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Interior Design

Interior Design

What is Interior Design?

As defined by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), “Interior design is a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment. These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants, and are aesthetically attractive. Designs are created in response to and coordinated with the building shell and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. Designs must adhere to code and regulatory requirements and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability. The interior design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology, including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process, whereby the needs and resources of the client are satisfied to produce an interior space that fulfills the project goals. Interior design includes a scope of services performed by a professional design practitioner, qualified by means of education, experience, and examination, to protect and enhance the life, health, safety and welfare of the public."

For additional information about the scope of services provided by Interior Designers as defined by NCIDQ please see the link below:

Additional Information

Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture

The Division of Interior Design is part of the Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture. Interior Design students have the opportunity to collaborate with Architecture, Construction Science, Environmental Design, Landscape Architecture, and Regional and City Planning students and faculty. Students study many aspects of their field including:

  • Business Practices and Professionalism       
  • Creative problem solving
  • Design Elements and Principles
  • Design Process
  • Environment Systems and Comfort
  • Graphic Communication       
  • History
  • Human-Centered Design      
  • Interior Construction
  • Light and Color         
  • Products and Materials
  • Regulations and Guidelines  

Diverse faculty, engagement with interior design industry professionals at award winning and globally recognized design firms, service learning and community engaged design projects, state-of- the-art technology, design competitions, and study abroad opportunities are just a few reasons why students choose to study interior design at OU. Recent averages of 96% of students graduating from the program have been employed within six months of graduation. For a detailed list of job placement rates please see the link below. 


Interior design students typically have interests in:

  • Creativity
  • Problem-solving
  • Design
  • Architecture
  • Art

High school preparation could include graphic skills, technical design, and art.

OU’s interior design program in College of Architecture maintains an international reputation and has graduates practicing globally. The University of Oklahoma Division of Interior Design provides a design education within student-centric learning environment emphasizing excellence in education, research and service to the community. The Bachelor of Interior Design degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and was recently ranked by DesignIntelligence as 7th nationally in the category of “Most Hired From.”

There are numerous organizations interior design students can be a part of. Check them out:
  • International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
  • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
  • United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
  • Interior Design Student Association (IDSA)


Interior design courses include:

  • Foundations of Interior Design
  • Interior Construction
  • Lighting Design
  • Furniture Design
  • History of Interior Design
  • Interior Materials and Specifications
  • Interior Design Professional Practice
  • Interior Design Portfolio
  • Interior Design Studios focusing on design projects including but not limited to residential, retail, corporate office, restaurants, hotels, healthcare, educational, and museums. 
  • Interior Design Communication Studios focusing on sketching, hand drafting, hand rendering, digital drawings, digital modeling and digital renderings.  

Interior Design students have the opportunity to participate in travel study through a variety of programs:

  • Architecture and Interior Design in the Eternal City of Rome
  • Service Learning in Zambia
  • Garden History in Italy
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West/Taliesin Spring Green Travel Study Program
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water Travel Study Program

Professional Interior Designer working for:

  • Architecture Design Firm (small and large)
  • Interior Design Firm
  • Corporations with in-house design teams
  • Product Manufacturer
  • Lighting Design Firm

Program Acceditation

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of 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 Bachelor of Interior Design granted by The University of Oklahoma, Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam).

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College of Architecture
Erin Nance, Academic Counselor