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B.S. in Interior Design

Interior Design is Art + Science.

There’s one thing design pioneers have in common. They’re the ones with trained abilities and experience. They have the tools to design solutions that innovate and protect the public wellbeing. They’re masters in state of the art and the state of practice.

The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design (INDS) program at Georgia Southern University prepares you for the diverse and technology-driven world of environmental design. We’re serious about getting your hands on the latest technology — in the classroom and in the lab. You’ll work on public impact research and projects that solve real design problems, and you’ll work with the latest tech to get it done.

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
Format
: In person on the Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 124

Accreditation: CIDA and NASAD

Council for Interior Design Accreditation

Interior Design Degree Highlights

Ranked #1 Public CIDA-accredited school in Georgia

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  • CIDA Accredited since 2000
  • Focus on “evidence based design” which uses the best available research for design decisions
  • Our faculty hold advanced degrees in interior design or architecture, as well certifications like NCIDQ, CAPS, LEED, and professional memberships in groups such as ASID, IIDA and IDEC
  • Students get hands-on experience with high-end, current technologies in a brand new state of the art facility
  • Smaller class sizes (typically fewer than 24 students) allow a more personalized learning experience
  • Perform real-world field studies and research with areas, institutions and infrastructure around southeast Georgia

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B.S. in Interior Design Curriculum

In the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, we focus on “evidence based design” which uses the best available research for design decisions. We focus on human-centered design, sustainability, and human well-being in the built environment.

This is a professional undergraduate education that uses active-learning to prepare students for careers and graduate education in interior design and architecture. Students explore both commercial and residential design careers.

All students must complete a minimum of 64 semester credit hours in liberal arts and sciences. The Interior Design program requires a total of 124 semester hours to graduate, allocating 60 hours toward the major and electives.

Coursework

Interior Design Courses

Note: The INDS curriculum is very tightly sequenced. Deferring from the required plan may result in a graduation delay. Be sure to talk with your advisor and faculty about any questions you have.

Interior design majors begin coursework with drawing, two-dimensional and three-dimensional design, design appreciation. Student’s progress through a series of six interior design studio courses which provide a progressive approach to the execution of residential and commercial design solutions including a variety of scales, design philosophy, concept development, space planning and furnishings culminating in a senior-level capstone course. In addition to traditional studio classes, the program teaches Revit and other advanced design software applications for all INDS students.

Additional classes cover various subjects including:

  • building codes
  • computer aided design
  • design thinking
  • evidence based design
  • furnishings and architectural styles
  • history of interior design movements
  • human centered design
  • interior building systems
  • interior materials
  • lighting
  • sustainability
  • textiles

The business of interior design is explored through a professional practice class that covers portfolio development, business principles, specifications, communication, professional ethics and project management, as well as a look at the global marketplace and international protocol that helps prepare students for careers in the field.

The Interior Design Internship is a supervised work-study program and serves as an educational bridge between the junior and senior levels that helps prepare students for entry level jobs.

During the course of study, students develop an understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its relationship to universal design as well as sensitivity to global environmental issues. Studios include projects in residential, hospitality, healthcare, corporate and retail spaces. Opportunities for real projects, student competitions and design charrettes are regularly incorporated into the program.

Ready to take your skills to the next level?

Admission Requirements and Application Procedure

Applying to the Interior Design Program

In order to be considered for admission into the Interior Design Program, the applicants must meet the following minimum requirements: 

Step 1: You must first be admitted to Georgia Southern University.  To get started, complete the online application.

Step 2: Declare interior design (INDS) as a major.  

  • Declaring interior design as a major ensures that a student’s enrollment folder goes to the College of Behavior and Social Science Advisement Center
  • Once the folder is at the Center, students will be able to obtain academic advising from professional  advisors there who are familiar with the Interior Design Program and fully understand the requirements for application to the program. 
  • Designation as an interior design major is separate from the application process and does not  guarantee acceptance into the Interior Design Program. 

Step 3: Complete a minimum of first semester sophomore status (12 semester hours completed or in process) upon applying to the program.  

Step 4: Achieve an institutional GPA of 2.25. If less than 12 credits are completed at Georgia Southern, transfer credits will be considered. 

Step 5: Complete the following Area F courses with a minimum grade of “C”: INDS 2430, and 1 of the 3 art courses required in Area F, (ART 1010, ART 1020, or ART 1030)  

  • Students may be enrolled in one or more of the above courses in the same semester he/she is  applying. 
  • Enrollment in an Area F course at the time of application requires a mid-term grade card (card signed by the course professor which states the anticipated grade of the student at midterm). The midterm card must be signed and attached along with the online application materials. 

Step 6: Attend a mandatory orientation session by an interior design faculty before applying to the program. Orientation meetings are held once a semester (spring and fall only); typically one month prior to the  deadline for applications. 

Step 7: Download and read the student handbook.

Step 8: Submit a fully completed interior design application* online by the due date.
* You must login with your Georgia Southern credentials to gain access to the application form

Note: Students transferring in as an interior design major from another school will be required to have their  portfolio and transcript(s) evaluated by the program coordinator who is responsible for determining which  design courses remain to be taken and which design courses are eligible to receive transfer credit. No design  courses will automatically transfer without prior review. Please see information for transfer students below.

Application Deadlines

Applications are collected in March (for fall start) and October (for spring start) and are due by 5pm on the Friday before the last day to withdraw.

Transfer Students

Application to the university as a transfer student must be handled through Admissions and the Student Services Center of the College of Health and Human Sciences.

Transfer students with interior design majors from other institutions: 
Transfer students must first apply to the University and have any core curriculum courses being considered for transfer credit evaluated by university admissions.

Students transferring with interior design course credits from other schools are required to have their portfolio and transcript(s) evaluated by the Interior Design Program Coordinator, who is responsible for determining which design courses receive transfer credit.

List of documents required for portfolio review.

Questions? See our FAQs below.


