Stephen F. Austin State University


Welcome to Interior Design at Stephen F. Austin State University!

This site has been created to introduce you to the policies, procedures and important information needed to navigate the next four years through the SFASU Interior Design or Interior Merchandising Programs.

The Interior Design (ID) program is among the best in Texas. The program employs four, full -time faculty who are eager and qualified to convey the technical, theoretical, and aesthetic subject matter of the interior design professions. Typically a 15 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio in studio courses is maintained to give each student ample critique time during class. The combined ID program generally average 100 majors.

All Interior Design core courses are taught in the Human Sciences South building with the exception of CAD courses (ID) and Art courses(ID), and MCM 250/210. The building houses three studios, a lecture room, a computer room, a resource room, gallery space, faculty offices, student lockers, and the SFA Design Center.

Many students enter interior design without fully understanding what the profession encompasses. A common misconception is to confuse interior design with interior decoration, a talent for coordinating aesthetic finishes and colors. While interior design utilizes this ability, it extends beyond the aesthetics into the functional aspect of the built environment. The National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) defines Interior Design as:

"…a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment. These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants, and are aesthetically attractive. Designs are created in response to and coordinated with the building shell, and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. Designs must adhere to code and regulatory requirements, and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability. The interior design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology, including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process, whereby the needs and resources of the client are satisfied to produce an interior space that fulfills the project goals. Interior design includes a scope of services performed by a professional design practitioner, qualified by means of education, experience, and examination, to protect and enhance the life, health, safety and welfare of the public. "