Are you innovative, detail-oriented and a creative problem solver? Are you a visual thinker? Do you enjoy drawing and understanding how spaces work? If so, you should pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design at the University of North Texas.
Interior design is a multi-faceted profession utilizing creative and technical solutions. Interior designers create working and living environments for people in residential and nonresidential spaces. Some commercial designers specialize in:
Many graduates work with established design and architectural firms or start their own businesses after several years of professional experience.
The Interior Design program believes that interior designers should provide sustainable solutions that improve the physical environment and protect inhabitantsí safety. In addition to aesthetic elements such as color and style, our students understand health and safety codes and regulations, environmental sustainability and business practices.
We teach you how to:
Through required and elective course work, you will learn about computer-aided design, lighting, green and sustainable design, design for special populations and the history of furniture and architecture, among other subjects. Our faculty members have years of experience, both nationally and internationally, as independent designers, consultants and architects. Visit our site for program updates.
Other opportunities include scholarship awards, design competitions and study abroad courses.
The Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (206 Grandville Ave., Suite 350; Grand Rapids, Mich. 49503-4014; telephone 616-458-0400). This distinction means the program meets or exceeds strict academic standards for excellence in education.
UNT is within easy commuting distance of Dallas and Fort Worth, where numerous nationally and internationally known interior design businesses can provide you valuable resources and experiences.
A Residents Engaged in Academic Living Community (REAL Community) brings together art majors who live on campus to enhance academic and social experiences.
The College of Visual Arts and Design is one of the nationís most comprehensive visual arts schools and one of the best in the Southwest. It is housed in seven buildings, which include classrooms, computer labs, faculty offices, studios, a workshop and a visual resources library.
You will need to meet the College of Visual Arts and Designís admission requirements to be qualified as a premajor. These requirements are in addition to the ones administered by the university.
Major status is granted after you complete necessary pre-requisite course work as well as:
The Interior Design degree plan also requires completing an approved internship, which is usually done during your junior or senior year. Academic credit is earned while you work with professional interior designers, architects, contractors and other industry professionals.
Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting handson experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.
We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.
In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.
In your senior year, apply for admission at Apply Texas by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.
If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.
Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.