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Academic Program Guide

Interior Architecture and Design

College: Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance
Degree: BS and BA
Limited Access: Yes

Contact: Lisa Waxman
Address: 1038 WJB, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1231
Phone: (850) 644-1436

Description of Major
Interior Design is concerned with the design of all interior spaces, both residential and commercial, and the total field of environmental design. Students are prepared to meet professional requirements and criteria. Interior Design is studied in close relationship to art and architecture.

A professional interior designer is defined by the national accrediting body of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) as one who is “qualified by education and experience to identify, research and creatively solve problems relative to the function and quality of man’s proximate environment.” The competencies taught include principles and elements of design, design analysis, space planning and programming, drafting and technical drawing, graphic presentation of design solutions, design history, building systems, and occupational and safety standards.

There is an active student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) which is open to all majors in the program.

An overall GPA of a 3.00 or higher is required for admission into this major.

Prerequisite Coursework
*To be completed at FSU with a final grade of B minus or greater.*

Prerequisite Coursework (9 hours)
All of the following also apply to the major:

IND 1203 (3) Design Fundamentals I
IND 1204 (3) Design Fundamentals II
IND 2002 (3) Survey of Interior Design

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

*Special note to transfer students: There is a special summer program for transfer students through which they may complete the prerequisite/diagnostic courses. Contact the department for more information about the summer program.

Requirements for Admission to the Major

An overall GPA of a 3.00 or higher is required for admission into this major.

The interior design program is limited access based on available faculty and space. The 4-year program of study incorporates a series of diagnostic/prerequisite courses in the first two terms of study. At the end of the spring and summer terms, First Year Reviews will be held, and the top 40 students (essentially two studios of 20 each) will be allowed to progress into the second year and above courses.

Transfer students may take all of the diagnostic/prerequisite courses during the summer terms and compete equally for the fall enrollment available.


Major Program of Studies at FSU: (76 hours)
In order to graduate, students must successfully complete all program requirements. The program is accredited by CIDA and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Required courses (70 hours)
IND 1203 (3) Design Fundamentals I
IND 1204 (3) Design Fundamentals II
IND 2002 (3) Survey of Interior Design
IND 2300 (3) Graphic Techniques I
IND 2310 (3) Graphic Techniques II
IND 3217c (4) Interior Design Studio I
IND 4218c (4) Interior Design Studio II
IND 4242c (4) Interior Design Studio III
IND 4243c (4) Interior Design Studio IV
IND 4245c (4) Interior Design Studio V
IND 3465 (3) Computer-Aided Design I
IND 3469 (3) Computer-Aided Design II
IND 4101 (3) History of Interiors I
IND 4131 (3) History of Interiors II
IND 3431 (3) Lighting Fundamentals
IND 3440 (3) Furniture Design
IND 3470 (3) Construction Systems
IND 3474 (3) Construction Documents
IND 3480 (3) Materials and Methods
IND 3533 (1) Portfolio Preparation
IND 3627 (3) Sustainable Design
IND 4506 (3) Business Practices
IND 4601 (3) Social/Psychological Aspects of Design
IND 4947 (3) Internship

Electives (6 hours)
Choose from the courses below:

IND 4156 (3) Historical Restoration & Research
IND 3930 (1-3) Special Topics in Interior Design Portfolio II
IND 4949r (1-3) Internship
IND 4905 (1-3) Directed Individual Study

Other courses in related areas may be selected in consultation with the Interior Architecture and Design department.

Computer Skills Competency: (3 hours)
IND 3469 (3) satisfies this requirement for the major.

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36
Major Coursework 70
Minor Coursework 0
Computer Skills 0 beyond required major coursework
Oral Competency 0-3
Other Coursework 0
Electives to bring total number of credit hours to 120

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at

1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.
4. Students who plan to earn the B. A. degree must complete a foreign language through the intermediate (2200 or equivalent) level and nine additional hours in the fields of history and humanities, beyond General Education requirements.
5. Students must earn a C minus or higher in all major classes to remain in the program.

Employment Information
Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major(Baccalaureate Level): Commercial Designer in an Interior Design firm or Architectural firm; Residential Designer; Owner of Design firm; Lighting Designer, Product or Furniture Designer; Retail Showroom Designer, Retail Visual Merchandiser; Design Project Manager; Product Expediter; Estimator; Sales Representative ; Facility Planner; Elder Residence Designer; Aging in Place Specialist; Design Marketing Specialist; Building Model Builder; Project Renderer; Universal Design Specialist; LEED(Sustainable) Design Specialist; Adjunct Instructor; Exhibit Designer; Codes Consultant; Installation Supervisor; Feasibility Study Designer; Specification Writer; Office Furnishings Designer, Technical Illustrator, Project Coordinator, Creative Director, Design Associate, Senior Designer, Junior Designer, Construction Administrator, Purchasing Agent.

Representative Employers: Interior Design Studios, Architectural Firms, Property Management Firms, Fabric, Carpet and Furniture Companies, Realtors, Retailers of Interior Products, Division of Parks and Recreation (Historic Preservation).

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