Interior Design - BFA

The goal of our department is to prepare students for the Interior Design profession.

Council for Interior Design Accreditation:

The Interior Design program in the Lamar Dodd School of Art is fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), formerly known as FIDER. The program was initially accredited in 1984. It was re-accredited in 2013 for a term extending through 2019.

All potential students should note that graduation from a CIDA-accredited program is one of the pre-requisites for licensing of Interior Designers in the State of Georgia.

National Association of Schools of Art and Design:

The program also is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Career Placement

Ninety-five percent of the students that graduated in May 2013 were employed by December 2013.

Places Our Graduates Have Launched Their Design Careers

Over the past few years our students have begun careers as both residential and non-residential interior designers, mostly in hospitality and architecture design firms. The following is a sampling of firms our graduates have joined:

Alicia Mooney Interiors, Atlanta, GA
August Avery, Atlanta, GA
Blackdog Studio, Atlanta, GA
Bon Chérie Designs, LLC, Atlanta, GA
Bradley-Blewster & Associates, Chicago, Illinois
Bungalow LLC, Washington D.C.
Carl Vinson Institute of Government, UGA, Athens, GA
Cassidy Turley, Atlanta, GA
Clausen Chewning Interior Design, Atlanta, GA
Complete Bathrooms, New Zealand
Cooper Carry, Atlanta, GA
CSE, Atlanta, GA
Cullen and Company, Athens, GA
Dalton Carpet One, Athens, GA
Design Continuum Inc., Atlanta, GA
Design Coordinator at Chick-fil-A, Inc., Atlanta, GA
designproject, LLC, Chicago, IL
Dickinson Architects, Augusta, GA
Domino Magazine | Market Editor, New York, NY
E+E Architecture, Tulsa, OK
E+E Architecture, Athens, GA
E+E Architecture, Lawrenceville, GA
Ellis Design Group, Athens, GA
Ferry, Hayes and Allen Designers, Inc., Atlanta, GA
Geiger International, New York, NY
Gensler, Atlanta, GA
Gensler, New York, NY
George P. Johnson, Torrance, CA
Glazer Design & Construction, Athens, GA
Graham Field, Atlanta, GA
Green Living Designs, Atlanta, GA
Gresham, Smith and Partners, Nashville, TN
Gulfstream, Savannah, GA
Gulfstream Aerospace, Savannah, GA
Hendrick, Inc., Jacksonville, FL
Hendrick, Inc., Atlanta, GA
Hirsch Bedner Associates, Atlanta, GA
Hirsch Bedner Associates, Santa Monica, CA
Humanscale, Atlanta, GA
Italo Ceramica, Washington D.C.
Jacobs Engineering, Atlanta, GA
Jo-Ann Stores, Inc., Atlanta, GA
Jonas Workroom, New York, NY
Kemp's Dalton West Flooring, Newnan, GA
KMH Interiors, Atlanta, GA
Knickerbocker Group, Portland, ME
Koncept Design Studio, Atlanta, GA
Kristin Butler Design, Athens, GA
LeVino-Jones Medical Interiors, Athens, GA
LeVino-Jones Medical Interiors, Atlanta, GA
Lindsey Lane Design, LLC. New York, NY
Lotan Center for Creative Ecology, Chicago IL
Lyman Davidson Dooley, Marietta, GA
Maxwell High School of Technology, Athens, GA
Miller Architecure and Planning, Atlanta, GA
MSTSD, Atlanta, GA
Nitterhouse Masonry Products, LLC., Washington D.C.
PFVS Interiors, Atlanta, GA
Pierce & Co, Nashville, TN
Pineapple House Interior Design, Atlanta, GA
Preston Partnership, Atlanta, GA
Red Door Design Studio, Athens, GA
Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio, Atlanta, GA
Shop Design, Inc., Atlanta, GA
Steelcare, Atlanta, GA
The Orvis Company, Manchester Center, VT
Wakefield, Beasley & Associates, Atlanta, GA
Wendover Art Group, Atlanta, GA
Whitehall Interiors, New York, NY
Wolf Popper LLP, Atlanta, GA

Acceptance into Graduate Programs by UGA ID Alumni

Recent graduates have been accepted into a variety of graduate programs either immediately after completing their undergraduate studies or after gaining one or more years of professional interior design experience. The following list represents the diversity and distribution of these programs.

