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Stephen F. Austin State University

Interior Design

Interested in a Career in Interior Design?

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) interior design program at SFA prepares students to compete in the 21st century by developing students for professional positions and to meet the standard qualifications for today's industry. Students learn to design and plan a variety of commercial and residential spaces.

SFA provides a foundation to prepare students to pass the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) and meet other licensing requirements. A degree in interior design prepares students to work in positions in interior design and architectural firms, design consulting offices, corporate design departments and government agencies.

Careers include residential interior designer, kitchen and bath specialist, corporate designer, contract designer, healthcare interior designer, hospitality designer, government interior designer, interior design educator, lighting interior designer, facilities manager, space planner/CAD, product designer, furniture specialist and sales/sales representative.

Employers include AMB Architects, Allsteel, Collaborative Design Group, Corrigan, Darling Homes, Faulkner Design Group, Kitchen Design Concepts, Kitchen Source, Koroseal, Pfluger Architects, Susan Castor Collection, Trifection Remodeling, WHR Architects and Waterworks.

Interior Design Experiential Major Matrix Brochure

HCC/SFASU Partnership

If you're an HCC student interested in transferring to SFA and earning a Bachelor of Science in interior design, complete this form so we can contact you.

HCC Transfer Advising Information - Click HERE

Once a month we will be on HCC's Central Campus to advise and meet you face to face. Or you can email us anytime.

Dates to remember

Because of concerns over coronavirus, or COVID-19, Stephen F. Austin State University interior design faculty members and advisors are changing their usual in-person advising sessions at the Houston Community College Central Campus to online Zoom meetings on the following dates.

To learn more about transferring to SFA and earning a Bachelor of Science in interior design, email Sally Ann Swearingen at for an invitation to your selected Zoom session. These are 30-minute sessions. Faculty and advisors will schedule private Zoom meetings with those who have questions immediately following these sessions.

Send your information:

Transfer Checklist: Submit your application to SFA: with all official college transcripts and a $45 application fee (or fee waiver).
Note: Financial Aid may only be used at one state institute per semester.

Students of Interior Design

View the Spring 2021 Interior Design Graduate Portfolios.

What Is 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

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation,, 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 B. S. in ID granted by Stephen F. Austin State Universtiy meets 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:

What Can I Do With This Major?

Check out some of the cool things you can do with this major - click here!

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 of Graduates
Graduation Year Percent employed by October
2020 100%
2019 100%
2018 100%
2017 100%
2016 78%

Acceptance in Graduate Programs
Graduation Year Acceptance into Graduate Programs
2020 None applied
2019 None applied
2018 None applied
2017 None applied
2016 None applied

Graduation rates and Retention rates are also available.