On Thursday, October 5th, the Department of Interior Architecture and Design held a program-wide meeting to kick off the start of a new fall semester. An ice cream social was hosted in the foyer of the William Johnston Building prior, and meeting attendees were given the new department t-shirt as a welcome back gift. The meeting introduced faculty and student leaders to the student body and also informed students on departments rankings and current accreditation.
The Department of Interior Architecture and Design graduate program was listed as the 1st most admired program by deans and chairs in DesignIntelligence Rankings for 2018. This marks the sixth year in a row that FSU has held such an honor. DesignIntelligence is a respected industry journal of Design Futures Council and serves as a regular source of information for publications such as Fortune, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and NPR. These rankings have served as the definitive analysis of architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, and interior design programs nationwide.
The Department of Interior Architecture and Design is part of FSU’s College of Fine Arts and has been fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) since 1975. The undergraduate program, which was ranked 19th in the regional list by firms, prepares students for work in interior design and architecture firms. Alumni work in architecture and interior design firms across the nation and alumni of the graduate programs teach and conduct research in colleges and universities both in the United States and abroad. Undergraduate students in 2016 had a placement rating of 97%, while graduate students had a placement rating of 100%.
Students can choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree and have their choice of soon-to-be four master’s degree options, one MFA, two MS’s and a newly evolving 4+1 track where students will be able to obtain graduate level credits during their senior year. Graduates of these programs enter professional practice in interior design or architectural firms upon graduation, and MFA students are highly sought after for college and university teaching positions nationally and internationally.