Interior Design Program
About SJSU Interior Design
The award winning Interior Design Program at San José State University with its emphasis in Interior Architecture provides students with an excellent education preparing them to enter the design and technology rich environment surrounding Silicon Valley. Interior Architecture is a critical design discipline that influences social, economic and environmental forces and our curriculum supports these aspects of the profession by offering courses that focus on social demands and new client needs, new developments in technology, and sustainable design initiatives.
What to Expect
The program, established over 50 years ago, is open to all interested students both entering as recent high school graduates and as transfers from junior colleges. The curriculum provides our students with a strong foundation in conceptual design and development through a five-semester studio and visual communication sequence that introduces interior and architectural issues of increasing difficulty and detail. We also offer a broad range of courses that support the increasingly diverse and complex spectrum of knowledge that Interior Architects are expected to have. Students study lighting design, product and furniture design, digital design and fabrication, adaptive reuse and sustainable design. Taking advantage of our locale, our students often collaborate with civic partners, local professionals and engage in real client and community-based projects. This tradition, in addition to a required internship, helps prepare students for professional practice. Upon graduation, students are prepared for a lifetime of practicing Interior Design or continuing their education in a Master’s of Architecture program.
Over the last five decades SJSU students have won numerous design awards and competitions sponsored by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Our graduates have been a critical in rethinking and reinventing the workplace by designing interiors for companies such as Apple, Facebook, and eBay. Many of our former students work for global design firms such as Gensler and have gone on to effect change throughout the world. Our graduates also often go on to establish their own successful design studios and become leaders in the profession.