Thank you for your interest in applying to the University of Kentucky School of Interiors Graduate Program. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. If you do not have a degree from a CIDA accredited program, contact the UK School of Interiors Director of Graduate Studies to schedule a conversation to discuss alternative pathways. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship or assistantship, please submit your application by February 1. To be considered for fall admission and all forms of financial aid, an application must be complete by March 1.
The Admissions Committee reviews several elements in making decisions about acceptances for students: a statement of purpose, resume, a portfolio, transcripts, and references.
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The statement of purpose should be a written essay that includes a brief personal history and reasons for pursuing a Master of Arts in Interiors at the University of Kentucky. Upload your essay as a PDF document not to exceed 2 pages.
The resume should clearly highlight educational background, relevant experience, and skills in addition to (although not required) notable awards, honors, and research activity. Upload your resume as a PDF document not to exceed 5 pages.
The portfolio should include a well-edited and broad representation of the applicant’s most important visual arts, design, research and/or professional work. Portfolios will be reviewed by members of the admissions committee and should be uploaded as a single PDF document (optimized not to exceed 20MB and limited to no more than 20 pages). For candidates without a background in design, the portfolio should demonstrate the applicant’s drawing skills and three-dimensional aptitude. Work represented may include drawings, paintings, sculpture, sketches, landscape and architectural designs, or other creative work.
A single, compiled PDF is strongly preferred, but if your document cannot be reduced to 20MB or less, you may upload as separate files.
Official transcripts from previous educational institutions uploaded as a pdf.
Applicants will be asked to provide at least 3 letters of recommendation. References will be accepted up to 7 days after the program deadline. However, UK College of Design School of Interiors applicants are exempted from providing references. To complete the application, you may use the following names and email addresses where references are requested: