The successful completion of the interior design curriculum leads to the Bachelor
of Fine Arts (BFA) degree with a major in Interior Design. This is a professional
degree consisting of 120 credit hours and is fully accredited by the Council for Interior
Design Accreditation (CIDA). See course descriptions here...
The program of study is structured with a primary objective: to engage students in
the processes and professional standards of design and technology necessary for shaping
the built environment. Towards this, the program places the student at the center
of discovery-based studies, and requires each student to assume responsible participation
in the study of architecture and design.
Most courses are offered only once per academic year. A grade of C or better is required
in all Architecture and Interior Design courses. More information may be obtained
from a Department of Architecture faculty advisor.
All students MUST consult the Undergraduate Catalog to verify the Program of Study.
A grade of C or better is required in all ARCH/IDES courses listed in the Degree Plan.
All courses other than ARCH/IDES are General Education courses required by the Tennessee
Board of Regents. At least one of the Electives must be at the 3000-4000 level.
You MUST see a Department of Architecture faculty advisor each semester for clearance
Before enrolling in any Architecture or Interior Design course, all applicants seeking
admission to the BFA in Interior Design must complete and submit to the Department
of Architecture an application form, a writing assignment, and a portfolio of five
representative works. These three components comprise the Incoming Evaluation for
Architecture + Interior Design and will be reviewed by a faculty committee. Applicants
are accepted on the basis of potential in the field of architecture and interior design.
After review, the department notifies the student of one of the following: (1) acceptance,
(2) one semester acceptance on a probationary basis, (3) recommendation to correct
the deficiencies and reapply, or (4) denial of admission. Permission to enroll in
any Architecture or Interior Design courses for which a permit is required beyond
first semester, first year is based upon this review.
Students transferring from another major or another institution who intend to pursue
a BFA in Interior Design must complete the Department of Architecture Incoming Evaluation
prior to enrolling in Architecture or Interior Design courses. Transfer students seeking
advanced standing in the Interior Design major should submit a portfolio of work representing
previously completed Interior Design studio work. The review committee will determine
if the portfolio work is equivalent to comparable courses at the University of Memphis.
Placement in the major is dependent upon the review. Even if admitted to advanced
standing, the student may be required to remedy previous course deficiencies.
Candidacy Review is required of all students intending to major in Interior Design.
Admission to the University of Memphis and completion of the major core do not guarantee
placement in the program. Admission is selective and is based on a portfolio evaluation
reflecting professional standards and expectations of the major. A portfolio that
includes but is not limited to works from the major core courses is required as part
of the application. Guidelines and application forms for admission to the Interior
Design major are available in the department office and from faculty advisors. Consultation
with a faculty advisor is recommended before or during portfolio preparation. Students
may submit portfolios for review no earlier than the semester that Candidacy requirements
are being completed.
Transfer students must meet entrance requirements of the major. After review, the
department notifies the student of one of the following: (1) acceptance, (2) one semester
acceptance on a probationary basis, (3) recommendation to correct the deficiencies
and reapply, or (4) denial of admission.] Permission to enroll in any 3000-4000 level
Architecture or Interior Design course is based upon this review.
Department of Architecture Honors
The Department of Architecture Honors Program provides an opportunity for selected
Architecture and Interior Design students to enrich their learning experience through
honors courses, independent study, a senior thesis, and extracurricular learning experiences.
The Honors Program requires a minimum of 15 semester hours of honors work in courses
within the Department of Architecture. Students who complete the appropriate degree
program with a 3.25 cumulative grade point average will earn a degree that includes
the distinction "Honors in Architecture." Moreover, the diploma and record at the
University of Memphis will reflect this accomplishment.
Guidelines and Forms
Guidelines and application forms for admission to the BFA in Interior Design degree
program are available in the Department of Architecture office and from department
faculty advisors. Consultation with a Department of Architecture faculty advisor is
strongly recommended before or during preparation of the Candidacy Review Portfolio.