Interior Design Interior Design
Interior Design, Bachelor of Science


Preparing graduates for a career in the interior design profession through a global and multifaceted approach, educating students in creativity, design process, technical skills, and theory within a liberal arts university.

The Real World

Interior Design students are required to complete their internship during the summer between their junior and senior years. The students are assisted in their internship placement and are monitored throughout the experience. Examples of Internship sites for Interior Design students: Corgan, Gensler, Wilson & Associate, Betty Lou Phillips, Joseph Mitton, Christopher Coleman – New York City, Knoll, and IA.

After Graduation

The TCU Interior Design program is accredited by The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). The CIDA accredited program prepares students for the opportunity to complete the necessary steps to obtain state licensing or registration. This major is for the student planning a career as a licensed or registered designer with interior design and/or architectural firms. As a CIDA accredited program, the state mandated apprenticeship for Interior Designers is reduced from 2 years to 1 year.

Graduate degrees are not required for most professional positions within the Interior Design Industry. However, those who aspire to work as a College Professor will need a graduate degree.

Job placement for graduates with an Interior Design major is excellent because of the required internship program. Many of our majors will stay with the organization for which they interned. Others will use the internship experience as a networking tool to obtain a position with a related company. Graduates work in both residential and commercial design firms. Additionally, many of our graduates work with lighting design firms or in wholesale.

The TCU Distinction

Interior Design Majors develop fundamental skills in the principles and elements of design, drafting, concept development and visual presentation skills. The curriculum provides study in computer aided design, lighting, building construction, business and professional practice, color, materials and finishes.

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) has continuously accredited the curriculum since 1978.

A semester abroad Italy travel program is available as an additional component of the curriculum.

Students who demonstrate high scholarship are eligible for membership in the Beta Zeta Chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron, a national honor society. The department sponsors the Texas Christian University Interior Design Association (TIDA), a pre-professional organization. Opportunities are available for students to affiliate with student sections of professional organizations including the American Society of Interior Designers, International Interior Design Association, International Association of Lighting Designers and Illuminating Engineering Society.

Transfer Policy

Transfer students wishing to apply for the interior design program must submit a comprehensive portfolio to the attention of the Interior Design Program Coordinator after they have been accepted to the university. Detailed portfolio requirements, deadlines and procedure are available from the IDFM Main Office. All portfolio decisions are final. It is the transfer student’s responsibility to be aware of and comply with departmental procedure.

Interior Design Student Acheivement

For the 2015-2016 school year Bachelor of Science in Interior Design:

Graduation Rates 12 out of 13 students from the class of 2016 graduated in *4 years from the Interior Design program.

Retention/Attrition 100% of all **Interior Design majors enrolled during the spring 2015 semester returned in the fall 2015.

*The Interior Design program at TCU requires 4 years to complete. Some students choose to apply to the program after their first year at TCU. This requires them to attend TCU longer than 4 years.

**Interior Design majors who have been accepted into the Interior Design program through the 1st year portfolio review that occurs in the spring semester of the 1st year in the program.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs No students from the May 2016 graduating class applied to graduate school.

Job Placement Rates 11 out of 13 Interior Design majors who graduated in May 2016 were employed in the industry by June 2016.

Post-Graduation Employment
Interior Design graduates work for a variety of firms and companies post-graduation. Below is a sample listing of companies who have hired TCU Interior Design graduates:

  • AVID Associates
  • Bennett Benner Partners
  • CallisonRTKL
  • Corgan
  • David Easton
  • Forrest Perkins
  • idGroup
  • Linda Fritschy Interior Design
  • Gensler
  • Good Fulton & Farrell
  • HKS, Inc.
  • Joseph Minton
  • Looney Associates
  • Rachel Mast Design
  • PAGE
  • Paradigm Design Group
  • Seifert Murphy
  • Seitz Design
  • SJL
  • Wilson Associates
  • Ziegler Cooper Architects

Portfolio Acceptance | Entering Interior Design Major Fall 2nd Year

All students declaring the interior design major should refer to the posted Laptop Policy. This policy will be updated annually in late spring with detailed system specifications, software requirements, and program policies. It is recommended that students purchase the required software packages after acceptance into the Interior Design Program after passage of the first year portfolio review. Enrolled students are required to have a PC laptop computer and legally licensed CAD, 3D modeling, presentation, and productivity software for use in their interior design courses.

The TCU Interior Design Program does not endorse any particular computer manufacturer, brand or vendor.  The specifications for interior design emphasize performance over any particular brand however it must be a PC computer.  Interior design courses will teach the software programs from the Microsoft Windows platform.  Students will be responsible for resolving their own laptop technical issues.


2016-2017 Major Requirements for Interior Design Majors (.pdf)