The faculty of Mercyhurst University have carefully designed the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Interior Design for college graduates with a background in related fields. Ideal candidates are those who want to update their skills, advance to a new position, prepare for a career change, or become eligible for the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) Exam pending approval from NCIDQ. Career counseling/advising by the program director, an NCIDQ certified designer, is offered to all participants in the program.

Course Requirements 

Required Classes:
ID 105 Technical Graphics I (Architectural Drafting and Drawing) (3 credits)
ID 107 Introduction to Interior Design (3 credits)
ID 111 Studio I – Residential – (pre-requisite ID 105) (3 credits)
ID 205 Technical Graphics II (AutoCad) (pre-requisite ID 105) (3 credits)
ID 230 Materials, Systems, and Assemblies I (3 credits)

Choose three:
ID 100 Design Basics (3 credits)
ID 130 Introduction to Digital Presentation (3 credits)
ID 210 Interior Design Graphics (Manual Rendering) (3 credits)
ID 405 Technical Graphics III (Revit) (pre-requisite ID 205) (3 credits)
ID 406 Technical Graphics IV (Advanced Revit) (pre-requisite ID 405) (1 credit)

Choose three:
ID 200 Building Technology (3 credits)
ID 220 History of Interior Design and Architecture I (3 credits)
ID 221 History of Interior Design and Architecture II (3 credits)
ID 231 Human Factors Design (3 credits)
ID 312 Materials, Systems, and Assemblies II (pre-requisite ID 230) (3 credits)
ID 375 Business and Professional Practice for Interior Design (3 credits)
ID 380 Color and Light (3 credits)

Choose one:
ID 211 Interior Design Studio II – Corporate (3 credits)
ID 311 Interior Design Studio III – Healthcare (3 credits)
ID 322 Interior Design Studio IV – Hospitality and Retail (3 credits)

*Advanced standing and waiver of certain courses is available upon review and approval of design portfolio and design course transcripts. In these instances, candidates will be required to complete at least 30 credits.

*Students may complete an optional internship (ID 495) to gain work experience.

Admission Requirements

An applicant must be a graduate of an accredited college or university with a B.A. or B.S. degree. Please submit official transcripts indicating the degree earned. The student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 with a minimum C grade in each course. An appointment with the Interior Architecture and Design Department Chair is recommended prior to beginning any courses in the advanced certificate.

Contact Us

Office of Graduate and Continuing Education
Phone: 814-824-3351