School of Architecture

bachelor of science in interior design

The Mission of the Program in Interior Design is to prepare students for entry into the interior design profession by supporting and encouraging their roles in the service of the health, safety, and welfare of building users as well as the creation of aesthetic environments. Life-long learning and community engagement are nurtured in all students.

The location of the program in a major design center of the Southwest provides design students with a broad range of learning experiences, including internship and employment opportunities.

The Goals of the Program in Interior Design:
In support of the Interior Design mission statement, the following are goals for the program:

Provide a meaningful design studio sequence including current knowledge of codes, appropriate detailing of interior materials, principles of sustainable design, and requirements for meeting the needs of diverse populations.
Improve the internship opportunities available to our students in order to increase their knowledge of the profession and raise awareness of the program of Interior Design among professionals in this region.

Develop interdisciplinary partnerships to increase research opportunities for interior design undergraduates and faculty.

Increase formal instruction and student skills in oral and written communication.

Encourage life-long learning through community engagement in which the students are able to put their interior design knowledge into practice.

About Us:
Interior Design at UT Arlington focuses on the commercial, institutional, and large-project scale activities of the profession, a focus very appropriate in the context of architecture.

The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design is a four-year program (127 credit hours), interdisciplinary with architecture, on the design of interior environments. Following the two-year Basic Studies sequence, the student completes two years of Major Studies, an intensive series of courses and studios on the theory, history, skill, and practice of interior design.

The program leads to the full professional degree in Interior Design and is fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).



All entering students majoring in Interior Design are admitted as Interior Design-Intended majors.

As Interior Design-Intended, students complete 1st and 2nd year ARCH courses in the correct sequence and also complete their core curriculum. These courses must be completed before declaring major and enrolling in any 3000/4000 level ARCH/INTD courses.

The Undergraduate Interior Design Program consists of a series of lectures and design studios that must be taken sequentially. The program will take a minimum of 8 semesters to complete for both new freshmen and transfer students.

The course sequencing of both the design and lecture courses has been designed to help students successfully complete the program and the course sequencing is strictly enforced.

To be declared into the Interior Design major, students must complete all requirements for admission to a degree program. Applicants must meet the department’s minimum 2.8 GPA both overall and within the major.

Students must complete all Basic Studies courses (first two years of the degree program) in Interior Design and must complete the Core Curriculum of the course sequence before qualifying to take any 3000/4000 ARCH or INTD course.

Students not within the program must obtain special permission from the Architecture Undergraduate Advisor to enroll in a 3000/4000 level course.

Students interested in changing their major into the School of Architecture from another major, please refer to the major change requirements at the School of Architecture advising page.

Seating in classes is on a space-available basis.

First Year

First Semester:

ARCH 1301 - Introduction to Architecture and Interior Design

ARCH 1341 - Design Communications I

INTD 1101 - Academic Success Skills in Interior Design

MATH 1324 - Algebra+Trigonometry

PHYS 1301 - Physics for Non-Specialists I

POLS 2312 - State & Local Government

Total Credit Hours: 16 hrs.

Second Semester:

ARCH 1342 - Design Communications II

ENGL 1301 - Rhetoric & Composition I

HIST 1311 - U.S. History I

MATH 1325 - Analytic Geometry

PHYS 1302 - Physics for Non-Specialists II

Total Credit Hours: 15 hrs.

Second Year

First Semester:

ARCH 2303 - History of Architecture and Design I

ARCH 2551 - Basic Design + Draw I

ENGL 1302 - Rhetoric & Composition II

HIST 1312 - U.S. History II

POLS 2311 - U.S. Government

Total Credit Hours: 17 hrs.

Second Semester:

ARCH 2304 - History of Architecture and Design II

ARCH 2552 - Basic Design + Draw II

Language, Philosophy & Culture elective - 3 hrs.

Social & Behavioral Sciences elective - 3 hrs.

Literature elective - 3 hrs.

Total Credit Hours: 17 hrs.

Note: In order to declare your major in Interior Design, students must be advised by the Undergraduate Advisor prior to enrolling in any course at the 3000 level or above. Must have completed all Basic Studies (1st & 2nd year ARCH/INTD) courses, all core hours, must have a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA overall at UTA, a 2.8 GPA within the School of Architecture, and a laptop.

Third Year

Fall Semester:

INTD 3305 - History of Interior Design

INTD 3321 - Interiors Materials I

INTD 3343 - Interior Design Communication III

INTD 3553 - Design Studio: Interior Design I

Total Credit Hours: 14 hrs.

Spring Semester:

INTD 3322 - Interiors Materials II

INTD 3323 - Lighting

INTD 3357 - Building Information Modeling

INTD 3555 - Design Studio: Interior Design II

Art History elective - 3 hrs.

Total Credit Hours: 17 hrs.

Note: Students must have an approved degree plan prior to registration for this year.

Fourth Year

Fall Semester:

INTD 4332 - Professional Practice

INTD 4345 - Architectural Graphics

INTD 4368 - Interior Design and Detailing

INTD 4393-Interior Design Internship (or INTD 4395-approved adv elective)

INTD 4562-Design Studio: Interior Design III

Total Credit Hours: 17 hrs.

Spring Semester:

INTD 4344 - Design Communications IV

INTD 4369 - Furniture Design and Construction

INTD 4394 - Design Research Methods and Application

INTD 4563 - Design Studio: Interior Design IV

Total Credit Hours: 14 hrs.