Interior designers enjoy using their creativity, knowledge, and research skills, as well as their desire to be socially accountable, globally aware, and responsible to the environment, by designing a wide range of interior spaces in structures that include hospitals, medical offices, hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, shopping centers, stores, showrooms, museums, health clubs, spas, libraries, and residences. In addition to specifying interior furnishings, finishes and equipment, designers are also attentive to the indoor environmental quality, particularly in the areas of acoustics, lighting, and thermal comfort. Practicing interior designers can specialize in areas such as residential, healthcare, hospitality, historical preservation or adaptive re-use, etc. ... the list is endless. Interior designers may seek employment within architectural or interior design firms, in a specialized design practice, or they can open their of businesses. Interior design professionals also find employment in allied occupations such as facilities management, design consultant or manufacturers’ representatives for design products and materials.
Our graduates are also prepared to pursue graduate education beyond the Bachelor’s degree. Graduates of our program who meet the requirements of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Graduate School can elect to fast-track into the School of Architecture and Design’s MArch program. Upon completion of the MArch degree, they are eligible to teach at the University level and/or pursue an architectural practice by taking the ARE (/Architect Registration Examination). Our graduates are prepared also to pursue graduate education in a specialized area of interior design at other institutions.