Environmental and interior design

Interior designers plan, design, and detail elements of interior space. The bachelor of fine arts (B.F.A.) degree program in environmental and interior design emphasizes a three-dimensional, architecture-based approach to creating humane, enabling, and ecologically sensitive interior environments for living, working, and recreation.

The program, ranked 10th in the nation, is singled out for its emphasis on concept generation and creative problem solving.

Within this professional, architecturally oriented program you will learn to design interiors for residential, commercial, public, and special purpose uses. You will develop computer-aided design and presentation expertise. At the upper levels your projects involve working for actual community and corporate organizations. Art and design studio electives enhance your ability to think creatively.

Graduates work in residential and contract design within corporations, institutions, and architectural and interior design firms. The program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and sponsors an active student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. It continues its ranking as one of the ten outstanding interior design programs in published polls by design societies and professionals.

Environmental & Interior Design (EDI) Program FAQs:

  • Program established in 1922
  • Currently Ranked 8th in the nation by Design Intelligence 
  • Program Attrition Rate: 13.6%
  • Program Retention Rate: 52% (Of the 21 freshmen who declared an EDI major in 2010, 11 continued with the program and graduated in 2014.)
  • Graduation Rate: 100% (Of the 11 freshmen who declared an EDI major in 2010 and continued on with the program, all 11 graduated within 4 years.)
  • Approximately 28 EDI students graduate every May
  • Job Placement: 86% of the students who graduated in 2013 are working in the Interior Design Field
  • Acceptance into Graduate Programs: 100% of alumni who apply to graduate school are accepted.
  • Firms that have hired our recent graduates:

◦                     Tandus Centiva, Boston, MA

◦                     TPG Architecture, NY, NY

◦                     Prentice Office Environments, Buffalo NY

◦                     Michaelis Boyd Associates, London UK

◦                     LaBella Associates, P.C., Rochester, NY

◦                     Whitehall Interiors NY, NY

◦                     QPK Architects, Syracuse, NY

◦                     Thom Filicia Interiors, NY, NY

◦                     Ashely McGraw Architects, Syracuse, NY

◦                     KVD+ Architecture, Trenton NJ

◦                     HLW International LLP, Linden, NJ

◦                     Donghia, NY, NY

◦                     CBT Archtects, Boston, MA

◦                     American Museum of Natural History, NY, NY

◦                     Groupe SMCP, NY, NY

◦                     Cramer Marketing Studio, Boston, MA

◦                     White Whale Films, Westport, MA

◦                     Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype, Inc., Boston, MA

◦                     DRG Architects, New Brunswick, NJ

◦                     Kate Spade, NY, NY

◦                     SFA Design, Los Angeles, CA

◦                     O'Neil Langan Architects, Clinton, NY