Professionals who design a building's interior are responsible for making sure that everything that influences the perception and use of a space is perfect.  They create everything inside from the overall form, acoustics and lighting to signage and graphics.  They design or specify its furnishings and finishes.  The design of all of these components determines how well the building's interior meets the needs of both the building's owner and its users.

Interior architects, in tandem with design teams, create the vision for our built environment.  They work on projects at a variety of scales, for example, small residences, restaurants, and specialty boutiques and store, or major projects such as office and multifamily housing complexes, hotels, banks, hospitals, museums, theaters, and many other types of buildings.

The Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture and Design is unique among interior architecture and interior design programs in that it draws upon the nationally-recognized strengths of the School's architecture, visual communication and industrial design programs.  This creates an opportunity for a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, professional education that focuses on the heart of a building.

This 4-year program has also been aligned with the School's accredited Master of Architecture degree.  With less than two years of additional courses, students will complete the requirements for an innovative, joint B.S. Interior Architecture and Design-Master of Architecture degree.  The Master of Architecture (M.Arch) is a professional degree that is required if an individual wants to eventually earn a license to practice architecture.

New and transfer students may be admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture and Design.  Contact:

University of Kansas
Michael Swann, Associate Dean
200 Marvin Hall
1465 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS  66045

For applications contact:

KU Office of Admissions
KU Visitor Center
1502 Iowa St.
Lawrence, KS  66045


Applications for fall semester should be submitted during the student’s senior year in high school.  The priority application deadline is November 1, and the final application deadline is February 1.  Completed applications are reviewed, and applicants are notified of their admission status.  A complete application includes sixth-semester transcript, ACT scores, and a list of courses in progress.  Applications received after February 1 are considered but are less likely to be accepted due to space limitations.
Complete the online KU application by going to and selecting the School of Architecture and Design, and selecting the appropriate degree.  This online application will serve as both your application for admission to KU and to the School of Architecture and Design.  Make sure that you complete and submit the Architecture Interest Profile which will become part of the online application once you’ve selected your degree.

Transfer students should apply by October 1 for the spring semester and by the priority deadline of November 1 for the summer and fall terms.  The final application deadline is February 1.  Space limitations apply to transfer students.  Transfer applications received after February 1 are likely to be denied for reasons not connected to the applicant’s academic qualifications.  The School of Architecture and Design encourages applications from women and members of minority groups.

High School Students
High school students are encouraged to apply for admission if they have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 and have a minimum ACT of 23 or a minimum SAT of 1050 and if they meet the following preparation thresholds by the time they graduate:
                . 3 or more years of math ending with calculus (preferred)
                . 3 or more years of natural science including physi         
                . 3 or more art/drawing classes.  Art/drawing classes are preferred over additional drafting or technical courses (1 semester of drafting is adequate).
                . 2 or more years of foreign language (recommended).

Transfer Students
Transfer students may be admitted, if space is available, and if they have an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0.

International Students
The School of Architecture and Design admits only exceptional students from other countries.  Standards for admission are set according to the traditions and grading policies of those countries.  In some countries, for example, the grade of A is almost never given, while in other countries the A grade is more frequently seen.  The number of students admitted depends on the space available on February 1.

Visit the Office of International Student Services for information about international admissions.

ARCH 1033ARCH 1043 
ARCH 1086ARCH 1096 
ENGL 1013ARCH XXX Intro to Design Computing3 
MATH 105 or 115 Topics or Calculus3PHSX 1144 
 15 16 
ARCH 5243IAD 209 Interior Arch Studio II3 
IAD 208 Interior Arch Studio I3IAD 541 HIstory of Interior Arch3 
IAD 511 Ergonomics3ARCH 6243 
ARCH 5403INDD 5103 
VISC 200 (Or Similar Course)3ENGL 1023 
 15 15 
ARCH 5096IAD 508 Interior Arch Studio III3IAD Study Abroad5
IAD 520 Products Meterials and Specs3ARCH 5523 
ARCH 5303IAD 522 Furniture Design3 
ARCH 6263ARCH 5313 
 15 12 5
IAD 608 Professional Internship6IAD 609 Integrated Interior Arch Dsgn Studio6 
KU Core Goal 2 Learning Outcome 23VISC 4253 
KU Core Goal 3, Social Science3Free Elective3 
Free Elective3  
 15 12 
Total Hours 120