Interior Design Bachelor of Applied Science

In the field of interior design, your left brain and right brain join forces to create spaces where people work ergonomically and live comfortably. You blend form and function with elements like infrastructure, furniture, technology, decor and more. So start today and draw up to the blueprints for your path to state licensure and a creative career that allows you to work in a number of industry verticals, including commercial, residential, hospital and government.

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Getting Started: Summer 2020

March 16:   Financial Aid

May 4:   Application

May 11:   Classes Begin

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Why Seminole State?

  • Outstanding reputation: The program is nationally recognized and accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). 
  • Industry-driven curriculum: The curriculum explores a wide variety of design segments such as residential, commercial, hospitality,
    retail, healthcare and much more.
  • Dedicated faculty: Full-time faculty are Florida licensed professionals actively involved in the industry.
  • Community involvement: Service-learning projects allow students to give back to the local and international community.
  • Hands-on experience: Apply your knowledge to real-world situations through internships with prominent Central Florida companies, and participate in active student chapters of professional organizations such as International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
    and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). 
  • Career advancement: The program offers an approved path to state licensure and to advanced degrees.

Additional Information

Interior Design Bachelor of Applied Science
Type: BAS
Major Code : INTD-BAS
CIP: 1105004083
Educational Pathway: INTD-BAS

Program Description

Seminole State's Bachelor of Applied Science in Interior Design prepares students toward a path to licensure and a professional career in the field. This comprehensive curriculum combines the concepts and philosophies of the social sciences with courses in designing for diverse populations as well as emerging trends in the industry. Advanced technical skills required to communicate with the design profession, such as space planning and lighting will also be emphasized. The degree will culminate in a capstone healthcare project and portfolio of work. Students will also be exposed to the professional industry through internship opportunities.

Having obtained skills critical to the industry, graduates of this program will be able to work in a wide variety of design occupations that range from commercial design (corporate, healthcare, retail, hospitality, government facilities, education and real estate) to residential design. Upon completion of the B.A.S. Interior Design and two years of work experience under a licensed interior designer or architect, graduates are eligible to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination for state licensure. The NCIDQ examination will test an interior designer's ability to protect health, safety and welfare through the competent practice of interior design. Interior designers work closely with architects, engineers and general contractors in a wide array of settings.

Program Admission

Applicants seeking admission to Seminole State College's bachelor's degree programs must comply with the College's General Admissions procedures. In addition, students must meet the following program-specific requirements listed below prior to being accepted into upper-division coursework:

  • Completion of an associate's degree, bachelor's degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution. Students who have earned a minimum 60 college credit hours from any regionally accredited institution may request to have their admission reviewed and determined by the department review committee.
  • A GPA of 2.0 or higher

Program Progression Requirements:
An Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Interior Design Technology (CIP 1450040801) from a regionally accredited Florida institution satisfies the Interior Design Technical Foundation program prerequisite requirements detailed in the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) Interior Design degree program for both admissions and graduation requirements. The program must also be approved by the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design.


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Available Courses
Interior Design Foundation

Interior Design Foundation

The primary entry qualification is the A.S. Interior Design degree. The 60 credit hours of interior design foundation are the A.S. degree technical courses that satisfy the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design and/or NCIDQ licensing courses. At least 36 of the 60 hours of interior design foundation courses must be IND prefix courses.

Required Courses
In this course students will explore emerging trends in the commercial interior design field while completing a studio-based project. Emphasis will be placed on the design process, including programming, conceptual design and design development. Adherence to life safety codes and the selection and specifications of commercial grade interior finishes, finishing and equipment will be stressed. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher to advance to the next level studio. Lab fee required.
This course is designed to prepare the interior design student to provide comprehensive hand-drafting solutions in timed applications. In-class exercises in accessible restrooms, egress, life-safety, building systems, millwork and timed space planning will be incorporated.
This advanced study of lighting applications explores both the technical aspects and behavioral factors of lighting design. Special emphasis will be placed on lighting profiles, calculations, evaluation and specification of various lighting sources and fixtures. Emphasis will be placed on emerging technologies and sustainable design solutions. Course content is a combination of lectures and projects. Guest speakers and field trips will be scheduled to enhance class lectures.
This course is an advanced capstone studio that takes the student through the steps of the design process in both an individual and team approach. Emphasis will be placed on programming, schematic design and design development through an evidence-based design approach. Lectures will coincide with field trips and design professionals will participate in the critique process. This course must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. Lab Fee Required.
Using the latest digital technologies and software, students will learn essential employability skills in creating a digital portfolio for prospective employers and clients. Topics such as digital photography, importing images and creating a website will be explored. This senior course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course addresses a variety of diverse populations such as aging, special needs or autism to create an inclusive built environment. Cultural diversity will also be discussed and applied to a design project. Universal design and barrier-free design will be incorporated into class lectures and exercises. Field trips and guest speakers will be scheduled to enhance lectures.
Prior to graduation, students must successfully complete an internship with an approved interior design-related firm. Students must complete a minimum of 300 hours of an on-the-job internship experience.
Elective Courses

