Interior Design

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Interior Design

The Interior Design Program at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture considers the design of interiors as a multi-faceted endeavor with tangible consequences for society and the planet. The program’s offerings—including its curriculum, resources, and opportunities—reflect the balance between theoretical and applied knowledge that is needed for an effective engagement with the world through design.

LEARNING-BY-DOING

At the center of the student experience is a sequence of studio courses that serve as laboratories of innovation, creativity, professionalism, and learning-by-doing. Studio projects provide opportunities for addressing problems through design while also encouraging the synthesis of knowledge that is gained from courses across the curriculum. 

INTERDISCIPLINARY CONNECTIONS

The program is among only a handful of Interior Design faculties in the nation housed within a School of Architecture. In this context, the program strives to build upon and advocate for specific disciplinary knowledge, while also actively engaging in and contributing to interdisciplinary collaborations and the dynamic atmosphere of the school.

INTERIORS WITH IMPACT

With a commitment to global relevance, emerging technologies, social equity, and sustainability, the program acknowledges that its teaching must continue to evolve along with the diverse society that it serves. The aim is not only to follow but to encourage students to be leaders in the profession, their communities, and the world throughout their lives.

Interior Design

DEGREES + PROGRAMS

The Interior Design Program at the University of Texas as Austin offers two graduate-level degree programs, an undergraduate degree, and a minor in interior design at the undergraduate level. 

GRADUATE UNDERGRADUATE

Master of Interior Design, First Professional

Master of Interior Design, Post-Professional

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

Interior Design Minor

INTERIOR DESIGN NEWS

INTERIOR DESIGN STUDENT WORK

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HISTORY OF INTERIOR DESIGN AT UT AUSTIN 

UT Austin first offered Interior Design classes in 1912, making it the oldest Interior Design program west of the Mississippi River. The College of Engineering offered a five-year degree in Interior Architecture in 1930, which was discontinued in 1938. A sole curriculum remained in Human Ecology from 1945 onward that provided an emphasis area in Interior Design. In 1973, UT Austin’s program became one of the first accredited Interior Design programs in the country. The Interior Design major was transferred to the School of Architecture in 1997, and it has grown and flourished since then, offering a Master of Interior Design degree in 2010. More than 1,000 Interior Design alumni have left their mark beyond UT’s Forty Acres. 

ACCREDITATION

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design as well as the first-professional Master of Interior Design I are 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 Science in Interior Design granted by The University of Texas at Austin  meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit:https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.

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    On Friday at 12:30 p.m., visiting professor Alex Schweder @schweder1 presents his lecture “Performance Architecture” as part of our Spring 2023 Lecture Series. <br />
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    On Friday at 12:30 p.m., visiting professor Alex Schweder @schweder1 presents his lecture “Performance Architecture” as part of our Spring 2023 Lecture Series.

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    More than 100 employers and dozens of students and alumni participated in @utsoacareers’ 2023 Career Fair yesterday. <br /><br />A big thank you to those who joined us - Cheers to connections, new and old, and all the bright futures on the horizon! <br />
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    More than 100 employers and dozens of students and alumni participated in @utsoacareers’ 2023 Career Fair yesterday.

    A big thank you to those who joined us - Cheers to connections, new and old, and all the bright futures on the horizon!

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    Alumnus Michael Hsu returns to campus this Wednesday, February 8 for his lecture “Generalities and Specificities,” taking place in the Goldsmith Lecture Hall at 12:30 p.m. Event details at the link in our bio. <br />
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    Alumnus Michael Hsu returns to campus this Wednesday, February 8 for his lecture “Generalities and Specificities,” taking place in the Goldsmith Lecture Hall at 12:30 p.m. Event details at the link in our bio.

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    Meet Tyler Swingle, our 2022-2024 Emerging Scholar in Design Fellow, who joined the school last fall.<br />
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    Meet Tyler Swingle, our 2022-2024 Emerging Scholar in Design Fellow, who joined the school last fall.

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    Winter is making a rare appearance so we’re reminiscing about warmer days 🌸 Y’all stay safe out there
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    Winter is making a rare appearance so we’re reminiscing about warmer days 🌸 Y’all stay safe out there

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    “Hill Country Lowlands” by Mason Brown for Hope Hasbrouck and Claire Eddleman Heath’s @texas.landscape Design Studio II // 2021-2022 Design Excellence Award Winner<br /><br />@masonbrow @topococo @claireeddleman <br />
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    “Hill Country Lowlands” by Mason Brown for Hope Hasbrouck and Claire Eddleman Heath’s @texas.landscape Design Studio II // 2021-2022 Design Excellence Award Winner

    @masonbrow @topococo @claireeddleman

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    “Architecture After AI” is an exhibition and complementary symposium that explores the potential of artificial intelligence platforms to revolutionize the field of architecture, from the way buildings are designed, to the conception of new forms and structures that were previously unimaginable.<br />
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    “Architecture After AI” is an exhibition and complementary symposium that explores the potential of artificial intelligence platforms to revolutionize the field of architecture, from the way buildings are designed, to the conception of new forms and structures that were previously unimaginable.

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    On Monday, Tod Williams of Tod Williams Billie Tsien join us for our first Jessen Lecture of the semester! 5:00 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium. Event details at the link in our bio. <br />
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    On Monday, Tod Williams of Tod Williams Billie Tsien join us for our first Jessen Lecture of the semester! 5:00 p.m. in Jessen Auditorium. Event details at the link in our bio.

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    Join us in welcoming this semester’s slate of visiting faculty teaching at the school this spring!<br />
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    Join us in welcoming this semester’s slate of visiting faculty teaching at the school this spring!