Interior Design - Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture

Interior Design

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International Students: The Master of Interior Design (M586) degree qualifies students on an F-1 visa to work in the U.S. for up to three years following graduation. Learn more here.

Mission Statement

The University of Oklahoma Division of Interior Design provides a student-centric learning environment with diverse faculty who emphasize excellence in design education, innovative research, and service to the community while preparing students to join the professional practice of interior design.

The Bachelor of Interior Design degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and was recently ranked among DesignIntelligence’s “Most Hired From.”

Read more about the Division of Interior Design’s Educational Philosophy here.

Learn more about the profession of Interior Design
Interior Design Program Goals
  • Equip students with the skills needed to enhance the human experience through a holistic approach to understanding and responding to the psychological and physical needs of people.
  • Create a community of inclusion and participation through a supportive and collaborative learning environment.
  • Promote global stewardship with opportunities to serve society through community-engaged service-learning projects across the curriculum.
  • Engage design professionals and alumni who support students through mentoring and sharing of knowledge and experience.
  • Evolve and respond to the needs of the profession and CIDA accreditation requirements through ongoing assessments of and improvements to the curriculum.
  • Provide resources including laboratories, tools, and equipment to support student learning.
  • Maintain high job placement rates for graduates of the program.

Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) Statement of Accredited Status

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of 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 Bachelor of Interior Design granted by The University of Oklahoma, Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). More information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility here.

Alumni Voices

“I am proud that, along with making lifelong friends that are in the industry, we are able to support each other. Also, I was given a competitive edge in the workplace from what I learned while attending the GCA.” Read his full story here.

Khoi Hoang

Senior Designer at Gensler

“Learning from others and engaging with my peers has allowed me incredible insight and helped me in my approach to innovative design. Networking and creating relationships with industry professionals have assisted me in finding my current job.”

Sara Ketabi

Interior Design Associate at Bockus Payne Architecture

“[Faculty members] were so supportive and eager to answer any question I had, but they always challenged me too, encouraging me to push the boundaries of the design. They also did an excellent job of connecting me with design professionals.”

Lacey Howard

Registered Interior Designer at Office Interiors

“Being a first-gen college student and an only child in an immigrant family is like taking a train, accidentally taking a nap, and then ending up in a different world. It was all about the unknown at first, that you must figure everything out on your own. And then, there were friends and teachers who come along and help guide you through the darkness. You learn more things and become stronger, and finally, you can embrace the adventure.” Read the full interview here.

Yanwen Wei

FF&E Specialist at Gensler Dallas

Faculty & Staff

Suchismita Bhattacharjee

Associate Dean of Academic and College Administration | Associate Professor | Graduate Liaison

Mia Kile

Associate Professor

Christopher Loofs

Robert L. Wesley Teaching Fellow

Dawn Loraas

Assistant Professor

Negar Matin

Assistant Professor

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Director | Associate Professor

Nova Savage

Academic Advisor for Division of Environmental Design & Interior Design

Yeji Yi

Assistant Professor

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