Interior Architecture Student Achievement Data

It typically takes a full-time student taking approximately 16 credits per semester over four years to complete the degree program.
The following data was collected using institutional records and alumni surveys that were administered before and after the class of 2021 graduation. 19 out of 19 alumni responded to the surveys.

Student Attrition and Retention:

91% of students enrolled in the first year of the program in 2020 will progress to the second year of the program, putting program attrition at 9%.

Graduation Rates:

63% of the graduating students in 2021 who successfully completed the first year of studies, will graduate from the Interior Architecture program in four years.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs:

100% of students who graduated in 2021 and applied to graduate schools were accepted into advanced degree programs.

Job Placement:

75% of students who graduated in 2021, and are not pursuing a graduate degree, are employed in industry employmentprior to or at graduation.


The interior architecture program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, , 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 Architecture granted by University of Tennessee, Knoxville 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: . Additionally, the School of Interior Architecture is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design ()

The UT School of Interior Architecture is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Sample 2018 Employment Placement Locations:

  • LRK – Memphis
  • Gensler – New York
  • Gensler – Atlanta
  • Gresham, Smith and Partners – Nashville
  • Keith Yates Design – Los Angeles
  • ANF Architects – Memphis
  • vCAD – Dallas
  • ASD Sky – Atlanta
  • SK Ballard – Knoxville
  • Donna Gilliam Interiors – Nashville
  • Hastings Architecture Associates – Nashville
  • Studio Four Design – Knoxville
  • HLGstudio – Atlanta
  • Office Furniture Outfitters – Knoxville

Sample 2021 Employment Placement Locations:

  • Lauderdale Design Group – Knoxville
  • Daniels + Chandler Architects – Nashville
  • ESa Architecture – Nashville
  • Melissa Golden Interiors – Kingsport