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Interior Architecture and Design

The internationally recognized interior architecture and design bachelor’s program provides a high-quality, individualized professional education that is responsive to current and projected modes of professional practice. The professional development of the students is further enhanced by the program's unique relationship to the extraordinary industrial and artistic development of the city of Las Vegas, which provides opportunities to engage in innovative and creative design projects. Our graduates are well prepared to pursue advanced studies or to make a seamless transition into the profession and advance to positions of increased responsibility and achievement of professional licensure.

Many of the increasingly complex needs of a population diverse in age, abilities, and cultural backgrounds can be creatively addressed through innovative design. Graduates of the program successfully engage in the practice of providing professional interior architectural and design services in various contexts of residential, commercial, health care, and institutional design.


The Council for Interior Design Accreditation formally granted full accreditation status to the program under its 2014 professional standards. The Accreditation Commission’s decision was based on the interior design program’s demonstrated achievement of 16 accreditation standards, which are evaluated within the context and overarching purpose and intent of the program. CIDA accreditation standards broadly address the evolving components of the educational preparation for interior design practice, including:

  • Critical thinking, professional values, and processes that provide the framework of interior design practice.
  • Core design and technical knowledge that provide the historical, theoretical, and technical contents of interior design practice.

The accreditation report, citing numerous program strengths, stated: “The interior architecture and design program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is successful in delivering a professional-level education that prepares students for entry into the design profession. The energy and commitment of faculty and the support of the administration is strong.”

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture and 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 Bachelor of Science inn Interior Architecture granted by the University of Nevada Las Vegas 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.


A design-studio culture of competitive excellence enables the program to attract highly motivated students who are determined to successfully pursue productive careers and who demonstrate an intellectual curiosity about human needs that can be creatively addressed through design. National and international recognition of the program and student winners of regional, national, and international competitions and scholarships underscores exemplary student achievement.

2020 Student Achievement Data

  • Job placement: 70 percent of students who graduated in May 2020 were employed by the profession as of May 1, 2021.
  • Acceptance into graduate programs: The UNLV Interior Architecture graduating class of 2020 had two students who went on to pursue a graduate degree.
  • Graduation rates: 33 percent of the graduating class of 2020 completed their degree in four years.
  • Retention/Attrition: 82.5 percent of students who enrolled in the Interior Architecture and Design program in 2019 returned in the fall 2020 semester, with an attrition rate of 17.5 percent.