The role of interiors in architecture is continuously redefining itself as it touches upon many areas ranging from housing, institutional, exhibition, set, and furniture design, along with areas that are still being recognized. The Interior Design Program in the School of Architecture offers a strong, professionally driven curriculum sequence in which architectural interior design is not bound to a specific area, but rather pushes forward without limits. 


The first professional undergraduate and graduate programs begin with foundation studies in design and drawing and coursework offering a view into those who have shaped and redefined interiors. The curriculum weaves together design, history, theory, construction, and digital technology in a way that parallels the architecture studio education while retaining a clear viewpoint on interior architecture and the other design arts. The post-professional graduate program offers opportunities for advanced study and research in a studio setting.


Students can expect to work with professionally-minded and dedicated faculty who have enjoyed national and international careers. The core Interior Design faculty have worked at leading firms in New York and London; and as registered interior designers and architects, they are actively involved in creative scholarship, design research, and professional practice.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design (BSID) First Professional

The undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Interior Design is a four-year program of study that is accredited as a professional degree by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Master of Interior Design (MID I) First Professional

A three-year program of study that launched in 2014. As a new professional program, it will undergo its first accreditation review by CIDA in 2020.

Master of Interior Design (MID II) Post Professional

A two-year program of study that is tailored toward students who already hold a professional degree in Interior Design or a related field.  

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. 


The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation,, 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: