The Interior Architecture and Design Program, which leads to the Bachelor of Interior Architecture and Design degree, is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.
The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Bachelor of Interior Architecture and Design granted by the University of Idaho meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility, visit https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.
Bachelor of Interior Architecture and Design Student Achievement Data
The Interior Architecture and Design Program, located in the College of Art and Architecture, is proud of the success of our graduates. Some graduates continue their education by pursuing a graduate degree, often the seamless B.I.A.D./M.Arch option we offer in collaboration with the Architecture Program. Additionally, graduates have the options of the Master of Integrated Architecture and Design offered by our college. and other graduate degrees at the University of Idaho such as the Master of Environmental Design-Social Science Option and the Master of Education. Graduates have also pursued graduate degrees at other accredited universities across the nation and the globe (NY-NY New School, NY-Pratt, Utah: University of Utah, Colorado, California, Washington, and Arizona to name a few).
Our program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Employers of our Graduates
Walt Disney Co., Orlando, FL
WDEC, Beijing, China
LSW Architects, Vancouver, WA
Virgin Hotels, NY and FL
Studio PHC, Malibu, CA
Callison, Seattle, WA
Mithun, Seattle, WA
CollinsWoerman, Seattle, WA
NBBJ, Seattle, WA
Interior Architects, Seattle, WA
RICE FERGUS MILLER, Bremerton, WA
Business Interiors of Idaho, ID and WA
Cushing Terrell, Boise, ID
Contract Resource Group, Spokane, WA
Herman Miller, Seattle, WA
VIA Architecture, Vancouver-BC
St. Luke's Health System, Boise, ID
Henriksen Butler, Boise, ID
Lombard Conrad Architects, Boise, ID
OEC, Boise, ID
Babcock Design Group, Boise, ID
Hummel Architects, Boise, ID
CSHQA Architects, Boise, ID
Studio Interiors LLC, Boise
Latham Interiors, Ketchum, ID
Design Vim, Boise, ID
L'Heureux Page Werner Architecture, Great Falls, MT
Design West Architects, ID and WA
DK Mullin Architects, Moscow, ID
Boora Architects, Portland, OR
Stateline No. 7 Architects, Casper, WY
JPC Architects, Bellevue, WA
We Three Design-Boise, ID
Erstad Architects. Boise, ID
LVincent Studios. Boise, ID
The COVID-19 pandemic had a great impact on the job market, student health and overall wellbeing, students' decisions on whether to complete their degrees as planned or delay graduation, and employer needs for interns and new employees.
An employment survey will be sent to 2022, 2021 and 2020 graduates in Fall 2022 to acknowledge the stresses in the job market and allow time to enter the workforce. The results will be published here.
100% of the students who graduated in 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019 and actively searched for employment in the design disciplines were employed by October of their graduation year.
Students apply to national and international graduate schools, as well as our Seamless B.I.A.D./Master's in Architecture Program. Students entering the seven-year Seamless B.I.A.D./M.Arch program apply to the M.Arch prior to the beginning of the fourth year of study in the Interior Architecture and Design Program. In past years, students have also entered graduate programs at Purdue University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Pratt Institute, University of Pennsylvania, University of Utah, Universite Stendhal-Grenoble, and the University of Idaho.
100% of students from May 2022 graduating class, as well as students admitted in August 2018, who have applied to graduate school for either a seamless M.Arch degree or a related field were accepted at the University of Idaho or elsewhere.
None of the 2021 graduates applied to graduate school immediately after completing their undergraduate program.
100% of students from the May 2020 graduating class who applied to graduate school for either a seamless M.Arch degree or a related field were accepted; one of the students began their graduate program in December. All students who entered IAD third year in 2018 graduated by December 2020.
100% of students from the May 2019 graduating class who applied to graduate school were accepted.
Retention/Attrition and Graduation Rates for CIDA Cohort
Upon entering the university, often students declare Interior Architecture and Design (IAD) or Architecture as their major; however, in the first two years there is a degree of change and transition among these two professional design disciplines.
Students undergo two application and admission reviews - one at the transition from first to second year to ensure solid foundation and successful completion of prerequisites before entering the second year, and another between sophomore and junior year, which also entails a portfolio review.
Students meeting GPA and performance criteria, including quality portfolios, qualify for admission to third year and are considered the studio cohort for that year.
Students pursuing seamless graduate degree in some instances might take one semester longer to complete their undergraduate degree if they are building financial strategies for transition from undergraduate -graduate tuition and fees.
This table illustrates the sequence of admission, reviews, and graduation timelines.
|Admitted||Second Year Application||Third Year Application and Portfolio Review||Graduation Year|
|2018||Summer 2019||Summer 2020||May 2022|
|2017||Summer 2018||Summer 2019||May 2021|
|2016||Summer 2017||Summer 2018||May 2020|
|2015||Summer 2016||Summer 2017||May 2019|
2020 was a year of great uncertainty. The COVID-19 pandemic had a great impact on the job market, on student health and overall wellbeing, and on students' decisions on whether to complete their degrees as planned or delay graduation.
Seniors who graduated in 2022 successfully completed and passed the 2020 summer portfolio and application to third year review, despite the COVID-19 prompted shift in remote instruction. 100% who were admitted to third year in 2020 returned in Fall 2020, marking one of the larger senior studios in the program. 81.25% graduated with their B.I.A.D. degree, three are expected to graduate December following completion of second major (6.25%), and study abroad opportunity prior to seamless graduate program continuation (12.5%). 7.7% of those who graduated in May have begun graduate studies at the University of Utah fall 2022, and 84.7% were employed in the filed by June 2022.
Seniors who graduated in 2021 successfully completed and passed the 2019 summer portfolio and application to third year review. 100% who were admitted to third year in 2019 returned in Fall 2019 and enrolled in the third year IAD curriculum; graduating on time as expected. 100% were employed in the interior architecture and design field in the US and abroad by October 2020.
Seniors who graduated in 2020 successfully completed and passed the 2018 summer portfolio and application to third year review. 100% who were admitted to third year in 2018 returned in Fall 2018 and enrolled in the third year IAD curriculum; graduating on time as expected.
Seniors who graduated in 2019 successfully completed and passed the 2017 summer portfolio and application to third year review. 100% who were admitted to third review continued in their curriculum to graduation.
Seniors who graduated in 2018 successfully passed the 2016 summer portfolio and admission to third-year review. 100% of the students admitted to the third-year Interior Design Program during the summer 2016 review returned and enrolled in Fall 2016- two as study abroad students in Italy and the remainder at the Moscow campus, putting attrition rate at 0%. Of those admitted to third-year in 2016, 60% of the cohort graduated on time in May 2018 and 16% graduated in December 2018 to complete second major and second minor requirements, along with additional academic needs. 16% graduated in May 2019. A leave of absence for one year during spring 2017 was granted for personal reasons to one student, who completed their degree and graduated in May 2019.