Interior Design Program

The UCA Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offer two degree options for Interior Design majors: a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts. The curriculum for the Interior Design degree is planned to prepare students to serve the interior design and architectural professions in areas of commercial and residential planning and merchandising. Course work for the Interior Design includes basic design, technical knowledge and skills, communication, history of the arts, and business practices. The program is accredited through the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), NationalAssociation of Art and Design (NASAD), and National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE)
ASID UCA Student Chapter
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Retention, Graduation, and Job Placement

Job Placement: 100% (13 graduates) in 2017 had found employment within four months of graduation.
2017 Graduation Rates: For 2017, 13 students entered their senior year in the interior design program.  Of the 13 students, 62% (8 students) completed in two point five (2.5) years, 7% (1 student) completed the degree in three (3) years, and 31% (4 students) completed in four (4) years.
Retention/Attrition: Of the 66 interior design majors enrolled in the interior design program during the Spring 2017 semester, retention rate was 80% (53 students) who returned for the Fall 2017 semester, 10% (6 students) graduated in Spring 2017, and the attrition rate was 10% (6 students). For the Fall 2017 semester, twenty (20) new interior design majors enrolled. Of the 53 students who returned in the fall, seven (7) students graduated in December 2017. The total student enrollment for declared interior design majors for Fall 2017 was 73.


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 community.
  • Apply the basic foundation of human-centered design knowledge and skill sets required for entry-level interior designers in order to protect the health, safety, and well-being of those that will inhabit the built environment.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving design processes paramount to contemporary and multidisciplinary interior design practices.
  • Iterate ethics and integrity as crucial elements of professionalism.
  • Provide opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with design professionals and support community development.
  • Encourage personal and professional growth through diverse activities in research, internships, study abroad, and service learning

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).  

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 (NASAD). 

National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE)

The UCA’s Interior Design Program has been selected for membership in the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE). 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. 




We have several scholarship opportunities for Interior Design Majors, see the video for student testimonial.

About the Interior Design Profession

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.”
More information:
Bureau of Labor Statistics
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)
Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC)


Applying and Advising

To Apply to UCA

Undergraduate Admissions and Enrollment Services:  For Undergraduate Admission Information Click Here
Graduate Admissions:  For Graduate Admission Information Click Here


Please schedule an appointment with our Interior Design advisors according to the first letter of your last name:  Dr. Ann Bryan (A-F), Danielle Barron (G-L), Maria Posada (M-R), or Jennifer Whitehead (S-Z) before registering for classes. Make sure to check for holds on your account that prevent or delay registration. Please see the Spring and Summer 2019 Advance Registration Schedule here.

Admission Requirements for IDSN:  check here


Interior Design Faculty

Program Director: Jennifer Whitehead, MS, ASID, IDEC, NCIDQ
Maria Posada Garcia, MS, Allied ASID, IDEC
Danielle Barron, MFA, ASID, IDEC, NCIDQ
Dr. Ann Ballard Bryan, P.D., MS, AIC, IDEC, NCIDQ
Tracy Hunt, NCIDQ
Angela King, MS
Rik Sowell, AIA