The Path to Interior Design

Minnesota Schools


Alexandria Technical and Community College

Located in Alexandria, this school offers a 72-credit associate's degree with a focus on residential, kitchen/bath or commercial design. Two faculty members provide classroom instruction in the major. After completing coursework, which includes classes in design and drafting, lighting design, presentation techniques and a variety of other courses, students complete an internship. The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) accredits the kitchen/bath track. Alexandria Technical and Community College also offers a 71-credit diploma program.


Century College

White Bear Lake's Century College has a 64-credit associate's degree program in interior design. Students take a mixture of daytime, evening and online classes. Coursework covers a wide variety of areas, including lighting, color, drafting, sales, dimensional drawing, Feng Shui and window dressings. An internship is also required. This college also offers a diploma for interior design associates, in addition to certificates in kitchen/bath design (accredited by the National Kitchen & Bath Association), home furnishing sales and interior design consulting.


Dunwoody College of Technology

Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis has a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree program taught by interior design working professionals. In this cross-disciplinary program, students work with other design and construction students, take part in design studios, prepare a professional portfolio and fulfill an internship. The Construction Sciences and Building Technology department also offers a variety of other related degree and certificate programs, such as architectural drafting/estimating and construction project supervision.


University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

This university's College of Design is located in Minneapolis; the university also has a campus in St. Paul. The college currently employs five full-time faculty members. Programs range from the bachelor's degree level to three levels of graduate programs. The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredits the bachelor's degree program, which stresses instruction, research and environmental awareness. Students in the master's degree programs research human behavior issues related to design and become eligible to teach. Ph.D. students prepare further for design research and teaching.


St Catherine University

St Catherine University offers 2 Interior Design Degree programs. It's a medium sized private university in a large city. In 2015, 2 students graduated in the study area of Interior Design with students earning 1 Bachelor's degree, and 1 Certificates degree.


How to become a NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer -

Eligibility Requirements:

There are specific education and work requirements that allow you to be eligible to sit for the NCIDQ examination. Information on this can be found on the CIDQ site, where it also lists the different routes to the exam. For the visual and more information on all the routes see CIDQ eligibility requirements.

Route to NCIDQ exam change:

We have all heard that “Route 5” is being phased out and will no longer be a path after December 31,  2018. 

Route 5  - An Associates degree comprised of 40 semester/60 quarter units of interior design courses, plus 7,040 hours of qualifying work experience.