Interior Design

Seminole State College is the right choice for creative individuals seeking a career in interior design. The College's Interior Design Program has been a leader in Florida for more than 40 years. In 2010, Seminole State became the first state school in Central Florida and the only public college in Florida to offer a four-year bachelor's degree in interior design.

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As the practice of interior design continues to expand, becoming ever more complex and technical, it is increasingly important for designers to have a solid educational base with a pathway to licensure in Interior Design. Interior design goes beyond interior decorating to include skills in space planning, ergonomics, safety and building codes, and so much more.  Having obtained expertise critical to the design industry, graduates of this program will be able to work in a wide variety of design occupations. The art-based curriculum combines design concepts and social-science philosophies with the technical skills that are required of the interior design profession.

Degree & Certificate Programs

Why Seminole State?

Path to Licensure

The bachelor's degree is state approved for our graduates to sit for the state Interior Design licensing exam (NCIDQ).

Industry-Driven Curriculum

The interior design curriculum reflect current client needs and trends, such as sustainable green design, ergonomics, universal design for diverse populations, and ADA compliance, as well as courses in Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Revit.

Industry-Focused Faculty

All of our full-time Interior Design faculty are Florida-licensed professional who are actively involved in the design industry.

Award-Winning Students

Seminole State students have consistently won national and regional interior design industry awards.

Award-Winning Facility

Interior design classes are taught at the College's award-winning Heathrow Campus, which received a Design Award of Excellence from the Orlando Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Community Involvement

Students participate in community projects, attend departmental field trips to regional design centers and take part in activities with local chapters of professional interior design organizations.

Affordability

Seminole State offers significantly lower tuition costs than Florida's universities. Scholarships and financial aid are available.

Flexible Schedules:

Online, hybrid, day and evening in-class courses, and part-time programs are available to make earning your interior design degree work around your busy schedule.

How to Apply

First-Time-in-College Students

Apply online to Seminole State and declare the A.S. in Interior Design Technology as your educational goal. Once you've earned an A.S. in Interior Design Technology, you can apply directly to the Bachelor of Applied Science in Interior Design program.

A.S. Interior Design Graduates

If you've earned your Associate in Science degree in Interior Design from Seminole State or another Florida College System institution, you're on your way.  Simply apply online to Seminole State by the deadlines in the College's academic calendar.

Students with an A.A., A.S., or Bachelor's Degree in Another Field

Students who have completed an unrelated degree program will be considered for the Interior Design Program but may need additional coursework. To be considered, apply to Seminole State online by the stated deadlines.

For more information on how to apply to the Interior Design Program, contact Admissions at 407.708.4550.

Computer Recommendations

Interior design students are not required to purchase a laptop or desktop computer for program admission. If you are able to purchase a computer, the current advice for purchases includes the following minimum requirements:

Mac vs. PC

With the current state of software, the interior design department recommends purchasing a Windows-based computer due to AutoDesk (AutoCAD and Revit) software predominantly used in the industry. However, Adobe software is recommended on MAC computers. The faculty will not be able to trouble-shoot students’ personal computers.

Hardware

  • Processor - Intel i-Series
    (i7 Quad-Core with highest affordable CPU Speed is recommended.)
  • Memory - Minimum 8GB of RAM
    (16GB or higher is recommended.)
  • Hard Drive - Solid state Disk (SSD) is recommended.
    Note: 3D files and high-resolution images can take considerable space. 250GB HD is the minimum but more is recommended. Revit software requires 5GB of free disk space.
  • Display Resolution -
    Minimum 1280 x 1024 with true color and 4K maximum
    (1920 x 1080 or higher is recommended.)
  • Operating System - Windows 10 64-bit
  • Pointing Device - External mouse with at least 3 buttons

Software

The department advises students not to purchase or download software until they are taking the appropriate courses (ETD1320c/ IND2462) as software upgrades are frequent. Autodesk products (AutoCAD, Revit, etc.) are available to students free of charge through Autodesk Education Community. Adobe software produces (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator etc.) are available for purchase at student rates.

Interior Design News

Seminole State student Acede Clarke leads Altamonte Elementary School teacher Krista Phelps-Elliott into her new classroom.
Interior Design students at Seminole State reveal the elementary classrooms they redesigned during Addition Financial's Renovate to Educate.
Clarke interviews Phelps-Elliot about her classroom needs
In partnership with Addition Financial, Seminole State College of Florida students are already putting their education to good use by designing classrooms for deserving teachers across four Central Florida counties.
Jason Valentin wearing a black shirt and smiling for the camera while posing for a picture for Stantec.
Jason Valentin has a talent for surprising himself. He was chosen out of six up-and-coming designers to appear as designer Frank Bielec’s assistant for an episode of the hit show “Trading Spaces.” Through it all, his hard work and humble nature see him through challenges, and the accomplishments keep coming.
The Seminole State team accepts its award for third place in the Design-Build Institute of America’s 2018 National Design-Build Student Competition. DBIA Chairman William G. Hasbrook Jr. (from left); Construction Professor/Program Manager Dr. Tan Qu; Seminole State team members Jeffrey Stout, Michael Miller, Megan Tan, Tiffany Theodore and Elena Peraud; and DBIA Executive Director Lisa Washington.
Students from the construction and interior design programs at Seminole State College of Florida placed third in the Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) National Design-Build Student Competition.
Seminole State students pursuing the Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Interior Design put their ideas on paper during a design charrette.
Seminole State College of Florida's Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree in Interior Design has received accreditation from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), which appraises programs based on superior educational standards.

Contact

Information Request

Holly Rodwick
Interior Design Program Manager
407.708.4531
Fax: 407.708.2449
Office: HEA331