College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Applied Human Sciences

Interior Design at UNI

The Interior Design program is housed within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UNI. It prepares students to be ethical, caring, humane and creative problem solvers in the interior design profession.

The program is a unique and balanced combination of interior design, liberal arts, and business courses. It offers a theoretical and practical approach to understanding residential and commercial design (the two main areas in which entry-level interior designers are hired) along with a required professional internship before graduation.

The mode of study is through studio and lecture classes in which active learning happens through interactions in studio critiques (peer, experienced faculty, outside evaluators), concept development and hands-on problem solving. Small class sizes and extensive faculty contact hours enable frequent feedback in the learning process.Course content is reinforced in each parallel or successive course so that students are enabled a cohesive and comprehensive view of the interior design profession.

Proximal access to updated resources (computer labs, reference books, drafting, cutting and duplicating equipment) supplements the course instruction in an excellent work environment.

Student Achievement Data:

B.A. in Interior Design, first offered in 1970

Retention Rate: Students have to go through a Portfolio Review process after one year of design studies in order to be accepted into the program. These retention rates are based on the number of accepted students who returned the following year.

  • 94.7% of those accepted in 2011 returned in 2012
  • 80% of those accepted in 2012 returned in 2013
  • 100% of those accepted in 2013 returned in 2014

Graduation Rate: These rates are based on the number of accepted students who graduated within four years.

  • 91% in 2012
  • 100% in 2013
  • 100% in 2014

Job Placement:: Students complete an Internship for credit after they have finished all their classes. These placement rates are calculated based on students who secured full-time positions within one year of completing their Internship.

  • 100% in the Class of 2012
  • 100% in the Class of 2013
  • 100% in the Class of 2014

Acceptance into Graduate Program: N/A