Interior Design


Interior design majors take courses in the creative arts including design theory, art history, architecture and interiors, as well as technology, business, liberal arts and oral, written and graphic communication.

Graduates from our CIDA (Council of Interior Design Accreditation) accredited interior design program are qualified for careers helping others improve interior environments while expressing their own creative abilities. Students gain skills and knowledge in ideation and concept development, materials and construction, life safety codes, accessibility and business practices. Graduates are academically prepared to take the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) examination, which must be passed to register as an interior designer in Texas and many other states. 

Students are required to pass a Proficiency Review after completing their first 18 credit hours of interior design and art courses. Information regarding Proficiency Review can be found on the Proficiency review.

Interior Design Program 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.

Retention Rate

78.1% of the students enrolled during the Fall 2021 semester returned in Fall 2022, putting attrition at 21.9%.

*Data produced by Texas State Office of Institutional Research.

Degrees Awarded by Calendar Year

  • 2023 Interior Design: 42
  • 2022 Interior Design: 26
  • 2021 Interior Design: 36
  • 2020 Interior Design: 63
  • 2019 Interior Design: 40
  • 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 2020, 53.1% graduated in 4 years.
OPTIONAL: 87.5% graduated in 5 years.

Of the transfer students graduating in 2020, 65.5% graduated in 4 years.
OPTIONAL: 86.2% graduated in 5 years.

*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, 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, 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
-        Designer, Shelton Keller (Knoll dealership)
-        Interior Designer, Edwards Mulhavsen
-        Designer, Linda Mc Calla Interiors

Dr. Mira Ahn

Professor, Interior Design Program Coordinator