UCLA Extension

Certificate of Interior Design

Quarterly Curriculum Sequence

Former student, Emily Wilson, explains going back to school to study Interior Design:

The UCLA Extension Architecture and  Interior Design Certificate program consists of 18 classes (82 units) and provides a basic foundation level of education in Interior Design. The  Interior Design Certificate is the only program in the nation leading to a Master of Interior Architecture degree that is offered on a continuing education basis. Our program meets the I-20/F1 Visa requirements.

What our Certificate Program offers:

  • Open enrollment: Students are able to enroll in classes from the moment they are available until the first day of class. If a class is full, students are added to a waitlist and are advised to attend the first day of class just in case a seat becomes available.
  • Flexible class loads and scheduling: We provide evening and online classes for those who work full-time or have other obligations that conflict with a daytime school schedule.
  • Transfer credits: If you have taken architecture, art, or design-related courses at other institutions, you may qualify for Advanced Standing. To determine what transfer credits you may qualify for, you will need to make an appointment with the Program Advisor by calling (310) 794-3747.
  • Distinguished instructors who are practicing professionals in interior design, architecture, or fine arts.
  • NCIDQ examination eligibility after a higher amount of required work experience.
  • Internships, mentorships, and job placement opportunities set up through our Program Advisor.
  • Diverse curriculum provides essential skill sets for going on to advanced degree classes.

Students can begin the Certificate Program at any quarter of the year. A full-time student enrolls in three courses per quarter and can complete the program in one and a half years (6 quarters). Part-time students may take one or two courses per quarter and complete the program at their own pace. When quarterly schedules become available, students can register online or by calling the UCLA Extension Enrollment Office at (310) 825-9971.

Students who complete the Certificate with a grade point average of 3.0 or better and have a bachelor’s degree are eligible for the Master of Interior Architecture degree. Please see the Master of Interior Architecture for more details.


Establishing Candidacy in the Certificate program is required in order to receive a Certificate of Completion or Advance Standing for transfer credit received from another institution. Students must establish candidacy prior to enrolling in their sixth course in the program. As a candidate, students will have exclusive access to a set of resources & benefits including:

  • Full-Time Counselor dedicated to working individually with each student.
  • Priority spot on waitlists over non-candidate students.
  • Access to the Job + Internship listings as a benefit just for Certificate students.
  • Resource Library featuring reference books, product samples, literature, and periodicals.
  • Class Credit available in exchange for duties performed as a Teaching Assistant or Librarian.
  • BruinCard available for a $10 fee, for the duration of the program.

The Interior Design Candidacy Fee is $250, non-refundable, non-transferable. To establish candidacy, click here and select “Apply Now” or call the Enrollment Office at (310) 825-9971.

Please note: International Students are required to attend at a full-time pace (minimum of 12 units per quarter) and must establish Candidacy before starting classes. To apply for Candidacy as an International Student, click here. For more information, please visit the International Student Office or call (310) 825-9351.

Program Curriculum:

In order to earn your Certificate of Interior Design, all 18 courses must be completed with a recorded letter grade. Students are encouraged to follow the Quarterly Curriculum Sequence in order to efficiently progress through the program.  Please visit the Quarterly Curriculum Sequence page for more information.

Fundamentals of Interior Architecture X 438 (4 units)
Design Communication I X 467.17A (6 units) Available online*
Elements of Design I X 454A (4 units) Available online*
Color Theory and Application X 452.1 (4 units)
Design Communication II X 466E (6 units) Available online*
Elements of Design II X 454B (4 units) Available online*
Digital Presentation I: Photoshop/Illustrator X 468.20 (4 units) Available online*
Design Communication III X 466F (6 units)
History of Environmental Arts: Part I** X 427.8A (4 units) Available online*
Choose one: (4 units)
Digital Presentation II: 2D CAD/AutoCAD X 468.5A Available online*
Digital Presentation II: Revit Architecture I X 468.13A Available online*
Surface Materials X 427.7 (4 units)
History of Environmental Arts: Part II** X 427.8B (4 units) Available online*
Choose one: (4 units)
Digital Presentation III: 3D CAD/AutoCAD X 468.5B Available online*
Digital Presentation III: Revit Architecture II X 438.13B Available online*
Interior Architecture Studio I: Space Planning/Human Factors X 433 (6 units)
History of Environmental Arts: Part III** X 427.8C (4 units) Available online*
Lighting Design X 467.15 (4 units)
Interior Architecture Studio II: Residential Design X 430A (6 units)
History of Environmental Arts: Part IV** X 427.8D (4 units) Available online*


*Online course offerings vary quarterly. Please check the current schedule to see if a specific course is being offered online. 

** History of Environmental Arts Part I & III offered in Spring & Fall only; History of Environmental Arts II & IV offered in Summer & Winter only.

History of Environmental Arts classes can be taken out of sequence.

Enroll in the Certificate Program

For information on enrolling in the Certificate of Interior Design program, please visit How to Enroll.

We recommend that out-of-country students contact an International Students Representative at UCLA Extension before signing up for classes. All of their information can be found on the International Student website.

Estimated Program Cost:

Candidacy Fee: $250
Estimated Program Tuition: $14,900
Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $3,000
Estimated Total Cost: $18,150

General Certificate Program Information:

For additional information about enrolling in the certificate program, please visit the UCLA Extension Certificate Program FAQ or contact us and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.