Interior Design Major

You make environments that tell a story.

As we look for better ways to interact with our changing landscape, social fabric and community needs, the way we design our environments — our living and work spaces — matters more than ever. At CCAD, you’ll find the facilities, tools and faculty to make your dreams of designing a reality. Our Interior Design degree program involves research, planning, design and problem-solving through real-world exercises, as well as courses in hand sketching, computer modeling and communications. You’ll graduate ready to translate your vision in a wide range of spaces and industries.


CCAD’s state-of-the-art facilities give you the equipment and technology (including 3D printers) you need to unleash your inner interior designer. You'll have access to:

  • Fully equipped lighting, print and computer labs
  • Material samples, catalogs and flat-file storage
  • The Tad Jeffrey FabLab, which includes laser cutters and 3D printers for prototype fabrication of models, furniture, and objects
  • A woodshop for furniture-making and model work
  • A construction demonstration area with open studios and building space

Student and alumni works

  • Wood Turnlettes
    Interior Design
  • Pax: Peace
    Interior Design
  • Shared Experiences
    Interior Design
  • Retail Design
    Interior Design
  • Christian Dior Store Design, Interior Design, Seong Mo Kim, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Christian Dior Store Design
    Interior Design
  • Environment, Moody Nolan; Interior Design, Tom Holmes; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Environment Design, Moody Nolan
    Interior Design
  • Hospital, Moody Nolan; Interior Design, Tom Holmes; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Hospital Interior Design for Moody Nolan
    Interior Design
  • Accolades Wall, Moody Nolan; Interior Design, Tom Holmes; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Accolades Wall for Moody Nolan
    Interior Design
  • Service Design, Moody Nolan; Interior Design, Tom Holmes; Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Service Design for Moody Nolan
    Interior Design
  • Retail Design, Interior Design, Brianne Derolph, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
    Retail Design
    Interior Design


CCAD’s comprehensive interior design program provides instruction across spaces and industries to equip grads with the skills to thrive in many positions. Our grads have applied the skills they built at CCAD to a variety of positions and fields.

Design researcher
Design salesperson
Design strategist
Educational designer
Furniture designer
Interior architect
Lighting designer
Office designer
Project manager
Retail designer
Space planner
Staging specialist
Textile designer


Our grads generate interest from employers in diverse industries, from big-name retail brands to interior-design and brand-experience firms. Some employers who have benefited from their skills are: 

  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Big Red Rooster
  • Fitch
  • FRCH
  • IA Interiors
  • L Brands
  • Moody Nolan
  • NBBJ
  • WD Partners
  • Wilson Associates
  • Workshop/APD
  • Yabu Pushelberg

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Credit hours

Program Requirements 42
CORE Studio Requirements 36
CORE Liberal Arts Requirements 42

Course information

Check out the course requirements chart on the major flyer.

See work from the Interior Design Department on instagram!

Notable alumni

Courtney Gula, Interior Design, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD)

Courtney Gula immersed herself in the retail world in Columbus early in her career. While interning at L Brands and Victoria’s Secret during her time at CCAD, Gula quickly realized that she wanted to pursue a career in the retail space. She promptly secured a full-time position at WD Partners upon graduation, where she is currently an Environments Designer.

Courtney Gula
Interior Design
Zach Schumacher, Interior Design, Class of 2013, Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).

Zach Schumacher’s interests span architecture, interior design and sculpture. His big-picture thinking landed him a position as a key designer at NBBJ, a world-renowned architecture and design firm. His projects include office design and work on the Columbus Metropolitan Library. His work on the latter earned him the 2015 Built Project Award from Contract magazine.

Zach Schumacher
Interior Design

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