Interior Design Program Accreditation
Georgia Southern University has held accreditation by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA, formerly FIDER) since 2000. The Interior Design Program is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The program complies with eligibility requirements through its accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (recognized by the U.S. Department of Education) to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, specialists and doctoral degrees. CIDA brings professionalism and quality to interior design programs by identifying, developing and promoting quality standards for the education of entry-level interior designers. As a leader in the interior design profession, the Council is the primary accrediting agency for interior design education, leading the profession to excellence by setting standards and evaluating academic programs in interior design.
The Interior Design Program leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design, is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredite-id.org, 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 first Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design granted by Georgia Southern University meets the educational requirements for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.
There are over 150 programs accredited under The Council for Interior Design Accreditation Professional Standards. We are one of sixth accredited programs in Georgia; one of only two public institutions and the only accredited institution in Georgia south of Atlanta.
The Interior Design Program leading to the Shool of Human Ecology is acredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation,
Student Achievement Data
Georgia Southern University, Interior Design Program, Bachelor of Science
It typically takes a full-time student taking approximately 15 credits per semester (15-18 credits) and four years to complete the degree program.
The following data was collected using institutional records, two exit surveys (administered by the program and GSU), and an alumni survey administered by the program.
Student Attrition and Retention
94% of students (15 out of 16) who were admitted in the fall of 2017 returned in the fall of 2018, putting attrition at 6%.
Data on 2018 graduates:
- 4 out of 24 students (16.6%) who were accepted into the program in 2016 left the program and the remaining 20 students graduated in 2018 academic year, putting the retention rate at 83.3%.
- Out of 20 graduates, 7 of them were transfer students (29.2%)
Of the students graduating in 2018; 19 out of 20 (95%) graduated in 4 years or less (not including transfer and non-major studies). 5% graduated in 4.5 years.
Acceptance into Graduate Programs:
16 out of 22 2018 graduates responded to the program exit survey. Out of 16 students who participated in the program exit survey in 2018, only one student (6%) applied to graduate school and was accepted. Thus, 6% of students who graduated in 2018 applied for graduate school, and 6% were accepted (This student decided to not pursue graduate studies in the end)
According to the 2016-2017 GSU destination survey, 1 student out of 19 students who completed the survey was enrolled in graduate school.
According to the 2017-2018 GSU destination survey, no one out of 20 students who completed the survey went to graduate school.
Job Placement Rates:
23 out of 24 students who graduated in 2018 were contacted regarding job placement in 2019.
100% of those 23 students who graduated in 2018 are employed as of April 2019.
22 out of 23 (95.6%) are employed in interior design or related profession.
20 students completed the 2017-2018 GSU destination survey at the time of graduation. 8 (40%) of them were employed full time, 1 part-time, and 11 seeking employment. From those 8 employed full time, 7 had interior design related jobs, and none went to graduate school.
19 students completed the 2016-2017 GSU destination survey. 9 of them (47%) were employed full time at the time of graduation, 1 part-time, 1 enrolled in graduate school, 7 seeking jobs, and 1 not seeking a job.
B.S. Interior Design Attrition, Retention, Graduation 2014-2016*
|Total Accepted Cohort
|Total Graduating B.S. Interior (4 yr)
|Total Graduating (5 yr)
|Total Graduating (6 yr)
|Non-Graduating/Graduating Non-B.S. Interior
*data current as of 4/27/2017
Please visit the CIDA website for more information.
CIDA Professional Standards
There are sixteen standards divided into four sections. In order to be accredited, a program must comply or partially comply with all sixteen standards. Compliance with standards is measured by student learning and program expectations. Judgment of compliance is based on the expertise of experienced peer evaluators and precedent in accreditation.
Professional Licensure and Registration
The State of Georgia has title act legislation. To identify oneself as a registered or licensed interior designer in the State of Georgia, interior designers must provide proof of a minimum of a four-year program or post-professional degree from a college or university with a program accredited by CIDA (Council of Interior Design Accreditation), NASAD (National Association of Schools of art and Design) or NAAB (National Architectural Accrediting Board) in addition to passing the NCIDQ exam. See the Georgia Secretary of State website for professional licensing information.
Last updated: 1/22/2020