Interior Design

Interior design is a distinct profession with specialized knowledge applied to the planning and design of interior environments that promote health, safety and welfare while supporting and enhancing the human experience. Founded upon design and human behavior, theories and research, interior designers apply evidence-based methodologies to identify, analyze and synthesize information in generating holistic, technical, creative and contextually appropriate design solutions. More information about how interior designers contribute to the interior environment is available at

B.A.S. Interior Design Program
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The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Applied Science in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Interior Design granted by Seminole State College of Florida meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit

Interior Design Department Mission Statement

The Seminole State College of Florida’s Interior Design program prepares students for the professional industry by providing knowledge and skills to solve a variety of design problems with the core value of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Interior Design Department Goals

  • Foundation and Technical Knowledge: Provide students with an understanding of the elements and principles of design, human-centered and evidence-based design. 
  • Design Analysis and Synthesis: Provide students with skills to implement creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving in all phases of the design process.
  • Design Communication: Provide students with proficiency in professional communication and presentation of concept and design to include visual, oral, and written modalities.
  • Business and Professional Knowledge:  Provide students with skills in collaboration, exposure to global views, and professional ethics. 

How to Apply

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.

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 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 Requirements

Interior design students are required to purchase a Windows-based laptop for the program. Autodesk products (AutoCAD, Revit, etc.) are available free of charge through the Autodesk Education Community when enrolled in appropriate courses.

Graphics Card Requirements

  • Dedicated GPU
    NVIDIA: GeForce GTX 900 series / Quadro M series or newer OR
    AMD: Radeon RX 400 series / Radeon Pro series or newer
  • 4GB of VRAM minimum
  • Must support Vulkan 1.1

Unsupported Hardware

  • Radeon 6000 mobile GPUs
  • Intel Integrated Graphics onboard GPUs
  • SLI configurations

Why Seminole State?

  • Outstanding reputation: The program is nationally recognized and accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). It is also the only Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in Interior Design in Central Florida.
  • Industry-driven curriculum: The curriculum encompasses both technical and creative skills and encourages students to explore a wide variety of design sectors, such as residential, commercial, hospitality, retail, healthcare and more. The degree culminates in a portfolio of work that will highlight the student's technical and creative skills. An internship is required for students in the B.A.S. degree.
  • Multiple pathways for admission: High school graduates must apply for the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Interior Design. Students who complete the A.S. degree may apply directly to the B.A.S. program. Students who have completed a college degree (A.A. or higher) may apply directly to the B.A.S. program.
  • Dedicated faculty: Full-time faculty have obtained master’s or doctoral degrees in interior design or interior architecture. They are also qualified by NCIDQ and are actively involved in the industry.
  • Advisory board support: The interior design advisory board provides feedback to the curriculum to ensure it meets current industry needs. The board also supports students through class critiques, job shadows and field trips.
  • Career advancement: The program offers an approved path to state licensure and to advanced degrees.
  • Flexible Schedules: Online, hybrid, day and evening on-campus courses, are available to make earning your interior design degree work around your busy schedule. 
  • Affordable Tuition: Seminole State offers significantly lower tuition costs than Florida's universities. Scholarships and financial aid are available.

Interior Design News

This is the fourth year Addition Financial hosted this inspirational contest, awarding one public school teacher from Orange, Seminole, Lake and Osceola counties with a classroom makeover. Addition Financial hired paid interns from the Seminole State College of Florida interior design program to take each teacher’s vision and make it into a reality.
People’s focus, their productivity and even their mental health can be impacted by their environment, and this influence inspired Rivera. These impacts become especially important to those who process their surroundings differently, such as those with disabilities.
Following a Southeast regional win, students from the construction and interior design programs placed first in the nation at the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) student competition.
Seminole State College of Florida interior design alumna Julie Lampe won four awards at the American Society of Interior Designers: Florida North competition including one for her work restoring a historic Sanford home.
Interior Design students at Seminole State reveal the elementary classrooms they redesigned during Addition Financial's Renovate to Educate.


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