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Bachelor of Interior Design Degree
The Bachelor of Interior Design (BID) degree is a professional degree accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). This degree meets the education requirements for the NCIDQ exam administered by the Council for Interior Design Qualification, and for licensure as an interior designer. A professional interior designer is qualified by education, experience, and examination.
Professional interior designers are responsible for designing interiors that have a positive impact on the human experience. Interior designers create environments to support patterns of human activity, enhance the quality of life, promote well being, increase productivity, and protect public health, safety, and welfare. Through the application of creative problem-solving skills and critical thinking, an aptitude for communication and collaboration, research informed design, and knowledge of the industry, interior designers are able to plan and design successful interior spaces ranging in scale from single family residences to complex institutional and commercial projects.
Interior design is a multifaceted profession and work environments include independent design firms, multi-disciplinary design firms, real estate development and construction companies, non-profit organizations, manufacturers, retail specialty stores, government agencies, university and college facility planning, and others. Interior designers often specialize in one or more areas of practice including, but not limited to, lighting, furniture design, sustainable interior environments, exhibition design, hospitality design, design for special populations, healthcare design, residential design, facility management, and historic restoration and adaptive reuse. In contemporary practice, interior designers often participate on multi-disciplinary teams, including clients, developers, architects, planners, engineers, cost estimators, code consultants, and construction managers.
The Bachelor of Interior Design emphasizes creative problem solving, critical thinking, innovation, research and evidence-based design, and representation skills. Design studios form the core of the educational experience supported by courses in color and lighting, history and theory, construction and systems, materials and finishes, human factors, professional practice, codes and regulations, health and well being, and technology and representation. Field trips within the United States are part of the core curriculum in the 4th and 5th semesters. During the 6th or 7th semester students complete an off-campus semester-long internship or study abroad experience. The program culminates in a student-directed senior capstone project. Service-learning, community outreach, intensive communication studies, and interdisciplinary coursework are integrated in the curriculum.
Graduates of this program find employment within Louisiana, throughout the United States, and abroad. Upon satisfactory completion of the undergraduate program, the Bachelor of Interior Design is awarded.
First-Year Admission • Admission to the first-year interior design program is selective and based on high school academic GPA and SAT or ACT scores. Prospective students who believe there are additional factors that should be considered are encouraged to contact the School of Interior Design in writing and/or schedule an on-campus interview. High school students are encouraged to apply early for admissions.
Students who have been selected for admission to the first-year interior design program will be notified in writing and permitted to register for classes during Freshman Orientation. 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.
Second Year Admission • Admission to the second-year interior design program is selective and is based on a scholastic and portfolio review. Applications for selective admissions must meet the following requirements:
The application form, deadlines, instructions, and portfolio submission guidelines may be obtained from the School’s Administrative Coordinator, Room 402 Design Building.
Qualified transfer students from CIDA-accredited interior design programs may be considered for advanced placement. Transfer students seeking credit for design studio courses must submit a portfolio for evaluation and are have a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA. Students from two and three-year pre-professional programs are normally required to participate in the selective admission process. 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 • Students are required to have their own personal computer that meets department requirements at the beginning of the spring semester of the first year. Contact the School of Interior Design for specifications.
“C” Grades and Repetition of Courses • Interior design majors must pass all required College of Art & Design courses and approved professional electives, and ENGL 2000 with a grade of “C” or better. A student who earns less than a “C” in one of those courses must repeat the course in the next regular semester in which the student is enrolled and the course is offered.