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Interior Design

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Why select a major in Interior Design?

Have you ever wondered what it means to be an interior designer?

NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) defines the professional interior designer as "qualified by education, experience, and examination to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces for the purpose of improving the quality of life, increasing productivity, and protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public." Graduates from our C.I.D.A.* accredited interior design program are qualified for careers helping others improve interior environments while expressing their own creative abilities. The C.I.D.A. accredited program at Texas State University is where students gain skills and knowledge in ideation and concept development, sketching, drafting, space planning, stylistic history and design theory, materials and construction, life safety codes and business practices. Graduates are academically prepared to take the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) examination that must be passed to register as an interior designer in Texas and many other states.

*Council for Interior Design Accreditation, formerly F.I.D.E.R., Foundation for Interior Design Education Research, is the international accrediting agency for baccalaureate interior design programs.

Interior Design Program Quick Facts

History at a Glance
-        Interior Design Program founded in 1972
-        First CIDA (formerly FIDER) accreditation received in March 1988 and has been continually  
         accredited since this date.

Declared Majors
-        Spring 2014: 211

Retention Rate
-        79.4% of the students enrolled during the Fall 2013 semester are returning for the Spring 2014 semester
         to continue in their interior design major.

Degrees awarded for the 2013-2014 academic year:
-        Interior Design: 31

Graduation Rates:
-        Bachelors of Family & Consumer Sciences: 62% (complete cohort of first-time, full-time freshman
         who entered in fall of 2008 and graduated within a 6 year period).

Acceptance into Graduate Programs:
-        100% of students who applied to graduate school from 2008-2012 were accepted into graduate schools. 40%
          have completed and earned their degree and 60% are currently pursuing. Students have pursued graduate studies
          in Architecture, Construction Technology, Architectural Lighting, Sustainability, and Historic Preservation. 25% have
          pursued studies out-of-state; 75% in-state.

Job Placement Rate
-        79% of students in May 2013 had secured jobs before graduation.

Places of Employment for Recent ID Grads
-        Interior Designer, Gensler
-        Interior Designer, Corgan
-        Interior Designer, Duncan Miller & Ullman
-        Interior Designer, Lauckgroup
-        Designer, RVK Architects
-        Interior Designer, Sixthriver Architects
-        Team Lead, RID, StudioSix5
-        Interior Designer, LEED AP, JS Nolan+Associates Lighting Design, LLC
-        Interior Designer, The Bommarito Group
-        Interior Designer, Carson Design Associates
-        Interior Designer, STG Design
-        Space Planner, Dell
-        Associate, RID, Zeigler Cooper Architects
-        Lighting Application Specialist, RAB Lighting
-        Interior Designer, RID, Studio 8 Architects
-        Interior Designer, OZ Architecture
-        Interior Designer, LEED AP ID+C, RID, Private Practice
-        Interior Designer, RID, Schneider Halls Design, Inc.
-        Interior Designer, RID, GSC Architects
-        Associate, RID, LEED AP, PDR


The program exists to provide an educational experience that develops the ability to think critically, creatively, and ethically. It fosters an atmosphere of respect for the environment and all individuals towards bringing them to their fullest potential. It is dedicated to instilling character, integrity, compassion, diligence, and a lifelong pursuit of learning and professional excellence. 

Program Mission

  • To prepare students to be responsible and competent entry-level interior design professionals.
  • To provide students maximum opportunity for intellectual growth and creative expression.
  • To instill in students an enduring respect for humanity and the environment.
  • To imbue students with a sense of service and social obligation.
  • To serve as a socially responsive educational resource for the larger community.

Educational Goals

The interior design program built its original educational goals upon the definition of the professional interior designer in conjunction with the CIDA Standards in order to achieve its mission.

