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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.”

Tuition & Fees

The Board of Regents of the State of Nevada approved a proposal in December 2010 for the School of Architecture at UNLV to implement differential tuition to the Upper Division Courses of the School’s four degree granting programs effective Spring 2012. Please refer to the Board of Regents Manual, Section 7, on Differential Fees for a breakdown of the additional costs associated with these programs. Get an overview of college costs and more specific architecture costs by selecting Advanced Search on the Tuition Estimator.


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.

2017 Student Achievement Data

  • Job placement: 100 percent of students who graduated in May 2016 were employed in the profession by Jan. 1, 2017.
  • Acceptance into graduate programs: 100 percent of students from the May 2016 graduating class who applied to graduate school were accepted.
  • Graduation rates: 77 percent of the students from the class of 2016 graduated within four years.
  • Retention/attrition: 87.6 percent of the students enrolled in the fall 2015 semester returned in the fall 2016 semester, an attrition rate of 12.4 percent.