Set yourself up for a successful creative career with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the University of Central Missouri. Our inclusive, accredited undergraduate degree program gives you the artistic and technical experience you need to make the most of a bachelor’s in Interior Design in your career.
Earn your degree in Interior Design in UCM’s collaborative and welcoming environment. Small class sizes enable our faculty to focus on your individual goals and needs, a critical support for your learning path in schools of interior design.
After you graduate, you can begin your career right away or pursue a secondary interior designing degree at graduate schools in interior design or a related field in architectural or environmental design. Whatever path you choose, you’ll carry with you knowledge of the professional practices, processes and ethical standards necessary for success in the field.
Qualify for the NCIDQ Exam with our bachelor’s degree in Interior Design
Earning a CIDA- and NASAD-accredited bachelor’s of Interior Design from the University of Central Missouri qualifies you to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). This professional certification distinguishes you from other interior designers in the field, builds trust with your clients and enhances your appeal and earning potential in the job market.
Dr. Susan Stevenson
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences
School of Visual and Performing Arts
2021 Best Value College for Design
CIDA-accredited Interior Design program
NASAD accredited since 1986
150+ years of art education
24/7 student access to art facilities
Qualify for the acclaimed NCIDQ exam
Your bachelor’s in Interior Design from the University of Central Missouri will equip you to produce creative work that draws on both historical and contemporary art and design. With UCM’s Interior Design degree, you’ll gain the tools to research and understand how interior design impacts people and the environment and how to solve problems through a critical and creative process for the benefit of your clients.
We believe schools of interior design have a responsibility to educate their students in design empathy, sustainable processes and creative problem solving as well as in the business practices of the field. Our accredited BFA program takes that responsibility seriously.
More than half of the undergraduate program’s coursework is dedicated to specialized topics in your major. You’ll gain deep experience in design practice and theory relevant to today’s world. We impart a one-earth philosophy to our students: an awareness of the need for environmental stewardship, sustainable design and global context.
You’ll have the opportunity to take a broad variety of courses including:
Collaboration and hands-on learning are essential components of your bachelor’s degree in Interior Design at the University of Central Missouri. Our reputation for excellence in art and design education is founded on our student-centered teaching culture, commitment to accessibility with low tuition fees and emphasis on experiential learning.
The Interior Design Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program at the University of Central Missouri prepares undergraduate students to launch a career in interior design, pursue advanced study and apply for membership in professional organizations.
Students with UCM’s Interior Design degree have gone on to work at many of the region’s top firms in residential design, commercial interior design and sales. Our graduates have been employed by BNIM Architecture, BRR Architecture, Burns & McDonnell, Hollis + Miller Architects, Roseman and Associates, KHL Design Studio, Black & Veatch, MLB Furnishings and Décor, Edwin Pepper Interiors and many more.
Be prepared for real-world demands
UCM is recognized among schools of interior design for its excellence in preparing students for professional and graduate work. Enter into jobs, client interactions or a graduate-level degree in interior design confident in your workplace and communication skills.
We believe that undergraduate students should be able to earn a respected degree in Interior Design from our accredited program without financial hardship. The University of Central Missouri is a leader among schools of interior design for low student debt.
In addition to scholarships available through the university, bachelor’s of Interior Design students can benefit from:
You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.
Add a minor to your BFA degree in Interior Design to strengthen your skill set and create more career opportunities.
If you aren’t sure whether a bachelor’s in Interior Design is exactly right for you, consider these additional UCM undergraduate programs:
At UCM Interior Design it is our mission to provide an inclusive and collaborative
academic environment where students can grow and learn the fundamentals of the interior
design discipline. Students will develop an understanding of concepts and apply emerging
and developed skills to create interior spaces that support the health, safety and
welfare of all users while also exploring creative, visually pleasing, environmentally
conscious, culturally responsive, inclusive and accessible design solutions that are
supported by appropriate use of materials, objects, and emerging technologies.
ID Program Goals:
Our graduates find employment with a variety of residential and commercial design and design related businesses in Missouri and around the United States. Recent employers include Hollis & Miller Architecture, BRR Architecture, GLMV Architecture, Pulse Design Group and Drippe Homes
Job Placement: 92% (11-12) of the students that graduated in December 2019/May 2020 were employed in interior design or a related field within 6 months of graduation. (100% of graduates are employed).
Acceptance into Graduate Programs: 0 of 0 (0% of total) students from the December 2019/May 2020 graduating class who applied to graduate school were accepted
Graduation Rates: 85% of the students that graduated in December 2019/May 2020 graduated in 4 years.15% of students graduated in 5 years.
Retention: 79% of the students enrolled during the fall semester of 2019 returned in Spring 2020.
The Interior Design program leading to the Interior Design Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.
The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional organizations. The Interior Design Bachelor of Fine Arts degree granted by the University of Central Missouri meets the requirements for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit https://www.cidq.org/paths
The Interior Design program is accredited by both the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
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