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Bachelor of Interior Design Degree
The Bachelor of Interior Design curriculum at LSU is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA, formerly FIDER).
Interior design involves shaping, planning, and furnishing interior spaces ranging in scale from single family residences to large commercial and institutional projects. Designers work with architects, developers, or private clients to create distinctive spaces that enhance the quality of life, increase productivity, and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Specific requirements addressing education, practical experience, and professional examination regulate the practice of interior design in Louisiana and many other states. Opportunity exists within the profession to focus on specializations such as lighting, furniture and exhibition design, historic restoration, and set design.
Within the curriculum, creative problem solving, research and analysis, and graphic skills are emphasized. The design studios form the core of the educational experience. Complementing this strong emphasis on design are liberal arts, technical, professional, and communication course requirements. A required internship offers additional preparation and insight into the profession. Service learning and study abroad opportunities are promoted. An intensive senior capstone project is completed in the fourth year. Interdisciplinary work with other disciplines in the College of Art & Design is encouraged.
First-Year Admission • Entry into the first-year interior design foundation courses is selective. Incoming freshmen intending to major in interior design must apply for admission into the interior design foundation level. High school academic GPA and SAT or ACT scores are the determinants for entrance. Applicants with portfolios or other factors for consideration are encouraged to contact the Department of Interior Design and/or schedule an on-campus interview. Students should apply early as admission is competitive.
Students with the highest qualifications will be approved for pre-interior design admission and allowed to take the beginning design foundation courses. Students who have been selected for pre-interior design admission will be notified in writing. Transfer students and LSU students with a minimum 2.75 GPA will be considered for admission on a space available basis in the fall and spring semesters.
Admission for the Second Year • Admission into the professional program (years two through four) is competitive for the limited positions available. Admission is selective and is based on a scholastic and portfolio review. Applications are accepted only in the spring semester and must meet the following requirements:
- Completion or enrollment in the first-year foundation courses (ID 1051 , ID 1780 , ART 1011 , ART 1847 )
- Earned cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 at time of application
- Portfolio of art and design work representative of required first-year foundation studio courses
Application forms, deadlines, instructions, and portfolio submission guidelines may be obtained in February in Room 402 Design Building, or on the Department of Interior Design’s website (www.id.lsu.edu).
Qualified transfer students from CIDA-accredited interior design programs may be considered for upper level placement. Transfer students seeking credit for design courses must submit a portfolio for evaluation and are expected to have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75. Students from two and three-year pre-professional programs are normally required to participate in the selective admission procedure. Credit earned from non-accredited programs may be accepted if it is determined to be equivalent. All transfer students are accepted on a space-available basis.
Personal Computer Requirement • After acceptance into the professional program (or the beginning of year two), students are required to have their own personal computer. Information may be obtained in Room 402 Design Building.
“D” Grades and Repetition of Courses • Interior design majors must pass the following courses with a grade of “C” or better: (1) all required College of Art & Design courses and approved professional electives; and (2) ENGL 2000 .