The big picture
The successful design of an interior space has the potential to improve the human experience in tangible and intangible ways. At Watkins, we believe that interior design professionals must embrace both the opportunities and responsibilities that come with making interior environments that are aesthetically pleasing, healthy, safe, and sustainable.
In our Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program, you will:
- master the fundamentals of space planning and the human factors that influence design
- explore the history of architecture, interior design, and design theory
- build your knowledge of construction materials and methods
- experiment with a wide range of textiles, furnishings, and lighting solutions
- create studio projects for residential and commercial settings
- develop a professional-level body of work through a progressive series of portfolio reviews and a senior thesis
Turning your creativity into your life’s work
Our interior design professors are also licensed practitioners who understand that the key to your professional success is rigorous and supportive engagement with Watkins faculty, interior design alumni, and local architects and interior designers. Through a variety of studio scenarios, you will acquire the toolkit to produce compelling design outcomes and launch a productive career. In recent graduating classes, all of our interior design students were employed or enrolled in graduate school by the end of the summer in which they graduated.
Your study at Watkins incorporates intensive hands-on experience through our required 120-hour internship program. Here’s a sample of where Watkins students have worked in recent years:
- Alfred Williams & Co.
- Anderson Design Studio
- Beth Haley Design
- Color, Inc.
- Connie Vernich Design
- Dovetail Design Works
- Dryden Abernathy Architecture Design (DAAD)
- Earl Swensson Associates (ESa)
- Facility Planners, Inc.
- F H Design
- Garden Park Antiques
- Gresham, Smith & Partners
- Interior Design Associates (IDA)
- Interior Design Services (IDS)
- Nashville Civic Design Center
- Nashville Designer’s Resource
- Peggy Newman Designs
- Smith Seckman & Reid
- Sorci and Swords
- Southeast Venture, LLC
- Susman Tisdale Gale Architects, Inc.
- Synergy Business Environments
- Traditions in Tile
- Valentine Interiors
- Yessick’s Design Center