Frequently Asked Questions | Interior Architecture

Frequently Asked Questions

Accordion Sample DescriptionAccording to the classification of Instructional Programs developed by the US Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics, Interior Architecture is “a program that prepares individuals to apply architectural principles in the design of structural interiors for living, recreational, and business purposes and to function as a professional (designer). Includes instruction in architecture, structural systems design, heating, and cooling systems, occupational and safety standards, interior design specific end-use applications, and professional responsibilities and standards.” Interior Design is described as “a program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to apply artistic principles and techniques to the professional planning, designing, equipping, and furnishing of drafting and graphic techniques; principles of interior lighting; acoustics, systems integration, and color coordination; furniture and furnishings; textiles and their finishing; the history of (interiors) and period styles; basic structural design; building codes and inspection regulations; and applications to office, hotel, factory, restaurant, and housing design.”
Yes, and we were the first program in North Carolina to be accredited by CIDA in 1993.
Our students are employed by design firms specializing in interior design, architecture and engineering, healthcare, hospitality, retail, fine and graphic art, furniture, institutional and commercial conditions, preservation, film, home furnishings, museums and exhibition, lighting, residential, showroom and more.
Although strongly encouraged, it is not required for students to attend an open house to be considered for admission. If unable to attend an open house, please see our virtual tour.
Prospective students need to apply by the May 15th deadline to be considered for Fall admission. Transfer students who wish to be considered for Spring admission need to apply by the Nov 15th deadline. We do not accept 1st-year applications for Spring admission.
Information on tuition and fees is available on the UNCG Cashiers and Student Accounts Office website.
In most cases, we accept courses from community colleges under the UNC system articulation agreement. For more information regarding whether courses taken at other institutions will be accepted at UNCG, visit the Transfer Equivalency Course Search. Transfer students transferring from one of the four institutions we have Transfer Articulation Agreements with may want to review the agreements here. However, approval of courses for major credit is handled on a case-by-case basis and requires a review of transcripts and a portfolio. For more information visit the Transfer Student Admissions page.
Students can begin taking classes in the spring, but the course offerings are limited for those students without design transfer credits. The eight-course studio sequence begins in the fall semester and can only be begun at that point. For more information regarding our course sequence visit the Typical Course Sequence website.
This is possible, but you should be aware that it might take you additional time to complete all requirements.
Some university-wide scholarships are available at the time of admission, but students apply for most scholarships during the fall semester of each year. There are departmental scholarships available for Interior Architecture students, but they are only available to students currently in the major, and the application opens in the Spring.
IARc students complete a series of five graphics and drawing courses. Students get a significant education in visual communication. Many IARc students have never had drawing courses beforehand.
All students can purchase parking permits. The parking lot next to our building requires a C Commuter Pass and is free after 5 pm and on weekends. There is a range of choices, including parking decks, surface lots, and satellite lots with bus transportation to campus. UNCG teams with the City of Greensboro to provide free bus transportation for students to locations throughout the city using the HEAT bus (Higher Education Area Transit) and riding a bicycle to campus is encouraged. For more information please visit the UNCG Parking Operations website.
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