Interior Design Careers

About the Interior Design Program

The Interior Design program in the College of Visual Arts and Design continuously has been accredited since 1977 by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, formerly FIDER. CIDA provides the foundation for excellence in the interior design profession by setting standards for education and accrediting academic programs that meet those standards.

The CVAD Interior Design curriculum prepares the student for challenges as a design professional by balancing creative and technical expertise. The Dallas-Fort Worth region provides an excellent network of design practitioners and resources for mentors and internships.

Design Specialty and Work Areas

Our graduates pursue many design specialties in the following areas.

Corporate or commercial design
Residential homes
Set design

Space planning

Retail design
Schools and education
Sustainable design

Graduates also work in a variety of settings.

Architectural and design firms
Furniture dealerships

Facilities management offices
Vendor showrooms


Some individuals go on to own their own business or develop a specialty, lighting design, for example, or attend graduate school.


Hepi smiling at the camera, black-and-white head-and-shoulders portrait, wearing glassesHepi Wachter
Chair, Department of Design
Undergraduate Program — Interior Design

Art Building, Room 230

Photograph of Phillip ParkPhillip Park
Coordinator, Graduate Program — Interior Design

Associate Professor, Interior Design
Art Building, Room 256C


The interior design program leading to the B.F.A. in Interior Design 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 B.F.A. in Interior Design granted by the University of North Texas 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:


Note: Should you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability to fully participate in a CVAD event, please contact the CVAD Dean's Office,, 940-565-4001. For voice access, dial 1-800-RELAYTX (735-2989). Please make the request as soon as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

UNT is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248, phone: (703) 437-0700; fax: (703) 437-6312; email: In 2020, UNT achieved designation from the Department of Education as a Title III & Title V Minority-Serving Institution and as a Hispanic Serving Institution.