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Interior Design BFA

As an interior design student at the University of Central Missouri, you will learn and experience design from creative faculty who are attuned to contemporary issues in the field. Both aesthetic and technical experiences are studied in order to solve creative problems and to enhance the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Mission and Goals

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:
1. Develop a foundation in art and design fundamentals: including theory, history, research and technical skills.
2. Develop fluency in interpersonal, collaborative and design communication.
3. Develop sensitivity to a one-earth philosophy that reflects the ideals of environmental stewardship,
sustainability, shared and limited resources, and a global context for design.
4. To create a robust learning environment that:
a. Collaborates with practitioners and related professionals to keep pace with industry practice standards
b. Provides interior design majors the experiences and opportunities that build skills and confidence in aspiring

Student Achievement Data

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.


Accredited Programs

The Interior Design program leading to the Interior Design Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation,, 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

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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Dr. Susan Stevenson

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Susan Stevenson received her Ph.D. in. Human Environmental Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She teaches all levels of Interior Design courses. Her research interests include the scholarship of teaching and learning utilizing social networking (Pinterest) in the classroom environment to increase student involvement and foster critical thinking skills. She also works as a consultant for both commercial and residential interior design.

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