Do you have an eye for architectural aesthetics and want to hone your talent into an innovative career, balancing form and function in the design of homes, businesses, and other public spaces? The Interior Design major at the University of Central Arkansas will prepare you to plan, develop, and supervise the design and arrangement of interior spaces such as offices, hospitals, libraries, restaurants, theaters, and private homes, using specialized knowledge of interior construction, building codes, equipment, materials, and furnishings. UCA offers one of only a few Interior Design majors in the state, which is certified by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NSAD), which ensures that your faculty are at the top of their field, the curriculum meets the highest standards in the discipline, and you will be favorably considered for graduate programs and employment opportunities. Our students are fully prepared to excel on the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Exam essential to beginning your professional career as an interior designer in Arkansas.
As an Interior Design major at UCA, youll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special. Just a few of the benefits our program offers include:
- Expert Faculty all of whom are NCIDQ certified interior designers and have been practitioners in their field, have cultivated a rigorous applied learning environment, including opportunities for field trips to local design firms and major design centers, undergraduate research and service learning projects. They provide their students with individual attention, mentoring, and professional connections in the interior design and architectural worlds.
- Hands-On Learning for course credit, by working with professional interior design and architectural firms or consultants in a transformative internship program, which provides students with experience in the field, connections within the community, a proven work record, and can even lead to permanent employment.
- Professional Development with membership in the UCA Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, an organization that helps transform students into professional interior designers through: effective communication and personal interactions, leadership experience, establishment of a personal network of contacts, student workshops, conferences, graduate programs, and career opportunities, and outreach services such as volunteer projects and sponsored campus events.
- Employment Opportunities: our graduates are pursuing promising careers as freelance consultants and with interior design and architecture firms in commercial and residential interiors, renovation, restoration, historic reservation, lighting, hospitality, space planning and set design. Recent alumni have acquired positions with real estate companies, Southern Living and Taste of Home magazines, T. Lamarr Design, Cantrell Design Center, and the Little Rock Metro Building, with one graduate even becoming a finalist in HGTVs Design Star competition!
To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Interior Design major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://uca.edu/facs/programs/interior-design/.