Major code BF5198
College of Fine Arts
School of Art
Seigfred Hall 528
Athens, OH 45701
Matthew Ziff, contact person
Rosemarie Basile, assistant director, Student Services/contact person
Whether it is as familiar and human scaled as a home or office environment or as dramatic and monumental as the design of an international airport, our surroundings have a significant impact on the way we live and on the experiences we have every day. Interior designers, recognizing the importance of this impact, focus their attention on ergonomics, anthropometrics, and the foundation elements and theories of design to create distinct, responsive, functional, and dynamic environments for living and working. As an interior architecture major at Ohio University, you can learn how these elements combine to meet the physical, psychological, social, and intellectual needs of people in a variety of settings.
Students who successfully complete the portfolio review process will be provided with a high quality workstation that supports traditional drawing and model making activities, as well as computer-based activities. This workstation is theirs for the entire semester. This allows students to work effectively outside of class time, which is an important aspect of design education. The design studios in Grover Center are well equipped for working in a creative and productive mode, and provide ample space for the display of student work. Facilities include a resource room with materials for student projects and catalogs for student use, photographic equipment and a high quality digital printer.
No requirements beyond University admission requirements.
Change of Program Policy
The program conducts a yearly portfolio review, at the end of fall semester, through which 18 students are selected to advance in the program. The number of students selected is limited by accreditation standards, number of faculty, and physical facilities. To prepare for the portfolio review students are required to take seven designated courses and then assemble the visual work from each of these classes into a folio. The program faculty review the work contained in the folios at the end of fall semester, and based on that review, select 18 students to be admitted into the next phase of the major. Students denied admission through the portfolio review must identify another major.
External Transfer Admission
It is imperative for students who transfer or relocate to Ohio University, Athens campus, who want to declare interior architecture as their major, to speak with an interior architecture faculty member prior to, or at the time of, transfer or relocation. It is critical that a discussion regarding course selection occur between the student and an interior architecture faculty member prior to registering for courses.
Students who wish to transfer into the interior architecture major from another institution or regional campus students who are relocating to the Athens campus must submit a portfolio of work for review by the faculty. Students with design work determined by the faculty to be equivalent to that of some or all of the portfolio review required coursework (see below) will be reviewed at the same time as all other portfolio review submissions for the purpose of determining admission into the major. Transfer students admitted into the major must complete all major requirements determined to be missing from the student’s academic design experience.
Opportunities Upon Graduation
For more than 30 years, Ohio University’s interior design program has been preparing graduates for successful careers in residential and non-residential design, as well as in related areas such as lighting, visual display, sales and showroom management.