Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design is a four-year CIDA accredited program and provides an interdisciplinary educational experience with architecture on issues related to design of the built environment.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design is a four-year program of study (128 credit hours), that includes design studios, technical, specialized courses, and a required internship. Following the two-year Basic Studies sequence, students complete two years of Major Studies, an intensive series of specialized courses and studios on the professional practice of interior design.


VISION STATEMENT

The interior design program is a recognized source of academic excellence, innovation, and interdisciplinary collaboration in design.


MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Interior Design Program is to prepare students for entry level positions in the interior design profession and to provide opportunities for students to explore the wide range of career options to fit their individual goals. A focus on professional practice including certification and licensure informs students of critical issues influencing practice in support of their career endeavors and promotes design leadership. Professional experiences including engagement with the DFW interior design community, a formalized internship structure, and exposure to a wide range of opportunities support the mission.


PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY

Embedded in our mission is the support of a diverse student population and embracing an open and inclusive culture. We seek to instill a sense of community, develop an awareness pf critical social issues, and integrate evidence-based design to inform practice. Life-long learning is nurtured and encouraged through our graduate programs, professional associations, and certification initiatives. 

The Interior Design program is located in a vibrant hub of design in Dallas-Fort-Worth area and provides interior design students with a broad range of learning experiences that are supported by the design community. We encourage students to explore the wide range of opportunities presented throughout the area and beyond as they design their individual career path.

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


MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

First and Second Year

  • All entering students majoring in Interior Design are admitted into our Interior Design Basic Studies program.
  • Interior Design Basic Studies, students complete 1st and 2nd year INTD/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 Interior Design Program offers one freshman level course to gain exposure to the profession as an introductory class and to connect with other students in the program and to engage in program activities.
  • The Interior Design Program offers two sophomore level courses to continue developing skills and knowledge of interior design practice; these courses allow students to connect with other students in the program and to engage in program activities.
  • 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 (4 years) to complete for both new freshmen and transfer students. 
  • The course sequencing for both the design and lecture courses has been designed to help students successfully complete the program. The course sequencing is strictly enforced. 

Suggested Course Sequence

Fall Semester

Course Code  Course Name
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 and Local Government

Total Credit Hours: 16 hrs.

 


Spring Semester

Course Code Course Name
INTD 1342 Design Communications II
ENGL 1302 Rhetoric and Composition II
HIST 1301 U.S. History I
PHYS 1302 Physics for Non-Specialists II
POLS 2311 Government of the U.S.

Total Credit Hours: 15 hrs.

Fall Semester

Course Code  Course Name
ARCH 2303 History of Architecture and Interior Design I
ARCH 2551 Basic Design and Draw I
HIST 1302 U.S. History II
MATH 1303 Trigonometry
Elective 3 hrs Language, Philosophy, and Culture

Total Credit Hours: 17 hrs.

 


Spring Semester

Course Code Course Name
ARCH 2304 History of Architecture and Interior Design II
INTD 2343 Design Communications III
INTD 2552 Design Studio I
MATH 1327 Architectural Calculus with Analytic Geometry
Elective 3 hrs Social and Behavioral Sciences

Total Credit Hours: 17 hrs.

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.

Fall Semester

Course Code  Course Name
INTD 3321 Materials and Resources
INTD 3323 Lighting Design
INTD 3338 Building Codes and Regulations
INTD 3553 Design Studio II
Elective 3 hrs Literature

Total Credit Hours: 17 hrs.

 


Spring Semester

Course Code Course Name
INTD 3322 Materials and Technology
INTD 3357 Building Information Modeling and Visualization
INTD 3361 Environmental Design and Sustainability
INTD 3554 Design Studio III
Elective 3 hrs Art History

Total Credit Hours: 17 hrs.

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

Fall Semester

Course Code  Course Name
INTD 4332 Professional Practice in Interior Design
INTD 4365 VR, AR, and SR Environments
INTD 4368 Interior Detailing
INTD 4556 Design Studio IV

Total Credit Hours: 14 hrs.

 


Spring Semester

Course Code Course Name
INTD 4344 Design Communications IV
INTD 4366 Human Centered Design
INTD 4493 Interior Design Internship
INTD 4557 Design Studio V

Total Credit Hours: 15 hrs.

Degree Requirements

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA, formerly FIDER), 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503. The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, advanced study, and applying for...

Masters of Architecture 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.

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.