Stephen F. Austin State University

Interior Design

What is Interior Design?

Students of Interior Design

Interior Design

Interior design is an integrated process applicable to both residential and commercial environments. It includes the design and planning of space for commercial, industrial, and residential areas. The in-depth look at the active, creative processes of programming and space planning can refer to residences, offices, banks, restaurants, hospitals, institutions and other specialized public spaces.

Degree Plan: Interior Design

R.O.A.D. Map

The R.O.A.D. Map (Real Opportunities to Attain Degree) was designed to assist students throughout their educational career to ensure they are on a path to success.

R.O.A.D. Map 2014

At SFA, students are prepared to enter the professional work force. Interior designers must meet the qualification standards of today's industry. To this end, the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) has developed a two-day examination to measure design competency. The states of Texas and Louisiana, among others, have set high professional standards by requiring interior designers to pass the NCIDQ Exam and thus, meet licensing qualifications. SFA takes pride in providing an academic foundation for future designers that will enable them to pursue a goal of professionalism.

SFA Interior Design faculty have expertise as design practitioners, educators and researchers which provides a well-rounded educational exposure for students. To ensure quality instruction, studios average a student-instructor ratio of 15.1.

Students graduating with a major in Interior Design may seek employment opportunities with architectural and interior design firms, design consulting offices, corporate design departments, and government agencies. Students may specialize in such areas as health care, retail, hospitality, or institutional design. Positions also may be found within a residential firm or retail environment.

For a student with an undergraduate degree in interior design and an average of one year's work experience, the average annual base salary is $27 - 32,000 for the southern region.

Interior Design Student Achievement Data

Job Placement:

2013: 98% of the students that graduated in May 2013 were employed by January, 2014
2012: 100% of the students that graduated in May 2012 were employed by January, 2013.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs:

2014: 100% of students from the May 2014 graduating class who applied to graduate school were accepted.
2013: 100% of students from the May 2013 graduating class who applied to graduate school were accepted.
2012: 100% of students from the May 2012 graduating class who applied to graduate school were accepted.

Retention Rates:

The Interior Design program has a 63.3% retention rate over the last 5 years (2008-2012). This is compared to a 64.1% retention rate for SFA.

Graduation Rates:

4 year ( 09-13) 5 year (08-13) 6 year (07-13)
101 enrolled 88 enrolled 65 enrolled
39 graduated (38.6%) 44 graduated (50%) 26 graduated (40%)
SFA's rate = 22.4% SFA's rate = 38.0% SFA's rate = 40.6%