The School of Design at the University of Central Oklahoma places student-centered excellence at the program’s core. This philosophy and practice are eloquently captured in a quote by senior design student Cynthia Luong: “Design isn’t just about what you learn from your peers and mentors but also about the lasting connections and camaraderie with them. You experience everything together, the ups and downs, the successes and failures, the wins and losses. You learn valuable life lessons — to be more independent, confident, decisive, and flexible in your way of thinking, not just in design but in everyday life. Each class is a different experience and challenging both mentally and physically, and every one of them as important as the next. One such course is the working design studio, Clocktower. This studio is an excellent medium between a school setting and actual real working experience with clients. Clocktower was where I learned to manage time, take critique, and hone my creativity. UCO Design is a milestone, as well as a fantastic stepping stone into the world of design. One that I will remember as being one of the greatest experiences of my life.”
- GDUSA
Our Mission: Prepare students to be creative problem solvers, decision makers and intelligent participants in the design community.
As design disciplines continue to grow, design students need an environment in which they can develop their skills, knowledge and identities as designers. With that in mind, the Department of Design was created in 2001 as a part of the College of Fine Arts and Design. UCO is the first university in the region to house its design programs, Graphic Design and Interior Design, in their own School of Design. UCO Design is a NASAD-accredited design school.
The interior design program leading to the BFA 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. 
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 BFA in Interior Design granted by the University of Central Oklahoma 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
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