Department of Interior Architecture and Design Announces New Graduate Degree

Hotel lobby design by First Professional Master of Science alumnus David Roan

Florida State University’s Department of Architecture and Interior Design introduces a new graduate degree open to all undergraduate majors covering design fundamentals, professional practice, and design software.

The first Master of Science in Professional Interior Design will welcome students with a bachelor’s degree in another field who wish to increase or change their career in the practice of interior design.

“This new degree offering provides another route for our students to gain skills in one of the nation’s top programs in architecture and interior design,” said Michael Carrasco, Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts. “By embracing those without an undergraduate degree in the field, it enhances the multidisciplinary experience of an already dynamic field.”

Coursework for the degree begins summer 2022 and covers topics such as design studio problem solving, building systems, lighting, and design communications using manual and digital techniques. Courses in the history, sustainability, and psychology of design help students establish a foundation of understanding for reflective practice.

“This program will be an exciting addition to our learning community, and with their diverse backgrounds, its students will inject their unique vitality into classroom discussions,” said Jill Pable, Chair of the Department of Architecture and Interior Design. . “We are delighted to welcome them into the design.”

The structure of the major ensures that students will graduate in just over two years after completing 85 credit hours. Students will graduate ready to work as interior designers and fully prepared to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) licensing exam, the industry’s indicator of proficiency in interior design principles.

Admission to this degree follows the requirements of the university and the Department of Interior Architecture and Design. This new degree adds to a variety of graduate opportunities offered by the department, including Master of Science, Master of Arts, and Master of Fine Arts programs.

The program is endorsed by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Applications for the first Master of Science in Professional Interior Design are due February 1.

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