Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design

The professional interior designer is qualified by education, experience, and examination to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces for the purposes of improving the quality of life; increasing productivity; and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

This accredited four-year professional program prepares students for entry-level positions in the fields of residential and non-residential interior design.  It provides an understanding and application of the design process; of programming and space planning; of furniture selection and layout; of design and decorative elements; of building and other regulatory codes, regulations, and barrier-free requirements; of building, environmental, and furniture systems; of the profession itself; of environmental concerns; of universal design; of computer applications in interior design; and of the selection and application of lighting and color. Students also develop drafting, communications and presentation skills, and study the basic and creative arts. Methods of instruction include lecture, site visits, speakers from industry and the profession, as well as studio work.


The interior design curriculum provides an internship experience for students at the conclusion of their third year in the program. This field experience, involving business and industry, extends students' formal education and is further preparation for completion of the capstone senior studio coursework as well as preparation for entry-level positions in interior design.

Senior Showcase

Each spring the program holds a showcase event which presents graduates and their work to potential employers as well as to friends, family, alumni, and the public. This milestone is also a good opportunity for students interested in interior design and the program to see student work and to speak with graduates. Click here to see Showcase 2010 .

Professional Activities and Cultural Tours

Students can participate in an exciting array of cultural and professional activities offered across academic disciplines throughout the year. There have been opportunities to visit New York City, Toronto, and Chicago. The Interior Design Program has sponsored cultural study tours to Spain in 2013, to Costa Rica in 2012, to London in 2011, and to Italy, Greece and Turkey in 2010.

Successful Students and Alumni

Students at The University of Akron are bright, hardworking, and highly motivated to succeed. Most have part or full-time jobs, and develop excellent time management skills due to their demanding schedules.

Retention rates

Eighty seven percent (87%) of the class beginning college in 2013-14 obtained their degrees in Spring of 2017.

Graduation Rates

33% of the students from the class of 2013 who entered upper division courses (junior) graduated in 4 years. The average time to obtain a degree was 5.25 yrs. (The majority of students who attend the University of Akron work part-time to help pay for their degrees).

Job Placement Rates

75 % of the students that graduated in May 2016 were employed in interior design positions by December 2016.

Accepted into Graduate Programs

100% of the students that applied to graduate school from the 2016 graduating class was accepted (one of the graduates of 2012 entered a M.A. program).


In addition to the above Family and Consumer Sciences scholarships available to interior design students, see the following:

The Akron-Canton Chapter and The Cleveland Chapter of the Construction Specification Institute (CSI)

The Akron–Canton Chapter and The Cleveland Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) usually offer two one-year scholarships each for college students who are enrolled in an accredited college or university serving the construction and interior design industries in the northeast Ohio area, and desire to pursue a career in the construction and interior design industries. Scholarships are for the academic year starting in fall.

Home Builders Association Serving Portage and Summit Counties

The HBA serving Ohio Portage and Summit Counties offers scholarships in July for the coming academic year. That information will be posted when available.

The 2014 Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship in Interior Design

Find information at 2014 Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship. The firm will consider top students of not-for-profit CIDA-accredited interior design programs for academic scholarships and paid summer internships in a Gensler regional office. To be considered by the scholarship jury, two students must be formally nominated by the academic institution as follows:

1. Applicants must include a formal letter of nomination from the Chair/Head of the program with submission materials.

Submission Deadline:  December 2014

Students may download the scholarship brochure, complete the online application, view a gallery of previous winners, and email questions to the scholarship team at:

Gensler looks forward to working with you to select the best talent from UA to pursue this prestigious opportunity with Gensler. Should you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to contact them at

Ms. Julie Whitmore
Interior Design Program Coordinator

215 Schrank Hall South
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-6103
Telephone: 330-972-7864