School of Architecture and Interior Design

Research + Work

Interior Design

Interior design practice creates useful, meaningful and inspiring spaces within buildings. It provides for the physical and cultural needs and aspirations of people at work and leisure. The bachelor of science in interior design program prepares graduates for a critical engagement with practice through an academic and professional grounding in problem-solving, formal design skills and pertinent historical and technical knowledge. The program forms strong links with our architecture program at DAAP, starting with a common curriculum in the first three semesters.

Interior designers execute projects for the whole spectrum of human activities. Examples include business and commercial establishments (offices and shops), places for recreation and hospitality (hotels, restaurants, resorts), health and cultural institutions (hospitals, schools, theaters, museums, places of worship), and residential interiors.

Degree: B.S. Interior Design

Full-time program duration: 5.0 Years

Location: Uptown Campus West

Contact Information:

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
School of Architecture and Interior Design
DAAP Student Affairs
College of DAAP
P.O. Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016
daap-admissions@uc.edu
513-556-1376

Admission Requirements

The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati seeks to attract, enroll and graduate academically talented students of varied and diverse backgrounds. Success in our programs is largely dependent upon sound academic preparation. However, in multidisciplinary programs like those in DAAP, students’ insight and perspective are greatly enhanced by exposure to students from different backgrounds, geographies and co-curricular interests. DAAP has designed an admissions review process and a timetable to support these goals.

Admission criteria for interior design vary based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank and GPA. Portfolios are not a component of the admission application.

Freshman applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements  page for more information.

Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following college-preparatory subjects:

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of college prep math, including one unit of pre-calculus, calculus, or advanced math
  • 1 unit of physics
  • 2 additional units of science
  • 5 units of electives*

*Elective units must include one or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education or additional core courses not otherwise required.

If a student lacks the math and physics requirements from high school, then the student should complete an appropriate college level course.  High School Requirement: 4 units of college prep, including 1 unit of pre-calculus, calculus, or advanced math (trigonometry), and 1 unit of physics; OR College Requirement: MATH1022, 1024, 1026, 1044, 1060, or 1061; PHYS1011, 1017, 1018, 1037, 1051, or 2001 OR equivalent course.

Curriculum

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The interior design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Program Details



Student Achievement Data 2015-2018

Graduation Rates:

77.1 percent of the students from the incoming class of 2011 graduated within six years. 60.0% graduated from INTD within six years.
84.8 percent of the students from the incoming class of 2012 graduated within six years. 78.8% graduated from INTD within six years.
92.1 percent of the students from the incoming class of 2013 graduated within six years. 71.1% graduated from INTD within six years.

Retention/Attrition:


92.9 percent of the full-time freshmen BS Interior Design student cohort entering in fall 2015 returned in fall 2016. 82.1% returned to INTD.
95.3 percent of the full-time freshmen BS Interior Design student cohort entering in fall 2016 returned in fall 2017. 86.0% returned to INTD.
96.8 percent of the full-time freshmen BS Interior Design student cohort entering in fall 2017 returned in fall 2018. 80.6% returned to INTD.

Job Placement:


86 percent of 2016-2018 graduates had a full-time position within three months of graduation.*
76 percent of 2016-2018 graduates started at a salary greater than $40,000/year. 36 percent started at a salary greater than $50,000/year.*
 

Acceptance into Graduate Programs:


7 percent of the 2016-2018 graduates pursued a post-graduate degree.*

*Based on a 2019 survey of 44 responses out of the 105 graduates between 2016 and 2019 or a response rate of 42 percent.