Interior Design

Interior Design Fundamentals

Interior designers enhance the function and quality of interior spaces so that those spaces:

  • enhance quality of life
  • boost productivity
  • protect the health, safety and welfare of the public

Interior design students at UA learn to understand and apply the design processs. Their studies include:

  • furniture selection
  • decorative elements
  • building codes
  • universal design
  • environmental concerns
  • applying lighting and color

Our Faculty

  • are talented, caring, highly qualified
  • place a premium on personal attention and excellent advising
  • work side-by-side with students to help turn aspirations into accomplishments

        Akron Advantage

        Hands-on Experience

        The Student Chapter of The American Society of Interior Designs promotes relationships with the business community and provides opportunities for professional growth and development.

        Seniors take a course titled “The NCIDQ Examination” to help prepare them to pass the exam that is the basis for interior design licensure and professional-level membership in professional associations.

        Recognized Excellence

        UA’s Interior Design Program is accredited at the professional level by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and institutionally by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

        The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences has accredited UA’s Interior Design Program and all of the programs in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences.

        Professionals on UA’s Interior Design Advisory Board provide valuable advice and networking opportunities.

         Real-world Experience

        • An internship course is required of all interior design majors at the conclusion of their third year in the program. Examples of past Internships Placements:
          • Arhaus Furniture, Akron, OH
          • Abercrombie & Fitch, Columbus, OH
          • Andreas Furniture, Sugarcreek, OH
          • Applied Ergonomics, Greater Chicago Area, IL
          • APG Office Furnishings, Cleveland, OH
          • Ashley Furniture Home Store, Columbus (Easton), OH
          • Bialoski Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
          • Scott Kester Design, New York City, NY
          • Lifestyle Communities,, Columbus, OH
          • Canton Tile Distributors, Canton, OH
          • Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
          • Chez Del, Akron, OH
          • Chute Gerdeman, Columbus, OH
          • Christine Haught, Ltd., Bath, OH
          • Cornacione and Wallace Architects, Barberton, OH
          • Curve Hospitality, Houston, Texas
          • Deitrick & Associates, Akron, OH
          • Direct Supply, Milwaukee, WI
          • Florida Backyard, Jacksonville, FL
          • FMD Architects, Fairlawn, OH
          • Hamilton Parker Company, Dublin, OH
          • Kitchen and Bath Design, Mentor, OH 
          • JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, Store Planning, Hudson, OH
          • Jones Group Interiors, Akron, OH
          • La-Z-Boy, Canton, OH
          • Lifestyle Communities,, Columbus, OH
          • McCeady Interiors / Norwalk the Furniture Idea, Mansfield, OH
          • National Office Services, Cleveland, OH
          • New Creation Interiors, Brunswick, OH
          • Otero Signature Homes, Chagrin Falls, OH
          • Regency Seating, Inc., Akron, OH
          • Scarboro Designs, Tampa, Fl.
          • Schumacher Design, Akron, OH
          • Scott Kester Design, New York City, NY
          • Sherwin Williams, Cleveland/Akron, OH
          • Stan Hewett Hall and Garden, Akron, OH
          • SSA Architects, Mumbai, India
          • Surface materials, The Ohio Design Center, Beachwood, OH
          • The Ritenour Group, Twinsburg, OH
          • Wayne Homes, Uniontown, OH
          • Westlake Reed Leskosky, Cleveland/Akron, OH
          • GPD Group, Akron, OH
          • Steris Corporation, Cleveland, OH
          • Perrino Builders & Interiors, Cleveland, OH
          • V.A. Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans, Sandusky, OH
        • As seniors, students create a professional portfolio to document their skills for prospective employers and clients.
        • Each April, UA’s Interior Design Program hosts a Senior Showcase where graduating seniors present their work to potential employers.

        Student Organization

        Interact with other interior design students and professionals in the field through organizations such as:

        • Student Chapter of The American Society of Interior Designs

        Sample Curriculum


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