Interior Design

College of Arts and Letters, Department of Design

Program Description

The Interior Design Program at California State University, Sacramento has a regional reputation as a leading design school, and is (see Special Features) recognized as a nationally accredited program. The four year program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design with a concentration in Interior Architecture.

The Interior Architecture concentration provides students with the technical, creative, and critical thinking skills needed to enter the Interior Design profession. The breadth of courses in the concentration reflects the importance of both a liberal arts background and professional preparation in the design field. Courses encompass the study of design history and theory, aesthetics, graphics, lighting, space planning, computer-aided design, interior construction, and professional practice. The Interior Architecture curriculum provides comprehensive coverage in all the major areas of training, including concept development, design, communication, presentation, construction, and professional services. Many of the course assignments are based on actual design projects. Guest lecturers and professional panel critiques and discussions as well as building tours of outstanding projects are all important parts of the curriculum. Community service projects also help to maintain a strong connection to the community and profession.

Four full-time faculty and several practicing professional architects and interior designers teach in the Interior Design Program. Faculty have expertise in architecture, design history, residential and commercial interiors, lighting, space planning, and computer-aided design. Since part-time faculty are drawn from the profession and include licensed architects, and certified interior designers, students receive firsthand exposure to professional practice methods and techniques. The high level of teaching, coupled with a structured internship experience, prepares California State University, Sacramento students for successful careers in the interior design profession.

Students have an opportunity to travel with faculty to Italy during the summer to study design as a part of the advanced history option. Another outstanding feature of the Interior Design program is the senior internship program with well over 100 businesses and government agencies as active sponsors. Many students gain employment as a direct result of their internship placement.

When students begin taking upper division studio courses they are required to own a laptop computer and the appropriate software to create two and three dimensional drawings and renderings. Before purchasing, please consult your major advisor or the department office for specific minimum requirements for the laptop computer and software.

Degree Program

BA in Interior Design with a concentration in Interior Architecture


In addition to California State University, Sacramento's full accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Licensure and Credentialing Disclosure

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Sacramento Hall 234, (916) 278-5344.

Special Features

  • The Interior Design program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The four-year major leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design with a concentration in Interior Architecture.
  • Sacramento State Interior Design students have been award winners in numerous design competitions.
  • Students are often involved in community design projects as well as projects on our growing campus.
  • The Interior Design program at Sacramento State has an active student club (PRINTS) representing the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Monthly meetings feature guest speakers from the professional community and include workshops and field trip events.
  • A summer travel study program to Italy offers students an opportunity to learn about European design and architecture.
  • The internship program places students in professional organizations ranging from architecture and interior design firms to furniture companies, corporations, and government agencies.
  • California State University, Sacramento, located in the state capital, is less than 100 miles from the San Francisco Bay Area. This location offers a wealth of professional employment opportunities. Graduates from our program at California State University, Sacramento have secured positions in architectural firms, interior design firms, government agencies, private corporations, furniture manufacturing companies, and design.

Career Possibilities

Residential and/or Commercial Interior Designer · Space Planner · Corporate Designer · Interior Design Showroom Manager · Manufacturer's Representative · Contract Interior Designer · Freelance Design Consultant

Contact Information

Andrew Anker, Department Chair
Rhonda Franks, Administrative Support Coordinator
Mariposa Hall 5001
(916) 278-3962
FAX (916) 278-6116
Interior Design Program Website