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The Department of Interior Architecture &Design offers Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in interior design. A full complement of courses provides information on design theory, history, interior architectural design procedures, graphics and technical skills and more preparing students to create responsive environments including workspace, hotel, healthcare, restaurant, residential and eldercare projects. The curriculum prepares students to work in interior design firms or as interior designers in architecture firms as well as in a number of other design-related settings.

National Ranking and Accreditations

In 2019, Design Intelligence ranked the FSU Interior Architecture & Design undergraduate and graduate programs the 6th most hired-from school in the United States, and the undergraduate programs and graduate programs the 13th and 10th most admired schools in the nation according to interior design practitioner, academic and design student respondents. It is also among the top 10 national schools in twelve of DesignIntelligence’s focus area ratings including communication and presentation skills (8th) and research (9th). 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).

The Undergraduate Program

The Department of Interior Architecture and Design offers Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Interior Design. All undergraduate programs are limited in available seats each year so that students can engage in significant faculty-student dialogue for their development and success. 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 and Design does not offer a minor. All degrees help prepare a student to take the CIDQ certification exam.

A Combined Pathways option allows students to take 2, 3-credit hour, courses at the graduate level while still completing their undergraduate degree. This allows students who know they want to apply to the Master’s program a chance to get 6 hours of required coursework for one of the Master’s programs completed while an undergraduate student. It also allows students who do not know if they want to go to graduate school the ability to “test drive” graduate level courses. A student that is accepted into the Combined Pathways program still has to apply to graduate school in the last semester of their fourth year.

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The Graduate Program

The Graduate Program in Interior Design offers a Master of Science, Master of Arts and the Master of Fine Arts degrees that prepare students for design practice or a career in teaching and research. All degrees help prepare a student to take the NCIDQ certification exam.  The Master of Science, 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. The MFA program is especially responsive to those graduate students wishing to teach interior design at the college or university level

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