B.F.A. Interior Design

Do you want to create safe, artful and life-enhancing interiors?
Degree Type Bachelor of Fine Arts
CAREERS & SALARIES Annual Employment Report
Delivery On Campus

UW-Stout's Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design blends fine art, design and technical disciplines and leads to careers that create meaningful, life-enhancing and safe interior environments, including:

  • Residential and commercial space planning
  • Lighting design
  • Sustainable design
  • Construction documentation
  • Collaboration with architects and construction professionals
You’ll study art and architecture while practicing lighting design, sustainable design, managing budgets and materials specifications. / UW-Stout

At UW-Stout, we offer a strong and comprehensive curriculum taught by expert, experienced faculty. Students in this program are interested in art and architecture as well as in interior design. Course work includes preparation for:

  • Professional best practices
  • Materials specifications
  • Budgets and contracts
  • Lighting systems
  • Historical and theoretical  considerations
  • Human factors
  • Presentation and communication skills

Program Overview

View program plans, credit requirements and course descriptions.


Note: This program is designed to meet the requirements for licensure in the State of Wisconsin. If you reside outside of Wisconsin, please note that UW-Stout cannot confirm whether this program (or course) meets requirements for professional licensure in your state. Students from other states will need to contact their state regarding licensure requirements. See the following website for additional information. 

The B.F.A. in Interior Design will provide you with a learning environment that fosters creativity and collaboration between art, design and technical disciplines. You will develop the sensibilities, techniques, and methods necessary for an interior design career. Through theory, practice and history you will gain creative and critical thinking skills to successfully problem-solve in the interior design field.


The Interior Design program will prepare you for a career in interior design that encompasses residential and commercial space planning, lighting design, research, construction documentation and sustainable design.

100% of Interior Design graduates are Employed or Continuing their Education

It is the integration of knowledge accumulated through studies in general education, technology, art and design that prepare interior design students to create meaningful, safe and life-enhancing interior environments that contribute to the cultural, social and environmental well-being of society. Interior designers are responsible for budgets, materials specifications, contract documents and lighting systems within interior design projects, and they often work collaboratively with architects and construction professionals.

Student Gallery

Our students gain experience working on real world projects with a unique combination of concept and technical skills.

Use the Request Information form to receive a program summary and learn more about the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design.

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Mission & Philosophy

The mission of the B.F.A. in Interior Design is “to provide a learning environment that fosters creativity and collaboration between art, design and technical disciplines.  It is the integration of knowledge accumulated through studies in general education, technology, art and design that prepares the interior design student to create meaningful, life-enhancing interior environments that contribute to the cultural, social and environmental well-being of society.”

The philosophy of the B.F.A. in Interior Design is “to educate professional interior designers through theory, practice and history; to develop articulate practitioners and advocates; to maintain curriculum, programs and technologies relevant to current directions in society as well as interior design education and research; and to enrich the learning environment and community through sensitivity to social, environmental and cultural issues."  

Program Accreditation

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The Interior Design program provides a specialized education and is accredited by the National Association for Schools of Art and Design.

Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

The interior design program leading to the B.F.A. in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.

The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The B.F.A. Interior Design granted by the University of Wisconsin-Stout meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.

CIDA Program Eligibility Compliance Information

B.F.A. Admissions Requirements

New Freshmen

Beginning in Spring 2020, students will be admitted as a Pre-Bachelor of Fine Arts (Pre-BFA) student. As a Pre-BFA participant, you will join an exciting community of first-year art and design students with classes and events geared towards preparing you for a successful application to the intended BFA program. 

As a student accepted into one of the six BFA programs, please be aware of the following:

  • You will be required to submit a portfolio in the spring semester of your freshmen year to apply for acceptance into the intended BFA program. Portfolios will be evaluated by School of Art and Design faculty. Through your first-year experience, you will be given the tools and skills required to prepare and submit the portfolio, and the necessary support to navigate the application process.

Transfer Students

  • All transfer students will be admitted as a Pre-Bachelor of Fine Arts (Pre-BFA) student.  Submit a portfolio and essay to be reviewed by a committee of School of Art & Design faculty, who will determine direct admissions into the BFA major of your choice. The priority deadline is no later than Midnight on October 1st for spring admission and March 1st for fall admission. You will receive direction on how to submit your portfolio in your acceptance letter to UW-Stout.  
  • Submissions may be made after the priority date; however, there is no guarantee when it will be reviewed for a decision nor what art-specific coursework you may be able to get into after the review is completed and whether or not registration for the next semester has begun.

Transfer students are considered both fall and spring. This includes portfolio and essay submission priority dates. Students applying for one of the BFA programs will remain admitted as a "Pre-BFA" student if you: 

  • do not submit a portfolio/essay
  • apply after the BFA program has closed
  • are not approved for the BFA program after submission of a portfolio/essay. 

You may then apply for a change of major in subsequent semesters, depending upon available openings in the program. If needed, BFA Foundations courses will be available to "Pre-BFA" students pending seat availability. 



Upon completion of the BFA in Interior Design, graduates will be able to:

  1. Understand the collaborative, multidisciplinary nature of design through exposure to faculty and students from multiple design disciplines.
  2. Define, understand, and identify the elements and principles of art and design and apply them to a variety of design solutions.
  3. Understand, analyze, and integrate the history of art, design, and architecture within a cultural and aesthetic context.
  4. Communicate successfully using various means including speaking, writing, and graphic communication including the discipline-specific communication of technical information.
  5. Apply design solutions in relation to various social, behavioral, and cultural factors.
  6. Apply concepts and issues related to safe, socially responsible design and sustainable design practice, to include an understanding of regulations, codes, and guidelines for safety, sustainability, and accessibility.
  7. Understand and utilize various building systems, construction methods, equipment, and materials.
  8. Apply methods and theory (best practices) through all research and development phases of the design process.
  9. Understand, identify, and specify a variety of furnishings, fixtures, finishes, materials, processes, and techniques related to the built environment.
  10. Understand and apply standards of practice for the interior design profession including ethics, professional development, and various business models.
Interior Design Careers


  • Residential Interior Designer
  • Office/Corporate Interior Designer
  • Space Planner
  • Retail Designer Interior Designer 
  • Sustainability Specialist
  • Hospitality Interior Design
  • Health Care Interior Design


  • BWBR Architects
  • Target Corporation
  • Nordeen Design Group
  • Cedar Corporation
  • Fenson Construction, LLC
  • MS&R Architecture & Interior Design
  • 20 Below Studio
  • HDR
  • Walsh Design Group 
INT Advisory Committee

2018 INT Advisory Committee

Sarah Amundsen Senior Director Target Store Planning and Design
Emily Degalier Interior Designer Cuningham Group
Mollie Devcich Designer MFD LLC
Heidi Gilbertson-Gansberg Senior Advisor Advisement Office UW-Stout
Michelle Hammer Senior Interior Design Associate HGA Architects and Engineers
Ann Marie Jackson Director of Interior Design Sherlock, Smith, & Adams
Lisa Kirkbride Senior Account Manager Milliken & Company
Hanna Kuehl Project Designer BWBR Architects
Sara Kunnick Interiors Section Leader Hennepin County Facility Services
Traci Lesneski Principal MSR Design
Eric Lovestrand Sales Representative MS International
Rochelle Maresh Designer Target Store Planning and Design
Veronica McKracken Associate MSR Design
Maureen Mitton Program Director  

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