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About the Program

Interior Design Video

Building on Philadelphia University’s mission to prepare graduates for successful careers in an evolving global marketplace, the interior design program’s mission is to prepare students to be independent thinkers, innovative problem solvers, collaborators and leaders with high standards of professionalism, integrity, and excellence in design. With an emphasis on creativity, balanced with the knowledge and skills required for meaningful contributions to professional design practice, we instill in students an understanding of the global, cultural, social, aesthetic, technological, environmental and ethical responsibilities inherent to the design of interior environments.

The program is grounded in the belief that the interior designer mediates between human experience and the built environment and should enter the global marketplace as articulate, creative, inspired and socially aware design professionals. Our Bachelor of Science in Interior Design provides an extensive education to meet these demands. The curriculum encourages collaboration and integrates interdisciplinary experiences, broadening students’ knowledge of related fields. Our location in Philadelphia offers access to many design firms, providing opportunities for networking. Partnerships with community organizations and industry professionals give students a unique advantage with real clients and hands-on experience.

The Program is fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).


Student Work


Julia Porter

A dense urban center is invigorated by the renovation of a warehouse that is converted into a culinary arts school. The fresh and modern design maximizes day lighting and natural ventilation and incorporates large gathering spaces, classrooms, teaching kitchens, rooftop herb gardens and restaurants showcasing the culinary arts.


Laura Beaver

This elegant boutique hotel integrates the use of sustainable woods and materials with sensuous lighting design. It embraces a key goal of hospitality design by providing a transformative experience, a temporary respite and escape from the everyday.


Sarah Schaub

This corporate interior is clean, calm and environmentally friendly.  The interior design incorporates flexible work spaces, exposed structure, day lighting, exterior views, recycled materials, and a green living wall.


Nicole DeVough

This bookstore/cafe project is an adaptive reuse of an existing historical building in Philadelphia. The bookstore's focus is on building a community of people around shared interests and it serves as a gathering place.