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Proficiency Review Information

Download: Proficiency Review Guidelines

Important Dates:


New requirement for this year: To participate you must sign up for ID 2000 using Catsweb. It is a zero credit hour course that does not cost money. 

1. November 15th 8am-Noon // Orientation & Workshop // FCS 179

2. November 10th 11:59pm // Last day to drop ID 2000 if you change your mind

3. December 13th 8am - 1pm // In-person Formal Proficiency Review

Best of luck to you all. Feel free to email me with any questions or concerns about the submission process.


Mira Ahn, Associate Professor
Interior Design Program Coordinator

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  • 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 are qualified for careers helping others improve interior environments while expressing their own creative abilities. Interior design 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. 

    “The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Family and Consumer Sciences in Interior Design (B.F.C.S in ID) degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation,, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.”

    “The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The B.F.C.S. degree in Interior Design granted by Texas State University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit:”

  • 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.

    Student Attrition and Retention

    62.2% of the students enrolled during the Fall 2017 semester returned in Fall 2018, putting attrition at 37.8%

    *Data produced by Texas State Office of Institutional Research.

    Degrees awarded by calendar year:
    -        2018 Interior Design 37
    -        2017 Interior Design 23
    -        2016 Interior Design: 22
    -        2015 Interior Design: 26
    -        2014 Interior Design: 36
    -        2013 Interior Design: 32

    Graduation Rates:

    Of the native students graduating in 2018, 73.3% graduated in 4 years. OPTIONAL: 86.7% graduated in 5 years, etc.

    Of the transfer students graduating in 2018, 29.7% graduated in 4 years. OPTIONAL: 35.1% graduated in 5 years, etc.

    *Data produced by Texas State Office of Institutional Research.

    Acceptance into Graduate Programs:

    1 out of 37 students who graduated in 2018 applied for graduate school, and 1 was accepted.

    *Data produced by Texas State Office of Institutional Research.

    Job Placement Rate

    95% of students who graduated in 2018 are employed in interior design or a related profession.

    *Data produced by the annual graduating senior survey

    Places of Employment for Recent ID Grads
    • Interior Designer, HDR Chicago
    • Interior Designer, Jordan Group
    • Interior Designer, Lori Caldwell Designs
    • Interior Designer, SmithGroupJJR
    • Interior Designer, O'Connell Robertson
    • Interior Designer, Stantec
    • Interior Designer, NoackLittle Architecture & Interiors
    • Interior Designer, Eight Twenty 8
    • Interior Designer, STG
    • 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,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
    • Designer, Shelton Keller (Knoll dealership)
    • Interior Designer, Edwards Mulhavsen
    • Designer, Linda Mc Calla Interiors
  • 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. 

    • 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.
  • 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.
    •  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.
  • 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 eight 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

    Undergraduate Admissions

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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 2322 Basic Interior Design
    • ID 2323 Design Development
    • ARTC 2305 Visualization and Presentation Techniques
    Proficiency 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.
    See the linked document for additional details:  Fall 2018 Proficiency Review Guidelines
    Proficiency Review Appeal information can be found here: Link


Dr. Mira Ahn, 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