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Where to Study Interior Design in California

Updated on December 26, 2009

Why Study Interior Design in California?

California, with its sprawling mansions and high-class lifestyles, is the perfect place to study interior design. Many universities in California offer interior design as an emphasis to their undergraduate and graduate art students. However, several art institutes in California are increasingly developing a broader degree plan for students interested in indoor design, encompassing every interest from single room creation in homes to elaborate virtual floor plans for entire office buildings.

The following are a list of some of the most reputable undergraduate programs in interior design in California.

Art Center College of Design
Art Center College of Design

Art Center College of Design

The interior design undergraduate degree plan at the Art Center College of Design is called environmental design, and it transcends residential living to explore indoor living experience everywhere from restaurants to office buildings. Students are responsible for real-life clients from their first semester, helping to design products and spaces for both humanitarian organizations and corporations.

Art Center College of Design
1700 Lida St.
Pasadena, CA‎ 91103
(626) 396-2200‎

The Art Institute of California at San Francisco
The Art Institute of California at San Francisco

The Art Institute of California at San Francisco

The Art Institute of California at San Francisco offers a Bachelor's of Science degree in residential interior design to aspiring space planners. Students are required to develop a portfolio of their projects throughout their years at the school to show to potential employers upon graduation.

The Art Institute of California at San Francisco
1170 Market St.
San Francisco, CA‎ 94102
(415) 865-0198‎

Woodbury University
Woodbury University

Woodbury University

Woodbury University's interior architecture major requires a more in-depth study of structure and building design than most other schools' interior design programs, resulting in a comprehensive view of the entire interior design process. Enrollment is limited.

Woodbury University
7500 North Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91504
(818) 767-0888

San Diego State University
San Diego State University

San Diego State University

At San Diego State University undergraduate students interested in indoor design must first enroll as art majors before selecting an upper-division emphasis in interior design in their junior year. Approval of the emphasis is not guaranteed, and the department's decision is based on a review of the student's portfolio up to that point.

San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182
(619) 594-5200

San Francisco State University
San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University

The interior design major at San Francisco State University is in the Consumer and Family Studies department and focuses less on comprehensive artistic skills than on the practical side of indoor planning, including a semester-long focus on designing for consumers who require specialized design accommodations.

San Francisco State University
835 Market St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 817-4400

San Jose State University
San Jose State University

San Jose State University

Interior design students at San Jose State University graduate with a Bachelor's of Art in art and design studies, with an emphasis in interior design. The undergraduate curriculum includes the traditional skills required of interior designers, plus the limitations of building construction, the communication skills needed to coordinate with the professionals associated with new interior planning assignments, and elements such as lighting, government regulations compliance, and how consumers interact with their environments.

San Jose State University
1 Washington Sq.
San Jose, CA‎ 95912
(408) 924-1000


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      H P Roychoudhury 

      8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      It is nice hub giving systematic information of the centers for structure and building design in West Coast of US. Thanks for sharing


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