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The Interior Design program is continually responsive to the demands of the profession and its related fields. Our graduates practice professionally in a wide range of positions with interior and architecture firms, corporations, government agencies, and independently, so we maintain standards of qualification that allow Salukis to design successful paths wherever their career ambitions lead.

Institutions, Licensure & Qualification

CITA logoThe interior design program at SIU, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation,, 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 Science degree granted by Southern Illinois University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For mor information about NCIDQ Exam visit:

The BSID curriculum also holds accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) which seeks to "...improve educational practices and maintain high professional standards in art and design education".

“Licensure requirements vary by state. In some states, only licensed designers may do interior design work. In other states, both licensed and unlicensed designers may do such work; however, only licensed designers may use the title interior designer. In states where laws restrict the use of the title interior designer, only those who pass their state-approved exam, most commonly the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) exam, may call themselves registered interior designers. Qualifications for eligibility to take the NCIDQ exam include a combination of education and experience. For example, applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree in interior design and 2 years of experience.”

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Interior Designers.

Program Goals

The guiding goals for students, faculty and program administrators of the Interior Design program at SIU Carbondale are:

  • Comprehensive, interdisciplinary education rooted in architectural studies
  • Curriculum and educational culture focused on human-centered design
  • Excellence in critical thinking and problem solving
  • Understanding of the interior design industry and its business practices
  • Development of strong visual, written and verbal communication skills
  • Confidence in the clear articulation of ideas and insights

Student Career & Achievement Data

Professional Placement as of Spring 2020: (SIU Carbondale School of Architecture data)
2019: 100% design industry employment (12 of 12)
2018: 73% design industry employment (8 of 11)
2017: 86% design industry employment (13 of 15)

Graduate Program Acceptance: (SIU Carbondale School of Architecture data)
2019: No BSID graduates applied to graduate school
2018: 100% of BSID graduates accepted to graduate school (2 of 2)
2017: 100% of BSID graduates accepted to graduate school (1 of 1)

Retention Rates: (SIU Carbondale Office of Institutional Research data)
2019: 90%
2018: 78%
2017: 77%

Graduation Rates: (SIU Carbondale Office of Institutional Research data)
2019: 90% graduated in 4 years
2018: 64% graduated in 4 years
2017: 61% graduated in 4 years

Our Mission

Our mission is to instill graduates with aesthetic sensibility; the need for intellectual inquiry in order to stay current with changing societal, technological and cultural imperatives; and the ability to design within the context of universal design principles and environmental responsibility.

—Interior Design Program Mission Statement,
   SIU Carbondale

Our History                    

Our Interior Design program was first accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER) in 1974. As Interior Design professional standards have developed and matured over time, so has our program.

Today, the program is fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) and remains continually responsive to the standards and demands of the design profession.

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