Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design is a four-year program, interdisciplinary with architecture, on the design of interior environments.

M.ARCH Advanced Standing

Students completing UT Arlington's 4-years professional undergraduate interior design degree may apply for advanced standing in the Master of Architecture Path A Program.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design is a four-year program (128 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.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Program in Interior Design 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.


Major Requirements

1st and 2nd Year

  • 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. The course sequencing is strictly enforced.

3rd AND 4th YEAR

  • After completing all requirements for admission to a degree program, students may be declared into the Interior Design major. The department requires a 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.
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Degree Requirements (Deadline April 1st)

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503. The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design granted by The University of Texas at Arlington meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Qualification.

Suggested Course Sequence - Interior Design

First Year


ARCH 1301 - Introduction to Architecture and Interior Design
ARCH 1341 - Design Communications I
ENGL 1301 - Rhetoric and Composition I
INTD 1101 - Academic Success Skills in Interior Design (or UNIV-AR 1131)
MATH 1303 - Trigonometry
POLS 2312 - State & Local Government

Total Credit Hours: 16 hrs.


ARCH 1342 - Design Communications II
ENGL 1302 - Rhetoric & Composition II
HIST 1301 - U.S. History I
MATH 1327 - Architectural Calculus w/ Analytic Geometry
POLS 2311 - Government of the United States

Total Credit Hours: 15 hrs.

Second Year


ARCH 2303 - History of Architecture and Design I
ARCH 2551 - Basic Design + Draw I
HIST 1302 - U.S. History II
Language, Philosophy & Culture elective - 3 hrs.
PHYS 1301 - Physics for Non-Specialists I


ARCH 2304 - History of Architecture and Design II
ARCH 2552 - Basic Design + Draw II
PHYS 1302 - Physics for Non-Specialists II
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, you must be advised by the Undergraduate Advisor prior to enrolling in any course at the 3000 level or above. You should also have completed all Basic Studies (1st & 2nd year ARCH/INTD) courses, all core hours, and have a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA overall at UTA, a 2.8 GPA within the School of Architecture. You should also have a laptop.

Third Year


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.


INTD 3322 - Interiors Materials II
INTD 3323 - Lighting
INTD 3357 - Building Information Modeling (Revit)
INTD 3555 - Design Studio: Interior Design II

Art History elective - 3 hrs.

Total Credit Hours: 17 hrs.

Note: An approved degree plan is required prior to registration for this year.

Fourth Year


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.


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.

Studio Culture Policy

Civilized behavior among students, faculty and staff based on mutual respect is expected in all settings but is particularly important in design studios due to their time-intensive nature.