Interior design uses creative and technical solutions to achieve a built interior environment that is functional, safe, and aesthetically pleasing to the occupants.
Our program is a unique and balanced combination of interior design, liberal arts, and business courses. Our goal is to prepare students to be ethical and creative problem solvers in their profession by offering a theoretical and practical approach to understanding residential and commercial design.
Students take classes in many areas, including design theory, computer-aided design, basic and creative arts, interior design, health and safety issues, material and resources, sustainable design, communication skills, marketing and business. Studio classes allow hands-on experience in creating projects that include diverse populations, special purposes and environmental concerns.
Students work with the latest technology and computer applications and participate in national and international study tours. In addition, students take part in internships required of all interior design majors. Access to updated resources (computer labs, reference books, materials library, lighting lab, and drafting and cutting equipment) supplements the course instruction in a high quality educational environment.
If you’ve taken courses at a two- or four-year institution other than UNI and want to get an idea of what courses will transfer, check out our Transfer Plan-It tool at https://cgi.access.uni.edu/cgi-bin/transfer/transferPlanIt.cgi?so=1.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
UNI's ID program will broaden your horizons. Local, regional, and nation-wide study trips contribute to professional and cultural learning. Recent study trips have included Chicago, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Muscatine.
Students have an opportunity to work on real life design challenges with actual clients on and off campus. Working with clients and other design professionals help develop design solutions that are safe, functional, attractive, and meet the needs of the people using the space.
Internships and Connections
Recent graduates have interned at local, national and international residential and commercial firms. Graduates from the ID program at UNI are appreciated and sought out by employers in Iowa and beyond for their level of preparedness, empathetic approach to design, technological expertise and strong business sense. The Student Interior Designers of Northern Iowa (SIDNI) is a strong International Interior Design Association (IIDA) affiliated student organization promoting networking and professional development activities.
COMMON CAREER AREAS
Health Care Designer
CAD and BIM Specialist
Historic Preservation Specialist
Kitchen and Bath Designer