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