BFA in Interior Design

Interior Design

Student work in the Interior Design program at the University of Louisville Hite Art Institute.

The Interior Design studio art track is a professional preparatory program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Program coursework is based upon the dual strategies of conceptual development and technical proficiency and is intended to prepare students to assume leadership positions in the field. In addition, the program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada (click here for more about accreditation).

Creative thinking in Interior Design has a close relationship to all forms of artistic activity. Good designers use an understanding of society and culture to form critical judgments about people's lives.

Conceptually, our Interior Design program is based upon the principles of Interior Design as defined by John Kurtich and Garret Eakin in their book Interior Architecture. These include an emphasis upon the enclosing structure, both as a reference, and as a guide for the selection of furnishings, the importance of both three and four dimensional design thinking, the importance of light, and the use of color and materials to impart a human character.

University of Louisville studio and seminar settings are used to integrate these and other diverse liberal arts ideas with the practical and technical requirements of Interior Design.

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Admission

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree is primarily intended for professionally oriented students. Admission to this program is highly selective and enrollments are limited. Currently accepted majors for the BA in studio art who have completed the Foundations Program (ART 105, 106, 107, and one 200-level course from 205, 206, or 207), plus have completed or are currently enrolled in ART 361 Introduction to Interior Design, have a GPA in art and art history classes of 3.00, and a minimum overall GPA of 2.25 are eligible to apply for the program. BFA Applications for Interior Design are reviewed once yearly in November. If accepted to the program, students will take 25 hours of courses at the 500-level in interior design plus 6 hours in 300-level or above studio art or art history electives.

BFA Candidacy

Once admitted to the BFA program, students are expected to work closely with their mentor towards completion of the degree. All candidates must maintain an overall GPA of 2.25 or above and a departmental GPA of 3.00 or above to remain in the BFA program once accepted. Interior Design candidates must meet with their mentor each semester to ensure they are performing adequately and following the proper class sequence.

Completing the BFA in Interior Design

In addition to completing the curricular requirements, BFA candidates must also pass their program's capstone requirement, part of the departments Learning Outcome Measurement. The Interior Design capstone consists of the students successful completion of the Professional Development course and presentation of a portfolio of work to professionals in the field during the Portfolio Day event.

 

BFA in Interior Design – Student Achievements

Job placement rate:
80% of the students that graduated in May 2012 were employed
100% of the students that graduated in May 2013 were employed
75% of the students that graduated in May 2014 were employed.
100% of the students that graduated in May 2015 were employed
100% of the students that graduated in May 2016 were employed
100% of the students that graduated in May 2017 were employed

Acceptance into Graduate Programs:

100% of our students that applied graduate school were accepted in 2012, May
N/A: none applied from class of 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016
100% of our students that applied graduate school were accepted in 2017, May

Graduation Rate:
100% of the students from the class of 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017

Retention:

93% of the students enrolled during the 2013 Spring semester are returning for the Fall 2013 semester to continue their degree program in interior design

75% of the students enrolled during the 2014 Spring semester are returning for the Fall 2014 semester to continue their degree program in interior design

93% of the students enrolled during the 2015 Spring semester are returning for the Fall 2015 semester to continue their degree program in interior design

100% of the students enrolled during the 2016 spring semester are returning for the Fall 2016 semester to continue their degree program in interior design

100% of the students enrolled during the 2016 fall semester are returning for the Spring 2017 semester to continue their degree program in interior design

For further information regarding the BFA in Interior Design, please contact:

Professor Moon-he Baik
Email Moon-he Baik
Phone: 502.852.0945

Professor Kate Byun
Email Kyoungmee 'Kate' Byun
Phone: 502.852.0979

Interior Design Professional Organizations