The School of Interior Architecture offers a four-year CIDA-accredited curriculum that leads to a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. The following are distinguishing characteristics and experiences offered by the college and school that uniquely prepare you for professional practice in design.
Collaborative setting with related disciplines.
Design and learn with related disciplines at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. As reported in the 2015 American Society of Interior Designers state of the industry report “…the best design solutions come from pulling together an interdisciplinary team from the very beginning of the process. Waiting until later just doesn’t work.” At the University of Tennessee you learn in joint enrollment courses and open collaborative studio environments with architecture and landscape architecture students.
Students participate in the college’s career fair.
More than 50 design firms from around the nation come to Knoxville annually to interview design students for entry-level positions and internships.
National teaching awards and scholarships.
In 2014-15 academic year DesignIntelligence, a report published by the Design Futures Council, recognized Professor of Interior Design Ryann Aoukar as one of 30 Most Admired Educators of 2015, and for three years running, students in Interior Architecture have won the prestigious nationally competitive Gensler Brinkmann scholarship.
Advanced technology and work at new student workstations.
In the summer of 2014 the Art and Architecture building received over $1.2 million in furnishings, upgrades that means every student in every year of study has his or her own new personal workstation with 27” high-resolution computer monitor. An additional $600,000 has been invested in advanced digital fabrication tools and 3D printers. In the fall of 2014, the college opened a new 20,000-square-foot Fab Lab where students explore the latest in digital fabrication and furniture construction.
Interior Architecture + Architecture.
The Interior Architecture program offers a unique track of study where students can complete a degree in Interior Architecture and qualify to apply for a 2.5-year Master of Architecture degree. In six calendar years of studies, students can earn two professional design degrees.
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Students interested in learning more about our program, the campus, and life in Knoxville are encouraged to visit us at this time. The day’s events will include conversations with faculty and students, tours of facilities, as well as visits to some of the amazing natural, cultural, and recreational features of Knoxville and its surroundings.
Learn about our program by scheduling a visit with a building tour, program overview and time in a design studio course. Coordinate your visit by calling 865-974-5265 or emailing email@example.com.
See some of the work and experiences of our community.
Interior Design Student Uses Portfolio to Earn Scholarship and Internship in D.C.
Isabella Davis, a third-year Interior Design student, was recently named a winner of the first-annual Little Portfolio Challenge. Established by international design firm Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, the Little Portfolio Challenge recognizes gifted design students across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast….Read More »
Students Recognized in University EUReCA Research Competition
In April, more than 20 students in the College of Architecture and Design displayed original designs and research at the University of Tennessee’s Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EUReCA), and of these participants, six came away as…Read More »
College Hosts Craig Dykers in Public Lecture at Bijou April 29
Craig Dykers, a founding partner of Snøhetta, a Wall Street Journal 2016 Innovator and designer of the New York Times Square Reconstruction, will present a lecture on April 29 at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay Street. Hosted by the…Read More »
Two Students Win National Scholarships, Internships
Mary Morgan Smith, a third-year student in the School of Interior Design, and Mustapha Williams, a fourth-year student in the School of Architecture, won prestigious national scholarships and internships from Gensler, a billion-dollar design firm with 46 locations across the…Read More »
Fox Featured in Palais de Tokyo Exhibit in Paris
Diane Fox, senior lecturer and director of exhibits, was recently invited to participate in the “Dioramas” exhibit at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, June 14-Sept. 10. The exhibit will present contemporary artists whose work explores the diorama and offers a…Read More »