School of Family and Consumer Sciences


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.

The program 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.


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Course Prerequisites

The Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design is accredited at the professional level by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. CIDA promotes excellence in interior design education through research and the accreditation of academic programs which prepare interior designers to create interior environments for improving the quality of the human experience. CIDA is a recognized member of the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation; it is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education in the field of interior design; and it is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors.

Also, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design has granted institutional accreditation to the Interior Design Program. NASAD, the national accrediting agency for art and design and related disciplines, was established in 1944 to improve educational practices and to maintain high professional standards in art and design education. Institutional accreditation, gained only through peer review, is based on an art or design program’s demonstrated content, competence, and educational substance as applied to the preparation of art and design professionals.

Affiliation with the American Society of Interior Designers ASID is available through membership in the student chapter. Student membership in the International Interior Design Association IIDA is also possible. Attendance at student and professional events held or sponsored by both organizations is encouraged.

Studio Classroom and Lighting Laboratory

The interior design program occupies a carpeted state-of-the-art studio classroom outfitted with professional L-shaped systems furniture student stations for hand drafting with drawing lay-off and laptop use and which include electric and data connection at the beltline, and with tack surfaces and paper management.  Networked access from the workstations connects to three color plotters capable in AutoCAD and Revit. The classroom along with the entire campus is WI-Fi enabled. The studio adjoins the materials and sample library with work area. A pin-up wall accommodates critique and presentation.

A separate area provides for more collaborative conferencing and teaming reviews as well as space to reference current interior design journals. The classroom includes a separate work area with a networked computer, WI-Fi, scanner, and printer.

The classroom is also a Lighting Laboratory. Numerous examples of commercial and decorative luminaires provide examples of down light, ambient light, wall washing, and spot lighting along with the variety of fluorescent, incandescent, and LED lamping. The lab is used for the lighting course Light in Man-Made Environments as well enabling students the opportunity to see the effect of luminaires they may be selecting for a project and materials under different lamping choices.

For more information about the Interior Design Program at The University of Akron use the contact noted below:

Interior Design Program
215 Schrank Hall South
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-6103
Telephone: 330-972-7721

The University of Akron

Akron, OH 44325
Phone: 330-972-7111
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