IA Admission & Information

The Interior Architecture program at UW-Madison is a selective admission program with a sequence of Phase 1 and Phase 2 required courses. Prospective students must complete Phase 1 courses to be eligible to apply for admission into Phase 2 of the program. The number of students accepted into Phase 2 of the program is limited to 32 spaces. Applications for Phase 2 admissions are accepted once a year in the spring semester.

Phase 1: Pre-Interior Architecture

Interior architecture rendering

Students take introductory design coursework and learn foundations and principles in drawing, two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, and model making. Performance in coursework and demonstration of design ability will be evaluated for admission into Phase 2.

Phase 2: Interior Architecture

Integrated coursework combining design, theory, history, and digital technology. Students deepen their knowledge of design and enhance their professional skills. A professional portfolio is required before graduation.

For students admitted into Phase 2, they are required to purchase a laptop that meets the minimal operational specifications for optimal software functioning.

Computer Specification

Computer Specification

University of Wisconsin - Madison
School of Human Ecology Department of Design Studies Interior Architecture Program

Laptop Guidelines | 2020

A laptop computer is​ strongly ​recommended for all Interior Architecture students. Operating System | Mac OS or Windows?

The Interior Architecture program ​strongly​ recommends that IA students adopt the ​Windows​ platform, which is standard in the fields of architecture and interior design.​ Windows 10, 64 bit is required. Using a Mac for Interior Architecture classes will be done at the user's own risk, as some commonly used industry standard programs require Windows to operate. If the need arises, such as the COVID-19 safer-at-home order, you may have to install software that is only available on Windows on your personal computer. This means Mac users would need to run Windows using ​Boot Camp​ or ​Parallels​, which takes extra storage on a Mac. If you already own a Mac, be sure that it has the storage capacity to run Windows and meets the Windows requirements.

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How to Declare Pre-Interior Architecture

Prospective High School Student

Coursework for pre-interior architecture is sequenced and begins in the fall semester. Details for sequencing of coursework and proceeding from Phase 1 to Phase 2 can be found on the “Coursework Sequence” table below. All prospective UW-Madison students must apply to UW-Madison by visiting the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF BEING ACCEPTED TO UW-MADISON
  • Indicate your interest in pre-interior architecture as your first major choice on your application
  • Clearly articulate how your personal and professional interests relate to thi major
  • Ensure all required documents are submitted in a timely manner (i.e., transcripts and application essays)
ALREADY ADMITTED TO UW-MADISON

You can also indicate your interest in pre-interior architecture when registering for SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising and Registration) or while attending SOAR.

VISITING CAMPUS & SOHE

SoHE holds monthly campus visits for prospective students and their families and guests. Register now for upcoming SoHE Campus Visit days!

If you are unable to attend one of our upcoming visitation dates, please contact the SoHE Student Academic Affairs and Career Development Office to schedule an appointment at advising@sohe.wisc.edu or 608-262-2608.

Current UW-Madison Student

Coursework for pre-interior architecture is sequenced and begins in the fall semester. Details for sequencing of coursework and proceeding from Phase 1 to Phase 2 can be found on the “Coursework Sequence” table below.

Ready to declare Pre-Interior Architecture

If you have questions, schedule an appointment to speak with an SoHE Academic Advisor by 608-262-2608

College Transfer Student

Transfer students from Design programs are required to contact SAA Academic Advising prior to applying to UW-Madison to evaluate your course equivalencies. advising@sohe.wisc.edu or 608-262-2608.

Coursework for pre-interior architecture is sequenced and begins in the fall semester. Details for sequencing of coursework and proceeding from Phase 1 to Phase 2 can be found on the “Coursework Sequence” table below. All prospective UW-Madison students must apply to UW-Madison by visiting the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF BEING ACCEPTED TO UW-MADISON
  • Be sure to indicate your interest in a specific SoHE major as your first choice on your application
  • Clearly articulate how your personal and professional interests relate to that major
  • Ensure all required documents are submitted in a timely manner (i.e., transcripts and application essays)
VISITING CAMPUS & SOHE

SoHE holds monthly campus visits for prospective students and their families and guests. Register now for upcoming SoHE Campus Visit days!

If you are unable to attend one of our upcoming visitation dates, please contact the SoHE Student Academic Affairs and Career Development Office to schedule an appointment at advising@sohe.wisc.edu or 608-262-2608.

Admissions

How to Apply to Phase 2

Policies
  • No late applications are accepted
  • Applications are accepted once a year and open on April 1st
  • Students are given 4 weeks to complete their application and are notified of admission decisions approximately one month after the application deadline
  • Application materials must be submitted by Wednesday, April 29th
Eligibility
  • Students must have completed or be in the process of completing the following courses.
    • DS 120: Design Fundamentals I
    • DS 220: Design Fundamentals II
    • DS 130: Introduction to Interior Architecture
    • DS 501: Visual Communication & Thinking
    • DS 252: Design Leadership Symposium
Criteria for Evaluation
  • Design Studies GPA
  • Overall GPA
  • Design coursework quality
  • Faculty evaluation of student’s performance in Phase 1 coursework