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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:

  • Attend one internal transfer info session
  • Complete at least 24 hours in-residence (i.e. at UT Austin) by the end of a spring semester
  • Earn at least a 3.25 UT Austin GPA
  • Submit the UTSOA Internal Transfer application by the March 1st deadline
  • Write two essays (prompts included in the online application)
  • Include two recommendation letters from UT faculty
  • Meet the criteria to transfer from one division to another within the University

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 UT Admissions 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.

What can I do with this major?

Wondering how you'd turn this major into a career? Remember: your major does not always determine your career path. Career counseling and assessments at the Vick Center can help you explore.

Major ≠ Career

Graduates with this major pursue many different careers, depending on their interests and experiences. Make yourself more marketable by complementing this major with part-time work, volunteering, internships, a certificate program, or graduate school.

Experience + Degree = Career

The Career Service Offices in your college can help you with internships and jobs. They work closely with employers to help students prepare for career opportunities. Read a few inspiring stories by professionals whose experiences led to great careers.


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.