Experiential Learning

The Interior Design Program at Georgia Southern University provides many experiential learning opportunities including service-learning, a required internship and other high-impact practices.

  • Study Abroad! Check out the USG Goes Global and the University Office of Global Engagement.
  • Service-learning in Design Studio V works with a community partner and psychology for interdisciplinary projects with real clients where students interview them, design and present their final projects.
  • Internships: Every student has a guided internship with an assigned faculty mentor that helps students prepare for the internship experience.
  • Yearly charrettes are open to all studios to create a weekend design project for the community partner. Check out our news feed for some recent ones.
  • We also host portfolio and mock interviews with professionals to help hone our students skills for getting the job they want.
  • We also are active in testing out emerging technology, like GIS, VR and Maker equipment. Ask your professor for access.

What is Interior Design?

Interior design encompasses the analysis, planning, design, documentation, and management of interior non-structural/non-seismic construction and alteration projects in compliance with applicable building design and construction, fire, life-safety, and energy codes, standards, regulations, and guidelines for the purpose of obtaining a building permit, as allowed by law. Qualified by means of education, experience, and examination, interior designers have a moral and ethical responsibility to protect consumers and occupants through the design of code-compliant, accessible, and inclusive interior environments that address well-being, while considering the complex physical, mental, and emotional needs of people.

https://www.cidq.org/about-cidq
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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates Georgia has maintained a high annual mean wage for Interior Designers.

Interior design is part of the global market and specializations are almost endless, with job growth projected.

Knowledge of a foreign language and culture can be especially helpful.

What can you do with a Major in Interior Design?

There are so many options!

Students leave as designers who are ready to solve problems in a wide variety of career options, ready to translate design problems into design solutions. You will have an advantage in the job market for many positions, some options include:

Occupations

  • Architectural Drafter
  • Art Director
  • Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS)
  • Civil Drafter
  • Contract Designer
  • Commercial & Industrial Designer
  • Cost Estimator
  • Custom Designer/Fabricator
  • Design Consultant
  • Design Contractor
  • Environmental Designers
  • Exhibit Designer
  • Facility Planner
  • Historic Preservationist
  • Interior Designer
  • Interior Photographer
  • LEED Specialist
  • Lighting Designer
  • Kitchen and Bath Designer
  • Manufacturer’s Representative
  • Product Consultant/Designer
  • Residential Consultant/Designer
  • Set and Exhibit Designer
  • Sustainable Design Consultant
  • Transportation Designer
  • Textile Designer

Work Settings

  • Airports
  • Aviation Manufacturers
  • Architecture Firms
  • Carpet and Textile Companies
  • Corporate Facilities
  • Design Magazines
  • Department Stores
  • Engineering Firms
  • Freelance
  • Furniture Manufacturers
  • Government and GSA
  • Historic Preservation Agencies
  • Hospitals
  • Interior Design Firms/Studios
  • Hotel Chains
  • Housing Developments
  • Museums
  • Photography Studios
  • Property Management Firms
  • Realtor Companies
  • Restaurants
  • Retail/Interior Products
  • Schools
  • Television and Motion Picture Studios
  • Theaters
  • Transportation Companies
  • Utilities

See our job placement rates.

Job Search Sites

Make sure to use your Handshake account for uploading resumes and for job searches. Reach out the Office of Career and Professional Development for more resources:

Check out some of these great interior design job search boards:

Student Resources

Scholarships

Scholarships for Interior Design Students

Norm Zimmer Scholarship / Emerging Black Architects Scholarship

Apply for the $10,000 Norm Zimmer Scholarship and/or our $5,000 Emerging Black Architects Scholarship.

Apply now to Our Scholarships | ZGF. Please direct any questions regarding either scholarship to our website or to my attention (Josh Crowell) at scholarship@zgf.com.

Betty Lane Family and Consumer Science Scholarship

In 1949, Betty Lane graduated from Georgia College and State University. Lane then obtained two more degrees from the University of Georgia and Florida State University, finally earning her doctorate. Lane joined the Georgia Southern family in 1958 as an assistant professor and devoted herself to the university. She retired in 1986 as the chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in 1986. Nearly thirty-five years after her retirement, Dr. Lane still stays active on campus and is an avid supporter of student activities and scholarships. This scholarship in her honor is available to students majoring in Human Development and Family Science, Interior Design, or Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design.

Home Builders Association of Statesboro Scholarship – Interior Design

The Home Builders Association of Statesboro was created in 1968 as an amalgamation of builders, suppliers, and enthusiasts. The goal of the organization is to provide first-rate housing to Bulloch County and to provide scholarships to future architects and interior designers. The Home Builders Association of Statesboro has contribution to Georgia Southern University in the form of scholarships since 1979. This scholarship is available to students majoring in Interior Design.

Honors Work

About the Honors College

About the Honors College: “We provide an enhanced educational environment for bright and motivated students who seek a distinctive and challenging undergraduate experience. The Program is designed as a “college within a college” where students have access to smaller classes and enriching seminars and, at the same time, enjoy the opportunities provided by a large, complex, comprehensive university.” (https://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/honors/about/)

This is a very unique program here at Georgia Southern that helps set our students apart from their peers by having them engage in research and peer learning where they work alongside of a faculty mentor in an area of specialization of their choice.  

We also have several honors students in INDS who would be available to answer any questions that you have. Please reach out to the Program Coordinator if you are interested or contact our coordinator for Honors in the School of Human Ecology, Dr. Trent Maurer.

This is a great way to work alongside a few other students in a more small scale interdisciplinary setting and develop an area of specialization that is great for the resume.

