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.
• A student-centered program that nurtures and develops the individual in the pursuit of a professional interior design degree, and emphasizes the importance of ethics, accountability and lifelong learning.
• A learning environment that 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 that allows the student to communicate and construct concepts relevant to the needs of society and the profession.
Missionof the Interior Design program:
The mission of the Interior Design Program in the School of Human Ecology at Georgia Southern University is to provide a professional undergraduate education that develops entry-level designers able to formulate viable and creative solutions relevant to the needs of the individual, family, organization and community, as well as provide a broad range of interior design experiences to develop aesthetic, creative, practical, technical and organizational skills so that graduates are ready for entry-level professional interior design jobs within any global community.
Goals of the Interior Design program:
The goals of the Interior Design Program address the components identified in the NCIDQ definition of a professional interior designer and the unique components of Georgia Southern’s program. The Interior Design Program provides preparation for the entry-level professional designer. To this end, the Interior Design Program embodies the following common goals:
1. Education: A comprehensive body of knowledge in interior design prepares students 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.
2. Practical, traditional skills combined with advanced technology and aesthetic discernment: A progressive curriculum emphasizes the integration of knowledge with analytical and critical thinking skills to solve complex problems using a range of tools and media for diverse clients, populations and cultures.
3. Professional preparation and exposure: Students interface with contemporary practice through faculty experiences and expertise, industry resources, engagement with design professionals, interaction with the advisory board and the design practicum.
Last updated: 12/16/2019