Stephen F. Austin State University

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

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's interior design program is considered one of the best in the state of Texas and is CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) accredited. As students progress through the program there is a portfolio review of their interior design course work. The review generally happens upon the completion of HMS 310, Graphic Design. It is the belief of the faculty that the review generates a higher quality of work from the students and enables the program to excel.

The program also has an articulation agreement with Lone Star College (Kingwood), a community college just north of Houston, and is presently pursuing additional articulation agreements with other two-year colleges in the Houston and Dallas areas. (Lone Star/Kingwood transfer equivalency)

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

What is Interior Design?

Students of Interior Design