Interior Design

Style and Substance

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and minor in interior design is for the student with a passion for creating, styling, and designing a space.

Interior designers must become experts in all things aesthetic — architecture, furniture, lighting, art, flooring, paint and so much more! They must understand people and create spaces where they can learn, live, work and play.

Olivet is located less than 60 miles from Chicago’s Merchandise Mart and 350 West Mart Center, home to 120 wholesale showrooms. Students learn a breadth of knowledge from furniture and paint to space planning, and writing project specifications. Many choose to minor in business or art to expand their career opportunities.

A career in interior design requires both education and practical experience. Certification by National Council for Interior Design (NCID), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and/or National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) is also important. Our program prepares students for each step along the way. 

To sit for the NCIDQ exam, students need 60 credit hours and two years of work experience. Our program helps students meet those requirements.

Team projects are part of every semester. Recently, Olivet students have worked together to help Habitat for Humanity build houses for low-income families, design a Science Activity Bus, design residential spaces (including 235 Van Buren, Chicago, and Lakeshore Towers, Chicago) and many, many more.

Our students have completed internships with a variety of local and national companies, including: Heartland Cabinetry; Ethan Allen; RGB Architecture Group; df Design Inc.; Definition by Design; Renaissance Studio Inc.; Pottery Barn; Houston Structural Inc.; Kankakee Homebuilders.

Professional Affiliation

Olivet Nazarene University's Interior Design program is affiliated with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). This affiliation provides students professional development opportunities to network and learn. NKBA also provides scholarships and has great resources for students and professionals.

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Interior Design Careers

residential designer, commercial designer, procurement for a design firm, kitchen and bath designer, drafter, lighting designer, sales representative, general contractor

Internship Opportunities

During senior year, interior design students complete an internship. Olivet students have worked for a variety of local and national companies, including Holly Hunt, Heartland Cabinetry and More, Casa Bella Design Group, Devon Grace Interiors, Philbin Construction, and Kitchen Gallery of Bourbonnais. Internships are introductory-level positions, often paid and have resulted in full-time jobs.

Center for Student Success

Meet the Faculty

Diane Richardson

When discussing her students, Diane Richardson has no trouble bragging about their accomplishments and how Olivet has contributed to their success. She teaches courses in interior design, fashion merchandising and education. Olivet honored her in 2003 with the Faculty Member of the Year Award.

Family and Consumer Sciences Faculty

By the Numbers:
60
miles from Chicago’s world-famous Merchandise Mart
90
hours of field experience within two medical nutrition therapy courses for dietetics majors
40K+
network of Olivet alumni
4900
students enrolled at Olivet
Family and Consumer Sciences with a Christian Purpose

The best way to see if Olivet is a good fit for you is to visit the campus. We offer unique, customized visit days every weekday, and special Purple & Gold days, too, where you can get up close at all things ONU.

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