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. Coursework 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). Interior Design students are given the opportunity to study in Florence, Italy with UCA Study Abroad.
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 Retention, Graduation, and Job Placement

Interior Design Student Achievement 2019 Data

Job Placement: 76% (16 out of 21 graduates) had found employment within four months of graduation.  4% (1 out of the 21 graduates) have applied for graduate school.

2019 Graduation Rates: For 2019, 21 students entered their senior year in the interior design program. Of the 21 students, 33% (7 students) completed the degree in three (3) years, 48% (10 students) completed in four (4) years, and 19% (4 students) completed in five (5) years.

Retention/Attrition: Of the 95 interior design majors enrolled in the interior design program during the Spring 2019 semester, the retention rate was 70.5% (67 students) who returned for the Fall 2019 semester, 12.6% (12 students) graduated in Spring 2019, and 5.3% (5 students) graduated in Summer 2019 for a total of 17 graduates for May and August commencements. The attrition rate was 11.6% (11 students). For the Fall 2019 semester, forty-four (44) new interior design majors enrolled. Of the 67 students who returned in the fall, four (4) students graduated in December 2019. The total student enrollment for declared interior design majors for Fall 2019 was 111.

Interior Design Student Achievement 2018 Data

Job Placement: 71.43% (5 out of 7 graduates) had found employment within four months of graduation.

2018 Graduation Rates: For 2018, 7 students entered their senior year in the interior design program. Of the 7 students, 14.29% (1 student) completed in two point five (2.5) years, 14.29% (1 student) completed the degree in three (3.5) years, 28.57% (2 students) completed in four (4) years, and 42.85% (3 students) completed in five (5) years.

Retention/Attrition: Of the 83 interior design majors enrolled in the interior design program during the Spring 2018 semester, the retention rate was 79.5% (66 students) who returned for the Fall 2018 semester, 6% (5 students) graduated in Spring 2018, and the attrition rate was 14.5% (12 students). For the Fall 2018 semester, twenty-six (26) new interior design majors enrolled. Of the 66 students who returned in the fall, two (2) students graduated in December 2018. The total student enrollment for declared interior design majors for Fall 2018 was 92.

Interior Design Student Achievement 2017 Data 

Job Placement: 100% (13 graduates) 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, the 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.
Goals:

      • 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).  Leading to both Bachelor of Sciences and Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design.
The interior design program leading to the bachelor of interior design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.

The CIDA- accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The bachelor of interior design granted by the University of Central Arkansas meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about the NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.

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)

NCPE SealThe 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.


Current Student Resources

Study Abroad 
Makerspace Contact Information
Internship Application 
Internship Exit Form 


Scholarships

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 Council for Interior Design Qualification redefined Interior Design in 2019 as:

“Interior design encompasses the analysis, planning, design, documentation, and management of interior non-structural/non-seismic construction and alteration projects in compliance with applicable building design and construction, fire, life-safety, and energy codes, standards, regulations, and guidelines for the purpose of obtaining a building permit, as allowed by law. Qualified by means of education, experience, and examination, interior designers have a moral and ethical responsibility to protect consumers and occupants through the design of code-compliant, accessible, and inclusive interior environments that address well-being, while considering the complex physical, mental, and emotional needs of people.” (see full definition here)

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

Advising

Please schedule an appointment with our Interior Design advisors according to the first letter of your last name:  Danielle Barron (A-L) or Jennifer Whitehead (M-Z + post bacc) before registering for classes. Make sure to check for holds on your account that prevent or delay registration.

Admission Requirements for IDSN:  check here

 


Interior Design Faculty

Program Director: Jennifer Whitehead, MS, ASID, IDEC, NCIDQ
Danielle Barron, MFA, ASID, IDEC, NCIDQ 
Toni Gocke Wyre, ASID, LEED AP, WELL AP, Associate AIA, NCIDQ, IDEC, AR Registered Designer 5269
Dr. Ann Ballard Bryan, P.D., MS, AIC, NCIDQ
Maria Garcia, MS, Allied ASID, IDEC
Angela King, MS
Adrienne Meachum, Allied ASID


Employers

Please contact Jennifer Whitehead to request an interior design intern.


Interior Designers can specialize in numerous design fields included but not limited to:

Residential Designer
Commercial Designer- Entry Level
Drafting Designer
BIM Entry Level Technician
Entry-Level Interior Designer
Graphic/ Interior Designer
Space Planner
Furniture Designer
Kitchen and Bathroom Designer
Lighting Specialist
Retail Merchandiser
Store Designer
Design Consultant