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Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree
Interior design students at the University of Central Missouri learn and experience design from a creative faculty that is attuned to the contemporary issues within this broad field. Both aesthetic and technical experiences are studied in order to solve problems related to the function of interior environments and to enhance the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
Through a series of course assignments, the students will experience projects that will sharpen their visual, oral, and written skills in order to fulfill the design objectives as presented within each project.
Ultimately, the interior designer transforms spaces into unique living and working environments. Students in interior design will develop the basics of two- and three-dimensional design, color theory, drawing, drafting and computer-aided design. The interior design courses provide knowledge and skills in both residential and non-residential interiors. Additional courses in art and design history add historical significance to the evolution of design in contemporary society. In addition, areas of experience include universal design, sustainability, human behavior, furniture design, and business practices.
Through a partnership with the School of Technology, our students gain additional development in technical skills such as architectural drafting, building construction and computer-aided design. These areas of study, combined with the interior design and fine art curricula, allow the students to develop the necessary skills to enter the field with a wellprepared portfolio in order to achieve a successful career in interior design.
About the Faculty
Faculty members in the interior design program are committed to each student's success. Faculty members offer expertise and professional experience in lighting design, presentation styles, and residential and non-residential interior design. Students who are interested in special projects often work very closely and individually with members of the faculty to develop knowledge in specific areas of interior design.
In addition to the course of study, professional involvement and interaction is pursued through guest speakers, field trips and exposure to professional interior design organizations. The interior design majors have created an organization called UCM Interior Design Student Association (IDSA). Through the IDSA group, students are encouraged to join and participate in the professional associations most related to the practice of interior design (American Society of Interior Designers - ASID and the International Interior Design Association - IIDA). This student led group provides the students with a venue for creating their own social, service and educational activities outside of the classroom. Some of the highlights of this organization are: The annual speaker's symposium, field trips, social events, participation in national design competitions, and participation in industry sponsored events in nearby Kansas City.
Kansas City, only an hour's drive from campus, offers many resources for interior design students. Many interior design firms and suppliers welcome our students to tour, learn and gather resources, in an effort to mentor our students into the interior design field. Interior design internships are encouraged for upperclassmen and many times these internships result in permanent positions.
Students who graduate from the program can look forward to several career options. Many of our students enter the field to become either residential or non-residential interior designers. Other areas of possible employment are hospitality design, showroom design, ecclesiastical design and health care design. Entrepreneurial students may even consult as interior designers and start their own firms. In related industries, a student could have a career as a manufacturer's sales representative or be employed in product design and development. With so much media attention (network television, magazines, blogs and social media) devoted to interior design, the field and opportunities for employment, continue to grow.
UCM's Department of Art & Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). UCM is the only state-supported school in Missouri with such accreditation. Of the approximately 2,000 college art programs nationwide, NASAD has approved less than 15 percent, based on proven rigor and content.
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Department of Art and Design