certificate

Interior Design: Foundation Level

This foundation level certificate provides beginners with a fundamental education in the field of interior architecture. It is the only program in the nation leading to a Master of Interior Architecture degree that is offered on a continuing education basis.

This program is perfect for...

  • Those exploring the possibility of becoming an interior designer
  • Interior designers interested in enhancing their skills
  • Individuals seeking more knowledge in the field of interior design
  • Students with a passion for interior design

What you can learn.

  • Explore the history of environmental arts, fundamentals of interior architecture in both commercial and residential interiors, color theory and more
  • Become skilled in using AutoCAD and/or Revit, two powerful computer-aided design (CAD) programs favored by major design firms
  • Develop skills for freehand drawing and drafting to communicate design concepts
  • Cover a diverse curriculum providing essential skills for going on to advanced degree classes

About this program.

interior design

The Interior Design: Foundation Level Certificate is an open enrollment program taught by instructors who are practicing professionals in the fields of interior design, architecture, or fine arts. Its flexible scheduling allows for balanced class loads and scheduling. Internship, mentorship, and job placement opportunities are available through our program advisor. Certificate graduates are eligible to sit for the NCIDQ Examination after meeting work experience requirements.

Further, students who complete the certificate with a grade point average of 3.0 or better and have a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply to the Master of Interior Architecture degree. 

Design your future.

Expect more from your education.

Learn from Industry Leaders

"My favorite thing about teaching is being able to influence students wanting to change their career into a new world—a creative world in which they will enjoy doing what they do for the rest of their lives."

Luis de Moraes
Take Your Career to the Next Level

The Interior Design: Foundation Level Certificate at UCLA Extension is the only certificate program in the nation leading to a Master of Interior Architecture degree that is offered on a continuing education basis.

The amazing instructors taught me how to think as a designer, and provided me with all the tools to succeed in the field, from conceptualizing spaces to smart business practices.

Jennifer Casey
Interior Design Student

What our certificates have done for our students.

85%

feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 in 4

received a salary increase after starting a certificate program

50%

switched careers after completing a certificate program

85%

recommend a certificate program to others

Source: UCLA Extension Certificate Graduates Survey

Courses

Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
ARCH X 438
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
ARCH X 452.1
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
ARCH X 454A
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
ARCH X 454B
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
ARCH X 466E
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
ARCH X 466F
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
ARCH X 467.15
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
ARCH X 467.17A
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
ARCH X 468.20
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
ARCH X 427.7
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
ARCH X 427.8A
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
ARCH X 427.8B
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
ARCH X 427.8C
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
ARCH X 427.8D
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
ARCH X 430A
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
ARCH X 433
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
see all courses
Defined Elective - Digital Presentation II
ARCH X 468.13A
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
ARCH X 468.5A
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Defined Elective - Digital Presentation III
ARCH X 438.13B
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
ARCH X 468.5B
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee

250.00

Estimated Program Tuition

14900.00

Estimated program textbook/materials

3100.00

*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

The Interior Design: Foundation Level certificate is approved for international students (F-1 student visa).

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting test scores from either TOEFL, IELTS or iTEP. Some applicants may be exempt from this requirement if certain criteria are met. 

English language proficiency (minimum*):

  • TOEFL iBT: 83
  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
  • iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5 
*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, or 5.1 on the iTEP Academic-Plus will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language courses.
 

Learn more:

Academic Requirements & English Language Proficiency

International Students: How to Apply

color swatches and design sketches

Take Your Career to the Next Level

Upon successful completion of the Interior Design: Foundation Level Certificate, students with a baccalaureate degree may continue on to the Master of Interior Architecture degree program, offered collaboratively with Cal Poly Pomona. Masters students further hone their design skills and technical abilities to create a professional portfolio, while also setting themselves up for greater access to advancement opportunities and a higher earning potential.

Learn More

Contact Us

Speak to a program representative. Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
Keep up to date on the latest news and offerings in Interior Design

vector icon of building

Corporate Education

Learn how we can help your organization meet its professional development goals and corporate training needs.

Learn More

vector icon of building

Donate to UCLA Extension

Support our many efforts to reach communities in need.

Innovation Programs

Student Scholarships

Coding Boot Camp

Lifelong Learning