Council for Interior Design Accreditation
The LSU School of Interior Design, a member of the Interior Design Educators Council, is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. CIDA is the sole agency in the U.S. that is authorized to accredit professional degree programs in interior design.
Accreditation of interior design programs began in 1973. LSU’s program was first accredited in 1975 and is one of 14 programs to hold continual accreditation since that time. Our CIDA accredited program meets the education requirements for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam and for licensure to practice interior design in the state of Louisiana. For more information visit accredit-id.org, ncidq.org, or lsbid.org.
Student Progression, Graduation, Employment Rates
Student progression through the Bachelor of Interior Design program and the graduation and employment rates of our students are best understood in the context of the program structure and associated student enrollment. The Bachelor of Interior Design is a four-year degree program that includes a first-year, pre-professional program followed by a three-year professional program.
Typically, 50 qualified students are accepted into the first-year, pre-professional program. After completing the first year, approximately 40 students apply to the three-year professional program. This application process is completive with a limited number of seats available. Of the approximately 40 students who apply, the program accepts close to 35 qualified students, of which approximately 30 graduate from the program.
Statistics for the Graduating Class of 2013
93% of the students that graduated in May 2013 were employed by December 2013.
Places of Employment
Over the past few years, our students have gained employment as interior designers, furniture designers, and visual merchandisers. Some have continued into education. Below is a sampling of companies that have hired our graduates.
- Grace & Hebert Architects | Baton Rouge, LA
- Perkins + Will | Dallas, TX
- Walt Disney World | Orlando, FL
- Gensler | Houston, TX
- Tillitson Design Associates | New York, NY
- Montgomery Roth | New Orleans, LA
- Luxe Interiors + Design at Sandow Media | New York, NY
- Commercial Design Interiors | Baton Rouge, LA
- Proporcion & Escala with Arq. Alfredo Saravia | Guatemala
- Hecht & Burdeshaw Architects | Columbus, GA
- NBBJ Architects | Seattle, Washington
Acceptance into Graduate Programs
100% of the students that applied to graduate schools from the 2013 graduating class were accepted.
78% of the students from the class of 2013 who were accepted into the professional program graduated in 4 years.
94% of the students enrolled during the 2013 spring semester returned for the fall 2013 semester to continue their degree program in interior design.