Proficiency Review Information

What is Proficiency Review?

The Proficiency Review is a selective advancement evaluation conducted by the Interior Design program to impartially determine whether students are prepared to move forward into advanced interior design coursework.

What skills will be evaluated during the proficiency review?

Candidates are evaluated on a range of basic, technical, and design process skills. See the skill descriptions in the packet below for additional information.

Why do students have to go through proficiency review?

Interior design is a demanding, professional discipline. As a future professional, you need exposure to the process and practice of sitting for examination like you will do for the NCIDQ when you enter the profession. Additionally, the proficiency review process ensures that you will be successful moving forward in the program. The review process also assists the Texas State Interior Design program in maintaining high standards. High standards strengthen the program’s reputation among the practitioner community and elevate the value of your BSFCS in Interior Design degree.

Who is eligible for proficiency review?

Your minimum grade must be a “C” in all required ID and ART courses and an overall GPA of at least 2.25. All applications where these criteria have NOT been met will be disqualified from the review process. In addition, you must also have completed or be currently enrolled in the following courses:

  • ARTF 1302 Basic Drawing
  • ID 1310 Introduction to Interior Design
  • ID 1320 Design Graphics I
  • ARTC 2305 Visualization and Presentation Techniques
  • ID 2322 Basic Interior Design

When is proficiency review?

Proficiency review will take place twice during the calendar year, once during the fall semester, and once during spring semester. Proficiency review will occur on ‘Reading Date’ as posted in the school calendar.

How do I apply for proficiency review?

Applicants are required to register for ID 2000 Proficiency Review (zero credit with a pass or fail grade)   by the deadline of second 8-week course registration and submit their degree audit by the last day to drop ID 2000.

Note: Once you register in ID 2000 you will have access to information in the class Canvas regarding proficiency format and proficiency review skills.

If I am an out-of-state transfer student, do I have to participate in Proficiency Review?

Transfer students from out-of-state, who are joining the program, must participate in a holistic portfolio review instead of the proficiency review.


  1. How to sign up: To participate in the required proficiency review you must register for ID 2000 Proficiency Review using Catsweb by the deadline of second 8-week course registration and submit their degree audit by the last day to drop ID 2000. It is a zero-credit hour course that does not cost money. 
    • If you wish to drop ID 2000 later, you will need to do it by the second 8-week course deadline.
  2. Orientation meeting: Once you register for ID 2000, you will be able to access the canvas class site and find the orientation date and time.
  3. Proficiency Exam Date and Time: Proficiency review is a 5-hour exam and will occur on ‘Reading Date’ as posted in the school calendar and is typically held from 8:00am-1:00pm.   

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

Dr. Asha Hegde, Professor
Interior Design Program Coordinator

Proficiency Review Appeal information can be found here.