Interior Design

Welcome to the Interior Design Program.

The Interior Design program is a four year program leading to a BFA in Interior Design. The program is structured around standards for professionalism, and incorporates aspects that focus on the creation of sustainable, safe, and healthy environments that enhance the quality of life. Courses also emphasize design fundamentals, design history, knowledge of business principles, and building codes and regulations. Students develop communications skills through construction documents, color renderings, and oral presentations. The curriculum provides students with the necessary skills to effectively plan for both residential and commercial interior spaces, with electives that enrich and encourage individual creativity.

Interior design addresses the visual, technical, and aesthetic aspects of inhabited spaces.  Interior Design services involve the integration of art and design concepts; space analysis and planning, and knowledge of materials, furnishings, and construction to produce finished interior environments that interpret and serve the specific needs of a client. This degree curriculum focuses on the standards for professional interior design programs established by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The major is designed to offer learning opportunities structured to prepare the student for a variety of careers in the interior design profession or for graduate school. Students interested in this major are advised that the degree requires six major studios, which must be taken in sequence, one per semester. The program of study includes a required internship to be taken in the summer between junior and senior year. Students should plan to be advised in the Department of Art as soon as they identify an interest in this major. Students must apply to be admitted to the major based on a spring semester portfolio review of Area F courses and as Department of Art resources permit. 

All students, including transfer students, must have an overall grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale after completion of 45 semester hours of college credit. 

This is a 120 hour degree program.

Program Mission

The mission of the interior design program at VSU is to educate students to be responsible and mature design professionals. As a responsible designer, the students are exposed to many aspects of interior design including ergonomics, regulatory codes, building designs, construction techniques, business practices, and communication methods. The students mature over four years in the program by consistent and frequent feedback from professors. The Junior year internship is especially beneficial in allowing the student to work directly with design professionals. Afterwards, the students are able to apply their educational and their professional experiences in developing their most advanced design works.

VSU’s Interior Design program uses progressive education methods to allow the student to learn by doing. By beginning instruction with the basics, the student is able to build on skills learned in the foundation art courses and the introductory level interior design studio courses. Through constant, consistent, and more advanced instruction, the students quickly learn to become creative, competent, and independent designers.

The Interior Design program continues to strengthen and build professional relationships within the university and community. The program seeks out projects that allow the students to design spaces at Valdosta State University and the local community.   In addition, professionals in the field are sought out as guest lecturers and numerous field trips are scheduled to expose students to aspects of various design businesses.

VSU’s Interior design program produces graduates who are familiar with all aspects of the Interior Design profession. The students also understand the legal aspects of the profession with the practicality of an Interior Designer.

VSU’s program is committed to producing graduates who are proficient in the latest technology. Students are encouraged to use the Internet to research current trends and products in the Interior Design field. There is a constant emphasis is placed on the use of computers to assist the student in drafting, perspective, and rendering techniques. Faculty also uses technology to assist in teaching. VSU provides students and faculty with the technological tools for success in the profession.

The Interior Design faculty and students are encouraged to seek opportunities for professional development. VSU’s ASID Student Chapter arranges guest lectures and field trips to encourage participation and lifelong learning.  Faculty and students have attended seminars and conferences to heighten awareness of current trends in the field.