Oct 02, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interiors: Planning/Strategy/Design, B.F.A.

In addition to UK Core requirements, students in the School of Interiors must complete the following:

  • 80 credit hours of major requirements
  • 21 credit hours of directed electives
  • electives required to meet minimum credit hour standard for graduation.


Admission into the Major

Students must be admitted both to the University of Kentucky and by secondary application to the School of Interiors. The School of Interiors is a selective admissions program; all applicants are required to apply to the University of Kentucky at www.uky.edu/Admission as well as complete and submit the creative exercises found in slideroom at www.ukcod.slideroom.com in order to be considered for admittance into the program; this secondary application to the School of Interiors will include a series of design and writing exercises. Application must be completed and submitted by December 1, to the College of Design School of Interiors to be considered for scholarship and early notification of admittance to the program. The deadline for Regular Decision Track is February 15.

Freshman Candidates

  1. File a University application with the Office of Undergraduate Admission and the University Registrar by February 15 for fall admission in the year that the student wants to begin the program. For fall admission, applicants must register for and take the ACT or SAT on or before the December test date.
  2. Apply for admission to the School of Interiors. The Major Admission Application Form and requirements are available at: ukcod.slideroom.com.

Address correspondence to:

Admissions, College of Design School of Interiors
112 Pence Hall
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0041

Transfer Students Without Design Credit

Transfer candidates from educational programs other than interiors will be required to observe the same application process and deadlines as outlined for freshmen. Please note that the deadline is earlier than that for general admission of transfer students to the University.

Major Admission Selection Process

Candidates will be admitted to the major in order of priority based on demonstrated potential for academic achievement at the freshman level as indicated by high school grade-point average, ACT/SAT scores, and their response to the required secondary application. Additional consideration will be given to the student’s demonstrated participation in extracurricular, service, or work activities that show evidence for potential development of characteristics that will assist them in succeeding in the profession. Acceptance will be on a comparative and competitive basis. Notification of acceptance in the major will permit registration into the first-year studio, ID 121 , fall semester of the same year.

Transfer Students With Design Credit

Students who have university credit in design course work from an accredited professional program (CIDA, NAAB, etc.) who wish to transfer into the School of Interiors, must do an application for admission to the major. The application process includes:

  1. File a University application with the Office of Undergraduate Admission and the University Registrar. Request an official transcript of college course work to be received by University of Kentucky Admissions.
  2. Submit by email to ukcodinfo@uky.edu an electronic portfolio of student work completed in the university from which they are transferring.

Address correspondence to:

Admissions, College of Design School of Interiors
112 Pence Hall
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0041

Transfer Admission Selection Process

Admission into the School of Interiors will be dependent upon the applicant’s qualifications and preparation, the indication of general overall academic success (GPA), success in the Major requirements, and probability of success in a professional program as predicted by a review of the work submitted in the portfolio of student work. Since the number of students admitted will be limited, applicants will be examined on a comparative and competitive basis. Candidates will be admitted in order of priority.

Education Abroad, Internships, Undergraduate Research

The School of Interiors faculty encourages each student to fully engage in curricular and cocurricular activities to round out his/her design education, including opportunities to take courses abroad, through internships and shadowing experiences, and through undergraduate research projects with a faculty member mentor. All of these experiences indicate to potential employers the value of the young designer upon graduation.


The College of Design offers merit- and need-based scholarships to undergraduate students after their first year in the program. The process for distribution of these scholarships follows a schedule established by the College of Design. Because financial resources are limited, the School encourages applicants to seek other sources of funding.


Student Services staff provides academic advising to students in the School of Interiors. In addition, School leaders and Student Services staff conduct group advising, and School faculty serve as mentors to students to ensure that students proceed through the program in a timely manner and discover pathways to professional practice.

Computer Requirements

Professional practice in the design fields relies on both hand and digital production. To facilitate digital processes, each student must possess a laptop computer meeting minimum specifications and requirements as outlined by the School.


The University’s UK Core requirements - liberal arts and science courses required of all students at the University of Kentucky - complement course work in the major. The curriculum conforms to the following outline:

UK Core Requirements

See the UK Core section of this Bulletin for the complete UK Core requirements . The courses listed below are (a) recommended by the college, or (b) required courses that also fulfill UK Core areas. Students should work closely with their advisor to complete the UK Core requirements.

I. Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity

II. Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities

III. Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences

Choose one course from the following:

IV. Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences

Choose one course from the following:

V. Composition and Communication I

VI. Composition and Communication II

VII. Quantitative Foundations

VIII. Statistical Inferential Reasoning

IX. Community, Culture and Citizenship in the USA

UK Core hours: 30-31

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR)

Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement hours (GCCR): 5

Major Requirements

Subtotal: Major hours: 80

Directed Electives

Understanding people, their environments, key cultural issues, and design strategies from different disciplines represent a diversity of approaches for education for students in the School of Interiors. Alongside studio courses, lecture and lab courses, and the UK Core, these directed electives indicate a pathway toward breadth in a student’s education.

During their course of study, each student will enroll in 21 credit hours by filing a directed electives plan which will be reviewed and signed by a faculty member, the Office of Student Services and the Director of the School.

Courses taken to fulfill UK Core requirements may not be used to fulfill directed electives requirements.

Subtotal: Directed Electives: 21

Total Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 128

Undergraduate Program Overview




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Total Credit: 128

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