Interior Design at CU Denver

The Interior Design program at CAP teaches fundamentals of interior design through a holistic, integrated, and experiential approach. Interior design combines the pragmatics of space planning and programming with the poetics of human experience and placemaking. The rigors of Interior Design lie at the intersection of environmental stewardship, social justice, cultural diversity, and human-centered design.

Interior Design is a field that complements other offerings in the College of Architecture and Planning and provides those pursuing other degrees with an opportunity to amplify their skills and distinguish themselves in the marketplace.

Our program is unique in its access to Denver and the city’s professional community. The curriculum integrates professional engagement with hands-on and high-impact design build opportunities that enrich the learning experience. Our program is unique in its attention to sustainability; justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion; adaptive reuse; furniture and lighting design; and entrepreneurship.

CAP offers the only Interior Design program in the State of Colorado that benefits from having Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Planning programs.

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CAP Welcomes New Director of Interior Design Sarah McGarry

Sarah McGarry, NCIDQ, IIDA, LEED AP, joins the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) as the new Director of Interior Design. McGarry comes to CAP with nearly 20 years of experience in interior design. Most recently, McGarry served as a principal at Stantec, where she was responsible for the business and operations side of the practice as well as design leadership, management, and execution. She is now starting her own design firm, Clic Design Studio. Prior to Stantec, Sarah worked at RNL (now Stantec) and Hixson in Cincinnati, Ohio. Read More


Interior Design Lecturers

Course Offerings for Spring 2023

The following interior design courses will be offered in the Spring 2023 semester. Both courses are available to those seeking to complete the minor or the certificate program.

  • INTD 3686.H01 - Special Topics in Interior Design: Light & Color (3 credits)
  • INTD 3686.H02 - Special Topics in Interior Design: Interior Design Materials (3 credits)

Minor in Interior Design

The Minor in Interior Design amplifies the mission of the College of Architecture and Planning, igniting evolution that enriches places for people and the planet. The Interior Design Minor provides students a breadth and depth of knowledge and skills integrating sustainable building practices, social justice, and spatial poetics to enhance health and wellbeing through creatively exploring interior environments. The minor offers students opportunities to apply design thinking, engage in design-build projects, learn directly from industry leaders, and participate in interdisciplinary team-based projects reflective of the professional practice of interior design.

Open to any student at CU Denver, this minor is designed to provide students with an immersive learning experience in the creative, practical, technical, environmental, and ethical aspects of the professional discipline of interior design. The minor complements a range of majors from architecture to construction management, art, business, sociology, and many others.


Certificate in Interior Design

The certificate provides aspiring interior designers the professional knowledge, competency, and applied skills necessary for the practice of interior design. With a focus on sustainability, environmental stewardship, and health and wellness, this certificate integrates human-centered approaches with appreciative inquiry, critical thinking, creativity, and innovation for interior environments.