Bachelor of Interior Design

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The four-year Bachelor of Interior Design program starts with a first-year pre-professional curriculum.

Admission to the interior design program is competitive, with selective admissions for the first-year pre-professional program and the three-year professional program.

First-Year Selective Admissions

Incoming first-year students intending to major in interior design must apply for admission into the interior design foundation level through LSU Admissions. Students with the highest qualifications will be approved for admission to the pre-professional interior design program and will be able to enroll in beginning design foundation courses. High school academic GPA and SAT or ACT scores are the primary determinants for acceptance. Applicants with portfolios or other factors for consideration are encouraged to contact the School of Interior Design and/or schedule an on-campus interview. Students should apply early as admission is competitive.

Transfer students and LSU students with a minimum GPA of 2.75 will be considered for admission on a space-available basis in the fall and spring semesters.

Admission to the Professional Program

Admission into the professional program (second through fourth years) is competitive, with limited positions available. Admission is selective and is based on a scholastic and portfolio reviews at the end of the spring semester of the first year of study.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion or enrollment in the first-year foundation courses (ID 1051, ID 1780, ART 1011, ART 1847)
  • Cumulative LSU GPA of at least 2.75 at time of the scholastic and portfolio reviews
  • Portfolio of art and design work representative of required first-year foundation studio courses

Application forms, deadlines, instructions, and portfolio submission guidelines may be obtained at the School of Interior Design, 402 Design Building, or may be viewed online.


Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by e-mail and letter only. Please make sure your e-mail or mailing address is current. Accepted applicants must inform the Interior Design Office of his or her decision to accept or decline acceptance within 10 days of receiving the notification.

Qualified Transfer Students 

Transfer students applying for upper-level placement must be from a CIDA-approved interior design program and have an overall GPA of at least 2.75. Students seeking credit for courses must submit course information and portfolio work for evaluation. Students transferring from a two- or three-year professional program will typically be required to participate in the selective admissions procedure described above. Non-accredited programs may be accepted for credit if it is equivalent to a similar course at LSU. All transfer students are accepted on a space-available basis.