Interior Design at El Centro

El Centro's Interior Design program in downtown Dallas puts you at the center of a professional design district with opportunities for hands-on learning, student internships and immediate employment after graduation. Our faculty draw on their knowledge and experience to ensure student success.

Our program is a particularly good fit for those who have already earned a bachelor's degree but want a career change.

Developing Skills for Success

Cooperative (co-op) education is available for second- and third-year interior design students. Students take a position with a local design firm in the area of design they want to practice. The positions are often unpaid, but paid positions are available.

  • Interior Design faculty meet with the employer and student to establish goals and learning objectives.
  • Students are required to keep a weekly journal and participate in discussions regarding various topics related to the interior design industry.
  • Students must be supervised by an interior designer who has passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Exam or with an individual in an established design firm.
  • At the end of the semester, another visit is scheduled with the employer to review the student's goals and objectives and get a final evaluation from the supervising interior designer.

Scholarships Available for Interior Design Students

Though El Centro Interior Design professor Stan Bossler died in 2013, he left a legacy to future students in the form of endowed scholarships through his estate. Read more about Stan Bossler.

Additional scholarships, such as the Allen Oliver II Memorial Scholarship and Read and Pate Scholarship, are available; ask the program coordinator or counselor about them.