Recent Honors Work in Interior Design

Recent Honors Work in Interior Design

Brown, Janay, “An Exploration of Home Office Design and Its Effect on Stress Reduction, Happiness, and Productivity for Working Mothers’ Well-being during COVID-19” (2021). Honors College Theses. 669.
https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/honors-theses/669

Burton, Danielle, “Biophilic Design in Higher Education: Exploring Nature-Based Design Inclusion in
Classrooms” (2022). Honors College Theses. 734.
https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/honors-theses/734

Demmons, Aiyana, “Design Factors Affecting Music Students’ Practice Duration and Quality in Higher
Education” (2022). Honors College Theses. 704.
https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/honors-theses/704

Elliott, Ansley C., “Global Perceptions of Space: The Interior Designer’s Role” (2023). Honors College Theses. 869.
https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/honors-theses/869

Griffin, Shannon M., “Sustainable Design in the Healthcare Environment” (2015). Honors College Theses. 120.
https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/honors-theses/120

Hartmann, Sarah E., “The Impact of Lighting Type on Consumer Behavior in the Purchase of Healthy Products” (2020). Honors College Theses. 475.
https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/honors-theses/475

Lesh, Kelly A., “Generation Z preferences: Biophilic interior design incorporated through visual art and
technology ” (2020). University Honors Program Theses. 466.
https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/honors-theses/466

Phillips, Katie D., “Evidence Based Design in Healthcare: An Applied Study on the Impacts of Interior Design for Cerebral Palsy” (2015). Honors College Theses. 121.
https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/honors-theses/121

Price, Margaret Katherine, “Interior Design Based Evaluation of Noise in a University Learning Environment” (2020). Honors College Theses. 479.
https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/honors-theses/479

Smith, Hannah B., “Natural Light and Its Effect on Student Perceptions of Learning Performance and Well-Being in Classroom Environments” (2020). Honors College Theses. 486.
https://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/honors-theses/486

Internships

Internships

The interior design practicum or internship is completed between your junior and senior years. It is a course required for graduation from the interior design program. This is a work-study course supervised by the site coordinator. The student should be able to apply the knowledge learned from classes to real-life situations. The internship site must meet certain criteria and be approved by faculty before the student may start.

Important Dates for 2024

Key EventsSpringSummer
Mandatory Internship Orientation: November 6 @ 4pm, ZoomWednesday, February 710:00 – 11:15am, Zoom or by appointment
Preferred due date to Secure a SiteDecember 8April 5
Due date for Signed ApplicationJanuary 5May 3
Start and End DatesJanuary 8- April 29May 13- July 11
Midterm ReviewMarch 8June 14
Final ReviewApril 30July 15
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Kaitlyn Parker Newton at her internship, thumbs up means “You can do it too!”

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Student Testimonials

Student Testimonials

I was the only intern at my firm and  was expected to follow directions, complete tasks, and do my best. I made my time valuable by asking my supervisor each day what was on her to-do list and how I could help her get those tasks done. If I had some ‘down time’ I would organize the resource library and refile materials that the designers had pulled out and stuffed away in their offices. Don’t get discouraged if your first week hasn’t gone the way you envisioned. It takes time for the firm to get to know you and what you are capable of.

—  Katelyn Parker, worked at Caitlin Design

I was the only intern at Image and they had a lot of expectations since they have had interns every summer for years. On my first day they had a list of things that I had to do before my internship was over. Make sure that you are always doing something. If you have nothing to do check in with your supervisor or other people at that firm if they need you to do anything or if they need your help. If you noticed things can be organized go ahead and start to organize without being asked. It shows initiative and they will appreciate it.

—  Ashley Odom, worked at Image Designs

My advice is to start working on your personal style; something that sets you apart from other designers. Especially when it comes to residential design, your design reputation is what carries your business. One thing I learned was that designers know each other and their way of working, and designs talk. So I can imagine that anything you do in interior design whether that is as an intern, or as a professional, people will hear about you and what you do. So conduct yourself highly!

—  Shelby Reed, worked at Binion & Grant Inc.

Be open with your supervisor and do not be scared to ask questions. Take pictures of everything when on site and write everything down. It is ok to not know everything, that is what your supervisor is there for. Be confident in what you have learned in school and your skills.

—  Reed Clements, worked at Natural Office Systems

My best advice would be to have an open mind. I think a lot of us have preconceived notions about what a residential or commercial firm may be like but in reality every firm is different and does things differently. Having an open mind is key to having a great internship experience.

—  Taylor Hart, worked at Hultman Interiors

Never be afraid to ask questions and learn new things. It is always better to ask questions than to do something permanent, wrong. When it comes to conflict resolution, I think it is all about communication and having the diligence to work hard so you can show your site coordinator that you are about to work on or close to a level like there’s.

