Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

The Interior Design profession concerns itself with the interior spaces of buildings, emphasizing the physical, psychological, and social needs of people at work and leisure.

Through an academic program balanced between comprehensive courses, studios, and cooperative education experiences, students are taught to understand a client's interactions within society and be capable of translating this understanding into appropriate and inspiring design for interior environments. Each level of the student's education engages knowledge and skills in problem discovery and resolution, critical and imaginative thinking, verbal and visual communication, and appropriate technologies.

The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design program is five years in length and requires approximately 1.5 years of cooperative education experience. According to DesignIntelligence, DAAP's Interior Design program is number four in the nation for 2015. DesignIntelligence lists the Interior Design program as the number one most admired by academic deans and department heads in the country, citing "its co-op program, dedicated studio space, and competent graduates."

In spring quarter 2011, interior design students designed "creative spaces" for Scripps Networks Interactive (SNI), home to HGTV, DIY, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and GAC. This collaboration was a natural outgrowth of SNI's relationship with DAAP, which began when students took cooperative education assignments with HGTV.



Graduation Rates: 

81.8 percent of the students from the incoming class of 2007 graduated within six years.*

(*Based on 33 first-time, full-time Interior Design students. 63.6 percent graduated from Interior Design, 6.1 percent graduated from another DAAP program, and 12.1 percent graduated from another UC college.)


93.3 percent of first-time, full-time DAAP students enrolled during fall 2012 returned in fall 2013 (attrition of 6.7 percent).

Job Placement*: 

70 percent of 2012 and 2013 graduates had a full-time position within three months of graduation.

76 percent of 2012 and 2013 graduates started at a salary greater than $35,000/year. (16 percent started at a salary greater than $50,000/year.)

Acceptance into Graduate Programs*: 

Only one respondent from the classes of 2012 and 2013 pursued and is enrolled in a post-graduate degree.

*Information based on a survey of alumni from the classes of 2012 and 2013 conducted in July 2014, for which there were 25 respondents.