The Bachelor of Interior Design (BID) offered in the School of Interior Design is a professional degree program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD). The interior design program was established in 1973 and is one of only five programs holding continuous CIDA accreditation since 1975. The Bachelor of Interior Design meets the education requirements for the NCIDQ exam administered by the Council for Interior Design Qualification, and for licensure to practice interior design in the state of Louisiana.
Council for Interior Design Accreditation
The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and internationally. Through a process of program self-evaluation and peer review, accreditation promotes achievement of high academic standards, while making education more responsive to student and societal needs.
The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.
The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Bachelor of Interior Design granted by Louisiana State University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.
National Association of Schools of Art & Design
The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with approximately 363 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for art and design and art/design-related disciplines, and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other art/design-related endeavors.
Council for Interior Design Qualification
The Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) is the premiere certifying organization for interior design professionals. CIDQ develops and administers the three-part NCIDQ Examination, which tests interior designers’ knowledge of core competencies required for professional practice in the industry. NCIDQ Certification meets legal and regulatory standards for the interior design profession as established by more than half of the states across the U.S. and the provinces in Canada.
Student Achievement Data
The following information was collected using institutional and departmental records.
Louisiana State University
Total Enrollment 34,290
College of Art + Design (Schools of Architecture, Art, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture)
Total Enrollment 1061
School of Interior Design
Total Enrollment 180
Length of Program 4 years
Bachelor of Interior Design 130 credit hours
Tuition and Fees
Undergraduate, Resident $11,962
Undergraduate, Non-Resident $28,639
Acceptance to the Bachelor of Interior Design Program
First Year Admission, Pre-Interior Design: Entering freshmen and transfer students who meet the university’s admissions standards and have a declared major in the School of Interior Design are directly admitted to the School of Interior Design’s first year program, Pre-Interior Design. Pre-Interior Design students complete 4 interior design classes during the first year and may elect to apply for second year admission.
Number of students enrolled in pre-interior design classes: 64
Number of students participating in the scholastic and portfolio review: 52 (includes transfer students)
Second Year Admission, Interior Design: Admission to the second-year is selective and based on a scholastic and portfolio review.
Number of students admitted to second year: 46
Acceptance rate in second year: 89% of those applying for selective admissions.
Retention rate of students 2nd to 3rd year: 99%
100% of students applying for a semester-long internship during the 3rd or 4th year, successfully completed an internship under the supervision of a professional licensed designer.
Number of students graduating in 2020: 37
Of the students graduating in 2020, 90% graduated in 4 years
Of the students graduating in 2020, 5% graduated in 4 years plus 1 semester (one additional semester to complete general education requirements and/or a minor)
Of the students graduating in 2020, 12% completed a minor in at least one of the following disciplines: Art History, Architecture History, Business Administration, and Psychology.
Acceptance into Graduate Programs
10% of students who graduated in 2020 applied for graduate school and 100% were accepted.
Job Placement Rates
65% of students who graduated in 2020 are employed in interior design or a related profession, or attending graduate school. Compared with a 92% employment rate in 2019, the 2020 rate reflects the impact of COVID-19 on the job market.