Interior Design


Interior Designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and aesthetically pleasing by determining spatial requirements and selecting items, such as furnishings, lighting and materials. Interior Designers work closely with architects, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, and construction teams to determine how interior spaces will function, enhance the quality of life and culture for occupants. They read and produce construction documents and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations, as well as universal accessibility standards. Many Interior Designers specialize in particular types of buildings, specific rooms, or a specific style. Interior Designers are qualified by education, experience and examination, to protect and enhance the health, life safety and welfare of the public.

The Minor in Interior Design offers the foundations for and an introduction to practical skills in architectural drawing, theory of design, history of furnishings and interiors, and space planning with consideration to how people occupy and inhabit space, movement, and quality of life.


The interior design program leading to the B.S. or B.A. in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation,, 206 Cesar E. Chavez Ave SW, 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 B.S. or B.A. in Interior Design granted by Sam Houston State University, meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit this site.

The interior design program is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Learn More About the Profession

Click here to learn more about the interior design profession from these Council for Interior Design Accreditation videos.

Sophomore Design Portfolio

Special Note: A sophomore design portfolio is required and conducted in the spring semester. The purpose of this review is to access the complete body of design work in determining ability for a student's success in advanced coursework. Students must successfully complete and pass the portfolio review to be eligible to register for additional major coursework and to progress into the junior year of study.

For more information regarding Student Achievement, the program Mission and Plan of Study, please see the navigation links to the right.

If you have additional questions about SHSU Interior Design, please contact Mr. Ron Reed,, 936.294.2481.