Interior Design

Do you ever notice the spaces around you? Do you stop and think about how such spaces connect with the people who occupy them? If this describes you, then you should consider a future in Interior Design.

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UTSA’s Interior Design Program

UTSA’s Interior Design degree is a four-year professional degree accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Our program prepares students to design spaces that enhance human experiences within the environment. Key themes guide our curriculum plan—fostering leadership in design and professional practice through the mastery of knowledge and skills, collaboration with allied disciplines such as architecture and construction science and management, and outreach through service-learning and sponsored programs.

What You’ll Learn

The curriculum is studio-based and integrates the theories you learn in classes with hands-on practice to foster your creativity and skill. Students and faculty exist and thrive within a collaborative workspace and studio culture specific to our shared creative work. After graduating, you will be able to design beautiful, functional spaces that respond to people’s needs and wants.

Careers in Interior Design

Top job titles for Interior Design graduates include:

• Interior Designer
• Graphic Designer
• Industrial Designer
• Fashion Designer
• Illustrator
• Art Director

Interior Design and its related career pathways are currently in average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-19 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, IL and Washington D.C. More than 144,000 Interior Design-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Please note that there are additional admission requirements that need to be met in order to be admitted into this major. View all of UTSA’s specific admission requirements here.

Industries for Interior Design Graduates

Interior Design is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of Interior Design-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Specialized Design Services
• Architectural Related Services
• Furniture Vendors
• Nonresidential Building Construction
• Household Manufacturing
• Higher Education

Salaries for Interior Design Graduates

The salary range for open interior design-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $40,748
median $55,196
top 10% $73,290

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Interior Design Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as an Interior Design graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Interior Design may be a good fit for you if:

• You like being creative and artistic
• You enjoy working with others
• You are well organized
• You are detail oriented
• You are a good planner

Scholarships Offered:

  • The Intertech Flooring Endowed Scholarship in Interior Design
    • Declared major in Interior Design
  • The UTSA Jack Greene Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Interior Design
    • Declared major in Interior Design
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average
  • UTSA Frederick L. Gratton Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Interior Design
    • Declared major in Interior Design
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average
    • Application must be accompanied by a portfolio submission and a statement of how the funds will be used
  • Bill and Diane Hays Endowed Scholarship in Architecture and Interior Design
    • Applicants must be enrolled on a full-time basis (minimum of 12 credit hours) as an undergraduate actively pursuing a degree with a major in Architecture or Interior Design at The University of Texas at San Antonio, or its successor.
    • Minimum 3.0 grade point average.
    • Applicants must furnish the selection committee with a letter of recommendation, a completed application, and a portfolio.

Student Life

UTSA’s Interior Design degree is a four-year professional degree accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Our program prepares students to design spaces that enhance human experiences within the environment. The curriculum is studio-based and integrates the theories you learn in classes with hands-on practice to foster your creativity and skill. Students and faculty exist and thrive within a collaborative workspace and studio culture specific to our shared creative work.


Student Spotlight

Kaley McCorquodale ’18

Interior Design Major

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