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

  1. Visit Undergraduate Admissions, where you will create a Vol in Progress (VIP) account and apply for admissions and scholarships.
  2. 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.
  3. Indicate “Interior Architecture” on the application.
  4. Consider submitting a portfolio, which is optional. If you’d like to submit a portfolio, please follow these instructions:  After you’ve submitted your application, login to your application portal, and under the “Upload Materials” section, select “Architecture Portfolio” from the drop-down list.  (“Architecture Portfolio” is for School of Architecture applicants and School of Interior Architecture applicants.)  Then upload the portfolio files from your computer. If you’re having trouble, please email
  5. 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


Special notes

  • 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.


Ready to Apply?

Find information about applying to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and submit your application.

Transferring or Changing your Major?

We encourage you to participate in one of our Open Houses or Transfer Information Sessions held each semester. For the FALL 2018 and SPRING 2019 semesters, these sessions will be held on the following dates from 12:30 – 1:30 PM in AA217 (2nd floor College of Architecture and Design administrative suite):

October 18 (rsvp to by 10/16)
November 15 (rsvp to by 11/13)
December 6 (rsvp to by 12/4)
January 24 (rsvp to by 1/22)
February 14 (rsvp to by 2/12)

Many, if not all of your questions about changing your major will be answered during theses sessions.

If you are a UT freshman or sophomore and would like to apply to transfer into the Bachelor of Interior Architecture program, begin by completing the Internal Transfer Application.

The Interior Architecture degree requires eight consecutive semesters (four years) of design studio.  To ensure efficient use of your time in college, we offer an accelerated Summer Transfer Program which offers the first two studio courses and first two visual representation classes during a 10-week summer session. Upon successful completion of the STP, 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 Summer Transfer Program or traditional Fall semester foundation program.

Priority placement into the summer 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 Summer Transfer 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.

Diversity Programs

Each year, UT hosts programs for students of all backgrounds and interests, including several that address the needs of communities across Tennessee.

Fall programs for high school seniors, hosted by the UT Admissions Office, include a campus visit for Tennessee Promise high school seniors and Follow ME2UT campus visits (offered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in October and November).

Many important programs are offered on campus by the offices of Minority Student Affairs and the Center for International Education.