Beginning a career as a Registered Interior Design Professional starts with attending an educational program that is comprehensive in delivering a knowledge base in theory, history, psychology, construction practices, mathematics, design, and building codes. This assures that interior designers have a good foundation of skill to build onto throughout their careers. Becoming a Registered Interior Designer requires either a minimum of a Bachelors or Masters degree in Interior Design or Interior Architecture or a combination of a Certificate degree and 5 years professional experience.

Bachelors and Masters Degree Programs in Oregon

CIDA Accredited programs are indicated with a (*)

University of Oregon

Department of Architecture and Allied Arts

Bachelor of Interior Architecture *

Master of Interior Architecture *

Oregon State University

Department of Design and Human Environment

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

Marylhurst University

Department of Interior Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts Interior Design*

Art Institute Portland

Bachelor of Fine Arts Interior Design*

Option of Sustainability within the Interior Design Degree


Certificate Degree and Diploma Programs in Oregon

See the NCIDQ Eligibility Routes to Qualify for the Exam

Portland Community College

Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design

Two-year certificate in Kitchen and Bath Design

One-year certificate in Sustainable Building and Interior Furnishings

One-year certificate in Aging In Place

George Fox University

Family and Consumer Sciences

Bachelor of Science

Concentration in fashion merchandising / interior design

Option to transfer to FIDM in Los Angeles for 4th year for additional Associate of Arts degree