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Interior Design Degree Program

The Interior Design program at the University of Missouri is a four-year, professional baccalaureate program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). The program's mission is to provide academic training with high-quality educational experiences to prepare students for their successful careers as interior designers. Its purpose is to improve quality of life and protect human health, safety, and welfare through the design of the interior environment.

Opportunity for Employment

The program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice and advanced study in a multi-faceted profession. Creative and technical solutions are applied to achieve the interior environment. The NCIDQ definition clarifies the scope of the services and tasks of the profession. Curriculum incorporates signature characteristics of interior design such as furniture, fixtures and equipment, color, and interior materiality.

Our program benefits from its enriched academic research environment with outstanding faculty. Emphasizing the thinking and making of spaces, our interior design program stresses the inside of buildings and those experiences that help to create peoples’ individual meaning in life.

The Interior Design Program in the Department of Architectural Studies was among the first programs in the United States to be accredited in 1972 and has been continuously accredited. It is continuously ranked highly among national interior design programs. For further information on accreditation see Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

Further Opportunities  

For more information on professional advancement and examples of opportunities see Careers in Interior Design.  

View Degree Requirements

Students complete University of Missouri general education coursework and professional Interior design coursework in the following content areas: basic creative development, design planning and analysis, design communication, technical knowledge, history of art/architecture/interiors, business, and design theory. View degree requirements

It is the design studio setting where learning by doing is experienced and realized. The studio is a collaborative and cooperative learning environment emphasizing personal intellectual development as well as content learning. Course work includes six studios and coursework centering on the synthesis of functional, technological, social, aesthetic and symbolic attributes of interior design that support human needs and their aspirations.

We emphasize a quest for artistic beauty, use, and techniques based on precision, truthfulness and sincerity. We believe that good design bonds among the pleasure of beauty, stimulation of the mind, and reasoned adaptation to existing conditions. In the studio, students address life’s complexities and contradictions in order to create physical interior spaces that surpass their visual compositions, creating magical mediating structures that evoke in the act of occupying and inhabiting matter, gravity and light to enhance life.

Solving practical problems, studio experiences emphasize: recognizing the contextual relationship of the setting, the building, and its systems to the interior; understanding of regulations that govern professional practice; researching users’ needs; applying historical precedent; demonstrating technical knowledge in communicating ideas; developing business and professional skills; and creating responsible environmental design solutions.

After completing three required classes during the Freshman year, students apply for admission to the studio sequence required for all undergraduate professional programs. Applications are made at the end of the spring semester of the freshman year for permission to enroll in Studio I. Application forms with deadlines are available online and from the department.

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