Interior Design

CUW’s Interior Design program shows you how to turn your creativity into an exciting career designing residential and commercial interiors.

Why Study Interior Design at CUW?

A CUW degree offers you:

  • A unique cooperative program with Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)
  • Concentrations in interior design foundations and interior design specializations
  • Hands-on experience through internship opportunities
  • A broad liberal arts foundation with a Christian perspective
  • A bachelor’s degree from CUW and an associate degree from MATC

Program Facts

  • Years to complete: 4

Program Overview

CUW Interior Design majors complete core liberal arts classes on the Concordia campus and interior design classes at MATC.

What You’ll Learn in the Interior Design Program

Our program teaches you how to:

  • Develop design concepts
  • Present and communicate design ideas
  • Build constructive relationships with clients, contractors and partners
  • Visualize 3D design solutions
  • Plan functional, safe and efficient spaces
  • Organize and oversee projects from start to finish
  • Select the right color, lighting, material and furnishing selections
  • Create manual and CAD drawings

Career Choices in Interior Design

  • Industrial and corporate facilities designer
  • Trade show exhibit designer
  • Kitchen designer
  • Furniture showroom designer
  • Design consultant
  • Residential designer
  • Manufacturer’s representative


You can focus your studies in two areas of interest:

  • Interior design foundations
  • Interior design specializations

Complementary Majors/Minors

  • Art
  • Business

All Interior Design majors complete requirements for a minor. An Art or Business minor can help you develop the skills you’ll need for a successful creative career.


The Interior Design curriculum includes liberal arts coursework at CUW and design courses at MATC, including manual and CAD drawing, textiles, residential and commercial planning, and trends in interior design. See our course catalog for our full curriculum.


With an associate degree and four years of full-time work experience, graduates are eligible to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam and qualify for state licensing.

High School Prep Courses

  • Art
  • Art history
  • Computer-aided design (CAD)


Marji Bell