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The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design is a four-year program of study accredited as a professional degree by the Council for Interior Design Education (CIDA). The role of interiors in architecture is continuously redefining itself as it touches upon areas such as housing, institutional, exhibition, set, and furniture design. The Interior Design Program in the School of Architecture offers a strong, professionally accredited curriculum sequence in which architectural interior design is not bound to a specific area, but rather pushes forward with no limits. Curriculum courses tie together history, theory, construction, and computer applications in a way that parallels the architecture studio education, while retaining a clear viewpoint on interior architecture and the other design arts.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled in another college or school at The University of Texas at Austin who wish to pursue a major offered by the School of Architecture must submit an internal transfer application.

In order to be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete at least 24 hours in-residence (e.g. at UT Austin) by the end of a spring semester
  • Earn at least a 3.25 UT Austin GPA
  • Attend ONE of the information sessions offered during the fall semester
  • Turn in a completed application by the March 1st deadline

Emphasis is given to strong performance in university courses, especially courses relevant to the degree program to which the applicant is applying. Meeting these requirements is no guarantee for admission. View the School of Architecture internal transfer information page and FAQs to learn more.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare your major.

Required Courses

View the Interior Design degree plan to learn more about the required courses for the major. For additional information, read the course descriptions for the School of Architecture.


Through approaches that emphasize solving actual and theoretical problems, students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to link understanding to experience, theory to practice, and art to science in ways that respond to human needs, aspirations, and sensibilities. Interior design students complete their degrees with the knowledge, creativity, and critical thinking skills required not only to be proficient within the professional environment, but also to transform the lives of individuals and, consequently, society as a whole.

A small sample of directly related careers

Industrial Designer
Interior Designer
Landscape Architect

Remember: Your major does not (necessarily) equal your career. View a list of career ideas for any major.