Graduate Degrees

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Interior Design Graduate Degrees
HOW TO APPLY

The  Interior Design Program at The University of Texas at Austin offers an innovative graduate curriculum that integrates research and theoretical knowledge in the application of current design issues that face our society. The positive impact of a well-designed interior environment is verifiable, making interior design a critical component of the design disciplines.

The program is among only a handful of interior design faculties in the United States housed within a large and active School of Architecture creating a dynamic atmosphere that allows students to achieve a high level of excellence in the design of architectural interiors. 

With a faculty of four full-time interior design professors along with full-time and affiliated faculty in the School of Architecture, the program offers both broad coverage and an individualized program tailored to student interests. The program is founded on rigorous instruction while also offering students the flexibility to develop their own ideas and new perspectives. The study of interior design at the graduate level is taught with constant awareness of global context, interdisciplinary challenges, and evolving demands that students experience in professional practice.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDY

Students work closely with faculty in courses, seminars, and independent research projects to develop independent thought as well as a thorough knowledge of the field. Students may combine their research on interior design topics with a broad array of related subjects. Cross-disciplinary work in the School of Architecture’s other programs of Historic Preservation, Architectural Design, Theory, and History is encouraged.

As a major research university, The University of Texas at Austin also offers a wide selection of across-campus electives, including courses in Arts Education and Design, Theater and Dance, Radio-Television-Film, American Studies, Anthropology, Psychology, and Museum Studies, to name a few. Students are encouraged to shape their own critical approaches and to develop a mastery of research in interior design. With the advice and permission of the MID program director or MID graduate adviser, students may select elective courses from other departments on campus.

AREAS OF STUDY

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MASTER OF INTERIOR DESIGN FIRST PROFESSIONAL [MID I]

MID I may qualify graduates to become licensed or registered as an interior designer. Interested students are encouraged to confirm requirements for the state in which they hope to practice and NCIDQ eligibility requirements.

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MASTER OF INTERIOR DESIGN POST-PROFESSIONAL [MID II]

The MID II degree offers students advanced studies, theory, and research for those holding a prior professional degree in Interior Design or Architecture.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Interior design faculty members in the School of Architecture review the applications and recommend admission to the Graduate School. Admission to the program is highly competitive. Seminars are small and advanced students work one-on-one with their adviser and other faculty members. With the advice and permission of the MID program director or MID graduate adviser, students in the MID program determine their course of study that is tailored to be highly individualized from course offerings and independent studies.

INTERIOR DESIGN STUDENT WORK

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    Campus has been showing OFF lately 🍂🍃

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    What 👏 a 👏 week. Congratulations, students! And thank you to all the faculty, staff and reviewers who made it happen.

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    Final review week is upon us…<br /><br />Congratulations @utsoafirstyears on wrapping up your first semester! For the rest of you, we’re wishing you the best of luck as final review week continues. <br /><br />Follow along on our stories this Wednesday through Friday!
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    Final review week is upon us…

    Congratulations @utsoafirstyears on wrapping up your first semester! For the rest of you, we’re wishing you the best of luck as final review week continues.

    Follow along on our stories this Wednesday through Friday!

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    Happy Thanksgiving! This year, and every year, we are thankful for you, our UTSOA community 💛<br /><br />For prospective students interested in joining this special place, visit our link in bio for admissions deadlines and more information
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    Happy Thanksgiving! This year, and every year, we are thankful for you, our UTSOA community 💛

    For prospective students interested in joining this special place, visit our link in bio for admissions deadlines and more information

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    “Playscapes” by Hayden Hood, Charley Tyeskie, and Rachel Sisson // 2021-2022 Design Excellence Award Winner. Completed in Visiting Professor Miroslava Brooks’ Spring 2022 Advanced Studio.<br />
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    “Playscapes” by Hayden Hood, Charley Tyeskie, and Rachel Sisson // 2021-2022 Design Excellence Award Winner. Completed in Visiting Professor Miroslava Brooks’ Spring 2022 Advanced Studio.

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    Last day of classes before fall break, then final reviews kick off November 28. Hang in there y’all, you got this! 💪 <br /><br />📷: @moondragon_macek’s Wood Design class by @utsoabuildlab
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    Last day of classes before fall break, then final reviews kick off November 28. Hang in there y’all, you got this! 💪

    📷: @moondragon_macek’s Wood Design class by @utsoabuildlab

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    Tomorrow, Bachelor of Architecture student Jacob Levy @jalphototecture will be taking over our stories to show us his studio’s recent trip to Spain. <br />
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    Tomorrow, Bachelor of Architecture student Jacob Levy @jalphototecture will be taking over our stories to show us his studio’s recent trip to Spain.

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    Some high*lights* from Environmental Controls’ recent Light Show ⚡️✨

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    We’re excited to share new faculty and fellowship positions open at the UT School of Architecture. All appointments will begin in Fall 2023.<br /><br />- Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Architecture. Application review will begin December 1. <br />
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    We’re excited to share new faculty and fellowship positions open at the UT School of Architecture. All appointments will begin in Fall 2023.

    - Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Architecture. Application review will begin December 1.