Electives must be taken while enrolled in this degree.  Electives taken in the Associate of Science degree will not satisfy this requirement.

Choose 6 credits from the following list:
This advanced building codes course will further investigate the local and national building codes as well as the accessibility code. Students will learn how to navigate the online building codes and apply them to design projects and scenarios.
A studio-based format and integrated design approach will apply the sustainable design principles for adaptive use in commercial built environments. Students will also develop an understanding of the various sustainable building certifications and the required documentation process to achieve certification. Lectures, field trips and guest lecturers will reiterate the importance of sustainable design and development. Design professionals will participate in the critique process.
A global, multi-cultural experience has become increasingly vital part of the student's education. This advanced study abroad course provides students with opportunities to explore significant international historical and contemporary sites. Students are exposed to the cultural influences of architecture, construction methodologies and interior design. Lectures and coursework are complemented by walking tours lead by experienced faculty and guest professionals. Students must be 18 years of age on or before departure.
This advanced course is scheduled for students who wish to explore topics, emerging trends and/or technologies currently impacting the interior design profession. Coursework is presented in group instruction. Variable content depending upon the specialized topic in which student is enrolled.
This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of architectural design, including aspects and determinants of form and space. Drafting skills and the concepts of graphic communication are introduced and developed. Lab fee required.
In collaboration with the construction and engineering programs, senior level students will have an opportunity to apply knowledge acquired from his or her coursework to real-world projects. Interdisciplinary teams will be presented with a humanitarian problem to solve that will address community needs such as the health, safety or the environment. Service learning projects will vary and may require international travel as part of the experiential learning experience.
In collaboration with the construction and engineering programs, students will have an opportunity to apply knowledge acquired from his or her coursework to real-world projects and assume a leadership role in the assigned interdisciplinary teams.Teams will be presented with a humanitarian problem to solve that will address community needs such as the health, safety or the environment. Service learning projects will vary and may require international travel as part of the experiential learning experience.
This studio course focuses on the study of furniture and case goods with an emphasis on materials, structural considerations, human factors, ergonomics, function and style. Students will be guided through the process of design to create functional and unique furnishings. Field trips to local furniture/millwork fabricators will enhance the learning experience.

Technology Specialization

This course is designed for beginning Adobe Illustrator users. Fundamental concepts and features are introduced and applied to a variety of graphics applications. The world of vector graphics and professional illustrations is entered, explored and applied to a variety of graphic endeavors. Lab fee required.
This course is an introduction to Photoshop software which provides an extensive variety of electronic tools for manipulating photographs and creating illustrations. The course is designed for the graphics individual who wishes to integrate photography with page layouts. Students will learn the basics of scanning, retouching, color correcting, proofing and output to printer devices. Lab fee required.
This course is designed to teach the concepts, terminology and principles of desktop publishing using industry computer software to communicate visual concepts used for the printing of publications such as brochures, advertisements, books and magazines. The student will develop the skills necessary to create publications designed for print publishing and production. Lab fee required.
In this course, students will learn advanced two- and three-dimensional drafting techniques. Menu and program modification will be emphasized along with improved speed and accuracy. Lab fee required.
This course is a three-dimensional CAD course which introduces the student to advanced concepts in Autodesk Revit Software. The student continues to learn how to draw and design in a three-dimensional architectural computer model format. Advanced concepts in three-dimensional modeling are introduced and implemented in class projects. This software allows the student to work in various views of the parametric building model at the same time. Each view may be opened separately and any changes that are made in one drawing are immediately updated in all other views. The Revit platform for building information modeling also allows the student to identify and produce a material list (automatically) for every item required for a particular design as the design develops and changes. This becomes an invaluable tool for the estimating and scheduling functions required by the contractor.

