Department of Interior Design / Students
The Interior Design student body benefits from the interaction of undergraduate and graduate students, in both formal and informal settings. Students at both levels study in facilities located in the William Johnston Building, located directly on Landis Green, in the heart of the FSU campus. Four studios, a CAD lab, two lecture rooms, a seminar room, a large Resource Room, and a dedicated critique space support the student experience.
The department also has an excellent internship placement program which helps prepare students for job placement in all areas of design. Internships are available in Tallahassee and in many locations around the country. Out-of-town internships are best done in the summer semester when students are not in regular classes. For more information on internships, contact, Kenan Fishburne (undergraduates) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jim Dawkins (graduate students) at email@example.com.
Apart from the many functions sponsored by the department, students are encouraged to participate in the activities of the Interior Design Student Organization, a combined effort of the student chapters of the American Society of Interior Designer (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Competitions, conferences, and career day events are part of the calendar.
Find more information on our Interior Design Student Organization.
All Interior Design students not owning a laptop computer with the specifications listed below will need to purchase one by the Fall semester of the second year (once accepted into the program following First Year Review). This allows students to work on their own computer in studio classes. It is strongly advised students NOT purchase a new computer ahead of the recommended time, as requirements constantly change with software and technology upgrades. Our current advice for laptop purchases includes the following minimum requirements:
- Intel Quad Core i5 or i7
- 1 GB of VRAM (Video card RAM) (2 GB preferred)
- 4 GB of RAM (8GB preferred) (16 GB for Apple computers)
- 250GB+ Hard Drive
- Windows 7 for 64 bit machines (Windows 8 or 8.1 is also acceptable)
- 15" screen or larger
- 1280 x 800 or higher display resolution
- 802.11n WiFi
- External mouse with at least 3 buttons
If purchasing an Apple computer, you must still meet all of the above requirements. However, your computer will need 16 GB of memory and you will need to purchase a copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8. You will also need to have your computer setup with Boot Camp to be able to boot into Windows and utilize the AutoDesk software. Parallels or VMWare Fusion may work, but Boot Camp is the most reliable and preferred method.
We advise students not to purchase software required by the department until fully accepted into the program (after a successful First Year Review). Students should have computers purchased prior to enrollment in Studio I (or during the first few weeks of the semester). Students will be expected to purchase the latest release of Adobe Creative Suite during Studio I. Students will need to pay for the Adobe Creative Suite, but student discounts are available. Autodesk products (AutoCAD, Revit, etc.), which will be used in CAD I and beyond can be downloaded from the Autodesk Student Community web site for free. Your CAD faculty will give you more details in class. We do not recommend downloading this software prior to taking these classes--as software upgrades are frequent.
Students are strongly advised to purchase a color printer.
More information on the Interior Design Program can be found in the University Bulletin.
Past, present and future students are all extremely important to the continuity of a vital design program. The Program receives much support from its alumni. While most students in the program come from Florida, alumni of the program are far flung and represent the program in all avenues of design practice.
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