B.F.A. in Interior Design

Earn your Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Interior Design from Marylhurst

Does your relationship to design go beyond the paper on a wall or the placement of a chair, and delve into how humans experience a space, or the influence of the environment on a person? Dive into the world of design through the creative exploration of materials, structural systems, spatial design and construction methods; build a career within the commercial industry or differentiate your experience beyond residential interior design. Marylhurst alumni are influencing the interior design landscape at both local and national levels. Confront the status-quo of physical environments and join us, as we explore socially and environmentally responsible solutions to challenges in aesthetic design and spacial planning.

It is the mission of Marylhurst University’s interior design program to prepare individuals to act with social, environmental and aesthetic responsibility through the design arts.

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Why Choose Marylhurst’s Interior Design Program

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Marylhurst’s Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design (CIDA).

Interior Design classes are available in a flexible format, including afternoons and evenings.

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Marylhurst and Portland Community College’s Interior Design program are partners making a direct path to a bachelor’s simple.

MU’s Interior Design program is structured to help you complete the major in as little as two years.

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Marylhurst’s classes offer small, discussion-style learning settings. Average class size is 11.

Explore Marylhurst’s Interior Design Program

With reverence to the history of art, architecture and the societal needs of built environments, Marylhurst’s B.F.A. in Interior Design emphasizes the modern design media, technology and collaborative work environments that influence today’s interior design industry. Classroom discussions and hands-on curriculum evoke critical thinking and creative exploration while addressing known ethical, material and design challenges. Marylhurst courses focus on solutions tested by critical thinking, functional spaces, research, and collaborative design processes, while considering environmental, social and aesthetic responsibility.

The Marylhurst B.F.A. in Interior Design was the first of its kind in the Portland metro area accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation; building over the years an alumni of exceptional program graduates. Internships and hands-on coursework immerse students within the industry to accrue relevant experience in preparation for the workforce.

Discover the work of our interior design alumni and the professional careers available to you as a graduate.

Earn your B.F.A. in Interior Design degree sooner at Marylhurst with transfer credits. Marylhurst holds transfer partnerships with many community colleges in the greater Portland area and offers students the opportunity to fulfill course requirements in the major, within as little as two or three years. Whether you plan to transfer credits from a community college or already hold an associate’s degree, Marylhurst offers concentrated interior design coursework that honors your prior work.

Exceptional Faculty

Marylhurst interior design faculty are practitioners in the industry who contribute their local and national professional experiences to the classroom. Many members of the faculty have owned their own interior design businesses, worked for top-ranked commercial design firms and have been the recipients of industry recognition. We invite you to get to know our respected faculty of interior designers who bring relevance, practicality and authentic experience to coursework and classroom discussion.

Marylhurst provides extensive financial aid management services, scholarship assistance and support. We are one of the leaders in higher education for transferring credit and converting life experience into college credit – all which help you manage the cost of earning your degree. Designated financial management teams and resources are available to help you manage and fund your education.


  • It is the mission of Marylhurst University’s interior design program to prepare individuals to act with social, environmental and aesthetic responsibility through the design arts.
  • Marylhurst’s beautiful campus is conveniently located just 10 minutes south of Portland (and we even have free parking)
  • Marylhurst University is regionally accredited by NWCCU {Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities}
  • Programs combine career-relevant knowledge with valuable liberal arts skills, like communication, problem solving and ethics
  • Emphasis on experiential learning through internships and field trips
  • More than 122-year history of academic excellence

Students may enroll any term and begin fulfilling coursework with an applied liberal arts focus within the Marylhurst core. Most students start fall term when interior design courses begin. Contact our Office of Admissions to discuss your interior design plans, and make sure to review admissions requirements and the application process.

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