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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 Amy O’Keefe for more information about classes for non-majors at aokeefe@fsu.edu.

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in interior design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.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 of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees granted by Florida State University meet the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/paths.

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Admission Requirements

Students must be admitted to the university prior to acceptance into the program.  The department is not involved in university admissions. See University Admissions for more details. All students, including transfer students, must contact the Department Advisor in the Major in order to reserve a space in the pre-requisite classes. Contacting the department at least three to four semesters in advance is recommended.

The Department of Interior Architecture & Design at Florida State University is a “limited access” major, which means that demand for the bachelor’s degree exceeds the capacity of the Department and thus, only a portion of students that apply are accepted.  There is no entry portfolio requirement to apply to FSU or the program, but students are formally accepted into the program after taking diagnostic courses in the major and passing the First Year Review.  The diagnostic courses include Survey of Interior Design (IND 2002) and Design Fundamentals I and II (IND 1203 & 1204).  These classes must be taken at FSU.  Along with the diagnostic classes, students will need to take ARH2051 History and Criticism of Art and MAC 1105 College Algebra. At the end of the spring or summer semesters, students will go through a First Year Review, from which the top 36 students are selected to move on to the next year. To be eligible for First Year Review, students must receive a grade of B- or higher in the diagnostic classes and achieve at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all classes at FSU.  Due to the high demand, it is important to note that even if a student meets these requirements, there is no guarantee they will be accepted. The diagnostic classes can only be taken once. Students receiving a grade below a B- in any of the diagnostic classes must change majors at the completion of that term.

Transfer Students: For transfer students, or FSU students changing their major, it is highly recommended that they begin in either the spring or summer semester, take all diagnostic classes, and go through First Year Review at the end of the semester.  This will allow the fastest path to graduation (summer semester plus three years).  Prior to applying for admission to FSU, transfer students must contact the department advisor, Amy O’Keefe at aokeefe@fsu.edu, to reserve space in the diagnostic classes.  Classes fill up very fast, so it is important that a student inform the department of their intent to enroll three to four semesters 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.  Transferring students must have a 3.0 GPA to take the three diagnostic classes.  Transient students from community colleges must be in their last semester of their AA to take classes in the program.

During the First Year Review process, all faculty review the work of the students following their completion of the diagnostic classes.  In addition to the quality of student work, 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.

Length of the Undergraduate Program

Students who begin in the fall will require 4 years to complete the interior architecture and design curriculum, students entering in spring will need 3.5 years, and students who begin in the summer can complete the full sequence of study in 3.3 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.  Transfer students with AA degrees are highly encouraged to begin in the summer.

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 77 (seventy-seven) semester credits of required courses beyond the liberal studies.  A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation composed of Interior Architecture and Design coursework with the University liberal studies requirements.

Internships are required of all undergraduate students and are essential in preparing students for their careers.  The department will assist students in locating an internship with local interior design and architectural firms, or firms in a number of other cities in Florida and throughout the U.S.

Course Sequence

Continuation in the Program

All students must make a C or higher in each class in the major or the class must be repeated.  Classes are sequential and build on one another — with many being prerequisites for others — thus, if a student falls off track it will be difficult to complete the program in a timely manner.  Classes can only be repeated once, and only two classes in the program may be repeated.  If a student exceeds these class repetitions, they will be dismissed from the program.

Summer Study in the Restoration of the Historic Decorative Arts

In cooperation with the Ringling in Sarasota, the Department of Interior Architecture & Design offers a summer one-week intensive program on the history and decorative arts, gilded age culture, and museum exhibition design. Centered on the extensive restoration of the Ca d’Zan, the 1920s winter home of John and Mable Ringling, students meet and learn from the curators, art historians, and craftsmen dedicated to restoring and conserving one of America’s great mansions and its expansive paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts collection. Students also tour Sarasota’s celebrated mid-century modern architectural works designed by Paul Rudolph and visit with some of Florida’s leading specialists in modern and contemporary home furniture. The course, led by faculty member Dr. Lena McLane, ymclane@fsu.edu, in partnership with Marissa Hershon, Ringling’s Curator of the Ca’d’Zan, is open to all undergraduate and graduate students.

International Study Programs

The program also offers the opportunity to study abroad.  During the summer term, Interior Architecture & Design students have the opportunity to experience design in another country.  A summer study abroad program, offered through Florida State University International Programs, is available for Interior Architecture & Design students in London, England.  Global experience has become an increasingly vital part of a student’s education.  For more information, contact Amy Huber or Lena McLane.

More Information

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