—  Taylor Payne, worked at GSB Architects & Interiors

Current Jobs

Students check out current open internship options

Recent Internship Sites

Recent Internship Sites

  • 2KM Architects
  • Angelica Henry Design
  • Alicia Mooney Interiors
  • Amber Marie Interiors · Internship
  • Amy Morris Interiors
  • B.E.C. Custom Homes
  • Bespoke Fine Interiors, Four Hands Furniture, and Cindy Barganier Interiors
  • Binion & Grant Inc.
  • Blue Fern Merchant Design Studio
  • Brittany Cason Interior Design
  • Brownworks
  • C. Merrill Construction
  • Carver and Associates
  • Catlin Design
  • Charleston Fine Cabinetry
  • Cheatham Fletcher Scott Architects + Designers
  • Corporate Environments
  • Corporate Studio
  • Couture House Interiors
  • Cristi Holcombe Interiors
  • Dalton Carpet One Floor & Home
  • Dee Simmons Interiors
  • Designbar
  • Duralee @ADAC Atlanta, GA
  • ECraft Homes
  • Elk Supply Company
  • Facility Services at Georgia Southern
  • Firm Engineering Construction LLC
  • Flourish Collaborative
  • Focus Design Interiors
  • Forrest Perkins
  • Founders Kitchen + Bath
  • GDC Home
  • Georgia Southern Facilities Planning, Design, and Construction
  • Graymont Designs
  • GSB Architects and Interiors
  • Gulfstream
  • Haven Design and Construction
  • Havertys Furniture Companies
  • Health Systems Development, LLC
  • Hedgewood Homes
  • Holmes and Salter
  • Hopper Interiors LLC.
  • Hultman Interiors
  • Image Design
  • J. Palmer Design Group
  • Jamestown designer kitchen
  • Jeffrey Bruce Baker Designs
  • Joel Aviles Architects
  • Joyce Elizabeth Designs
  • JW Buckley and Associates; CFS Architects
  • Laura Driscoll Interiors
  • Leah Bailey Interiors
  • Lee Anne Cowart Interiors
  • M One Interior Design Group
  • Manley Spangler Smith Architects
  • Mason Inc
  • McWaters
  • Michael Wolk Design
  • Minhnuyet Hardy Interiors
  • Mohawk
  • Mrs. Howard
  • Must Have Home
  • National Office Systems
  • NGD Interiors
  • Novus Architects
  • Olamar Interiors
  • Pallante Design
  • Pamela Williams Interior Design
  • Pierce and Parker Interiors
  • Pineapple House Interior Design
  • Prestige Stone & Tile
  • Restaurants Consulting Group
  • Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio LLC and James W. Buckley
  • S. Wilkins Interior Design
  • Scenario Design Inc.
  • SDH Designs
  • Shuster Design Association
  • Southern Grace Interiors
  • Susan Ferrier Interiors
  • T-Duffy & Associates
  • Taylor House Interiors The Citadel
  • Timless Designs
  • Tracery Interiors
  • TriMark Strategic
  • Valerie Garrett Interior Design
  • Watersedge Design Co.
  • Wimberly Interiors
  • Wolf Design Group
  • Yancey Seibert Interior Design
FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

About the Program

Why interior design?

Interior designers identify, research and creatively solve problems pertaining to the function and quality of interior environments. Their aim is to create interior spaces that make people’s lives more comfortable and safer. In addition to a strong technical and practical knowledge of the aspects of interior design, practitioners have analytical skills and a sense of how people use space in personal living environments or public and work environments.

How do I prepare for the Interior Design program at Georgia Southern University?

High school students interested in studying interior design at Georgia Southern should complete the college preparatory curriculum requirements for regular admission to the University. Prospective interior design majors should also take as many additional art and design units as possible. Once on campus, interested students should begin taking INDS requirements immediately.

What will I learn in the Interior Design program at Georgia Southern University?

In addition to the University core curriculum, interior design majors begin coursework with a foundation of Drawing, Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional Design, and Design Appreciation. Beginning with an introduction to the principles and elements of design, students progress through a series of interior design studio courses which provide a progressive approach to the execution of residential and commercial design solutions on a variety of scales such as design philosophy and concept development, space planning and furnishings, culminating in a senior-level capstone course. Additional classes include an extensive history of interiors, interior materials; textiles; and lighting.

The business of interior design is explored through a professional practice class that covers portfolio development, business principles, specifications, communication, professional ethics and project management as well as a look at the global marketplace and international protocol that help prepare students for careers in the field. The Interior Design Internship, a supervised work-study program, serves as an educational bridge between the junior and senior levels. Other interior design required courses include Art History, Building Codes and AutoCAD.

During the course of study, students develop an understanding of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its relationship to universal design as well as sensitivity to global environmental issues, and green or sustainable design. Studios could include projects such as residential, hospitality, healthcare, corporate and retail spaces. Opportunities for “real projects” and competitions are regularly incorporated into the program.

What program of study in Interior Design does Georgia Southern offer?

Bachelor of Science Degree, Interior Design Major (CIDA Accredited).

Why is the Interior Design program degree a Bachelor of Science?

The Interior Design program encompasses science, art, technology and business. Our program is in the School of Human Ecology in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Schools that have professional training (police science, finance, nursing, interior design and so on) often reserve the BS degree for these subjects. The CIDA accreditation does not stipulate the specific type of degree. It requires that the course of study culminates in a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours in diverse college-level liberal arts and science courses. The discipline-specific interior design coursework must meet the educational standards stipulated in the accreditation guidelines.

Admissions

How many students do you accept each year?

We accept a maximum of 36 students every fall and spring semester (72 students/year).

How do I know when the orientation meeting will be?

Orientation meetings are held twice a year in late February and November.  The meetings are generally scheduled one month before an application deadline (which is either in March or October).  All pre-interior design majors will receive an email notification of the meeting dates/times.  Students may also contact their Student Services Center academic advisor or program coordinator.

Where is the orientation meeting held?

Meetings are always held in the IAB Building.  The building is next to IT on IT Drive.

What is the acceptance rate?

Students who meet the minimum requirements for application to the program will be accepted if there is space available but may be competitive if there is more students than spaces available.  This process is in place because the program has a finite amount of space available in the drafting and design studio classrooms. Scenario: If 25 students apply to the program, and all 25 meet the general requirements for admission, they will typically all get in because there is space for 18 in each of two studio rooms.  In the case where more than 18 students apply to the program, then the design faculty will look at student GPAs, letters of intent, as well as prior classroom performance to begin to reduce the pool down to 18.

If I don’t get accepted, can I still take interior design classes?

Yes, students can take any Area F course (see the interior design course curriculum sheet for the list).

There are also a few interior design courses which only have a pre-requisite of INDS 2430, Design Appreciation.  Students who have completed Design Appreciation may take the following courses even before being formally accepted into the program:

  • INDS 3431 History of Interiors
  • INDS 3238 Textiles for Interiors
  • INDS 2436 Interior Materials & Systems
  • INDS 3530 Sustainable Methods and Materials for the Interior Environment (with POI)
  • TCM 3333 Building Codes
How many times can I apply?

You may apply as many times as you like.

If I don’t get accepted, do I have to submit a new application the next semester?

Yes, each time you apply you will always have to submit a new application online.

