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 (JEDI); adaptive reuse and repositioning post-covid; biodesign; 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.

Course Offerings for Fall 2022


The following interior design courses will be offered in the fall 2022 semester. Both courses are available to those seeking to complete the minor or the certificate program.

  • INTD 2000-001/5000 - History and Global Perspectives of Interior Design (3 credits) | Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30-1:45 p.m.
  • INTD 3100-001/5100 - Drawing Out the Interiors (3 credits) | Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-4:45 p.m.

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.

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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. 

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