Department of Interior Design Receives Designation as a School

The LSU College of Art & Design is pleased to announce that the Board of Regents has approved the name change of the Department of Interior Design to the School of Interior Design.

“This is a well-deserved recognition of the work of the faculty, staff, students and leadership of the school,” said LSU College of Art & Design Dean Alkis Tsolakis.

The School of Interior Design’s Bachelor of Interior Design (BID) program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and meets the education requirements for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam for licensure as an interior designer. The professionally oriented program focuses on commercial and corporate interiors. Students graduate with skills in critical thinking and creative and professional modes of communication as well as an understanding of the global context of design and the value of collaboration.

The school’s leadership has plans to establish a Master of Interior Design program in the near future.

LSU’s interior design program began in the Department of Fine Arts in 1970 and received its first five-year accreditation in 1977. The School of Interior Design was officially established in 1991, and successfully underwent reaccreditation in 2014. LSU’s interior design program has been ranked as one of the top 20 programs of its kind in the nation.

Today, the newly designated School of Interior Design joins the School of Architecture, the School of Art, and the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture to comprise the LSU College of Art & Design.

“LSU’s interior design program is one of the oldest and most-respected programs in the South,” said Associate Professor Tom Sofranko, interim director of the School of Interior Design and associate dean of the College of Art & Design. “This change in status from department to school is a fitting recognition and a strong confirmation of the exceptional work being carried out by our students and faculty.”

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