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Admission Requirements  I  Program of Study  I  Summer Study in the Restoration of the Historic Decorative Arts  I  International Study

The Department of Interior Architecture & Design offers the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts degrees in interior design. Both degree programs are accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of the Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The Department of Interior Architecture & Design does not offer a minor, although several courses may be taken by non-majors.

Contact Dr. Yelena McLane for more information about classes for non-majors at ymclane@fsu.edu.

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Admission Requirements

Students must be admitted to the university first and the department is not involved in university admissions. See University admissions for more details.

The Department of Interior Architecture & Design at Florida State University is a “limited access” major.  Students admitted to the university may declare a conditional major. There is no entry portfolio requirement to apply to FSU or the program. Students are formally accepted into the program after taking three diagnostic courses in the major and passing First Year Review.  The three diagnostic courses include Survey of Interior Design and Design Fundamentals I and II.  These classes should be taken at FSU during the fall, spring, or summer semesters.  For students beginning in fall or spring term, a First Year Review will be held at the end of spring semester. From among the students who have taken the three diagnostic classes, the top students will be chosen to proceed to the second year and beyond and will be accepted majors.  During First Year Review, all faculty review the work of the students in their three diagnostic classes.  In addition, the attitude, work ethic, attendance, the ability to accept constructive criticism, and cumulative GPA in all classes taken at the college/university level are also considered.  Although there is no specific GPA requirement, it is rare that a student with a college/university GPA below 3.0 is accepted.

In the spring First Year Review, approximately 20 students are formally accepted to the major, some are not accepted and encouraged to seek other majors, and others are put in a provisional category to be reviewed again in August.  In August, summer students and provisional spring students are reviewed and up to 20 more students are formally accepted bringing the total cohort size to approximately 40.

Transfer students, or FSU students declaring or changing their major, may take all or part of the required first year courses during the summer term.  After applying for admission to FSU, transfer students must contact the Department Career Counselor Lena McLane at ymclane@fsu.edu (ideally in the fall term prior to beginning the summer session) in order to reserve space in the diagnostic classes.  Classes fill up very fast, so it is important to let the department know you plan to attend well in advance.  A transfer student need not enter FSU with any interior architecture and design coursework completed. These diagnostic classes are only offered at FSU and cannot be taken elsewhere.

Length of the Undergraduate Program

Students who begin in the fall will need 4 years to complete the program, students entering in spring will need 3.5 years, and students who begin in the summer can complete the full sequence of study in 3 years.  It is not possible to proceed more quickly due to the intense nature of the studio classes and the sequential nature of the program.

The Program of Studies

The Undergraduate Program of studies consists of sequential learning that provides training in all critical aspects of the field of interior design. Studios focus on residential design as well as healthcare, office, retail, mixed-use and low income housing, and a capstone hospitality studio.  The program consists of 73 (seventy-three) semester credits of required courses beyond the liberal studies. However, candidates are urged to consider additional elective studies that will enhance portfolio performance. A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation and combine the Interior Architecture and Design coursework with the University liberal studies requirements.

Internships are available for students with local interior design and architectural firms, as well as firms in a number of other cities in Florida and throughout the U.S. The internship is required and is essential in linking students with careers after they graduate.

Course Sequence

Summer Study in the Restoration of the Historic Decorative Arts

In cooperation with the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, our Interior Architecture & Design department runs a summer 1-week intensive study on the restoration and preservation of the decorative arts. Centered on the extensive restoration of the Ca d’Zan, the 1920s winter home of John and Mable Ringling, students are able to study with the curators, art historians and craftsman that made this museum house a reality. The course, led by Associate Professor Karen Myers, kmyers@fsu.edu, is open to undergraduate and graduate students for elective credit.

International Study Programs

The program also offers the opportunity to study abroad. During the summer term, Interior Architecture & Design students have the opportunity to visit some of the leading design centers in Europe.  Study abroad courses in interiors have been offered in Florence, Italy, through Florida State University’s Study Abroad program. A global experience has become an increasingly vital part of a student’s education.

More Information

More information on the Interior Architecture & Design Department can be found in the University Bulletin.