Do I have to be completely finished with the 3 required Area F courses before I apply?

No, you can apply the same semester you are enrolled in one of the 3 pre-requisite courses (INDS 2430, ART 1010, ART 1020 or ART 1030).  If you are enrolled in the one of these courses when you apply, you will be required to submit a midterm verification card with your application.  This gives the faculty an idea of your anticipated grade in the course(s) at midterm.  A student can be accepted based on the grade he/she has at midterm; however, grades will be verified at the end of the semester and the student must make at least a C or better.  If a student makes a D or F in one of those courses, acceptance will be revoked.

Do you have any applications in the summer?

If we have available spots that didn’t get filled from our spring applications, then summer applications will accepted.  Applications will typically be due in mid-July ONLY if there are available spots.  Students applying in the summer will start the program in the fall if accepted and there is room.

Can I still apply even if my GPA is less than 2.25?

Low GPAs will be provisionally accepted if there are available seats.

Study Abroad

Can I study abroad?

Yes, we encourage study abroad in any format. We have a few programs through the USG and on campus that are available. See our Global Outreach Coordinator for more information.I

Graduation

Is early graduation possible?

If you come in with transfer or dual enrollment credits it is possible to graduate early if you get admitted to the program and start the studio sequence in Fall of Sophomore year or earlier.

What are the student statistics related to graduates?

See the Accreditation section for more information that might be helpful.

Technology

Where do I find what type of computer I should buy?

See the Books and Supplies Needed section. If you have further questions, contact the Facility and Technology Coordinator.

What virtual lab access is available?

See the mgGS Technology Resources for access to the Virtual Lab. The INDS version is the GPU lab.

Yes, we encourage study abroad in any format. We have a few programs through the USG and on campus that are available. See our Global Outreach Coordinator for more information.

Student Organizations

Professional Organizations

For a more in-depth understanding of the chosen interior design profession, a student should take time to familiarize themselves with other components outside of the academic community. Several of these organizations offer student membership and a variety of benefits to expand the students knowledge and professional network.

Interior Design Association

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The Interior Design Association at Georgia Southern is a recognized student organization of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).

Membership: Open to students with an interest in Interior Design.
Meetings: Monthly in IAB 2028

IDA functions to promote the Interior Design major at Georgia Southern University, to provide professional development and networking opportunities for current interior design students and alumni, and to offer opportunities for continuing education for the program’s alumni.

Advisor Contacts

Dr. Beth McGee 912-478-6063 or bethmcgee@GeorgiaSouthern.edu
Erica Bartels 912-478-5422 or ebartels@georgiasouthern.edu

Additional Club Information (login required)

GeoDesign Student Organization

We are able to offer cutting edge GeoSpatial design experiences with ESRI GIS software to experience human centered design at different scales. Big Data is used for better understanding the contextual environment. See our student organization’s webpage.

Come join us! Connect with an existing member today or the advisor, Dr. Christine Wacta.

There is a link to an example recent project from our Human Centered Design class.

Some of this work has been presented by a faculty and student at a GIS conference and proposed for additional development and external sharing soon.

Advisement

Advisement

Interior design majors should contact the CBSS Advisement Center for advisement.

CBSS Advisement Center
Carroll Building, Suite 2244
P.O. Box 8004
Statesboro, Georgia 30460
Phone: 912-478-6901

Human Ecology (A-L)

Clare Ursillo
Carroll Building 2248
912-478-6901
cursillo@georgiasouthern.edu

Human Ecology (M-Z)

Carson Beauman
Carroll Building 2224
912-478-6901
cstepanek@georgiasouthern.edu

Books, Supplies and Technology Needed

Books

The largest investment students make in books should be retained for use in future classes and professional life.  The majority of the books used in the Interior Design Program are not college textbooks, but rather professional reference resources that are used throughout an interior design career and helpful for studying for the NCIDQ exam. See the NCIDQ website for more details. As such, students need to purchase their INDS textbooks and should not sell them back at the end of the semester. Textbooks are also repeatedly used in courses to minimize cost. Open resource materials are used when available as well.

Supplies

Purchase of supplies and materials is required to support skill development. It is necessary for students to make an initial investment (~ $400.00) in the first semester of the program that will be used throughout the program and required. Each course will provide a list to the student with required supplies.

Similar to the textbooks, many of the tools and much of the equipment purchased for design and art foundation courses will last a lifetime if properly cared for.  Students should be aware, however, that some relatively expensive supplies, such as rendering markers and pencils, vellum, plotter paper, etc, can become a financial burden if not used and cared for thoughtfully.

Required supplies include but are not limited to:

Students will be notified in advance if special costs are associated with a course or project.

Technology

The software utilized throughout the Interior Design Program requires computers with above average speed and memory.  While computer labs are available for students to work on assignments, the time and accessibility of the labs varies.  For students who commute to school or those who prefer to work from home in a more controlled environment, we recommend purchasing a personal computer/laptop. This is becoming essential with the current environment where events like hurricanes can require working remotely.

Not all computing and printing expenses encountered through the program are covered by Georgia Southern’s student technology fee, primarily because they result from specialized programs and equipment used only by the interior design department, and do not benefit the student population as a whole.  The specialized technology required cannot be covered by the student technology fee.

