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.