Interior Design Major (BFA)

George Fox's interior design major educates students to become creative and responsible designers of residential and commercial spaces. Program components emphasize problem solving in applied design studios, and with a focus on space planning, sourcing and industry connection, you will learn to design environments for residential and commercial spaces in a broad range of design programs.

As courses progress, you will be challenged by design problems that increase in size and complexity, and develop an understanding of sustainable building by learning the fundamentals of LEED and sustainable building practices.

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Our program focuses on the human health and safety of spaces and prepares students to work in a variety of settings in the professional interior design world. Program curriculum and outcomes are all directly tied to NCIDQ Certification and LEED accreditation competencies, preparing students to join the interior design industry immediately upon graduation.

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We've also been recognized nationally. Our program was named the International Interior Design Association’s 2023 Campus Center of the Year – quite an honor considering all U.S. schools with interior design programs were considered!

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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 prepared 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 a successful and creative member of the design community.

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?

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What will I Study?

  • Designing residential and commercial spaces
  • Knowledge in sourcing for furniture and finishes
  • Detailing and building custom furniture
  • Understand sustainability and green building
  • Creating safe and equitable spaces

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

The shape of the interior design field is shifting, creating opportunities for young designers with a vision and technical ability to break into the field and achieve success. In a current booming building industry, interior designers are in high demand and our students graduate with a skillset that allows them to have a front seat in the design industry immediately upon graduation.

Our students go on to work in a range of design opportunities, from large commercial firms working on offices and hotels to small residential teams designing single family homes. The skillset of our graduates is applicable to a broad range of pathways with an interior design degree, allowing our young designers to choose the design path that’s right for them. They work alongside industry professionals from their first year in the program to allow a broad network to grow throughout their time at George Fox University.

  • Commercial interior designer
  • Residential interior designer
  • Manufacturer rep
  • Project manager
  • Home stager
  • Kitchen and bath specialist
  • Textile designer
  • Furniture designer
  • SERA Architects
  • BORA Architects
  • HMK Company
  • 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
  • Design Case Interior Design

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 2023-24 school year:

  • Mackenzie Inc.
  • A&E Design
  • Amy Troute Inspired Interior Design
  • Hill Devine Design
  • Lindye Galloway Interiors
  • RJ Smith Construction
  • Kelly Frampton Interior Design
  • Portland Pickles Baseball
  • SE Calvary Chapel
  • Sign On
  • Philadelphia Dream Center
  • Blue Trout Gallery
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  • 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.
  • Woody Arts Incubator Project: Our Collaborative Design class recently worked with this community arts center for artistic practice in Cleveland, Ohio.