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Department of Consumer and Design Sciences

Interior Design

Degree Programs

Graduates of the Interior Design undergraduate program will earn a CIDA-accredited Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and a well-rounded general education from Auburn University. Students who are accepted into the interior design program and follow this curriculum schedule can complete the degree in 9 semesters.

Pursuit of an advanced degree offers opportunities for specialization and increased career options. CADS offers graduate level degree opportunities at both the Master's and Ph.D. level. Click here to learn more about these graduate degree opportunities or contact the CADS office for information about other available advanced degree options.

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Professional Fees

Beginning fall semester 2017, a professional fee of $1,000 per semester will be assessed for all undergraduate students enrolled in the Interior Design and Pre-Interior Design Programs (INDS and INDX). This fee will increase to $2,000 per semester beginning fall semester 2018. After the 2018-19 academic year, any fee increase will be tied to tuition.
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Undergraduate Program Information

Below is an overview of what to expect once you apply and are accepted to Auburn University. Students who are accepted into the Interior Design program and closely follow the curriculum schedule, can complete the degree in nine semesters. Note that classes are highly sequenced and taught only once per year.

  • Year 1 (Pre- Interior Design)
    Complete first year of interior design fundamentals & pass selective admission into the Interior Design program
  • Year 2
    Fall and Spring – Complete advanced interior design fundamentals, technical and creative courses
  • Year 3
    Fall and Spring – Complete upper level studios in residential and commercial projects and business practices
  • Year 4
    Fall, Spring, and Summer – Complete upper level studios in hospitality and healthcare and complete professional internship


GPA Requirements
Students must earn a “C” or better in all required professional courses (i.e., required CADS and other Human Sciences courses). Students must earn a “C” or better on any prerequisite CADS courses before enrolling in the required CADS course.

Labor intensive design studios
Studios require six to eight hours of weekly in-class time plus additional hours outside of studio time. Current students report having very limited time for work and social/extracurricular activities.

Internships
Exploration of career paths can be enhanced by using the summers of Years 1-3 to test drive different internships in preparation for their required professional internship in year four. Professional internships in firms across the country and internationally prepare students for high quality design-related positions. Students typically have at least one job offer at graduation.

Transfer Credits
Coursework is sequential and most classes are taught only once per year. The number of available seats is limited by our CIDA accreditation requirements and studio space. Transfer students accepted into the program should plan for four years (9 semesters) to complete the studio sequence of courses, pending evaluation of transfer credits.

Curricula vary from school to school so we cannot guarantee that courses taken in another interior design program will transfer to Auburn’s interior design program. We do not do pre-application evaluations of transcripts. An evaluation of previously completed coursework is conducted only as part of the transfer application evaluation.

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Pre-Interior Design Status

The Pre-Interior Design major is for students who have been accepted to Auburn University, but who have not yet been formally accepted into the Interior Design program.

At the end of the first full academic year, all pre-interior design student work in CADS 1000 and CADS 1100 will be evaluated and ranked to determine the top 36 students who will then be admitted into the interior design program for sophomore through senior years. Students who are not invited into the program will be advised concerning other curricular options.

Transfer students from on and off campus who are in good academic standing will be placed in pre-interior design (INDX) until they have completed CADS 1000 and CADS 1100 and have been accepted into the Interior Design (INDS) program through the portfolio review. Students with prior design-related coursework either at Auburn or at another institution may request to transfer directly into the interior design program, pending evaluation of transfer credits and academic work. For more information: cadsinfo@auburn.edu

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Required Laptop and Supplies
INDS students must budget more financial resources than for regular lecture courses due to the need for specific hardware, software, and supplies. Computer specifications and a supply list are made available to students prior to the beginning of the student’s first term in the program.

You will be required to purchase a laptop computer and studio supplies. Once accepted you will receive an email from your instructor with an updated list of laptop computer requirements and program specific supplies. Do not purchase anything until you receive an e-mail from your instructor with exact details.

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Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy Program

Participation in the Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy program is strongly encouraged for interior design majors. Students can earn the International Minor in Human Sciences (IMHS) while studying at our campus in Ariccia, Italy and still keep on track with their interior design course of study when they return. For more information please visit humsci.auburn.edu/italy.

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Minor Opportunities

Students can earn the International Minor in Human Sciences (IMHS) while studying at our campus in Ariccia, Italy and still keep on track with their interior design course of study when they return. Participation in the Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy program is strongly encouraged for interior design majors. Click here for more information
Make an appointment with Dr. Carol Warfield (cwarfield@auburn.edu | 334-844-1329) as early as possible in your academic program to begin planning the most appropriate time to participate in this unique experience.
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Interior Design
For More Information Contact:

Department of Consumer and Design Sciences
308 Spidle Hall
ulricpv@auburn.edu
334-844-4084