The Interior Design program at the University of Arkansas originated in 1974 in the Department of Home Economics. After several changes, the degree became the Bachelor of Interior Design (B.I.D.) in 1999-2000, and the program joined the Fay Jones School of Architecture in July 2010. The curriculum emphasizes design as a creative, problem-solving skill. Students learn to create environments that meet diverse human needs and desires.
Third and fourth year interior design students recently designed and produced a website as a requirement for their Professional Practice for Interior Design course, as a portion of the marketing and public relations learning module. A link to the website has been sent to principals and design directors at 300 top interior design/architecture firms. Professor Carl Matthews, Interior Design Department Head, was the instructor for the course.