IA Mission, Vision & Data

Vision

To be an internationally recognized program for its innovative interdisciplinary research and broad based professional education in the field of interior architecture.

Mission

IA Students- Rainbow Project

The Interior Architecture program combines research and design practice to improve people’s lives through human-centered design within the built environment. We prepare students to become independent thinkers by promoting critical reflection on alternative ways of living, to become effective problem-solvers in the field of interior architecture through professional training, to develop interdisciplinary aptitude through intellectual flourishing beyond the design realm, to become design leaders as stewards and visionaries of the public realm by fostering socially responsible and collaborative design thinking.

Council for Interior Design Accreditation

The interior architecture program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Architecture is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org206 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 degree in Interior Architecture granted by the University of Wisconsin – Madison meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). See here for more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility.

Data
2018-2019 Graduates

Attrition and Retention:
100% of students admitted in the fall of 2018 returned in the fall of 2019, putting attrition at 0%.

Graduation:
For 2018-19 degree recipients, the average time-to-degree was 4.19 years (compared to the peer degree average of 4.24)

Acceptance into Graduate Programs:
10% of students who graduated in 2019 applied for graduate school, and 100% were accepted.

Job Placement Rates:
90% of students who graduated in 2018 are employed in interior design or a related profession.

2017-18 Graduates

Student Achievements:

  • Robert Schafer received 2nd Place in the US Department of Energy Race to Zero Competition.
  • Courtney Christensen won 1st in the Commercial Design Category for the Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge
  • Six students won IIDA awards for Best in Show, Best in Commercial Design, Best in Residential Design, and Best in Hospitality Design
  • Six Interior Architecture students received SoHE scholarship awards

Attrition and Retention:

IA Professor Wei Dong

Thirty-seven students began fall of 2014 as Pre-Interior Architecture majors; Thirty-Two of these students applied and were accepted into phase two – Professional Track, beginning in fall of 2015. Attrition out of the IA program after the first year was 0%. One student dropped out of the school and one student transferred into the program.

Graduation:
Thirty-four students are expected to graduate with the Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture (BSIA) in May of 2017 or before. Students have the option to study abroad spring of their junior year or strong of their senior year. This flexibility also allows for students to graduate early (December of senior year) if they choose not to travel or find our program after their freshman year. Three students have been offered jobs upon graduation.

2016-17 Graduates

Student Achievements:

  • Four students won IIDA awards for Best in Show, Best in Commercial Design, Best in Residential Design, and Best in Hospitality Design
  • Five Interior Architecture students received SoHE scholarship awards

Attrition and Retention:
Thirty-one students began fall of 2013 as Pre -Interior Architecture majors; Twenty-seven students of these students applied and were accepted into phase two – Professional Track, beginning in fall of 2014. Attrition out of the IA program after the first year was 0%.

Graduation:
Of the thirty-one students, six graduated in May and the remainder are expected to graduate with the Bachelor of Science in Design Studies (BSDS) in December of 2016 or spring of 2017. This cohort included a number of students who choose to study abroad or pursue a certificate in art or business during their junior year. Of the six students that graduated in May, five of them had jobs within three months of graduation.

Graduation Rate:
Of the twenty-seven students who started in 2013, six have graduated with a BS in Design Studies. The remainder are graduating within this academic year. The BS four-year graduation rate for those that started as freshmen is 100%. However, many of our students find us late and switch majors during their sophomore or junior years. For these students, time to graduation is five to six years.

Job Placement Rates:
As of August 2016, 60% of the six students from this cohort who graduated in May 2016 are employed in a design firm. Upon graduation, four have entered the design profession at the entry level at:

  • Creative Business Interiors – Milwaukee WI
  • Eckenhoff Saunders Architects – Chicago IL
  • HGA Architects and Engineers – Milwaukee WI
  • Lauckgroup – Dallas TX
2015-16 Graduates

Student Achievements:

  • Six students won a total of seven IIDA awards.
  • Eight Interior Architecture received SoHE scholarship awards.
  • One student won the Sherwin Williams student competition award.

Attrition and Retention:
Thirty-seven students began fall of 2012 as Pre Interior Architecture majors; Thirty-one of these students applied and were accepted into phase two – Professional Track, beginning in fall of 2013. Attrition out of the IA program after the first year was 0%. One student dropped out of the school and one student transferred into the program.

Graduation:
Twelve students graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Design Studies (BSDS) degree in fall 2015. The remaining twenty-five graduated in spring of 2016.

Graduation Rate:
Of the thirty-one students, twelve began as freshmen in 2012 and graduated in four years. The remaining students changed majors after they freshman or sophomore years, resulting in a longer time to graduation rate. Two students have postponed graduating due to personal reasons.

Job Placement Rates:
Eighty percent (80%) of our graduates have found employment in the design industry within the three months of graduation. Places of employment:

  • Aro Eberle Architects – Madison WI
  • Atmosphere Commercial Interiors – Madison WI
  • Corporate Design Interiors – Milwaukee WI
  • Drysdale Design Associates – Maryland
  • Eckenhoff Saunders Architects (2) – Chicago IL
  • EYP Architecture and Planning – Washington DC
  • Gary Brink and Associates – Madison WI
  • Hartshorne Plunkart Architecture – Chicago IL
  • Henrikson Furniture – Madison WI
  • Inspired Spaces – Madison WI
  • Interior Logic – Stoughton WI
  • Kahler Slater Architects – Madison WI
  • Kugler Ning Lighting Design – New York NY
  • Laurie Drisdoll Interiors – Madison WI
  • Lerdahl Business Interiors – Madison WI
  • P+R Architects – Washington DC
  • Shea Architects (2) – Milwaukee WI
  • Eppstein Uhen Architects – Madison WI

Acceptance into Graduate Programs:
N/A—all of these graduates started in their profession and did not choose to go to graduate school.