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.
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.
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 CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. 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: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.
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).
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.
All of our full-time Interior Design faculty are Florida-licensed professional who are actively involved in the design industry.
Seminole State students have consistently won national and regional interior design industry awards.
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.
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.
Seminole State offers significantly lower tuition costs than Florida's universities. Scholarships and financial aid are available.
Online, hybrid, day and evening on-campus courses, and part-time programs are available to make earning your interior design degree work around your busy schedule. Please note the interior design programs are not online degrees, and some courses are only offered on-campus. Students must be able to attend some courses on campus.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.