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Question #88999 posted on 03/01/2017 4:16 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Is there an interior design program at any of the BYU colleges? BYU Hawaii and BYU Provo don't seem to have one. I heard that BYU Idaho closed theirs in 2013. I really want to be an interior designer, but i also really want to go to BYU. What can I do?



Dear Ashley,

I found Board Question #62534, which discussed your question a few years ago (2011 was six years ago? Goodness gracious). Unfortunately, I'm afraid the main answer is still the same: BYU doesn't offer an Interior Design major, only individual classes from the School of Family Life (which I saw flyers for as I walked through the JFSB last week). Also unfortunately, it seems that you're right in thinking that BYU Idaho no longer offers that major

If there's one ray of hope here, it's that the interior design program at LDS Business College is still up and running. Like Birdy in time of old, I can't really vouch for how credible that program is, but I think it would probably look better on a resume than just having taken a couple of individual classes.

I was going to leave it at that, but then that seemed lame: I was mostly just repeating the answer from a few years ago. So, I called the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences and asked them about your question. They directed me to email Dr. Chad Gibbs, the BYU professor who teaches the interior design classes here. This is what he had to say:

This is a complicated problem that I understand very well. The BYU environment is not duplicated anywhere else. There are only 4 classes offered at BYU that focus on Interior Design. There may be some construction management classes (such as CAD) that can complement the ID classes.

Since there is no major, a BYU student may want to transfer to LDS Business college and earn an associate’s degree at some point. Utah State has a four year interior design program. If your friend wants to go to BYU for a year she may want to transfer there for the last three years. I am happy to talk to your friend about other options.

So, unfortunately, if you're really serious about majoring in interior design, you're probably going to have to study somewhere other than BYU. If you want a Church-owned school, go with LDS Business College. If not, head to USU.

Good luck with your decision! If you do want to talk to Dr. Gibbs some more, you can contact him at the email address listed on his faculty page. If you don't want to seem like you're just emailing him randomly, send me an email first and I'll provide you with some information so you can identify yourself as the "friend" I mentioned in my email to him.

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