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Undergraduate - Interiors

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 program is committed to preparing students for entry into the profession by providing the educational foundation for design practice in global markets. Click here to see a gallery of student work.

The four-year undergraduate degree program in interior design consists of core design and technical knowledge such as: history and theory, space and form, color and light, furnishings and materials, environmental systems and controls, interior construction and building systems, and regulations. A cultivation and understanding of critical thinking skills, the global context of design, professional values, human behavior, design process, collaboration, communication, and professional business practices provide a framework for the studio experience. Professional support courses provided a disciplinary knowledge base outside of design are important to professional practice. See courses/curriculum link above for the program matrix.

The studio experience values the cyclical process of design that leads to innovation including curiosity, exploration, refinement, and evaluation. An appropriately researched knowledge base is the critical foundation on which all design process occurs. Critiques and reviews occur throughout all phases of a project and allow for feedback from multiple sources including peers, faculty, and practitioners.

The learning experience is augmented with resources on site including the College of Design Library, Materials Lab, Digital Media Lab, and Fabrication Lab. The Fabrication Lab provides technologies for model building and prototyping including digital design tools such as CNC milling, 3D printing, and laser cutting. The Digital Media Lab maintains the most recent 2D and 3D digital technologies for representation.

Admission to the program is through selective admission (click here for application and instructions). All students admitted to the program have a secured personal studio and workspace available at all times for the student to work both during studio time and outside studio time.

Interiors student work is exhibited in the Peace Gallery throughout the academic year and the Annual College of Design Exhibition occurring each May.

Accreditation and Professional Practice

The School of Interiors offers a professional degree program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). This accreditation ensures professional training for entry-level positions into the practice of Interiors and the educational foundation that will allow for professional testing (NCIDQ), required for certification or licensure at the individual state level. The state of Kentucky requires Interior Design practitioners to be certified.

Next CIDA accreditation visit 2015.