The School of Architecture and Interior Design at Andrews University. Photo credit: Peter Tumangday 

February 21, 2024

Andrews University School of Architecture & Interior Design Introduces New Offerings

Andrews University’s School of Architecture & Interior Design (SAID) is creating vital new paths for creative students with a new associate degree and certificate coming for the 2024–2025 academic year, along with the addition of an interior design minor to complement the Bachelor of Interior Design (BID).  

At the heart of the program is the four-year BID, a degree that features comprehensive training, including:  

  • Curating interior spaces people love by enriching the way people live within them  

  • Encouraging a person’s wellbeing and health via uplifting and enlivening design solutions  

  • Utilizing sustainable practices for the sourcing of materials and the methods of installing them  

  • Effectively incorporating design principles and theories in design solutions  

  • Dynamically communicating design via verbal, written and visual means  

  • Completing real-world design work via hands-on experiences in SAID’s state-of-the-art workshop  

  • Mastering technical skills including hand drafting, computer-aided drafting, building information modeling (BIM) and digital representation and rendering  

The new two-year associate degree is a lightened version of the BID program that provides students with a foundation to launch a career in the interior design field. With a focus on the technical skills sought by employers, associate degree students will be prepared to seek entry-level jobs upon graduation. Because the new associate degree is aligned with the existing BID program, associate degree students can also continue in the BID degree track upon graduation.  

“I’m excited by this expansion to our interior design program,” says Jessica Perry, assistant professor of interior design. “In harmony with the architecture curriculum, we are dedicated to promoting the ways in which interior design can contribute to whole human health. We teach how to be good stewards of the environment through design decisions. We encourage students to create spaces that promote wellness.”  

“Non-traditional degree-seeking students may find the new certificate program an attractive alternative to further their education,” Perry continues. “This program consists of just four classes and could be completed in as little as two semesters. Certificate students could seek employment in fields relating to interior design upon completion of the program.”  

Interested students may visit the interior design program’s website or contact Rachel Rechichar, recruiter for the School of Architecture & Interior Design, at for additional information.   


About Andrews University School of Architecture & Interior Design 

Andrews University’s architecture program was the first, and remains the only, English-language bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting program in Adventist higher education. It is also one of only a few faith-based universities in the nation to hold National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB) accreditation. The program is ranked #4 in Michigan, #23 in the Midwest and in the top 25% nationally by 

The School of Architecture & Interior Design remains deeply committed to its mission to promote stewardship, rigorous scholarship and creative problem-solving, all for the glory of God.  

Founded in 1874, Andrews University is a premier institution of higher education for the Seventh-day Adventist Church and offers more than 150 areas of study, including advanced degrees. Its main campus is in Berrien Springs, Michigan, but the University also provides instruction at colleges and universities in more than 25 countries around the world. 

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