Interior Architecture | Bachelor’s Degree

House Design

Katie Vance Named MTSU 2022-2023 Distinguished Alumnus

One of the top designers of Nashville’s booming restaurant and hospitality scene, Vance’s work includes Butcher and Bee, Butchertown Hall, The Green Pheasant, The Russell Hotel, The Cordelle and many more. At Powell Architecture, she runs the interior design department, plus the firm’s marketing and social media endeavors.

Vance founded Porter Flea, a well-known handmade modern craft market, to propel Nashville’s independent craft and design scene. She is a 2021 recipient of the Nashville Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award. Her work has earned praise from regional and national publications, including Garden & Gun, Architectural Digest, Domino, Dwell and Southern Living. She has served on many judges for the MTSU Interior Design Program midterm and final reviews.


Interior Design Hosts a Series of 30 Under 30 Events

Congratulations to Lauren Schrimsher (’21) for being recognized as one of the top Interior Design professionals under the age of 30 in Nashville, by INTERIOR DESIGN Magazine. 30/30 is a program where the top 30 designers under the age of 30 are recognized at a prestigious event hosted by INTERIOR DESIGN Magazine, which has a strong history of recognizing those who excel in the design industry. After graduating from MTSU, Lauren went on to receive her Master of Science in Construction Management and is currently working as a designer at Inner Design Studio. Lauren’s work includes a diverse range of healthcare projects located all over the United States, ranging from behavioral health facilities to free-standing emergency departments. Lauren continues to grow her knowledge and passion for innovative and accessible solutions by incorporating thoughtful, research-based evidence into her designs.



Professional Licensure Disclosure

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Interior Design at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and meets the educational requirements for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exameligibility visit: Meeting CIDQ’s work experience requirements does not guarantee a candidate will meet their local jurisdiction’s requirements to be a licensed, certified, registered interior designer. Currently the state of Tennessee does not require state licensing or certification. MTSU cannot confirm whether this program will meet all of the requirements of anotherU.S. state or territory that requires a state license. Students should be aware that licensing requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change and consult with the licensing board for each state. Check local jurisdiction for requirements.


Because career preparation is integrated into all areas of the MTSU Interior Architecture student experience, your journey towards professional life begins the moment you step on campus. MTSU Interior Architecture faculty are practitioners and educators dedicated to providing graduates with the skills and experiences needed to thrive in a profession that is vital to the health, safety, and happiness of people around the world. Interior architects are responsible for making sure that everything that influences the function and perception of a space is effective. From hospitals and offices to housing and retail, interior architects ensure that interior spaces meet the needs of both the building’s owner and its users. The program has an extensive network of local and global firms which support professional experiences through industry-engaged studios, internships, and a variety of industry and program sponsored programming that connects students to professionals.