Major Spotlights: A look at Interior Design


Ben Edwards

Students work on an interior design project during a recent class meeting.

Vincennes University offers a vast variety of majors and programs to choose from. These can range from automotive service technology, cyber security and network operations, to law enforcement, and nursing. 

There are some majors that not a lot of people know about that VU provides, and one of those is Family & Consumer Sciences – Interior Design concentration. 

Family & Consumer Sciences – Interior Design Concentration is a two year program. This program will give students what they need to begin their study in the field of family consumer sciences. Along with this they will be studying interior design. Studying interior design will prepare the student for positions in residential or commercial interior design. 

What does an interior designer actually do? The profession consists of making indoor spaces functional, safe, and beautiful for almost every type of building. They select colors, finishes, fabrics and furniture, etc. 

There are no particular prerequisites for this field of study. If you are an interior design major, you will need attention to detail, along with a creative flair. 

Lou Ann Lindsey is a professor and department chair for Family and Consumer Sciences at VU. Her interest in Family and Consumer Sciences comes from the hands-on nature and usefulness of the courses she teaches. 

“In all our major areas, including interior design, fashion, child development, and nutrition & dietetics, you can not only use the information in your future profession, but also to improve your personal life,” Lindsey said. 

Lindsey said the best part about teaching this program is seeing students mature. Also getting to see them be successful in their coursework is also very fulfilling. 

After students graduate there are plenty of jobs they can pursue. Students can work for a design center or simply be self employed as a designer. They can specialize in a particular area such as kitchen, or bath design. Along with furniture and home furnishings. Opportunities are also available in residential and commercial design as well. 

Maggie Shaw is a sophomore at VU majoring in Interior Design. Shaw has had a love for design since she was little. Shaw has carried her love for design all the way through her high school career. Then she eventually figured out she wanted to do interior design. 

“The best part of the interior design program at VU is how much you learn. Not only do you get one-on-one teaching from your professors, but you also learn from other students in your major. The relationships I have built with other students in the major has helped me thrive in the design program,” Shaw said.  

After Maggie graduates she plans to join the workforce and gain experience. Shaw’s major plan is to eventually start her own business buying houses and renovating them then reselling them. 

“For instance, many of the newer buildings on the VU campus had interior design floor plans but chose modern converings, and floorings, ect,” Lindsey added. 

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