The Interior Architecture and Design program at the University of Arkansas originated in 1974 in the Department of Home Economics. After several changes, the degree became the Bachelor of Interior Design (B.I.D.) in 1999-2000, and the program joined the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design in July 2010. In August 2022, the department name was changed to Interior Architecture and Design and the degree name was changed to Bachelor of Interior Architecture and Design (B.I.A.D.). The curriculum emphasizes design as a creative, problem-solving skill. Students learn to create environments that meet diverse human needs and desires. Review our interior design student achievement data here.
Third- and fourth-year interior architecture and design students recently designed and produced a website as a requirement for their Professional Practice for Interior Design course, as a portion of the marketing and public relations learning module. A link to the website has been sent to principals and design directors at 300 top interior design/architecture firms. Professor Carl Matthews, Interior Architecture and Design Department Head, was the instructor for the course.
Interior Architecture and Design Mission Statement:
Interior Architecture and Design elevates the human experience as it operates at the intersection of human aspiration and the constructed environment. Students rigorously investigate contemporary physical, socio-cultural, psychological, aesthetic, and sensory forces to craft the complete spatial experience.
Interior Architecture and Design at the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design educates and prepares its students for a rewarding and successful career in the profession. Students develop strong design and technical skills through experimentation, discovery and invention. Study abroad opportunities; transdisciplinary collaboration; and minors in sustainability, business, historic preservation, product design, and history enrich students’ creative expression, deepen knowledge bases and build critical thinking skills. The program requires practice-based internships and builds connections between students and potential employers. Our graduates leave the school prepared to succeed as design professionals in growing global markets.