Building Construction Specialization

This course provides a broad overview of the built environment, the architectural, engineering and construction (A/E/C) industry as well as different career paths within the industry. Insight into the processes, the people and the practices involved to bring a building from a concept to reality are presented. An emphasis will be placed on the construction management process and the critical role of the construction manager. Lab fee required.
In this course students will develop the knowledge and skills involved in the effective use and interpretation of the construction drawings and specifications. Students will learn how to examine a variety of different types of plans included within a standard set of drawings such as, civil, landscape/irrigation, architectural, structural, MEP, fire protection and communications to understand the scope of the project and the means and methods required to construct the project. Basic construction abbreviations, symbols and various scaling will be introduced.
During this course, students will examine the environmental impacts of building construction and explore the fundamental concepts of energy efficient design. Topics include sustainable site planning, green materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, water reduction and waste management. This class will prepare students to take the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate exam.
This course addresses the Tiny House phenomenon from a lifestyle, design and construction perspective. Students will be introduced to the Tiny House Movement, financial independence, freedom and ecological responsibility. Various types of Tiny Homes (400 square feet or less) from homes on wheels to ones with concrete foundations, will be presented and the pros/cons of each discussed. Design topics include space efficiency, appropriate interior finishes, multi-purpose furnishings/appliances, sustainability (eco-friendly) features and smart technologies. Construction budgets, building codes and zoning ordinances will be reviewed so students can transition into this up-and-coming lifestyle.
General Education Courses

Communications General Education courses


History General Education course


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Social Science General Education courses

Science General Education courses
Total Credits:

Students must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of Interior Design (IND1### or higher) courses in order to graduate from the BAS program. These courses may include courses taken as part of the foundation, core or elective categories above. They may also include IND transfer courses as long as the courses have been approved by the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design or they are from a regionally accredited Florida institution.


Students enrolled in Seminole State College’s baccalaureate degree programs must demonstrate foreign language proficiency. Students who have previously received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution are exempt from this requirement.  Additionally, per Florida Statute 1007.25, “Beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2014-2015 and thereafter, coursework for an associate in arts degree shall include demonstration of competency in a foreign language.” 


Students must meet General Education requirements. Students awarded an Associate in Arts or Baccalaureate degree or who have official transcripts documenting "General Education Requirements Met" from a Florida College System or Florida State University System degree-granting institution shall be considered to have satisfied Seminole State's General Education requirements. Please refer to this catalog's General Education section for specific requirements.


Honors in the Major is an indication that the student pursues academic excellence and exhibits leadership qualities. The Honors in the Major Program is designed to encourage the best juniors and seniors to do classwork and projects that expose them to the latest in technology and methodology. Refer to the Honors in the Major section of this catalog for details.

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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Tuition and Fee Comparison*

 Seminole State UFFSUUCF
Tuition and Fees$3,597$6,380$6,480$6,379
Room and Board-0-$10,220$10,666$10,010
Books and Supplies$1,000$850$1,000$1,200

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* Tuition costs are based on Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 terms, with 15 credit hours per term for in-state students. Dorm fees, meal plans and book expenses are estimates based on information provided on each university's website. Lab fees and other fees that may be assessed at the time of registration may be viewed in the College fee schedule. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.

The Profession

Interior designers are qualified by education, experience and professional licensure to enhance an environment’s function, safety and overall appeal. The professional interior designer is integral in the planning, design and construction of today’s complex built environments and collaborates with architects, engineers, general contractors and other professionals.

Career Opportunities

Interior design is among the fastest-growing occupations in the region, with projected growth of 20 percent over the next decade.

Students with a bachelor's degree in interior design can pursue careers in:

  • "Aging-in-Place" Design
  • Barrier-Free/Universal Design
  • Commercial Interior Design
  • Facilities/Project Management
  • Government/Institutional Design
  • Healthcare/Assisted Living Facilities Design
  • Hospitality/Entertainment Design
  • Kitchen/Bath Design
  • Residential Interior Design
  • Retail Design/Visual Merchandising/Exhibit Design
  • Sales/Manufacturer Representative
  • Space Planning/Specification
  • Sustainable/Environmental Design


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