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.
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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.

*** PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS NOT INTERIOR DECORATING. ***

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 - FALL SEMESTER
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)
PHYS 1301 - Physics for Non-Specialists I
POLS 2312 - State & Local Government
Total Credit Hours: 16 hrs.

First Year - SPRING SEMESTER
INTD 1342 - Design Communications II
ENGL 1302 - Rhetoric & Composition II
HIST 1301 - U.S. History I
PHYS 1302 - Physics for Non-Specialists II
POLS 2311 - Government of the United States
Total Credit Hours: 15 hrs.

Second Year - FALL SEMESTER
ARCH 2303 - History of Architecture and Interior Design I
ARCH 2551 - Basic Design + Draw I
HIST 1302 - U.S. History II
MATH 1303 - Trigonometry
Language, Philosophy & Culture elective - 3 hrs.
Total Credit Hours: 17 hrs.

Second Year - SPRING SEMESTER

ARCH 2304 - History of Architecture and Interior Design II
INTD 2343 - Design Communications III
INTD 2552 - Design Studio I
MATH 1327 - Architectural Calculus w/ Analytic Geometry
Social & Behavioral Sciences 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. 

Third Year - FALL SEMESTER
INTD 3321 - Materials & Resources
INTD 3323 - Lighting Design
INTD 3338 - Building Codes & Regulations
INTD 3553 - Design Studio II
Literature elective - 3 hrs.
Total Credit Hours: 17 hrs.

Third Year - SPRING SEMESTER
INTD 3322 - Materials & Technology
INTD 3357 - Building Information Modeling & Vizualization
INTD 3361 - Environmental Design & Sustainability
INTD 3554 - Design Studio III
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 - FALL SEMESTER
INTD 4332 - Professional Practice in Interior Design
INTD 4365 - VR+AR+SR Environments
INTD 4368 - Interior Detailing
INTD 4556 - Design Studio IV
Total Credit Hours: 14 hrs.

Fourth Year - SPRING SEMESTER
INTD 4344 - Design Communications IV
INTD 4366 - Human Centered Design
INTD 4494 - Interior Design Internship
INTD 4557 - Design Studio V
Total Credit Hours: 15 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.