Department of Consumer and Design Sciences
Graduates of the Interior Design undergraduate program will earn a CIDA-accredited Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and a well-rounded general education from Auburn University. Students who are accepted into the interior design program and follow this curriculum schedule can complete the degree in 9 semesters.
Pursuit of an advanced degree offers opportunities for specialization and increased career options. CADS offers graduate level degree opportunities at both the Master's and Ph.D. level. Click here to learn more about these graduate degree opportunities or contact the CADS office for information about other available advanced degree options.
A professional fee of $2,091 per semester is assessed for all undergraduate students enrolled in the Interior Design and Pre-Interior Design Programs (INDS and INDX). As of the 2018-19 academic year, any fee increase will is tied to a University tuition increase.
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Below is an overview of what to expect once you apply and are accepted to Auburn University. Students who are accepted into the Interior Design program and closely follow the curriculum schedule, can complete the degree in nine semesters. Note that classes are highly sequenced and taught only once per year.
Students must earn a “C” or better in all required professional courses (i.e., required CADS and other Human Sciences courses). Students must earn a “C” or better on any prerequisite CADS courses before enrolling in the required CADS course.
Labor intensive design studios
Studios require six to eight hours of weekly in-class time plus additional hours outside of studio time. Current students report having very limited time for work and social/extracurricular activities.
Exploration of career paths can be enhanced by using the summers of Years 1-3 to test drive different internships in preparation for their required professional internship in year four. Professional internships in firms across the country and internationally prepare students for high quality design-related positions. Students typically have at least one job offer at graduation.
Coursework is sequential and most classes are taught only once per year. The number of available seats is limited by our CIDA accreditation requirements and studio space. Transfer students accepted into the program should plan for four years (9 semesters) to complete the studio sequence of courses, pending evaluation of transfer credits.
Curricula vary from school to school so we cannot guarantee that courses taken in another interior design program will transfer to Auburn’s interior design program. We do not do pre-application evaluations of transcripts. An evaluation of previously completed coursework is conducted only as part of the transfer application evaluation.
The Pre-Interior Design major is for students who have been accepted to Auburn University, but who have not yet been formally accepted into the Interior Design program.
At the end of the first full academic year, all pre-interior design student work in CADS 1000 and CADS 1100 will be evaluated and ranked to determine the top 36 students who will then be admitted into the interior design program for sophomore through senior years. Students who are not invited into the program will be advised concerning other curricular options.
Transfer students from on and off campus who are in good academic standing will be placed in pre-interior design (INDX) until they have completed CADS 1000 and CADS 1100 and have been accepted into the Interior Design (INDS) program through the portfolio review. Students with prior design-related coursework either at Auburn or at another institution may request to transfer directly into the interior design program, pending evaluation of transfer credits and academic work. For more information: email@example.com
Professional electives are selected from a list provided by program advisors/academic advisors.
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Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy Program
Participation in the Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy program is strongly encouraged for interior design majors. Students can earn the International Minor in Human Sciences while studying at our campus in Ariccia, Italy and still keep on track with their interior design course of study when they return. For more information please visit humsci.auburn.edu/italy.
Department of Consumer and Design Sciences
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