Interior Design

Interior Design

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.

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design 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 interior design organizations. The B.A. in Interior Design granted by the University of Northern Iowa meets the educational requirement 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 has received accreditation from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).


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Students in Chicago
Study Trips

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.

Experiential Learning
Experiential Learning

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.

Internship demonstration
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.


96% of last year's graduates are either employed or continuing their education


Residential Designer

Hospitality Designer

Corporate Designer

Health Care Designer

CAD and BIM Specialist

Historic Preservation Specialist

Sales Representative

Facilities Management

Kitchen and Bath Designer


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Dr. Gowri Betrabet Gulwadi
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