The interior architecture and design program leading to the Bachelor of Interior Architecture and Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Ave., 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 Bachelor of Interior Architecture and Design granted by University of Arkansas 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: https://www.cidq.org/paths.
The interior design program originated in 1974 as an option in the Department of Home Economics. During the 1977-78 academic year, the Arkansas Board of Higher Education approved upgrading the Housing and Interior Design Option in the Home Economics Foundation Curriculum to the Housing and Interior Design major. This change allowed students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics degree (B.S.H.E.) with a major in Housing and Interior Design. In fall 1986, the program was renamed Interior Design and Housing (IDHS). During the 1997-98 academic year, the program was renamed Interior Design. During the 1999-2000 academic year, as recommended by FIDER during the previous accreditation visit, the degree was changed to Bachelor of Interior Design (B.I.D.). The program joined the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design in July 2010. In August 2022, the department and degree names were changed to Interior Architecture and Design (B.I.A.D.). It is the oldest accredited interior design program in Arkansas.