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.

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 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. Three O’More College students have been awarded Donghia Foundation Scholarships in the past two years. Only 13 such awards are given nationwide, and O’More was the only school outside of New York, California and Florida to boast a single recipient in 2011. In 2012, our nominee was the only student from a Tennessee college or university  to be recognized.

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


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