• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


The Certificate Program in Interior Design and Interior Architecture program at University of California, Berkeley offers a comprehensive education that combines studio courses with the study of design theory and history.


It teaches you manual and digital drawing skills that allow you to communicate your ideas effectively. You learn from industry professionals who help you build a strong portfolio to start your career. 

The certificate also provides educational credits needed to qualify for the California Council for Interior Design Certification exam (the IDEX® California exam) and the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification exam.

The programs offer a variety of undergraduate or graduate level courses. Current undergraduate students and recently graduated students are eligible to apply.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Design Principles and Elements
  • Design Communication
  • Color Theory and Application for Interiors
  • AutoCAD
  • History of Architecture, Interiors and Decorative Arts
  • Digital Presentation Techniques

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Submit the online registration, and complete your student account profile if you are a new student.
  • Pay the nonrefundable registration fee through your shopping cart. Please allow 3–5 business days for the registration to appear in your student account.
  • A bachelor's degree (in any field) is required to register for the Certificate Program in Interior Design and Interior Architecture. If you do not have a bachelor's degree, you may still be eligible based on previous course work, work experience and portfolio review.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7836 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23500 USD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    7836 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23500 USD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Berkeley

  • 1750 - 2820 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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