The interior design program at Georgia State University prepares students for successful careers in the rapidly growing and changing field of interior design. The program strives to reflect the values of contemporary interior design practice as it prepares graduates who are adept at providing provocative aesthetic solutions which respond to a multitude of real-world constraints, client needs, program, schedule, and budget. The NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) accredited program at Georgia State prepares students for careers as licensed professional interior designers who:
GSU’s interior design program is highly competitive and requires submission of a portfolio for admission into the concentration. All first-year School of Art & Design students learn humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, art history, and art foundations. ID applicants take three introductory ID classes in the fall of their sophomore year before they can qualify to submit application portfolios for admission into the concentration. These initial ID 3000 level courses:
Portfolio review for admission into the Interior Design program takes place at the end of the fall semester of the sophomore year, following the completion of the initial ID 3000 level courses. Once accepted into the program, majors are immediately introduced to computer-aided design (CAD) and 3D modeling, building and life safety codes and regulations, building systems and construction methods. Students gain further experience in architectural drawing and communication, spatial analysis and design, space planning and furniture layout, and an introduction to the characteristics and use of hard and soft materials in interior environments. Sophomore studios are focused on strong interior space conceptualization and the production of successful design solutions responsive to program and context.
At the junior level students commence a rigorous two-semester design studio sequence focused on the conceptualization and development of a variety of project types. Student projects are presented graphically and orally and critiqued in open studio settings by both faculty and guest jurors from Atlanta’s professional interior design community. This part of the curriculum is focused on excellence and innovation in design. Upon completion of the junior year, students are eligible to complete professional internship experience for credit.
In their final year students complete coursework aimed at preparing them for transition to professional practice. Seniors complete advanced design studios leading to a comprehensive capstone project in the spring semester. Specialized interior design practice area labs, seminars and lectures (e.g., furniture design, advanced 3D computer modeling and animation, rendering) are regularly offered and may be taken for elective credit at this level.