Interior Design Major (BFA)

The interior design major at George Fox is the only four-year interior design program in the Portland area, offering you the chance to dive deep into creating innovative and functional interior spaces.

Starting your freshman year, you'll learn how to plan space, design to client specifications and then professionally document that space to be built. Our program includes courses in both residential and commercial interior design, allowing you to determine which path best suits your skillset as you plan your professional journey.

From learning global architectural history to designing a real-world project in Paris, our students learn how to be innovative and thoughtful designers as they navigate the world of interior design.

You Will Be Professionally Prepared

Our program is deeply connected to the local Portland design industry, and you will work with industry mentors in several classes to create professional relationships. We also work closely with local professional organizations like IIDA and ASID.

Our curriculum is based on the fundamentals of the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) exam, which you can take after entering the industry. From building codes to ADA regulations, you will be equipped with the knowledge to design for the health, safety and welfare of building occupants.

You'll also be preared to take the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate exam, allowing you to be a step ahead when you enter the field and be an expert on sustainability before you even graduate.

With a curriculum that covers the facets of both residential and commercial design – by tackling real-world design problems, developing innovative solutions to challenging topics, and learning professional practices for the industry – you'll be equipped to be successful and creative member of the design community.

100% of art and design students complete an internship in their field before they graduate
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Why Study Interior Design at George Fox?

Student on a ladder painting a mural on a building wall

What will I Study?

  • Designing homes
  • Designing kitchens and baths
  • Crafting custom furnishings and finishes
  • Drafting and creating renders of buildings
  • Creating environmentally friendly workplaces

As courses progress, you will be challenged by design problems that increase in size and complexity. The curriculum will help you develop an understanding of the influence of sustainable building and reuse on human health, well-being and performance.

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Jasmine Reese

Our courses have been designed to help us succeed in the world outside of our campus by emphasizing industry standards and practices that might not be in textbooks. Along with connections made with working professionals in my field, the friendships I have made in the classroom are exceptional. In a small major, and at a small school, I have had the opportunity to grow close with my peers. We help each other with projects, offer feedback and collaboration, and create a fun atmosphere to learn and work.

What’s after George Fox

With many interior designers moving toward freelance practices, the shape of the interior designer field is shifting, creating opportunities for young designers with a vision and technical ability to break into the field and achieve success.

The field is also shifting in response to the pandemic. As our homes become work spaces, it becomes all the more critical to create multi-functional environments. While architects are running into a slowdown on new buildings, interior designers are taking in a steady stream of remodels.

  • Freelance artist
  • Interior designer
  • Interior assistant
  • Draftsperson
  • Space planner
  • CAD drafter
  • Design firm assistant
  • Materials acquisition specialist
  • Design showroom consultant
  • Textile design consultant
  • Home stager/stylist
  • Kitchen/bath specialist
  • Floor plan consultant
  • Stage and set designer
  • Facilities designer
  • Home furnishings buyer
  • Occupancy planner
  • Strategic planner
  • Store planner
  • Visual display designer
  • Leasing agent specialist
  • Interior design teacher
  • NFL Players Association
  • Disney
  • Nike
  • Nordstrom
  • Faceout Studio
  • VSA Associates, Chicago
  • Landor & Associates
  • Norm Thompson Outfitters
  • Impact Printing
  • Clark & Company
  • Pivot Group
  • Pigeon Toe Ceramics
  • Copper River Design
  • Harvest House Publishing
  • Portland, Beaverton, Salem, Tigard and Sherwood Public Schools
  • Livengood & Nowack
  • Lawrence Galleries
  • Code Monkeys, Web & Game Design
  • Hillsboro Hops
  • Asterix Creative
  • Anthropologie

100% of art and design students at George Fox complete an internship in their field before they graduate. Here's where some of our student interned during the 2021-22 school year:

  • SERA Architects
  • Maison Inc.
  • Garrison Hullinger Interior Design
  • WCP Solutions
  • Hyphn
  • Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Sproutbox Media
  • Willis Team Homes at REMAX
  • Stadia Church Planting
  • Talk Out Loud
  • Yonder Agency
  • Kravet Inc.
  • Square Deal Construction
  • Reverie Design Studio
  • LM Modine
Student standing on a ladder painting a mural on a building wall
  • City Hall Project: Our interior design majors were recently honored by the city of Carlton for their work in redesigning the city hall – a project that was completed in class.
  • Mural Project: A community mural project that included community engagement, city council presentation and production
  • Glass Project: A public works project producing glass installation for new buildings on campus
  • Tiny Home Village: Working in coordination with North Valley Friends Church to create plans and a vision for a tiny home village that offers low-income housing
  • Community Art & Design Workshop: Teaching high school students art and design
  • George App: Conceive, develop and present an app to serve students at George Fox by replacing clunky existing web systems on campus.