Interior Design

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Accreditation and Memberships


Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)

The Interior Design Program at the University of Central Arkansas is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).  For more information about CIDA, please visit the website at

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

The University of Central Arkansas is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Their offices are located at 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, Virginia 20190. Telephone: (703) 437-0700.  Please visit NASAD website at


UCA Interior Design Program Selected for NCPE National Membership

The UCA’s Interior Design Program has been selected for membership in the National Council for Preservation Education.  The NCPE has designated UCA’s BA and BS degrees in Interior Design as the only program in Arkansas to be accepted for membership in the prestigious NCPE association.  Approximately fifty institutions throughout the nation are members of the NCPE and the majority of those are located in architecture degree programs.

 Dr. Ann Bryan coordinated efforts with other UCA interior design faculty for inclusion of historic preservation concepts into the curriculum and served as author of the NCPE membership proposal.  For more information on the NCPE association, please visit the website at


Mission Statement and Goals

The Interior Design Program at the University of Central Arkansas is dedicated to: the development of knowledgeable, creative and ethical professionals who perform effectively in a global world.


  1. Apply the basic foundation of knowledge and the skill sets required of entry-level interior designers in order to protect the basic health, safety, and welfare of those that will inhabit the built environment.
  2. Demonstrate the critical thinking, problem-solving, design processes and professional values that make up the core of interior design practice.
  3. Support solutions to design problems with achievable resolutions, providing creative and contemporary answers to design problems involving interior applications.
  4. Implement the fundamental principles, ethics, and integrity required in a culturally diverse globally interdependent world.
  5. Develop an understanding in the specialization knowledge base in interior design, such as historic preservation, kitchen and bath design, and sustainability design.
  6. Provide opportunities for intellectual and personal growth for experiential learning through such activities.

Testimonials “Strengths identified by the visiting team include the number of opportunities for students to develop active listening skills, students’ ability to produce presentation drawings, and their understanding of professional ethics and movements and periods in interior design and furniture. Students also applied their understanding of the social, political, and physical influences affecting historical changes in design of the built environment. Through collaborative projects, students developed an understanding of team work structures and dynamics.”
— CIDA accreditation team

What does an Interior Designer do?…

The field of interior design is rapidly changing, and so are the requirements for designers.  At UCA we provide a diverse offering of courses and projects, which help students to find their “passion” in life.

The American Society of Interior Designers, Professional ASID and UCA Student Chapter ASID, endorse the following definition:

“The professional interior designer is a person qualified by education, examination, and experience, who:

  • identifies, researches, and creatively solves problems pertaining to the  function and quality of the interior environment;
  • performs services …including programming, design analysis, space planning, and aesthetics, using specialized knowledge of interior construction, building codes, equipment, materials, and furnishings; and:
  • prepares drawings and documents relative to the design of interior spaces in order to enhance and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.”

For more Information about careers in Interior Design, please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics

We have several scholarship opportunities for Interior Design Majors, see the video here for more information.

Contact Information

Interior Design Faculty:

Program Director: Jennifer Whitehead, MS, ASID, NCIDQ

Dr. Ann Ballard Bryan, P.D., MS, AIC, NCIDQ

Maria Garcia, MS Interior Design

Danielle Barron, BS Interior Design & Graphic Design

Rick Sowell, BS in Architecture, AIA

Angela King, MS Interior Design