Interior Design

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Foreign:$ 46.1 k / Year(s) Deadline: Dec 1, 2023
44 place StudyQA ranking:1060 Duration:4 years

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This is a four-year program of study that is accredited as a professional degree by the Council for Interior Design Education (CIDA).

The role of interiors in architecture is continuously redefining itself as it touches upon many areas ranging from housing, institutional, exhibition, set, and furniture design, along with areas that are still being recognized. The Interior Design Program in the School of Architecture offers a strong, professionally accredited curriculum sequence in which architectural interior design is not bound to a specific area, but rather pushes forward with no limits.

The four-year program begins with foundation studies in design and drawing and unique coursework offering a view into those who have shaped and redefined interiors. Curriculum courses tie together history, theory, construction, and computer applications in a way that parallels the architecture studio education while retaining a clear viewpoint on interior architecture and the other design arts. Third-Year Interior Design students fully participate in the "Sound Building" tradition, a coordinated, rigorous semester of studio and coursework, which is at the heart of the school.

Upon completion of the Interior Sound Building series, students advance to seminars in the format of workshops and discussions ranging in topics from materials to theoretical issues in design practice. Studios offer an exploration of building at full-scale, furniture design, and individual thesis-based research projects.

Requirements Hours
Architectural Interior Design, Architecture  
ARI 310K Design I 3
ARI 310L Design II 3
ARI 320K Design III--Interiors 3
ARI 520L Design IV--Interiors 5
ARI 530K Design V--Interiors 5
ARI 530T Design VI--Interiors 5
ARI 560R Advanced Interior Design (taken twice) 10
Visual communication  
ARI 311K Visual Communication I 3
ARI 311L Visual Communication II 3
ARI 221K Visual Communication III 2
Design theory  
ARI 350R Topics in Interior Design Theory 3
Interior building systems and construction  
ARC 415K Construction I 4
ARI 434K Construction II--Interior Materials and Assemblies 4
Professional practice  
ARI 362 Interior Design Practice 3
ARI 318K Interiors and Society 3
ARI 318M Interior Design History 3
ARI 368R Interior Design History II 3
ARC 368R Topics in the History of Architecture 3
Environmental controls  
ARI 324K Environmental Controls I 3
ARC 334L Environmental Controls II 3
Human behavior  
ARI 338 Designing for Human Behavior 3
Professional internship  
ARI 130 Interior Design Internship 1
Core Curriculum Requirements  
PHY 309K Elementary Physics for Nontechnical Students (physics sequence meets part I of the science and technology requirement of the core curriculum) 3
PHY 309L Elementary Physics for Nontechnical Students 3
PSY 301 Introduction to Psychology (meets the social and behavioral sciences requirement of the core curriculum) 3
ARC 318L World Architecture: The Industrial Revolution to the Present (meets the visual and performing arts requirement of the core curriculum) 3
Other Requirements  
Art history 3
Electives 6
Additional coursework to satisfy the core curriculum 27
Total Hours 126


  • If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and will not graduate from a Texas high school, select the ApplyTexas option to apply for freshman admission as an international applicant.
  • Pay the $75 application fee—$90 for international applicants—when you submit your ApplyTexas application. 
  • Along with your ApplyTexas application, submit at least two essays.
  • If you are an international applicant, you must submit documentation showing that you have completed an accredited secondary school series equivalent to that of a U.S. high school.

  • Submit an official record or transcript (mark sheet) that shows all your secondary school work and grades (or marks) starting with ninth grade and continuing through at least the end of 11th grade. You should also include copies of your official final examinations taken at the end of the secondary school program, including external exams such as the General Certificate of Education (GCE) “O” and “A” level examinations, school leaving certificates and matriculation exams.

  • If the documents you are submitting are written in a language other than English, you must also submit complete and official English translations together with the original-language records.

  • Send us official transcript(s) documenting any college credit earned while in high school (dual credit counts!).

  • TOEFL: 550 (paper test), 213 (computer-based test) or 79 (internet-based test)
  • IELTS: An overall band of 6.5 on the Academic Examination
  • Résumé

  • Ask someone who knows you well to write a letter about your character and accomplishments. Letters of recommendation are appreciated but not required.


  • Endowed Scholarships
  • Presidential Scholars Program
  • Texas Exes Scholarships
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