Seminole State College of Florida’s Interior Design Program has been ranked No. 3 in the nation by Schools.com.
Seminole State offers an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Interior Design Technology and a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree in Interior Design. The department’s goal is to provide students a solid educational base, with a pathway to licensure in interior design.
Schools.com is an online definitive source for education information. As the basis for its ranking, Schools.com used statistics from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), which is the core postsecondary education data collection program used by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Measuring categories such as undergraduate tuition and fees, graduation rates, accessibility, student-to-faculty ratio and more, Schools.com composed data profiles on almost 250 schools across the country. Of the institutions profiled, Seminole State ranked No. 3, behind the Design Institute of San Diego (No. 2) and Stevens - The Institute of Business and Arts (No. 1).
“This ranking confirms that our students are well prepared to not only work in the design industry, but also to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Exam (NCIDQ) for state licensure,” says Holly Rodwick, program manager for interior design at Seminole State. “The interior design program at Seminole State provides quality education that matches other state universities, while offering affordable tuition and open enrollment.”
Employment of interior designers is projected to reach 69,500 by 2026, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median annual wage for interior designers in the U.S. was $49,810 in May 2016, with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity reporting a salary range of $33,738–$99,798.
“We provide our students with both technical and creative skills that allow them to solve a variety of design problems, while maintaining the core value of design, which is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public,” says Rodwick.
For more than 40 years, Seminole State's Interior Design Program has been a leader in Florida. Seminole State offers the only public four-year interior design program in Central Florida. For more information, visit the Interior Design website.