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Department of Interior Design / Introduction


The Interior Design curriculum at Florida State is both demanding and rewarding and covers all areas of commercial and residential design. Design principles are applied to specific interiors including offices, restaurants, retail and hospitality venues, banks, healthcare facilities, as well as single and multi-family residences (including the special housing needs of the elderly and differently-abled.) Computer technology, and aspects of universal design and sustainability are spread throughout the course of study. The value we place on a global experience is underscored by a 25-year history of study abroad programs focused on interior design. 

Department Values

As designers, we believe that well-designed spaces have the potential to positively impact human well-being.  As faculty, we strive to impart the following human-centered values to our students:

  • Creative, beautiful, and meaningful spaces enhance our life experiences
  • Well-designed spaces are an important part of our culture and history
  • Good design should be available to all and can serve as an agent for social change
  • Spaces have the ability to contribute to our sense of place and community
  • Spaces should be functional and meet the needs of building occupants
  • Sustainable design is essential to human health and well-being
  • Research and evidence-based design are an essential part of design decision-making
  • Ethical behavior and responsible business practices are essential

Department Mission

The department’s mission is to impart our department values of human-centered design.  We provide students the knowledge necessary to pursue careers as interior designers who create beautiful, functional, and sustainable interiors that positively impact human health, safety, and well-being.  Through the application of evidence-based design, creative and critical thinking in history, theory, and studio courses, students create well-designed commercial and residential spaces where people live, work, and play.    

The Program

The department offers the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts.  The undergraduate program is fully accredited by the national accrediting agency, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. We are proud to state that our program has been continuously accredited since 1975.

The department also offers the Master of Science First Professional degree for those candidates without an undergraduate degree in interior design or architecture. This program fully prepares candidates to enter the profession and, after practicing the required hours, sit for the NCIDQ exam required for licensing in many states. The Master of Science Advanced Professional, Master of Arts, and Master of Fine Arts degrees are available for candidates already holding a bachelors degree in interior design or other related and approved design discipline. Our MFA program is especially responsive to those graduate students wishing to enter the field of design education.

The program is supported by an industry Interior Design Advisory Board. This 14 member board, composed of practicing designers (many of whom are alumni), and industry leaders work to provide continuing avenues of excellence for students and faculty of the program.


Department Facilities

The Program is housed in the $49.2 million renovation of the 1939 William Johnston Building, on Landis Green in the heart of the FSU campus (with our main department office in 1038 WJB) Aside from the department and faculty offices, our facilities consist of 6 design studios, a CAD lab, print center, resource room, a public critique space, graduate lounge, seminar and lecture spaces, a 1000 sf gallery, a fully equipped wood-working shop, a 2500 sf library and congregation spaces for our students. The building achieved a Gold LEED certification.


Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the interior design degree the graduate will encounter opportunities for careers in many areas of interior design.  Our graduates are employed in the fields of contract and residential design, furniture design, product design, boat and recreational vehicle design, product representation, drafting and space planning services, millwork design, graphics, computer-aided design, lighting and color specialists and many other related areas of the profession.

The department also has an excellent internship placement program which helps prepare students for job placement in all areas of design and in all areas of the country. Graduating students will have created a comprehensive portfolio of interior design work that demonstrates their capabilities and is the basis for potential employment.

ASID, IIDA,CIDA, NCIDQ, IDEC and IDC launched the official Careers in Interior Design Web site as a resource to those considering a career in Interior Design. The site can be found at


Professional Organizations

For more information on professional interior design organizations, visit Professional Organizations.