  • Educate toward understanding the physical, psychological and social nature of design users to assess and meet their needs, goals and health-safety requirements.
  • Develop student facility in graphic, spatial, and technical thinking.
  • Provide a foundation that combines both critical and integrative thinking and the design process with that of basic knowledge and cutting-edge innovation in design, science, and technology.
  • Teach problem-solving skills and encourage creativity toward formulating design concepts that are humane, aesthetic and responsive to the design program.
  • Equip students with a fluent visual and verbal vocabulary to effectively and efficiently communicate design  concepts and implementation to clients, colleagues and fabricators.
  • Situate learning experiences to emulate the professional world as closely as possible in assessment,       specification, management, collaboration and computer-aided activities.
  • Afford ample opportunity to raise community, social and environmental consciousness in classes, projects and organizational activities.

Program Quality Goals

  •  Continue program excellence through constant vigilance in applying CIDA Standards.
  • Attract and retain quality students.
  • Attract and retain qualified faculty to meet program needs.
  • Promote student success by adjusting our facilities to support the most current ways that students think  and learn.
  • Prepare students for contributing to a sustainable world.
  • Strengthen ties to the profession by maintaining a working Advisory Board.
  • Respond to the urgent need for design educators by establishing a master’s program.

Important Transfer Student Information

Students should consider transferring into the program prior to meeting all general core requirements or course options will be limited.  The completion of ID major course requirements alone requires a minimum of six semesters due to strict sequencing, regardless of other credit hours accumulated.

If you are transferring courses in from another college or university; please note that once you have completed the admission process your course work and application will be reviewed. Upon acceptance to Texas State, you will receive an Evaluated Transcript. Thus transcript reflects the courses that have been accepted by Texas State. You may check the Transfer Equivalency link below to look up how your courses will transfer to Texas State. You may click on the Undergraduate Admissions link below for an explanation of the admission process.

Transfer Equivalency http://www.admissions.txstate.edu/future/transfer/equivalency-guides.html

Undergraduate Admissions http://www.admissions.txstate.edu

Course Information

The Interior Design major is required to take specialized courses in interior design including history of interiors and architecture, residential and commercial interior design, research and programming, professional practices, lighting, building codes and computer-aided design technology. Students participate in an internship in a related area.  Visual communication courses, such as drawing, rendering and AutoCAD, are taken in the Department of Art and Design and the Department of Engineering and Technology.

Interior Design students must pass all required Interior Design, Art, and Technology classes with a grade of "C" or higher. Any student making a grade of "D" or lower MAY NOT proceed to the next level course until a grade of "C" or higher is achieved.

Foreign Language Proficiency

Students must demonstrate successful completion of two years of the same foreign language in high school OR two semesters of the same foreign language in college.

If you do not have previous credit for the aforementioned foreign language courses, you will need to successfully complete two semester of the same foreign language in college. If two of the same foreign language were taken in high school, then enough additional hours to total the minimum 120 hours required for the degree will fulfill the language requirement.

Required Portfolio Review


The Interior Design faculty conducts a portfolio review for all Interior Design majors at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Your minimum grade must be a "C" in all required ID and ART courses and an overall GPA of at least 2.25. You must also have completed or be currently enrolled in the following courses prior to the submission date for the review:

  • ID 1320 Design graphics I
  • ID 1321 Introduction to Design
  • ARTF 1320 Basic Drawing
  • ID 2321 History of Interiors
  • ID 2329 Housing and the Environment
  • ID 2322 Basic Interior Design
  • ID 2323 Design Development
  • ARTC 2305 Visualization and Presentation Techniques
Portfolio review is a way to evaluate your design ability, your understanding of design philosophy, and knowledge of design concepts and processes based on work from the foundation essential design fundamentals and ensures that the most qualified students are prepared to move on to more advanced coursework and your first major design studio; ID 3322.
Additional information on the required portfolio review can be found here: Link
Portfolio Review Appeal information can be found here: Link


Mr. Peter Dedek, Program Coordinator
Texas State University - San Marcos
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone 512-245-2155
Fax 512-245-3829
For more information email interiordesign@txstate.edu