Mission Statement:

The mission of Baylor University’s Interior Design program is to provide a transformative undergraduate education that prepares students to serve with Christian integrity in a diverse and global marketplace, equipped to address human needs by applying research methodology that promotes the health, safety and well-being of all users within the built environment. The mission, philosophy and goals of the interior design program support the mission and goals of the department and the College and University missions, and are reviewed regularly. The Interior Design faculty and faculty of supporting disciplines aspire to foster within the student, a commitment to designing and improving the built environment with respect and regard for the health, safety and well-being of all users. Emphasis is placed on:

  • Delivering an excellent undergraduate design education that establishes a sound foundation of course work at the freshman and sophomore level, combined with hands-on studio experiences, which encourage critical problem-solving and creative expression at the junior and senior level. A degree from Baylor University provides a broad liberal arts education, as opposed to a narrowly focused design degree available from some other art-based institutions.
  • Instilling an understanding of the global nature of design. Students are exposed to experiences and instruction (both internally on campus and externally) that reveals the interconnectedness of cultures and people, and the critical role that Interior Design plays in establishing healthy communities.
  • Engaging with Baylor and Waco’s community in strategic partnerships that promote service learning opportunities for our students and improve the lives of our neighbors. Student support of course work that integrates these opportunities regularly demonstrates the benefits of these efforts.
Program Statement:

Interior Designers create spaces for life. These professionals apply creative and technical solutions to support and improve users’ health and wellbeing within the built environment. Baylor’s Interior Design Program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), which sets the standards for quality education, ensuring graduates will be prepared for entry-level practice and future advancement. For more than forty years Baylor’s program has developed critical thinkers and problem solvers who apply design solutions to address challenges of individuals and communities. Guided by the Christian worldview Baylor embraces, this program aims to serve all peoples through a human-centered approach to interior architecture.

Located at the intersection of Baylor’s historic campus and its new academic core, Goebel provides 24/7 secure access to studio spaces, a progressive resource library, and well-appointed computer and digital fabrication labs. Students can expect to work with nationally and internationally-recognized faculty, bringing a diversity of professional experiences and research expertise. The curriculum includes the requirement of a 240-hour academic internship under a licensed architect or designer. Additional opportunities available to students include study abroad trips, membership in the Interior Design Association at Baylor (IDAB), and frequent engagement with industry leaders. The Baylor Interior Design Program provides a transformational undergraduate experience, where innovation, critical thinking, effective communication, and collaboration prepare students for lives of vocational service in an interconnected global society. 

CIDA Accreditation:

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 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 Science in Interior Design granted by Baylor University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements


Professional Organizations

ASID – American Society of Interior Designers

CIDA – Council for Interior Design Accreditation

IDEC – Interior Design Educators Council

IIDA – International Interior Design Association

NCIDQ – National Council for Interior Design Qualification

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