Interior Design

Between the coasts, O’More’s Interior Design program stands apart because of our incomparable faculty and award-winning product.

If you want an interior design degree, you have many options. But if you want an interior design education, we are confident that you will love what you discover at O’More.

Ours is the Oldest CIDA-Accredited Interior Design (I.D.) Program in Tennessee

The department was Tennessee’s first interior design degree program to be accredited by CIDA, and our long history means that we have crucial contacts with industry leaders and organizations that help graduates open doors to successful careers.

Our reputation and networks in the Nashville-area design community are well established, and we work to secure (required) high-profile internships that will help jumpstart coveted careers. Studio partnerships with outside firms and designers allow each student to engage with clients in real-world settings, and many of our courses place an emphasis on community projects.

Students of our program have enjoyed internships and professional work with a variety of successful firms in areas such as Nashville, Atlanta, New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and abroad in China, Hong Kong, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, and Dubai.

O’More was founded as an interior design school. Founder Eloise Pitts O’More had a vision to replicate in Middle Tennessee the experience she enjoyed as a design student in Paris. Today, we uphold Mrs. O’More’s original vision of offering a highly focused, demanding and rewarding interior design education.

The I.D. faculty represent a diverse mixture of full-time and adjunct professionals, many of whom are not only practitioners, but who also have highly specialized experience. Because we believe in a collaborative work environment, our students enjoy a highly individualized and familial atmosphere.

Our Setting Inspires Success and Creativity

Our stunning, historic main campus and our Interior Design studio illustrate both our appreciation for our heritage and our attraction to the avant garde. The studio, a half mile away in The Factory at Franklin, was built nearly 100 years ago as an industrial ironworks manufacturing space. Now used as an arts-focused retail and learning center, The Factory serves as an inspirational backdrop for design students.

We believe in service. Through student chapters of both ASID and IIDA, we network professionally and engage in service-learning projects. As designers, we have the skills to make our community more sustainable and enjoyable for those of all walks of life.

We travel! Every student has the opportunity to participate in our travel study courses. There is no substitute for hands-on learning that provides an existential experience and a glimpse into other design worlds across the continents. It’s a critical component to our approach.

The Interior Design Department makes regular trips to the markets in Chicago and Atlanta, and have visited sites of architectural interest around the country.

Our accolades are numerous. To date, eight of nine student projects that were sent to compete for the prestigious Angelo Donghia Foundation won in the nationwide, juried competitions. Some of these students received scholarship amounts up to $30,000, the maximum amount awarded. These students competed with students from Parsons, RISD, University of Cincinnati, and New York School of Design to name a few. This is one of the largest scholarships in the country awarded to interior design students attending CIDA accredited institutions.

Between the coasts, O’More stands apart. We are proud of what we do, and we look forward to sharing it with you.

O’More Interior Design: Breaking Down the Numbers

Attrition and Retention: Of those accepted into the program in 2013-2014 catalog year, 88% of O’More students were retained.

Graduation Rate: In 2013-2014, 96% of O’More seniors graduated

Job Placement Rate: In 2013-2014, 24% of O’More graduates became independent designers and 76% are employed in the field*

Graduate School Acceptance Rate: In 2013-2014, 100% of O’More students applying to graduate school were accepted.

*verification in process

Laptop Requirement: All interior design students are required to have a laptop capable of running the latest AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, and digital rendering software.