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The purpose of this study is to analyze the characteristics of interior design curriculum and courses in Korea using case studies and conduct an intensive case study in a CIDA-accredited interior design program in the United States. The Interior Design Program at Michigan State University was chosen for the case study because it has been accredited since 1975 and has successfully renewed their accreditation a few years ago. The analysis of Korean curriculum shows that many interior design programs offer three categories of the courses: (1) theories and issues, (2) technique and skills, and (3) implications and practices. In Michigan State Interior Design Program, the main components of the curriculum and courses are based on the Professional Standards by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, like other CIDA-accredited programs in the US. Their courses emphasize implications and practices so that students can start their professional career right after graduation. Course titles and contents are flexible, within the criteria that CIDA requires for the accreditation. The findings from these case studies indicate the strong need for interior design curriculum in Korea to provide diverse topics that CIDA's standards recommend. Design studio projects should integrate other course contents and promote practical solutions so that students could be ready for their career right after graduation.