Jun 12, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 

Interior Architecture and Design Major (BS)

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Interior Architecture and Design Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

The undergraduate program in Interior Architecture and Design culminates in a professional Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture and Design degree. The program is designed to provide a broad and rigorous educational experience that merges lecture and studio-base courses to promote evidence-based designs. Students’ creative and innovative design activities are guided by an understanding of the complexity of factors relating to human interaction with the designed and natural environments and an awareness that design decisions have consequences that affect human occupation, global habitability, cultural evolution, environmental change, and the sustainability of human social systems.

As a program with an interdisciplinary focus, students learn to effectively address challenges of the 21 st century. This includes collaboration with various professionals on complex design and planning issues related to the interconnections of science, art, and technology as applied to the built environment. The program’s curriculum reflects this interdisciplinary paradigm the inclusion of human sciences with computer-based and material technologies.

The Interior Architecture and Design Program has a strong foundation aimed to meet the diverse needs of a first professional degree in Interior Architecture and Design. The curriculum is desirable for those wishing to pursue NCIDQ certification, licensure in the state of Nevada, and to practice as a professional in the field. This program further serves as a foundation for those wishing to pursue higher education to specialize in one of the many areas where interior architects and designers’ practice.


Please see the UNLV College of Fine Arts - Department of Interior Architecture & Design web page at www.unlv.edu/architecture/bs-iad for information about department programs, faculty and facilities. Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at https://www.unlv.edu/degree/bs-interior-architecture-design.

Please see advising information at the UNLV College of Fine Arts Advising Center at www.unlv.edu/finearts/advising.


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities www.nwccu.org

Program - Council for Interior Design Accreditation accredit-id.org/

Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate an appreciation for global perspectives on design and the design process.
  2. Apply information from the human sciences to design outcomes to enhance human performance and quality of life.
  3. Depict each step of a design process when addressing an issue or problem of concern. 
  4. Demonstrate an ability to engage in person-to-person and remote collaboration when working on a singular design project. 
  5. Articulate verbally, in written form, and with symbolic measures design ideas through justification with rationale.
  6. Present oneself and design ideas in a professionally developed and articulated proposal.
  7. Detail common business standards of practice as they apply to business development, financial management, strategic planning, and ethics.
  8. Recall germane historical factors that influenced various movements within interior and furniture design.
  9. Evaluate theoretical ideas related to spatial definition as applied to two- and three-dimensional design.
  10. Apply principles and theories of color as they relate to objects, textures, surface materials, and lighting.
  11. Demonstrate an understand of environmental systems and controls that pertain to lighting, acoustics, thermal comfort, and indoor air quality for health, safety, welfare, and human performance.
  12. Demonstrate an understanding of design solutions affect by the difference systems used to support the interior performance of a building. 
  13. Demonstrate compliance with regulations set forth as industry standards and governing laws.

University Graduation Requirements

Interior Architecture and Design Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 39-43 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: 3

Mathematics - Credits: 3

MATH 127 - Precalculus II  (See Note 1)

Distribution Requirements - Credits: 19

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirements
  • Social Science: 9 credits 
    • One course each from three different fields
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking: 10 credits
    • Analytical Thinking - Subtotal Credits: 3
    • Life and Physical Science with Lab - Subtotal Credits: 4
      • PHYS 151A    
      • PHYS 151L   
      • Additional Life and Physical Science with or without lab - Subtotal Credits: 3-4

Multicultural and International - Credits: 0-6

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to: http://facultysenate.unlv.edu/students

General Electives - Credits: 0-6

Total Credits: 120


1. MATH 127 or higher, higher means MATH 128 or MATH 181.

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