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Department of Interior Design

Welcome to Interior Design at Florida State University

Our program, housed in the College of Visual Arts, Theatre and Dance, encompasses a CIDA accredited undergraduate curriculum and master's studies for the First Professional, Advanced Professional, and Master of Fine Arts student. Students focus on design theory, history, and technical skills as well as studio classes addressing residential and commercial spaces such as health care, retail, office environment, hospitality, and designs for special populations such as children, elderly, and others in need of supportive housing.  The curriculum prepares students to work in interior design firms or as interior designers in architecture firms--as well as in a number of other design-related settings. 

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The Departments of Interior Design and Art Education in the College of Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance, hosted the 2014 Art and Design for Social Justice Symposium on January 20, 2014.  The event focused on how the tools and inherent abilities within the areas of art and design can be utilized in addressing issues confronting less advantaged groups within our local communities, states, regions or world. The event was designed to generate synergy, spawn collaborative projects among participants, create new scholarly initiatives, and allow examination of the role that art and design play in the telling of a broader social narrative.

The seventh annual symposium was held on the campus of Florida State University in the William Johnston Building.  The event included a dance performance, keynote movie and moderated discussion, a variety of presentations and posters on social justice issues, and will conclude with a performance by musical theatre students.  Additional information and registration can be found at:


FSU Interior Design Ranked #1 by Design Intelligence

Design Intelligence, a yearly publication of the Design Futures Council, has ranked the graduate program in Interior Design at Florida State University the #1 Most Admired in a national survey of deans and chairs in the discipline.  Design Intelligence cited the FSU graduate program for its strong overall reputation, research, and preparation of design educators.  This is the second consecutive year the program has been acknowledged as the most respected in the country. 

The undergraduate Interior Design program at FSU was also noted as the #5 Most Admired in this national survey. The Design Futures Council publishes the Design Intelligence yearly survey ranking programs of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and industrial design. 

Recent Awards for FSU Interior Design Students

The 2012-2013 Academic Year was a stellar year for FSU interior design with many students winner national awards. 

Recent Interior Design MFA graduate Tony Purvis has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 American Society of Interior Designer’s (ASID) Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award and also received the Environmental Design Research Association's (EDRA) Best Student Paper Award. Dr. Jill Pable served as Tony's major professor. 

In April of 2013, MFA student Amy Griffin was awarded the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers/Nurture Fellowship. Amy went through a competitive process where her thesis research was reviewed by practicing health care designers.  Amy will receive a stipend as well as the opportunity to present her research at the AAHID conference in the fall of 2013. Dr. Lisa Waxman served as Amy's major professor.

MFA student Amanda Cleveland recently received the International Furnishings and Design Association's Graduate Student Scholarship.

Amanda Cleveland was also the North American winner of the International Interface Reconnect Biophilic Design Competition. Amanda was ranked one of six regional finalists, from over 120 submissions and was the top finalist in North America. Professor Jim Dawkins serves as Amanda's major professor.

MFA student Jhoana Antiquino represented FSU at the Florida Symposium of Graduate Students in Tampa in the spring of 2013.  She was awarded second place in the poster competition for her work on a traveling exhibition on the needs of the homeless.  Dr. Jill Pable served as Jhoana's major professor. 

Undergraduate student and ASID student chapter president Melanie Guerra Murata won the ASID Award for Outstanding Chapter Leadership.  She accepted the award at the ASID Awards Ceremony in LA in June of 2013.  The student chapter advisor is Professor Jim Dawkins.

Undergraduate student Melanie Guerra Murata was part of the second place team that competed in a Design Charette at NeoCON. FSU has a number of students attend NeoCON this year--great representatives of our program!

With more than 240 Facebook "likes", ASID announced that Melanie Guerra Murata won the ASID portrait project contest, which took place at NeoCON 2013 and Dwell on Design and gave participants the change to share what design means to them, why they love design, and where they find their inspiration.  Melanie's photo portrait reads, "Design means...Empowering the Community".