At the University of Idaho (UI), undergraduates are combining art and science to create interior spaces that are both functional and beautiful through the Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design.
A World-Class Program
When students get their Bachelor of Interior Design (B.I.D.) at UI, they learn how design elements like materials, lighting, colors and furnishings can affect and improve the way people live, work and play.
UI’s Interior Design program is one of only a few B.I.D. programs in the nation to be accredited by the prestigious Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Students who graduate with this professional degree are desirable hires in the design world.
While studying at UI, students participate in intensive design studios. These studios do more than provide the skills and experience for real world jobs, they also provide students with an automatic minor in Architecture. As Architecture and Interior Design are closely linked disciplines, the Architecture minor makes UI students even more attractive to hiring companies.
Community Involvement Helps Foster Success
The Interior Design program at UI features a thriving community of students, faculty and local partners.
There are a variety of organizations and clubs that connect students, create community and help shape future leaders. Some of the on-campus clubs and organizations frequented by UI Interior Design students include:
- American Institute of Architecture Students
- American Institute of Graphic Artists
- American Society of Interior Designers
- Integrated Designers, Educators and Artists
- Virtual Design Society
- Visual Arts Community
On top of the great on-campus groups, The College of Art and Architecture has strong industry connections providing internship and networking opportunities in places like libraries, museums, private design firms, public agencies and more.
Shaping Tomorrow’s World through Design
The Interior Design program prepares students for the rigors of working in the real world by providing a comprehensive theoretical, historical and practical curriculum. Some of the courses students will take include:
- Architectural Design
- Digital Design Tools for ID
- Furniture Design & Construction
- History of Architecture
- Interior Design I-VI
- Universal Design
All Interior Design students at UI are invited to participate in the Integrated Design Lab in Boise (IDL), which is dedicated to the development of high-performance, energy-efficient buildings. The lab is a collaborative effort between students, owners and professional design and construction teams to meet the 2030 challenge to make all new buildings carbon neutral. Students have access to a tool loan library to help them realize their energy efficient designs.
Build Your Interior Design Career at UI
Graduates from the Interior Design Program have an incredible 89% job placement rate straight out of college. They’ve gone on to careers like:
- Furniture designer
- Interior and special designer
- Production designer
- Textile designer
- Visual merchandiser
If you’re interested in a career that will engage your artistic and scientific sides, then consider UI’s Bachelor of Interior Design Program. Learn more at their website here.