Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
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Interior design is the professional and comprehensive practice of creating an interior environment that addresses, protects, and responds to human needs. Delve into the art, science, and business planning of a creative, technical, sustainable, and functional interior solution that corresponds to human needs and the architecture of a space. You will learn to incorporate process and strategy, well-being, safety, and health with informed decisions about style and aesthetics.

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Why Earn an Interior Design Degree?

Interior designers create the environments in which we live, work and play. Students learn about residential and commercial spaces and generally specialize in one or the other.

As a student in the Interior Design program, your coursework will focus on understanding human needs, design for special populations, sustainable design solutions through space planning and finishes selection, color, computer-aided design, lighting, and the history of furniture and architecture, among other subjects.

Graduates of the program understand the fundamentals of design and technical development in areas such as construction document development, computer-aided design, presentation and interior construction. Interior designers also must have knowledge regarding lighting and building systems and federal, state and local building codes.

Interior designers are integral to any building project that includes interior spaces and are involved early in the building and planning process. Before beginning a project, the interior designer meets with a client to determine the intended use of space and learn about the client's needs and tastes. Interior designers prepare drawings and specifications for interior construction and work closely with architects and builders. They design lighting and interior details, coordinate colors and specify finishes and furniture.

Marketable Skills
  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Application of evidence-based design
  • Manual & digital drawing
  • Technical interior design knowledge

Interior Design Degree Highlights

The Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, which means the program meets or exceeds strict academic standards for excellence in interior design education.
The College of Visual Arts and Design is housed in a state-of-the-art building constructed in 2019 with studios, labs, workshops, a digital fabrication lab and a visual resources library.
UNT is within easy commuting distance of Dallas and Fort Worth, where numerous nationally and internationally known interior design businesses can provide valuable resources and experiences.
A Living-Learning Community brings together art and design majors who live on campus to enhance academic and social experiences.
The College of Visual Arts and Design is one of the nation's most comprehensive visual arts schools and is ranked one of the best in the U.S. Southwest.
Our faculty members have years of experience, both nationally and internationally, as independent designers, consultants, interior designers and architects.

What Can You Do With an Interior Design Degree?

Graduates of UNT's Interior Design program may work in specialized design services in architectural, engineering and related services. As licensed and registered interior designers, graduates may work with established design and architectural firms or begin their own businesses. Teaching interior design full-time at the college level requires an advanced degree, such as an M.F.A. in Design.

Commercial designers may specialize in the following specialty areas.

  • Healthcare design — designing healing environments for health providers, hospitals and healthcare facilities
  • Hospitality design — creating experience-focused interiors for hotels, restaurants, spas and other venues
  • Office design — focusing on space planning, workplace functionality and ergonomics
  • Retail design — creating spaces for small and large stores, boutiques, and showrooms

Projected employment for interior designers in Texas is expected to rise by 11.47 percent through 2028. Source: Texas Workforce Commission Labor and Career Information.

Interior Design Degree Courses You Could Take

Interior Design: Space Planning I (3 hrs)
Introduction to space planning; emphasis on interior space function, wayfinding, lighting, interior finishes and color as applied to interior design.
Interior Design: Space Planning II (3 hrs)
Architectural elements of residential interiors — wall and floor space, reflected ceiling plans, lighting, surface materials and treatments; furnishing interior spaces.
Interior Design: Space Planning III (3 hrs)
Residential interiors, developed floor plans, reflected ceiling plans, elevations and details including schedules and finishes and furniture specifications.
Interior Design: Space Planning IV (3 hrs)
Design of public and commercial spaces, concept development, systems furniture; workplace ergonomics, lighting and building systems. Preparation of design presentation boards, design development and construction drawings.
Interior Design: AutoCAD (3 hrs)
Computer-aided design software used in drafting and design applications. Software control for the production of industry-standard drawings for both design presentation and construction documentation.
History of Interiors and Furniture I (3 hrs)
Introduction to the design, function and use of furniture and interiors from prehistory through the 19th century.

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