Apply to Bachelor of Interior Architecture
In our admission process, we work to maintain a successful learning culture, so admission to the Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture program (formerly Interior Design) is selective.
How to Apply
- Visit Undergraduate Admissions, where you will create a Vol in Progress (VIP) account and apply for admissions and scholarships.
- Apply to the University by December 15; however, the priority deadline for admission to the School of Interior Architecture is November 1. You must apply for admission by the November 1 deadline to be eligible to apply for competitive scholarships including the category called Chancellor’s Scholarships. Admitted students will receive an email with the link to the scholarship application, which you need to complete by December 15. We strongly encourage you to apply for admission as early as possible.
- Indicate “Interior Architecture” on the application.
- Consider submitting a portfolio, which is optional.
- We encourage all applicants to visit the school or have a video or phone conference with the Interior Architecture director or faculty member. Call for an appointment: 865-974-3243.
Admission to the college is based on the following criteria:
- GPA (high school)
- ACT/SAT score
- Review of academic records
- We do not admit students to begin in the Spring semester.
- The deadline to submit applications for admission is November 1 for consideration for admission to the School of Interior Architecture.
- Students who wish to enroll in the dual degree, Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture + Bachelor of Architecture, can do so after the semester begins by visiting our Center for Student Development.
Transferring or Changing your Major?
Freshmen at UT considering a change in major or transferring to UT to major in Interior Architecture should make an appointment with an advisor in our Center for Student Development and with the School of Interior Architecture’s director or faculty member to discuss the transfer process and learn about the major. These sessions can be conducted on campus or over the phone. Schedule a meeting with an advisor by calling 865-974-5265. To make an appointment with the director or faculty member in the School of Interior Architecture, call 865-974-3243.
Students with no more than one year of college credit may apply to start in the program in the Fall or Summer terms.
We require eight consecutive semesters (four years) of design studio, and completing a degree in four years can be accomplished if you are accepted before you start your second year of university work and complete the Accelerated Summer Foundation Program. This program allows you to complete your first two studio courses and first two graphic communication courses in a 10-week summer program.
The 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 ACFP, students will start the second year of the Interior Architecture program. Please note on your transfer application if you wish to be considered for entry into the Accelerated Summer Foundation Program or traditional Fall semester foundation program.
Advanced Placement for Transfer Students
Once you’ve completed the steps to transfer described above, you can consider applying for advanced placement.
If you’ve earned academic credit in Interior Architecture or a related discipline, you can apply for advanced placement (starting the program in the second or third year of studio).
You must schedule an advising appointment in our Center for Student Development specifically to discuss advanced placement. Prior to the advising meeting, compile a portfolio that contains a transcript, course syllabi, course assignment handouts and student projects from all courses and design project assignments that you have completed.
You will submit your portfolio at the advising session. It will be reviewed by Interior Architecture faculty to determine appropriate placement. Call 865-974-5265 to set an advising appointment to discuss advanced placement.
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