School of Architecture and Interior Design

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Interior Design

Interior design practice creates useful, meaningful and inspiring spaces within buildings. It provides for the physical and cultural needs and aspirations of people at work and leisure. The bachelor of science in interior design program prepares graduates for a critical engagement with practice through an academic and professional grounding in problem-solving, formal design skills and pertinent historical and technical knowledge. The program forms strong links with our architecture program at DAAP, starting with a common curriculum in the first three semesters.

Interior designers execute projects for the whole spectrum of human activities. Examples include business and commercial establishments (offices and shops), places for recreation and hospitality (hotels, restaurants, resorts), health and cultural institutions (hospitals, schools, theaters, museums, places of worship), and residential interiors.

Degree: B.S. Interior Design

Duration: 5.0 Years

Location: West Campus

Contact Information:

College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
School of Architecture and Interior Design
DAAP Student Affairs
College of DAAP
P.O. Box 210016
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0016

Admission Requirements

The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati seeks to attract, enroll and graduate academically talented students of varied and diverse backgrounds. Success in our programs is largely dependent upon sound academic preparation. However, in multidisciplinary programs like those in DAAP, students’ insight and perspective are greatly enhanced by exposure to students from different backgrounds, geographies and co-curricular interests. DAAP has designed an admissions review process and a timetable to support these goals.

Admission criteria for interior design vary based on the relative strength of test scores, class rank and GPA. Portfolios are not a component of the admission application.

Freshman applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements  page for more information.

Freshmen applying to this program should also have completed the following college-preparatory subjects:

  • 4 units of English
  • 4 units of college prep math, including one unit of pre-calculus, calculus, or advanced math
  • 1 unit of physics
  • 2 additional units of science
  • 5 units of electives*

*Elective units must include one or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education or additional core courses not otherwise required.

If a student lacks the math and physics requirements from high school, then the student should complete an appropriate college level course.  High School Requirement: 4 units of college prep, including 1 unit of pre-calculus, calculus, or advanced math (trigonometry), and 1 unit of physics; OR College Requirement: MATH1022, 1024, 1026, 1044, 1060, or 1061; PHYS1011, 1017, 1018, 1037, 1051, or 2001 OR equivalent course.

Application Deadlines

For prospective and international high school students, admission to the interior design program is on a rolling (first-come, first-served) basis; once all the available seats are filled, the program is closed. It is recommended that students apply by December 1 at 5:00 pm EST for maximum scholarship consideration.

Students seeking transfer from another college or program at UC or another regionally accredited university or college should submit a complete application for admission by the priority deadline of March 1 for the following academic year. 



The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The interior design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

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