Through the exploration of the art and architecture of environmental design, students solve problems in a broad range of built environments. Students work closely with faculty in a studio environment similar to the professional design office experience.
Our curriculum, studio pedagogy, and student projects support a multidisciplinary philosophy that fosters the design of humane and sustainable environments for people. Visual communication, conceptual development, and technical skills provide a basis for the education of designers who will become creative problem-solvers and leaders in the various fields that intersect with the built environment.
The B.F.A. degree in environmental and interior design (EDI) prepares students to pursue careers focused on the design of the built environment in the disciplines of environmental design, interior design, interior architecture, adaptive reuse, spatial design, and exhibition design. In addition, the program prepares graduates who may choose to pursue advanced studies at the master’s degree level in architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, interior design, exhibition design, lighting design, furniture design, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and the humanities. The B.F.A. program is fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).
Students receive a broad liberal arts education in conjunction with studio courses in the fine arts to complement their work in the program. Due to the mutual and overlapping bonds of environmental design, industrial design, fashion design, and communications design, the programs in the School of Design share a common foundation curriculum in the first semester.
The field of environmental and interior design reconciles past building uses with future needs to shape and sustain a better world. Design history, theory, sustainable design practices, building stewardship, adaptive reuse, and professional practice are promoted in the curriculum. Individual work experiences, design-build activities, and speculative community-based projects engage students with emerging issues and the field.
The EDI program shares courses, design laboratories, fabrication facilities, and studios with other disciplines in the School of Design and nurtures a close relationship with academic associations, design societies, professional designers, industry partners, and manufacturers. Our faculty, students, graduates, and the program have been recognized with numerous national and international design awards.
Students in the EDI program benefit from faculty-led field research trips to major cities and design-oriented points of interest throughout the Northeast and beyond. Students are encouraged to spend a semester abroad in their junior year at SU’s Design in London program; to collaborate on special projects; and to pursue internships in Syracuse, New York City, across the continent, and around the globe.
Our program was ranked among the "Most Admired Interior Design Schools" by leaders and hiring managers in DesignIntelligence.