About Interior Design
UTSA’s accredited Interior Design program builds interior design “expertise” on a rigorous architectural curriculum. Our vision is to educate and encourage students to commit to innovation, creativity, technology, professionalism, culture (global) and community. This reflects our philosophy of preparing young designers as interdisciplinary thinkers, active and engaged workers, and “facilitators of change” for a globalized and challenging future. Our program goals thus define specific educational targets in order to achieve a balance between the rigors of research, professional practice and design innovation within a curriculum that weaves theoretical, technical, technological and professional concerns with those of human life, space and environment.
Our core values or goals are to:
- Foster leadership in innovative, professional and informed design practice through a mastery of knowledge, applied research and creative, technical and professional skills
- Foster opportunities for cross-cultural experiences around the globe
- Foster cross-boundary thinking to encourage informed, competent and confident students
- Foster collaboration and outreach among peers, allied academic disciplines, design professionals and community
A professional career in interior design encompasses a broad range of career activities and opportunities including performing design and planning services, product and furniture design, facilities management, construction and construction management, computer visualization and graphic design, lighting and set design. Interior designers can also specialize in a variety of project types such as hospitality, healthcare, educational, commercial and residential design. Our graduates have found success in all facets of interior design and architectural practice.
Conceived as a complement to its architecture counterpart, our interior design program is rooted in an architectural education where students explore issues relating to the interior environment within the architectural context. Established in 1984, our interior design program is a relatively young discipline which gains strength from its strong association with architecture through collaborative courses and complementary curricula. These define our program philosophy. Our four-year Bachelor of Science degree is an accredited professional program within the College of Architecture that prepares students for leadership in interior design practice. Located at UTSA’s Downtown Campus, interior design students have access to a historical, culturally diverse, and vibrant urban setting as a context for their educational experience and enjoy proximity to an exemplary list of local practitioners in design, architecture, and art who routinely engage with our students and faculty.
One of our greatest assets is a distinguished faculty who are leaders in their respective fields of design, architecture, and research. Students benefit not only from the faculty’s commitment to provide an outstanding education but also from their ability to teach in both disciplines of interior design and architecture. This reinforces our philosophy to teach interior design as an extension of architecture. Our award-winning faculty brings diverse perspectives and experience into the classroom, providing rigorous courses shaped by distinguished academic and professional careers, recognized research, and proven leadership.