Masters in Interior Design 

One graduate

  • Arizona State University

Masters of Architecture 

Fourteen graduates

  • Clemson University
  • Georgia Technological University
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Washington
  • Virginia Technological University

Masters in Industrial Design

One graduate

  • Georgia Technological University

Law Degrees

Two students

  • Charleston School of Law
  • Georgia State University

Masters of Business Administration

One graduate

  • University of Georgia

Acceptance into the Undergraduate Interior Design Program

Students are accepted into the program after completing the School of Art Foundation Studio and Art History Program, two preliminary Interior Design courses, and the Interior Design Progression Review. The latter includes a portfolio review, the completion of a weekend-long design project, and a review of academic performance. The two preliminary Interior Design courses and ID Progression Review are offered each fall semester.

In the past five years, acceptance has ranged from a low of 17 to a high of 27 students. One hundred percent of the students who were accepted into the program have graduated. During the past 20 years, over 99% of all students accepted into the program have graduated in a timely fashion.

Retention Rates

Typically, one to three students self-select to not move forward after the first Interior Design courses and before going through the Interior Design Progression Review process. The majority of these students remain in the School of Art. The Interior Design courses count as studio or general education electives across the School.

Typical of all Interior Design programs our curriculum has numerous prerequisite and co-requisite classes. These are carefully crafted into an interdependent sequence of courses that must be taken in chronological order. The School of Art Foundations program takes two semesters to complete. The Interior Design sequence takes six. Students who begin the program within their first year at the University of Georgia complete their degrees within four years unless prohibited by external personal matters, like health issues.

Students anticipating transferring to the University of Georgia should contact the Interior Design Area Chair or the School of Art Advising Center at 706-542-1511 as early in their academic careers as possible.

  • 2013-2014 Academic Year
  •     100% of the upper division students returned fall 2013, putting attrition at 0%.
  •     100% of the second year students who went through the Interior Design Progression Review at the end of fall semester returned for spring semester.
  •     29% of the third year students took studio classes in Athens in the spring. The remaining 71% of the third year students took studio classes in Cortona, Italy, summer semester.
  •     100% of the fourth year students graduated either spring or summer semester.
  • 2012-2013 Academic Year
  •     100% of the upper division students returned fall 2012, putting attrition at 0%.
  •     100% of the second year students who went through the Interior Design Progression Review at the end of fall semester returned for spring semester.
  •     4% of the third year students (i.e. 1 student) dropped out for personal reasons.
37% of the third year students took studio classes in Athens in the spring. The remaining 57% of the third year students took studio classes in Cortona, Italy,      summer semester.
  •     100% of the fourth year students graduated either spring or summer semester.
  • 2011-2012 Academic Year
  •     100% of the upper division students returned fall 2011, putting attrition at 0%.
  •     3% of the third year students (i.e. 1 student) dropped out for personal reasons.
41% of the third year students took studio classes in Athens in the spring. The remaining 56% of the third year students took studio classes in Cortona, Italy, summer semester.
  •     100% of the fourth year students graduated either spring or summer semester.

Graduation Rates

Typical of all Interior Design programs our curriculum has numerous prerequisite and co-requisite classes. These are carefully crafted into an interdependent sequence of courses that must be taken in chronological order. The School of Art Foundations program takes two semesters to complete. The Interior Design sequence takes six. Students who begin the program within their first year at the University of Georgia complete their degrees within four years unless prohibited by external personal matters.

  • 2014 Graduations
  •     76% of the graduates completed the program in 4 years

  •     14% of the graduates completed the program in 5 years

  •     10% of the graduates completed the program in 6 years

  • 2013 Graduations
  •     83% of the graduates completed the program in 4 years

  •     13% of the graduates completed the program in 4 years

  •     4% of the graduates completed the program in 4 years

Please feel free to contact the Lamar Dodd School of Art for additional information at (706) 542-1511.

“OC” Carlisle Solo Art Exhibition

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“OC” Carlisle Solo Art Exhibition

“OC” Carlisle, Scientific Illustration (BFA candidate 2014), Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia (UGA), will present a solo art exhibition of illustrations, fine art and photography.