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Ready For State of the Art Interior Design?

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.

If you are ready to take your skills to the next level, check out our application process at the link below.

Interior Design Degree Highlights and Benefits

  • CIDA Accredited since 2000
  • Focus on “evidence based design” which uses the best available research for design decisions.
  • Our program boasts a large number of courses with a lab component for hands-on experience.
  • We also enjoy a brand new state of the art facility.
  • We collaborate with areas, institutions and infrastructure in southeast Georgia to perform real-world field studies and research.
  • Students get hands-on experience with high-end, current technologies in the lab and in the classroom.
  • Our smaller class sizes allow a more personalized learning experience for students.
  • Most of our faculty have their Professional NCIDQ certification, which means they understand the core competencies of interior design and “reflect the most current skills required to design secure, functional and innovative interior spaces” (NCIDQ) and are ready to mentor students.

CIDA Accredited since 2000

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.

About INDS @ GS

Philosophy of the Interior Design program

The philosophy of the Interior Design program consists of three value statements that provide a rational explanation of the program. The Interior Design program recognizes the NCIDQ definition of interior design as the guiding principle behind the philosophy of the program.

Value Statements:

• This student-centered program nurtures and develops the individual in the pursuit of a professional interior design degree, and emphasizes the importance of ethics, accountability and lifelong learning.
• The learning environment provides the knowledge base, the technical skills and the practical experience that will prepare the student to work as a competent entry-level interior design professional.
• A professional practice orientation allows the student to communicate and construct concepts relevant to the needs of society and the profession

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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


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:


  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.


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.


Last updated: 6/1/2023