Today, a diverse group of more than 140 full-time students come together to work individually and collectively in the creative exploration of design. Traditional-age and returning students, commuters and residents, men and women, all are part of the learning environment and enrich the exchange of ideas and professional development.
A dynamic environment of design and fine art studios, technical laboratories and classrooms provides students with opportunities to interact with other disciplines. Facilities include interior design studios, the interior design resource library; fine arts studios with facilities for drawing, foundation design, painting, photography, sculpture, and silk-screen. State-of-the-art computer laboratories are available for CAD and digital media production.
City of Philadelphia
The resources of Philadelphia, one of the nation's major art and design centers, further enhance the program. Easy access to Center City Philadelphia encourages exploration of the city's 300-year-old architectural and design heritage, its abundant interior design showrooms and the numerous other educational and cultural institutions of the city.
Interior Design graduates are employed by a wide range of employers including interior design firms; multi-disciplinary firms employing architects, interior designers and engineers; in facilities management organizations; as manufacturer's representatives in the furniture and textile industries and in government agencies.
Full-time paid employment in the profession is an integral component of the program at Drexel. The six-month period of co- operative education, undertaken in the junior year, provides an experience of the office and the daily operation of a design firm. Through workshops offered by the Co-op Office students develop the ability to market themselves and locate potential employers. Students may opt to do their co-op in Philadelphia or in another location of their choosing.
Some past co-op employers of interior design students in Philadelphia include:
- Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann Associates
- Das Architects
- Ewing Cole Cherry Brott
- Floss Barber
- Herman Miller
- The Kling Linquist Partnership
- Knoll International
- Meyer and Associates
- Partridge Architects
- Space Design
- University of Pennsylvania Facilities Office IEI Group
- Vittetta Group
- West Chester University Facilities Office
- University of Pennsylvania Facilities
- IEI Group