FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the interior design program have Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)?

YES!  The program received a six year accreditation decision effective Fall 2008. The program is also accredited by NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design).
 
How many students are in the interior design program?
 
There are approximately 80 students in the program.
 
Do you have any specific recommendations for computer requirements for the Interior Design program?
 
The recommended system requirements for Autodesk Revit Architecture, one of the programs used in the program, can be found here:

Do you have any specific recommendations for computer requirements for the Interior Design program?

The recommended system requirements for Autodesk Revit Architecture, one of the programs used in the program, can be found here:  http://usa.autodesk.com/adsk/servlet/ps/dl/item?siteID=123112&id=15385625&linkID=21208795​

However, please note that technology changes rapidly, so we recommend that you wait to purchase a laptop computer for use in your interior design classes until you get further along in the program.

Are there scholarships available to interior design students?

Yes.  The department has two annual scholarships that interior design students are eligible to apply for.  These are the Helen Lohr Scholarship and the Charlotte Trout scholarship.  In addition, there is one scholarship specific to interior design students from the Mt. Pleasant area in memory of Tracy Rondy. 

Are there study abroad experiences available for interior design students?

Yes.  We try to make an experience available every other year.  We traveled to London, Florence and Rome in 2004 and 2007 and to Beijing, China in 2009, 2011, and 2012.

Is there a portfolio requirement for entering the program?

Students must either present an admissions portfolio or complete art courses prior to entry into the first interior design studio OR, students may combine some portfolio elements with coursework to fulfill remaining elements.  These elements include: 2-d design, 3-d design, freehand drawing and art history. 

What is the placement record of students in the program?

The major is sensitive to the economy which has impacted current placement rates, especially those students desiring to remain in Michigan.  The current placement rate is approximately 70%, although there is a higher rate for students moving to other states.

What is the typical entry-level salary for interior designers?

The national range for entry-level salaries is $31,000 - $37,000.  Average salaries for specific locations can be found at www.salary.com or www.salaryexpert.com.

Is there any assistance in finding internships?

The department has an internship coordinator who assists students in locating a site.  The IND 338 Internship Preparation course is taught by this coordinator, who provides additional support for locating a site. 

Is there a specific advisor that I need to meet with if I have questions?

You may meet with either Cathy Ganoe, ganoe1c@cmich.edu, Brenda Skeel, brenda.skeel@cmich.edu or Jeanneane Wood-Nartker, wood1bj@cmich.edu, as desired.  However, Cathy generally meets with students having a last name starting with A-L.  Brenda generally meets with students having a last name starting with M-N, and Jeanneane generally meets with students O-Z. It is recommended that you meet with an advisor as soon as possible.

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