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Undergraduate Program


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 more information about classes for non-majors at

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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.

The Department of Interior Architecture & Design at Florida State University is a “limited access” major.  There is no entry portfolio requirement to apply to FSU or the program, but students are formally accepted into the program after taking three diagnostic courses in the major and passing the First Year Review.  The three 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.  Following the diagnostic classes, students will go through a First Year Review, from which the top 38 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 three diagnostic classes and achieve at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all classes at FSU.  Even if a student meets these requirements, there is no guarantee they will make the top 38.  Due to the large number of students interested in the program, the diagnostic classes can only be taken once. Students receiving a grade below a B- in any of the three 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 the summer term, take all three diagnostic classes, and go through first year review in August.  This will allow the fastest path to graduation (summer term plus three years).  After applying for admission to FSU, transfer students must contact the department advisor, Amy O’Keefe, 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 many months 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 three 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 need 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 and combine the Interior Architecture and Design coursework with the University liberal studies requirements.

Internships are required of all undergraduate students.  The department will assist students in locating an internship.  We have opportunities 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 essential in preparing students for their career.

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 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 faculty member Dr. Lena McLane,, 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 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.  A 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.