Interior Design Admissions:
In order to maintain a successful learning culture, admission to the bachelor of science in interior design program is selective. Each year the faculty selection committee will make offers to best program applicants to fill up to 34 seats in the first year of the Interior Design program. For admission, students are evaluated based on grades, standardized test scores, and essays. A portfolio is not an entrance requirement for the Interior Design Program at the University of Tennessee. We encourage all perspective program applicants to visit the program or have a video or phone conference session with the Interior Design Program Chair or Faculty Member. (Call for an appointment 865-974-3243.)
Important Dates and Facts: Application Deadlines for Traditional Program Entry (high school applicants):
- November 1 for full consideration and scholarship consideration.
- December 1* for full consideration.
*If you miss the deadline or wish to change your major to interior design as an incoming student from high school please call the College of Architecture and Design Student Service Office for late program enrollment availability.
Transfer Students or Changing your Major to Interior Design
Students new to the College of Architecture and Design considering a major change or transferring to the University of Tennessee to major in interior design should make an appointment with an advisor at the College of Architecture and Design Student Service Office and Program Chair or Faculty Member to discuss the transfer process and learn about the major. Your advising session and discussion sessions can be conducted on campus or over the phone.
Students with one year of college credit may apply to start in the program in the Fall or Summer Terms.
Completing a degree in four years can be accomplished if you are accepted as a transfer into the program before you start your second year of university work and complete the Accelerated Summer Foundation Program. The interior design program degree requirements require eight consecutive semesters (four years) of design studio. The Accelerated Summer Foundation Program allows transfer students and students changing their major to interior design to complete their first two studio courses and first two graphic communication courses in a 10 week summer program. This program is reserved for students who have been accepted to the program and have completed 32 hours (one year) of college level course work prior to starting the Accelerated Summer Foundation Program.
Upon successful completion of the Accelerated Summer Foundation Program students will start the second year of the Interior Design program. Please note on your program transfer application if you wish to be considered for entry into the Accelerated Summer Foundation Program or traditional Fall Semester foundation program.
Advance Program Standing for Transfer Students
All program transfer applicants are to complete the above steps to gain entry into the program. A second step below is outlined for advance program placement.
Transfer applicants who have earned academic credit in interior design or a related discipline may apply for advanced program standing (starting the program in the second or third year of studio). Applicants must schedule an advising appointment specifically to discuss advance standing in the program as part of the transfer application process. Prior to the advising meeting applicants are to compile a portfolio that contains a transcript, course syllabi, course assignment handouts, and student projects from all courses and design project assignment that have been completed to date. The portfolio is to be submitted at the advising session and will be reviewed by the program faculty for determination of appropriate program level placement.
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