Wade College's CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) accredited interior design program transforms students into professionals with the creative and technical skills necessary to design functional and beautiful residential and commercial spaces that contribute to the safety and well-being of inhabitants.

Interior design is defined as the professional and comprehensive practice of creating an interior environment that addresses, protects, and responds to human need(s). It is the art, science, and business planning of a creative, technical, sustainable, and functional interior solution that corresponds to the architecture of a space, while incorporating process and strategy, a mandate for well-being, safety, and health, with informed decisions about style and aesthetics.

At Wade College, students learn how to problem solve using the design process to apply interior design fundamentals, principles, elements, theories, history, and methodology. Our program provides students with hands-on experience in space planning, design, essential industry software, codes, environmental issues, lighting, professional practices, internships, and the basics of architecture, among other subjects. Our Interior design professors work in the industry, have field experience in the respective courses, and bring phenomenal expertise to the classroom setting.

Interior design students can start gaining valuable experience while studying by enrolling in field experience courses, taking advantage of internship opportunities and our proximity to the Dallas Design District, and participating in industry trade shows at the Dallas Market Center.


  • Interior Designer
  • Space Planner
  • Kitchen & Bath Designer
  • Design Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • FF&E Specialist
  • Textile Specialist
  • Production Designer


  • HKS
  • VARI
  • Gensler
  • WRG
  • Common Desk
  • TriMark USA
  • Furniture Marketing Group
  • Visioneering Studios


  • The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503-4014.
  • 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 Arts in Interior Design granted by Wade College 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.

Student Achievement Data

A full-time student enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design program and taking a minimum of 15 credit hours per trimester can complete the program in 8 consecutive trimesters, which is 32 consecutive months of study. The following data was collected using institutional records. Alumni surveys are regularly administered 6 months after each graduating class. There were 9 baccalaureate-level graduates from the Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design program in the 2022-2023 cohort: Student Attrition and Retention (100% of students admitted in the fall of 2022 returned in the fall of 2023, putting attrition at 0%); Graduation Rates (of the students graduating in the 2022-2023 academic year, 100% graduated in 4 years); Acceptance into Graduate Programs (there are no 2022-2023 academic year graduates enrolled in graduate programs); and Job Placement Rates (89% of students who graduated in the 2022-2023 academic year are employed in the interior design field or a related profession).