Computer Hardware

Computer Hardware

Specifications
  • Laptop & OS: PC with Windows 10 OS
  • Screen Size: 15” Display or larger
  • CPU: Multicore Intel i5 or higher series processor or AMD equivalent, highest affordable CPU speed rating recommended (Revit and other software use multiple cores), CPUMark of 2000 or higher preferred, e.g. 2.6 GHz Intel 6 Core Ninth- generation i7 Processor.
  • Memory (RAM): 16 GB RAM or more, 64 GB or more optimal.
  • Hard Drive: SATA3 SSD or HDD, largest you can afford. SATA3 SSD or NVME m.2 Hard Drive optimal. 40 GB free space.
  • Graphics Card: 4 GB or more, 11 GB or more optimal. (The best you can afford, discrete graphic card preferred). GPU scoring a G3DMark of 7,000 or higher with up-to-date drivers with 20,000 or higher optimal. (Such as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, Quadro K6000, AMD Radeon RX 470 or better)
  • Accessories:
    • *1TB external hard drive also required for use with the lab computers during class.
    • Optional security cable (please note that this is not compatible with all models)
    • External mouse for laptop (touchpads are hard to draft with)
Minimum examples:
  • Dell G5 15 with GTX 1650
  • Inspiron 14 Plus with RTX 3050
  • Dell Precision workstation with Quadro A1000
Recommended examples:
  • Dell G15 gaming with RTX 3060 or greater
  • Alienware M15 with RTX 3070 or greater
  • Dell Precision workstation with Quadro A2000 or greater
Computer Software

Computer Software

Laptop: Windows

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Microsoft Office
  • SketchUp
  • Autodesk: AutoCAD, Revit, 3DS Max SketchUp PlugIn
  • Enscape
  • Anti-virus software (such as Norton Internet Security)

Some software used in the academic programs for Interior Design will only run on the Windows Operating System. We highly recommend running Windows on a PC. Although it is possible to run the Windows Operating System on a MacBook (via either BootCamp or Parallels), we cannot guarantee you will be able to run the software without difficulty. The upgraded MacBook Pro that we normally recommend for Interior Design uses a discrete graphics card that has not been validated by the various software companies. This means that they will not guarantee that the graphics card will be able to run software without problems.

Georgia Southern University Store Tech Corner

Basic technology help is available via the Georgia Southern Technology Help Line. Additionally, Tech Corner offers various free technology services to students. The Interior Design Program does not offer IT/technical support for student-owned laptops or devices

Contact Information:
phone: 912-478-7744
email: techcorner@georgiasouthern.edu

Questions?

Specific questions concerning technology purchases for interior design majors may be addressed to Erica Bartels at ebartels@georgiasouthern.edu.

Other Student Resources

General Student Resources

The links below will connect you with support staff and other resources that may prove valuable during your time as a student at Georgia Southern.

Library Resources for Interior Design Students

The 2nd floor of the Library has dedicated computer stations for us. Note the pink AutoCAD/Revit dedicated computers and the Adobe only area in yellow.

Many of our books are in the NA and NK areas. The website can be found on myGeorgiaSouthern under Library Resources.

A map of Henderson Library's second floor. Workstations near the Technology Helpdesk include Adobe programs. Workstations along the far wall (near Collection Services) include AutoCAD/Revit programs.

Interior Design Lab

Please see these lab times for getting assistance in the lab, including access to the print lab. This can be time to help with your assignments, technology support, printing, or other related work.

Fall 2023 Available Hours to Assist in the Lab

CONTACT: Joey Mayfield jm56497@georgiasouthern.edu

Accreditation and Outcomes

Accreditation and Outcomes

CIDA Professional Standards

The Interior Design Program leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design, is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503. Georgia Southern University has held accreditation by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA, formerly FIDER) since 2000. We have been reaccredited through 2029. “Achieving accreditation is a strong signal of a program’s commitment to delivering a quality professional-level education that prepares students for entry-level interior design practice” (CIDA).

Read more about CIDA standards

There are sixteen CIDA standards divided into four sections. In order to be accredited, a program must comply or partially comply with all sixteen standards. Compliance with standards is measured by student learning and program expectations. Judgment of compliance is based on the expertise of experienced peer evaluators and precedent in accreditation. The program complies with eligibility requirements through its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (recognized by the U.S. Department of Education) to award associate degrees. CIDA brings professionalism and quality to interior design programs by identifying, developing and promoting quality standards for the education of entry-level interior designers. As a leader in the interior design profession, the Council is the primary accrediting agency for interior design education, leading the profession to excellence by setting standards and evaluating academic programs in interior design.

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 first Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design granted by Georgia Southern University meets the educational requirements for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.

There are over 150 programs accredited under The Council for Interior Design Accreditation Professional Standards. We are one of the six accredited programs in Georgia; one of only two public institutions and the only accredited institution in southern Georgia. Our recent process for reaccreditation is explained here:

“Programs seeking CIDA accreditation voluntarily place themselves before the scrutiny of the interior design profession by participating in a rigorous peer review process. This process requires interior design programs to conduct a thorough self-evaluation of compliance with CIDA Professional Standards and report results to CIDA. The program must also organize an extensive display of student work for CIDA’s review and host a three-member team of CIDA peer evaluators for an on-site assessment of compliance with CIDA Professional Standards. A report of the findings from this on-site evaluation as well as follow-up dialogue with the program forms the basis for a final decision on accreditation by CIDA’s Accreditation Commission.” (https://www.accredit-id.org/announcements/kps65mspnvonw0b887lzpby87hgmun.)

Please visit the CIDA website for more information.

The Interior Design Program is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). We are also an affiliated school with the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

Student Achievement Data

Georgia Southern University, Interior Design Program, Bachelor of Science

It typically takes a full-time student taking approximately 15 credits per semester (15-18 credits) and four years to complete the degree program.

The following data was collected using institutional records, two exit surveys (administered by the program and GS), and an alumni survey administered by the program.

Attrition, Retention and Graduation
Student Attrition, Retention and Graduation

Retention: 85.7% students admitted into Studio I in the spring of 2022 (30 of 35) returned in the fall of 2022 putting attrition at 14.3%. For seniors, students returning from Studio IV to Studio V in the spring of 2022 were 100%.

Of the students graduating in academic year 2021/22, 98% (n=56) graduated in 4 years or less from starting in the program. This includes one double-major who needed extended time.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs
Acceptance into Graduate Programs

Two out of 26 students in 2020 applied to graduate school and both were accepted. Thus, 7% of students who graduated in 2020 applied for graduate school, and of those 100% were accepted.

