Chaminade University offers the only degree-granting accredited Environmental + Interior Design program in the state of Hawai‘i. Our comprehensive Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program prepares students to embark upon a successful career in interior design, environmental design, and other design-related fields. The degree satisfies the educational requirement for professional licensing through the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), as well as prepares students for post-graduate studies and entry-level positions in the field.
Our new E+ID program is unique from other academic programs, in that it goes beyond the traditional parameters of the interior design profession by incorporating the broader aspects of the environment into the design process. In expanding the scope of the program to include an environmental perspective, the curriculum addresses the inextricable relationship between the built (indoor) and the natural (outdoor) environments, with an approach to integrate rather than compartmentalize the spaces and places humans occupy. Aspects of this expanded perspective include: influences of site conditions (climate, sun, wind, views) on the interior; the relationship to its surroundings; landscaping considerations; ecologically sound design; and building facade design.
In the CUH tradition of “service learning”—an essential theme of the school’s pedagogy and mission—students participate in real-life projects working in partnership with non-profit organizations in order to help give back to local communities in need. Not only do students learn to embody altruistic values in professional practice and experience first-hand how design can contribute to society, but they also get the opportunity to be involved with a “live” project where they see their design proposals realized, while accruing the invaluable experience of working with real clients and challenging constraints.
In the spirit of camaraderie, students are also encouraged to enter design competitions, participate in/attend local design events, and/or become involved in leadership opportunities in IDpro, our on-campus club affiliated with the student chapters of ASID and IIDA.
The Environmental + Interior Design program (E+ID) is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the body that oversees and evaluates academic standards for baccalaureate institutions.
So, you want to pursue a career in interior design! Great… you’ve come to the right place to get started. My name is Joan Riggs and I’m the Program Coordinator for the Environmental + Interior Design program (E+ID) here at Chaminade University of Honolulu, where building a strong foundation sets the stage for a promising design career.
Whether you’ve grown up in Hawai‘i, have visited the islands and crave a renewal of the aloha spirit or will be venturing here for the first time, we are confident your experience at Chaminade will be fulfilling and fruitful. Our Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program (the only degree-granting program in the State of Hawai‘i) provides a wonderful variety of design and interdisciplinary courses to stimulate both your analytical and creative thought processes. Multifarious and often times, ‘live’ studio projects employ the realized skill sets. You’ll find that our EID faculty embodies diverse strengths and experiences and is dedicated to engaging students in a quality education that empowers them to be agents for progressive change. Opportunities to meet, network, glean expert critique and project review insights from local and international professionals serve to enhance and solidify your foundational learning experience.
Our E+ID program leading to the BFA degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), and we are proud to be participants in Chaminade University’s designation as a Title III Native Hawaiian-Serving Institution.
In closing, on behalf our students, faculty and administrators at Chaminade, I hope you will consider our Environmental + Interior Design program as your academic choice for a great foundation toward a professional career in interior design.
Mahalo nui loa, Joan
Program contact information:
Joan D. Riggs, E+ID Program Coordinator