-Stout's Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design blends fine art, design and technical disciplines and leads to careers that create meaningful, life-enhancing and safe interior environments, including:

  • Residential and commercial space planning
  • Lighting design
  • Sustainable design
  • Construction documentation
  • Collaboration with architects and construction professionals

At UW-Stout, we offer a strong and comprehensive curriculum taught by expert, experienced faculty. Students in this program are interested in art and architecture as well as in interior design. Course work includes preparation for:

  • Professional best practices
  • Materials specifications
  • Budgets and contracts
  • Lighting systems
  • Historical and theoretical  considerations
  • Human factors
  • Presentation and communication skills
You’ll study art and architecture while practicing lighting design, sustainable design, managing budgets and materials specifications. / UW-Stout

The B.F.A. in Interior Design will provide you with a learning environment that fosters creativity and collaboration between art, design and technical disciplines. You will develop the sensibilities, techniques, and methods necessary for an interior design career. Through theory, practice and history you will gain creative and critical thinking skills to successfully problem-solve in the interior design field.

Interior design students place in Minneapolis fashion show

One-of-a-kind dress out of the abstract materials and claimed second runner-up in the Best in Show category at the Fusion + Fashion show in Minneapolis.
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The Interior Design program will prepare you for a career in interior design that encompasses residential and commercial space planning, lighting design, research, construction documentation and sustainable design.


100% of Interior Design graduates are Employed or Continuing their Education

It is the integration of knowledge accumulated through studies in general education, technology, art and design that prepare interior design students to create meaningful, safe and life-enhancing interior environments that contribute to the cultural, social and environmental well-being of society. Interior designers are responsible for budgets, materials specifications, contract documents and lighting systems within interior design projects, and they often work collaboratively with architects and construction professionals.

Mission & Philosophy

The mission of the B.F.A. in Interior Design is “to educate professional interior designers through theory, practice and history; to develop articulate practitioners and advocates; to maintain curriculum, programs and technologies relevant to current directions in society as well as interior design education and research; and to enrich the learning environment and community through sensitivity to social, environmental and cultural issues.”

The philosophy of the B.F.A. in Interior Design is “to provide a learning environment that fosters creativity and collaboration between art, design and technical disciplines.  It is the integration of knowledge accumulated through studies in general education, technology, art and design that prepares the interior design student to create meaningful, life-enhancing interior environments that contribute to the cultural, social and environmental well-being of society”.  

School of Art & Design Facilities

Modern studio classrooms provide open, creative environments for learning. Extensive open studio hours allow access to these spaces outside of class periods:

  • Fine Art Studios
  • Design Studios
  • Computer Laboratories
  • Process Laboratory
  • Print Laboratory

Two galleries are housed in the School of Art and Design, a student gallery and the John Furlong Gallery. These, along with other spaces on and off campus, provide student, faculty and outside exhibition opportunities throughout the academic year.

Interior Design Careers


  • Residential Interior Designer
  • Office/Corporate Interior Designer
  • Space Planner
  • Retail Designer Interior Designer 
  • Sustainability Specialist
  • Hospitality Interior Design
  • Health Care Interior Design


  • BWBR Architects
  • Target Corporation
  • Nordeen Design Group
  • Cedar Corporation
  • Fenson Construction, LLC
  • MS&R Architecture & Interior Design
  • 20 Below Studio
  • HDR
  • Walsh Design Group 
B.F.A. Admissions Requirements

New Freshmen

Beginning in Spring 2020, students will be admitted as a Pre-Bachelor of Fine Arts (Pre-BFA) student. As a Pre-BFA participant, you will join an exciting community of first-year art and design students with classes and events geared towards preparing you for a successful application to the intended BFA program. 

As a student accepted into one of the six BFA programs, please be aware of the following:

  • You will be required to submit a portfolio in the spring semester of your freshmen year to apply for acceptance into the intended BFA program. Portfolios will be evaluated by School of Art and Design faculty. Through your first-year experience, you will be given the tools and skills required to prepare and submit the portfolio, and the necessary support to navigate the application process.

Transfer Students

  • Submit a portfolio and essay to be reviewed by a committee of School of Art & Design faculty, who will determine admissions into the major. The priority deadline is no later than noon on October 1st for spring admission and March 1st for fall admission. You will receive direction on how to submit your portfolio in a separate handout accompanying your acceptance letter to UW-Stout.  
  • Submissions may be made after the priority date, however there is no guarantee when it will be reviewed for a decision nor what art-specific coursework you may be able to get into after the review is completed and whether or not registration for the next semester has begun.

Transfer students are considered both fall and spring. This includes portfolio and essay submission priority dates. Students applying for one of the BFA programs will remain admitted as a "Pre-BFA" student if you: 

  • do not submit a portfolio/essay
  • apply after the BFA program has closed
  • are not approved for the BFA program after submission of a portfolio/essay. 

You may then apply for a change of major in subsequent semesters, depending upon available openings in the program. If needed, BFA Foundations courses will be available to "Pre-BFA" students pending seat availability. 

Objectives & Outcomes

2018 INT Advisory Board

Maureen Mitton Program Director  
Sarah  Amundsen Senior Director  Target Store Planning and Design
Emily  Degalier Interior Designer Cuningham Group
Mollie  Devcich Designer MFD LLC
Heidi Gilbertson-Gansberg Senior Advisor Advisement Office UW-Stout
Michelle Hammer Senior Interior Design Associate HGA Architects and Engineers
Ann Marie Jackson Director of Interior Design Sherlock, Smith, & Adams
Lisa Kirkbride Senior Account Manager Milliken & Company
Hanna Kuehl Project Designer BWBR Architects
Sara Kunnick Interiors Section Leader Hennepin County Facility Services
Traci  Lesneski Principal MSR Design
Eric  Lovestrand Sales Representative MS International
Rochelle Maresh Designer Target Store Planning and Design
Veronica McKracken Associate MSR Design
INT Advisory Board

2018 INT Advisory Board

  • Maureen Mitton, Program Director
  • Sarah Amundsen, Senior Director, Target Store Planning and Design
  • Mollie Devcich, Designer, MFD LLC
  • Heidi Gilbertson-Gansberg, Senior Advisor, Advisement Office UW-Stout
  • Michelle Hammer, Senior Interior Design Associate, HGA Architects and Engineers
  • Ann Marie Jackson, Director of Interior Design, Sherlock, Smith, & Adams
  • Hanna Kuehl, Project Designer
  • Sara Kunnick, Interiors Section Leader, Hennepin County Facility Services
  • Traci Lesneski, Principal, Meyer Scherer and Rockcastle, LTD
  • Eric Lovestrand, Sales Representative, MS International
  • Justine Pliska, Senior Interior Designer Leader, TSP
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Student Work

Our students gain experience working on real world projects with a unique combination of concept and technical skills.

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