Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Interior Design BFA

Program Overview

Interior designers, experts in creating human-centered environments, have a deep understanding of the relationship between people and their physical surroundings.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts


  • Approximately 53 students are enrolled in this program

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is optional for this program
  • Minimum co-op requirement: n/a
  • Co-op availability: n/a

Salary Information

Co-op:     $ID
BFA:         $ID

Student Skills & Capabilities

The Interior Design curriculum provides an understanding of three-dimensional concepts as they relate to space, function and aesthetic resolution. Students gain excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills through group interaction and teaming. Students are exposed to color and lighting theory, materials specifications, business and career practices, universal design, ADA and sustainability as well as technical knowledge in building construction methods, passive and active environmental control systems, building codes and construction documents. Studio coursework includes residential, hospitality, retail, office, healthcare, multi-story/multi-purpose design and special topics, which may be community-based, charitable or socially relevant projects. 


The interior design program maintains accreditation from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), which includes student achievement data.

Equipment & Facilities

The interior design studio has a dedicated studio workspace and lecture area.  A reference library, media center, photographic equipment, and imaging sciences labs for computer output are available along with access to lighting and color labs.  3D printing, Imaging System Lab, state-of-the-art plotting center, and Construct Lab. Computer labs are equipped with Macintosh and PC systems. The software includes AutoCAD, Revit, Trimble SketchUp, Shaderlight, Vectorworks, Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop.

Job Titles

junior interior designer, interior designer, interior designer/relocation manager, design consultant, facilities space planner, designer

Significant Points

  • RIT’s Interior Design program has been ranked #33 by College Choice on its list of Best Interior Design Degrees.
  • Keen competition is expected for jobs because many talented individuals are attracted to this occupation.
  • Self employment is common; many interior designers work in small firms or on a contract basis.
  • Postsecondary education—either an associate or a bachelor’s degree—is necessary for entry-level positions; some States license interior designers. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Bergmann Associates, Clark Patterson Lee, Excellus BCBS, Gensler, Gunlocke, HOK, HUNT Engineers, Architects & Surveyors, Inde,
Labella Associates, Sedgwick Business Interiors, Smith + Associates Architects, Staach, Vargas Associates, Wegmans Food Markets

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Call our office and ask to speak with Gretchen Burruto, the career services coordinator who works with the Interior Design program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Gretchen Burruto, Associate Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.5462
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603