Interior Design Degrees and Forms

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The Interior Design program at the San José State University offers a BFA Interior Design degree. The degree prepares students for a challenging career in Interior design and as preparation for a professional degree program in Architecture. The curriculum emphasizes history, creative practice and professional practice.



Important Note: To be awarded a minor, at least 12 units of coursework must be completely distinct and separate from the coursework in the major (University Policy S16-4).

Students that want to pursue one of our minors should:
• Meet with an advisor;
• Obtain advisor signature on their Minor form (when student completes the required 12 distinct units);
• Confirm with the H&A Student Success Center that it meets University rules.

For more information on individual courses in this major, visit the SJSU catalog.

BFA - Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

The Interior Design program prepares students to apply design principles in a wide variety of project types. Students have an in-depth knowledge of structure and surface, materials, furniture, textiles, lighting, and the ability to research and solve problems creatively that pertain to the function and quality of the built environment.

Through our studio sequence students learn to develop and communicate design concepts to a broad spectrum of professionals and clients. Such communication involves verbal, written, and representational media in both two and three dimensions. Interior Design students at SJSU are taught the most recent software applications and are abreast of the most recent technology used in the profession.

The curriculum is designed to teach students about the technical issues of human factors, including areas such as programming, environmental control systems, anthropometrics, ergonomics, and proxemics. The ability to integrate human factor considerations with design element is essential in today's society.

Special seminars are dedicated to helping students understand the technical aspects of construction and building systems, energy conservation, sustainability and working knowledge of legal codes and regulations related to construction.

Passage of a portfolio review is required for students to advance through the BFA Interior Design program.