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B.S. Interior Design (Spring)

Located one hour west of the coastal city of Savannah and four hours south of Atlanta, Georgia, our program has proximity to rural areas, intermediate sized cities, metropolitan cities, resorts and coastal regions. Our unique location affords students varied and abundant off-campus opportunities to visit historic sites and contemporary facilities.

The Interior Design program currently has 150 major students, taught by four full-time interior design professors. The student/faculty ratio is low, enabling professors to give students individual attention. Typical studio courses have a maximum of 24 students. The faculty works closely with students as advisors and mentors. The design faculty hold advanced degrees, NCIDQ certification, experience in the field of interior design and professional memberships in ASID, IIDA and IDEC. Learn more about the faculty here.

Faculty and students take field trips to places like Savannah, Charleston, New York and Atlanta to visit existing buildings, design firms and industry partners, such as Gulfstream Aerospace. Students attend local meetings of ASID and IIDA: the program sponsors a student chapter of the ASID.

Philosophy of the Interior Design program:
The philosophy of the Interior Design program consists of three value statements that provide a rational explanation of the program. The Interior Design program recognizes the NCIDQ definition of interior design as the guiding principle behind the philosophy of the program.

Value Statements:

• This student-centered program nurtures and develops the individual in the pursuit of a professional interior design degree, and emphasizes the importance of ethics, accountability and lifelong learning.
• The learning environment provides the knowledge base, the technical skills and the practical experience that will prepare the student to work as a competent entry-level interior design professional.
• A professional practice orientation allows the student to communicate and construct concepts relevant to the needs of society and the profession.

The mission of the Interior Design Program in the School of Human Ecology at Georgia Southern University is to provide a professional undergraduate education guided by the standards and expectations of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation in order to develop entry-level designers who are able to formulate viable and creative solutions that are evidence-based, human-centered, and relevant to the needs of the individual, family, organization and community. High-impact teaching and learning strategies with an emphasis on wellbeing and sustainability are applied to complex problems through the design process with integrity, openness, diversity and inclusion. The curriculum provides a broad range of interior design experiences to develop aesthetic, communication, collaboration, technology, and design skills in order to prepare graduates for professional interior design jobs within the global community.

The Interior Design Program provides preparation for the entry-level professional interior designer.  The goals of the Interior Design Program address the components identified in the NCIDQ definition of a professional interior designer and preparation for certification.

The unique components of Georgia Southern’s Interior Design program embodies the following common student learning outcomes:

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Knowledge: Graduating INDS students demonstrate a comprehensive body of knowledge in interior design to capably research, develop and present creative, effective and humane design solutions that are responsive to the changing needs of their communities and the global environment for diverse clients, populations and cultures following CIDA standards 4,7 and also 10, 12, 16.  
  2. Practical skills: INDS students experience a progressive curriculum so that by the time students graduate they can integrate knowledge with analytical and critical thinking skills to solve complex problems using a range of tools and media following CIDA standards 8, 11,13 and also 14,15. 
  3. Professional preparation: Graduating INDS students are professionally prepared for practice as they understand contemporary practice through classroom experiences, faculty expertise, industry resources, engagement with design professionals, interaction with the advisory board and a design internship following CIDA standards 5, 6, and 9. 

Last updated: 3/31/2022