Architecture and Interior Design: Program Information

Program Information


The UCLA Extension Architecture and Interior Design Program (Arc_ID) has a tripartite mission:

  1. To provide Southern California's best program in interior design for those individuals wanting a professional career in the interior design industry.
  2. To offer the highest quality professional development opportunities for practicing architects and interior designers.
  3. To provide members of the general public with a variety of classes through which they can deepen their knowledge and understanding in the areas of architecture and interior design.

Interior Design Program

If you are exploring the possibility of becoming an interior designer, you will want to consider the many benefits to our Interior Design Program, including:

  • Open enrollment. As with all courses at UCLA Extension, you may register for your first course just prior to the beginning of any quarter throughout the year.
  • An Instructor corps made up of distinguished practicing professionals from the fields of interior design, architecture, and fine art.
  • Internship, mentorship, and job placement opportunities.
  • Flexibility in course load and class scheduling. There are day and evening courses. A full-time student enrolls in three courses per quarter and will complete the program in a little over two years. Part-time students may take one or two courses per quarter. For more details, please consult the FAQ section of this site.
  • Transfer credits. If you have taken art- and design-related courses at other institutions you may qualify for advanced standing in the program. To determine what transfer credits you may qualify for, you will need to make an appointment to meet with the Program Advisor.

Professional Development for Architects and Interior Designers

If you are already a practicing architect or interior designer you can enhance your skills by taking courses in our Professional Development Series. These include courses in CAD Technology, Marketing, and Project Management. Since Arc_ID is a qualified CEU provider, these offerings provide the additional benefit of counting towards your professional CEU requirements.

Personal Enrichment

If you are primarily interested in enriching your knowledge as a non-professional, you can choose from a wide array of offerings. There are local tours of significant works of architecture ranging from Palm Springs Modernism to the works of Frank Lloyd Wright to the latest in cool restaurant design. There are lecture courses on topics ranging from Spanish Colonial Revival Architecture to Medieval Environments to A Day in Greece. Study tours abroad are usually offered in summer. Lastly, for those wanting to enhance the look and feel of their own homes, we have a Home Decorating Series, which offers courses designed to help you discover how to make your own personal space work better for you.

Facts & Figures

Enrollment data as of 2013

  • Retention Rate
    First-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students returning the following year: 71%
  • Graduation Rate
    First-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students (150% completion rate): 82%
  • Job Placement Rate
    Percentage of students who were employed within 180 days of completion: 95%