Degree Program Overview

Interior Design is a multi-faceted creative profession that requires designer’s to analyze, plan, design, document, and manage interior non-structural construction while also maintaining compliance with applicable building codes, life safety, fire, energy codes, standards and regulations to guide their work to protecting the health and welfare of the public. 

Read the Full Definition of Interior Design by the Council for Interior Design Qualification.

The interior design program leading to the B.S. or B.A. in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

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

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). 

Read more about this program and the accreditation on the department program page.

Internships

All students who complete programs in Fashion Merchandising, Food Service Management, and Interior Design are required to complete a supervised internship of at least 200 hours. Students are provided leads for securing internship opportunities; however, part of the internship experience is securing a suitable position.

Careers in Interior Design

  • Commercial Interior Designer
  • Residential Interior Designer
  • Design Showroom Manager
  • Space Planner
  • Registered Interior Designer (RID)
  • Assistant Designer
  • CAD/REVIT Manager
  • Architect & Design (A&D) Sales Representative

Or continue your education with a graduate degree.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Length 120-122 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

View the Interior Design BA BS brochure (.pdf)

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 15

Program Coordinator

For specific questions about this program, please contact Mr. Ron Reed, Interim Program Coordinator, at 936.294.2481 or via email at rlr054@shsu.edu.