Zero students have entered graduate school in 2021 or 2022.

Job Placement Rates
Job Placement Rates

As of Fall 2022

  • 2018: 100% of the 21 students who graduated in 2018 are employed in interior design or a related profession.
  • 2019: 96% of the 23 students who graduated in 2019 are employed in interior design or a related profession.
  • 2020: 97% of the 29 students who graduated in 2020 are employed. Two are not in interior design or a related profession.
  • 2021: 97% of the 34 students who graduated in 2021 are employed. Two are not in interior design or a related profession.

 *data current as of 11/7/2022

Student Learning Outcomes

The professional interior designer:

  • analyzes the client’s needs, goals, and life safety requirements
  • integrates findings with research and knowledge of interior design
  • formulates preliminary design concepts that are aesthetic, appropriate, and functional and in accordance with codes and standards
  • develops and presents final design recommendations through appropriate presentation media
  • understands and designs for sustainability (for more see the Sustainable Development Goals)
  • prepares working drawings and specifications for non-load bearing interior construction, reflected ceiling plans, lighting, interior detailing, materials, finishes, space planning, furnishings, fixtures, and equipment in compliance with universal accessibility guidelines and all applicable codes
  • collaborates with professional services of other licensed practitioners in the technical areas of mechanical, electrical, and load-bearing design as required for regulatory approval
  • prepares and administers bids and contract documents as the client’s agent
  • reviews and evaluates design solutions during implementation and upon completion

Comprehensive Program Review

The most recent review report: Program compliance with University’s Strategic Themes

Program News

Program News

Recent News

  • Congratulations Gia, Interior Design StudentCongratulations Gia, Interior Design Student
    So proud of our Interior Design student, Gia who won the Snap Cab contest. https://workspace.snapcab.com/news/3rd-annual-pod-design-contest-winner-and-honorees. The Zen Garden pod she designed will be built and…
  • GAFCS Scholarship AvailableGAFCS Scholarship Available
    The Georgia Association for Family and Consumer Sciences is offering scholarships to student members. Students are able to join prior to applying for the scholarships.…
  • We loved Material Bank’s Challenge for Interior DesignWe loved Material Bank’s Challenge for Interior Design
    Students in three studio cohorts had so much fun creating material palettes with Material Bank and Kelly Weertz this week. They were given an introduction…

For more news, see our School News Page

Internal Program Resources

Internal Program Resources

Vision, Goals, Mission

GOALS

The Interior Design Program’s goal is to provide preparation for the entry-level professional interior designer that addresses the components identified in the NCIDQ definition of a professional interior designer and preparation for certification. The unique components of Georgia Southern’s Interior Design program embodies the following related goals in the common student learning outcomes:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: 

  1. Knowledge: Graduating INDS students demonstrate a comprehensive body of knowledge in interior design to capably research, develop and present creative, effective and humane design solutions that are responsive to the changing needs of their communities and the global environment for diverse clients, populations and cultures following CIDA standards 4, 7 and also 10, 12, and 16. 
  2. Practical skills: INDS students experience a progressive curriculum so that by the time students graduate they can integrate knowledge with analytical and critical thinking skills to solve complex problems using a range of tools and media following CIDA standards 8, 11, 13 and also 14, and 15.
  3. Professional preparation: Graduating INDS students are professionally prepared for practice as they understand contemporary practice through classroom experiences, faculty expertise, industry resources, engagement with design professionals, interaction with the advisory board and a design internship following CIDA standards 5, 6, and 9.

Mission:

The mission of the Interior Design Program in the School of Human Ecology at Georgia Southern University is to provide a professional undergraduate education guided by the standards and expectations of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation in order to develop entry-level designers who are able to formulate viable, creative solutions that are evidence-based and human-centered, fulfilling the needs of the individual, family, organization and community. High-impact teaching and learning strategies with an emphasis on wellbeing and sustainability are applied to complex problems through the design process with integrity, openness, diversity and inclusion. The curriculum provides a broad range of interior design experiences such as collaborative projects; internship; course assignments, examinations and projects;  field trips; experiential hands-on learning; guest lecturers and juries, and service-learning to develop aesthetic, communication, collaboration, technology, and design skills in order to prepare graduates for professional interior design jobs within the global community and entry into graduate studies and lifelong learning.

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Alumni Spotlights

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“Professors brought people in to speak to us and tell us what the real world is like, and I actually got some jobs that way.”

— Emma Franceschina
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Hannah Smith

The past five years at Georgia Southern University and Florida State University have been nothing but extraordinary, and I would not trade it for the world. I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend two of the world’s greatest universities and receive the best education possible from the most advanced and knowledgeable professors in the design industry.

— Hannah Smith, Class of 2020
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I graduated from Georgia Southern University with my Bachelor of Science in Interior Design (Summa Cum Laude, University Honors Program Scholar, Southern Leaders Graduate) in Spring 2020. Soon after, I moved to Tallahassee, FL for two years to pursue my Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture and Design at Florida State University. I graduated in Summer 2022 from FSU, moved to Atlanta, GA, and am now a Designer I at Cooper Carry.

During my time at Georgia Southern as an undergraduate student, I was heavily involved on campus and in the community. My involvement included: Southern Leaders, Southern Ambassadors (LEAD Team: Membership Coordinator and PR/Social Media Coordinator), School of Human Ecology: Student Ambassador, University Honors Program, Interior Design Association (President and Secretary), Tau Sigma National Honor Society (President), Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. If anyone asked me what my favorite hobby was, I always replied “volunteering!” Being involved allowed me to expand my knowledge and advance my skills in leadership, campus service and engagement, and how to give back to the community. Not only did I enjoy being involved, I also worked extremely hard in my design studios and honors classes to fulfill my love for research and design. My Honors thesis was: Natural Light and Its Effect on Student Perceptions of Learning Performance and Well-being in Classroom Environments. My mentor was Dr. Angelita Scott, and it was an honor to have her and Dr. Maurer guide me through the process and development of my first thesis. My abstract was accepted to the 2020 Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Annual Conference where I was able to present my research in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A few awards I received while at Georgia Southern were: 2019 – 2020 John F. Nolen Hall of Leaders Award, 2020 President’s Volunteer Service Award (Bronze), and the GS Track Your Impact 100 Hour Award.

