College of Design

Interiors

15

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8

semesters total

132

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Gregory Robinson

Director of Recruitment

College of Design

College of Design

College of Design, School of Interiors

117 Pence Hall

Lexington, KY 40506

Program website

859-257-8870

  • BA
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The School of Interiors provides undergraduate students with professional training in order to design by giving physical shape, identity, and meaning to interior space through specialized knowledge, art, and craft that addresses the holistic human response of people in buildings. The foundation of the major is the studio experience, which is taken each semester and provides the framework for the integration of all program knowledge and technical skills in the design of interior environments.

Careers

Grow Your Future

Graduates from the School of Interiors begin their careers in a variety of settings, including interior design firms, architecture firms, corporations, and public institutions. Students graduating with an undergradute degree may also pursue graduate or post-professionalism education in specialized areas of Interior Strategies.

Career opportunities in Interiors

  • Commercial Design
  • Hospitality Design
  • Residential Design
  • Furniture Design
  • Textile Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Exhibit Design
  • Event Planning
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Fashion Design
  • Healthcare Design
  • Lighting Design
"As the premier interior design program in the state of Kentucky, the School of Interiors inspires great talent by connecting its graduates to professional practice, design leadership, and community engagement opportunities. An education from the School of Interiors prepares future designers for private practice, careers in public service, or post-professional education in design or allied fields."

Patrick Lee Lucas

Director, School of Interiors

Classes & Requirements

What You'll Study

The School of Interiors is the premier interior design program in Kentucky. Graduates of the program practice across the United States and have been recognized at the highest level of the profession. The professional degree program is fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

The School of Interiors offers both the four-year undergraduate professional degree and the post-professional graduate degree. The foundation of the school is the studio experience, which is taken each semester and provides the framework for the integration of all program knowledge and technical skills in the design of interior environments. Through studio, classroom and real-world assignments, interior desgin students learn to solve complex organizational problems associated with work, place, experience and performance. These professional skills prepare students to manage the aesthetic, technical and business aspects of interior design projects.

Students are also provided the opportunity to interact with regional, national and international design professionals through shadowing, study abroad experiences, lectures by noted speakers, and field experiences.

Interiors Curriculum Online Interiors Application

Resources

The UK College of Design is housed primarily in Pence Hall, Miller Hall, the Funkhouser Building, and Bowman Hall; all of which are located in the heart of UK's central campus.
Additional facilities in the College include:

  • Hunter M. Adams Design Library: located in Pence Hall, the library contains 33,000 volumes, an extensive special collection, and computer and study areas.
  • Computing: a full-service computer lab located in Pence Hall, offers large-format printing, 3D computer-generated modeling, and access to the University’s electronic resources.
  • Workshop and Digital Fabrication Lab: a teaching and making facility equipped with a fully loaded wood workshop, metal workshop, and rapid prototyping workshop.

Computer Lab

The College of Design Computer Lab is located in the basement of Pence Hall. The lab offers large-format printing, 3D computer-generated modeling, and access to the University’s electronic resources.  The equipment available in the computer lab includes:

  • 25 Apple iMacss in Class Room
  • 2 Apple iMacs in Plotting Workroom
  • 6 Mac Pro Tower Computers  in Plotting Workroom
  • Letter Size Black and White Laser Printer
  • Tabloid Size Color Laser Printer
  • 2 Color Flatbed Scanners
  • 3 Color Flatbed Scanners with Multi-sheet feeders
  • HP Designjet 800PS Plotter
  • HP Designjet T1100 Plotter
  • HP Designjet T1300 Plotter
  • HP Designjet T2300 Plotter with Wide Format Scanner

Workshop and Digital Fabrication Lab

The Workshop and Digital Fabrication Lab provides a safe, well-maintained environment in which both students and faculty can explore three-dimensional construction in most medium.

The laboratory maintains equipment to handle both large and small scale constructions. Below is a short list of the digital technology equipment and some of the more traditional tools and machines for making:

Prototyping Facility
96” x 48” x 17” Precix 3axis CNC router
48” x 36” x 6” AXYZ 3axis cnc router
18” x 24” - 60 watt Universal Laser
24” x 32” - 120 watt Universal laser
Zcorp 310 plus 3d printer (starch)
Uprint Plus 3d printer (abs)
Dimension 1200es 3d printer (abs)
Soluble Station (ss)
Wax Dipping Oven
De-powdering Station
7 Stationary support computers

Wood shop and General Use
two table saws
panel saw
two chop saws
wood and metal lathes
jointer
scroll saw
mortiser
radial arm saw
stationary belt sander
3 drill press (L, m, sm)
4 band saws
3 stationary disc/belt sander
two planers

Metal shop
manual roller
vertical band saw
large drill press
polishing wheel
shear
break
oxygen and acetylene torch set
Hobart MIG welder 110 service (inter-shield)
Millermatic 252 220 service mig and spoolmatic welder
Hypertherm Powermax 45 plasma cutter
welding supports
grinders
abrasive chop saw

*supervising office and tool cage with typical hand tool support such as chisels, drill bits, heat guns, orbital sanders, cordless drills, etc…
** stationary and portable compressor
***24-7 assembly space

Accreditation

The professional degree program is fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Professional Experience Programs

Interiors students have the opportunity to work at design firms over spring break. These programs place students in firms for 1-2 weeks to garner professional experience, develop professional networks, and to contribute to the firms' projects. The program has offered students the opportunity to utilize their educational experience to engage in a variety of collaborative, design-related assignments including executing research, attending staff or client meetings, making site visits, producing drawings and models, and/or selecting materials and products.

Participating interiors firms (varies per year):
  • Gresham Smith & Part., Nashville
  • Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, Chicago
  • Perkins + Will, Chicago + NYC
  • HOK, St. Louis
  • SHP Leading Design, Cincinnati
  • Haworth, NYC
  • PDR, Houston
  • EOP, Lexington
  • Haworth, DC
  • Gensler, Atlanta
  • GBBN, Cincinnati
  • Veenendaal Cave, Atlanta
  • Lehman-Smith + McLeish, DC
  • Heery International, Orlando
  • FRCH Worldwide Design, Cincinnati

Premajor Requirements 

The College of Design School of Interiors is a selective admissions program.  All prospective students interested in majoring in Interior Design must also complete a separate application and a series of design exercises in order to be considered for admittance into the Interiors program. The application and selective admissions exercises can be found at www.ukcod.slideroom.com.

Major Requirements 

In addition to UK Core requirements, students in the School of Interiors must complete the following:
• 81 credit hours of major requirements
• 18 credit hours of professional support electives
• 3 hours of free electives
• electives required to meet minimum credit hour standard for graduation.

Imagine Your Future

Interior Designers

Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations, as well as universal accessibility standards.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$48,400

per year in 2014

Number of Jobs

58,900

in 2014

10 Year Job Outlook

2,200

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

Many interior designers work for the specialized design services industry or for the architectural, engineering, and related services industry. In 2014, about 1 in 4 were self-employed.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Enhancing Your Time at UK

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Gregory Robinson

Director of Recruitment

College of Design

College of Design

College of Design, School of Interiors

117 Pence Hall

Lexington, KY 40506

859-257-8870

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