The Department of Interior Architecture and Design, housed in the College of Fine Arts, offers two CIDA-accredited bachelor’s degrees, a one-year master of science (M.S.) degree with two separate tracks and a 2-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. A fast-track option for qualified bachelor’s degree students can also provide a combined bachelor’s and master of science (M.S) degree in 5 years. Students engage with design theory, history, technical skills, and participate in studio classes addressing residential and commercial spaces including health care, retail, office environments, hospitality, furniture design and specialized projects for children, seniors, and others in need of supportive spaces. The curriculum prepares students to work in interior design firms, as interior designers in architectural firms, or in many other design-related settings.
The Department offers both Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in interior design. The Undergraduate Program has been fully accredited since 1975 by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Both the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Graduates are eligible to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Exam (NCIDQ), the gateway to professionalism and required for practice in many states and provinces.
Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees are offered at the undergraduate level. The Graduate Program includes the Master of Science Advanced Professional Project Track, Master of Science Advanced Professional Research Track, and Master of Fine Arts degrees are available for candidates already holding a Bachelor’s 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 in the future.
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, students create well-designed commercial and residential spaces where people live, work and play.
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:
The FSU Interior Design program resides in the Department of Interior Architecture & Design. The department name accurately describes the work students engage in while in school and out in the workforce. Students are heavily involved in shaping interior space. The undergraduate program leading to the bachelor’s degree (either BS or BA) is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), https://accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids MI, 49503. The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The bachelor’s degree granted by Florida State University meets the educational requirements for eligibility to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/paths. It is important to note that students remaining in the state of Florida will be eligible (upon passage of the NCIDQ) to be licensed as interior designers. Because our program name is interior design, FSU diplomas read “interior design.” Please contact the department for any clarification.
The Department is housed in the 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, graduate lab, seminar and lecture spaces, a gallery, a design library and congregation spaces for our students. The building achieved a Gold LEED certification. The FSU Innovation Hub is directly across the green. The department’s Studio D furniture design facilities provide a fully-equipped woodworking and digital fabrication laboratory, and the MOTL classroom assists students’ exploration and testing of interior materials at the Carnaghi Arts Building.
The Council for Interior Design Accreditation’s Summary Report 2019 summarizes societal trends that impact the interior design profession and interior design education, available here.