My time at Florida State University as a graduate student was very similar to Georgia Southern from being heavily involved. My involvement in organizations and leadership roles included: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Interior Design Student Organization, Interior Architecture & Design: Student Advisory Council, College of Fine Arts: College Leadership Council (Vice Chair), Congress of Graduate Students (Representative of Fine Arts: Seat 1; Student Affairs Committee: Chair & Vice Chair), FSU Student Alumni Ambassador, FSU Student Foundation (Digital Outreach Delegate), and FSU University Homecoming Committee. The awards I received included: 2020 Adelaide D. Wilson Graduate Fellowship Endowment Scholarship, 2021 The Lisa Waxman Graduate Scholarship Award (FSU – IA&D), 2021 The Advisory Council Graduate Scholarship Award (FSU – IA&D), 2021 NEWH Sunshine Scholarship Recipient, 2022 Metropolis 100 Nominee, 2022 FSU Alumni Ambassador Scholarship Finalist, 2021 – 2022 FSU Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Nominee, 2022 IDEC Foundation Graduate Scholar Award, 2022 Goodwood Memorial Design Competition (Winning Team: A Bridge to the Stars), 2022 Spring/Summer College of Fine Arts Student Travel Grant, 2021 – 2022 Student Employee of the Year Award Nominee, 2022 FSU Masters in Four Competition Finalist and People’s Choice Award Winner, 2022 FSU Dean of Students Award: The Dean’s Cup, 2022 The Lisa Waxman Graduate Scholarship Award (FSU – IA&D), and the 2022 FSU – Dept. of Interior Architecture & Design Graduate Leadership Award. While continuing my love of being involved and volunteering, I managed to conduct research on spacecraft design and interview former astronaut and FSU Alum, Norm Thagard for my Master’s thesis. It is titled: How to Design for People in Space: Factors Influencing Astronauts’ Psychological Well-being during Long-term Space Travel. This thesis was very rewarding as it is not your everyday thesis topic and spacecraft interior design is almost nonexistent. Not only did I have to write a thesis, I had to complete a project for the thesis as well. My project was the Renovation of the International Space Station. Furthermore, I was a co-author with my professor for additional research titled: Investing in the Individual: A Strengths-Based Approach for Meaningful Graduate Development. The abstract for this research was accepted, scored in the Top Five, and presented at the 2022 IDEC Annual Conference.

The past five years at Georgia Southern University and Florida State University have been nothing but extraordinary, and I would not trade it for the world. I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend two of the world’s greatest universities and receive the best education possible from the most advanced and knowledgeable professors in the design industry. After graduation from FSU, I secured a job at Atlanta’s leading architectural firm, Cooper Carry, as a Designer I in the Workplace Interiors Studio. I am so fortunate and blessed to be where I am today and am loving every moment of life. I am proud to be an Alumni from Georgia Southern and Florida State and have a mentor from NASA – Johnson Space Center. I want to fulfill my dreams of creating an avenue that brings engineers and interior designers to connect and collaborate in spacecraft design.

My advice for future students is to stay committed and dedicated in college, get involved in professional design organizations, stay engaged on campus and in the community, and never give up. The long, sleepless nights in the studio are so rewarding in the end when you finish a project. Get in a habit of saving your projects in multiple areas as you never know when Revit will crash or say your file is corrupt. Being involved in professional design organizations allows you to gain leadership skills, have mentors, win competitions, and apply for various scholarships. Stay engaged so you can volunteer, give back to the campus and the community, and do what makes your heart happy. Step out of your comfort zone in design and bring something new to the table. That is what design is all about.

If you have any questions about anything or would like more advice, please do not hesitate to reach out! I can be reached at hannahsmith@coopercarry.com.

Without guidance and skills from my professors, some healthy competition from my peers, and a rigorous curriculum with real life experience, I would not be in the position I am in today. I had a leg up in the architectural world with my knowledge on the design process, drafting, and many more skills that I learned at Georgia Southern.

Katherine Price, Class of 2020
Katherine Price
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Since my graduation from Georgia Southern in May 2020, I have been enrolled in Clemson University’s Master of Architecture program. I chose to pursue architecture because I love the process of design, and I wanted to study the relationship of a building’s interior to its exterior.

At Clemson, I have taken on leadership roles, such as Vice President of Finance and Fundraising Chair in an architecture organization; I presented at my second research conference, the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) conference in Greenville; and in my graduate assistant role, I built a website and organized a statewide student exhibition on projects concerning environmental justice. Over the summer breaks, I’ve interned at DPR Architecture in Statesboro, and a few of my projects are currently under construction.

My admission to Clemson was highly dependent on my portfolio, which showcased my design work from Georgia Southern. Without guidance and skills from my professors, some healthy competition from my peers, and a rigorous curriculum with real life experience, I would not be in the position I am in today. I had a leg up in the architectural world with my knowledge on the design process, drafting, and many more skills that I learned at Georgia Southern. My Honors thesis honed my research skills for what I would need in my master’s program, and having already presented at the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) annual conference in 2020, I was more than equipped to present at my second conference this summer. In addition, the small class size in the Interior Design program was wonderful, as it allowed us to create strong friendships and relationships with our professors. In fact, I’m still in contact with my professors and all of my old classmates. 

If I had to give any advice to current or incoming students, it would be to take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself, from going the extra mile on a project to taking on the leadership role that you aren’t sure about. I’m more than pleased with my time spent in the Interior Design program at Georgia Southern, and I would do it all again if I could!

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