Interior Design

Interior Design (INTD) Program

Interior Design (INTD) Program

Interior Design Program

Accredited for over 40 years by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the first accredited program in the state of Alabama, the Interior Design Program at The University of Alabama (UA) is one of the largest interior design programs in the southeast.  Also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the UA Interior Design Program prepares students for professional careers in residential and commercial interior design.  The coursework is designed to prepare students to apply to become registered interior designers.  Career opportunities include employment with interior design studios, interior design divisions of architectural firms, retail establishments, and a variety of other types of positions.  

Program Mission

The mission of the Interior Design Program at The University of Alabama is to provide the design skills necessary to prepare students for entry-level interior design practice and advanced study, including informed creative concepts developed through research that is synthesized and applied to design solutions. The program’s purpose is to help students understand the systematic relationship between well-being, the built environment, and sustainability while positively impacting human behavior and performance.

Program Goals

The goals of the Interior Design Program at The University of Alabama are to equip students with the knowledge and skills to:

  • Creatively solve design challenges presented in a variety of interior spaces, considering human needs based on age, gender, health, socioeconomics, and culture.
  • Recognize the value of human diversity and develop appreciation and sensitivity for designs based on different traditions.
  • Effectively solve design problems through team interactions and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Make responsible design choices for human well-being and the natural environment.

The University of Alabama’s Interior Design Program follows a logical sequence in the curriculum, which begins with knowledge and skill foundations that build from simple to more complex requirements with emphasis on the design process, critical thinking, user needs, and environmental awareness. The Interior Design Program has been accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), formerly the Foundation for Interior Design Education and Research (FIDER), since 1980 and most recently received a six-year re-accreditation in 2024.

Windows PC Computer Requirements

Interior Design students wanting to purchase a laptop capable of running the software that is taught beginning in the Sophomore year will need to purchase a Windows PC.

Transfers

All students interested in transferring from another institution into the Interior Design program at The University of Alabama should contact the Department of Clothing, Textiles, and Interior Design at least one year prior to enrollment, if possible, to verify transfer credits and plan for a required portfolio review. Transcripts, student work, project assignments and course syllabi are required at the time of the portfolio review.

CTD 121 Intro to Interior Design is a prerequisite for CTD 225 Residential/Graphic Design, the first official studio class, which is offered fall semesters only. Transfer students who do not have credit for CTD 121 Intro to Interior Design (or the equivalent) are urged to complete CTD 121 during the summer term in order to take CTD 225 Residential/Graphic Design the first fall semester of enrollment.  Courses must be taken in sequence and cannot be skipped or doubled. C- or higher is required to move to the next studio. If CTD 121 is taken in summer, it will take a minimum of 3 years to complete the major due to course sequencing.  Transfer students with core curriculum fulfilled should consider adding a minor, going part time, or gaining valuable work experience while they complete the course of study.

Course Sequencing

CTD 225 Residential/Graphic Design, CTD 226 Commercial Design, CTD 325 Design for Special Populations, CTD 326 Design for Hospitality Int, CTD 425 Advanced Historic Design and CTD 426 Advanced Design. Each student will be assigned an academic advisor who will help develop a plan of study.

Major in Interior Design (INTD)