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Art, Area of Emphasis in Interior Design - B.F.A.

About this Degree

The goal of our department is to prepare students for the Interior Design profession.

Students are encouraged to develop a personal style in the area or the materials they specialize in. The B.F.A. candidate should achieve an insight into and an understanding of the nature of the materials they choose to work with. In most areas, students are required to present an exhibition before graduation that demonstrates their achievement in developing a mature and cohesive body of work.


What you will learn

starling_620_300auto_c1_0.jpgStudents entering this field must be interested in, and aware of, the interior and exterior environment. They must be dedicated to planning the most functional and aesthetic interior spaces for all human purposes. They must have self-confidence, be self-disciplined, inventive, and able to work under pressure, and meet deadlines.

Students should be design-oriented. They must have the ability to express ideas by free-hand drawing, architectural drafting, computer-aided design (CAD), physical and electronic models, and other graphic media. They must be able to present their ideas visually and verbally. They should be knowledgeable and conversant in historic and contemporary architectural and interior design areas.

Most of our graduates are affiliated with architectural and medium to large-scale non-residential interior design firms. Others pursue careers in residential design. A significant number seek advanced degrees in interior or architectural design.

Interior Design is a service profession, dealing largely with people and their needs. The demand for design services has grown rapidly. With that growth has come a wide range of specialties in both residential and non-residential design.

Our graduates are pursuing active careers designing the following types of projects:

  • residences
  • offices
  • restaurants, hotels, spas and resort
  • health-related facilities
  • retail spaces
  • exhibits
  • places of worship
  • schools and college campuses
  • museums
  • theaters
  • government facilities
  • transportation terminals
  • even the interiors of trains, ships and airplanes

Students graduating from this program will possess the skill and ability to think creatively and solve practical problems visually and conceptually. They will also acquire the confidence and the desire to approach new technologies with creative perspectives. This degree will prepare the students to be professional artists or further their education into graduate school.

Recent Employers

  • Alicia Mooney Interiors, Atlanta, GA
  • August Avery, Atlanta, GA
  • Blackdog Studio, Atlanta, GA
  • Bon Chérie Designs, LLC, Atlanta, GA
  • Bradley-Blewster & Associates, Chicago, Illinois
  • Bungalow LLC, Washington D.C.
  • Carl Vinson Institute of Government, UGA, Athens, GA
  • Cassidy Turley, Atlanta, GA
  • Clausen Chewning Interior Design, Atlanta, GA
  • Complete Bathrooms, New Zealand
  • Cooper Carry, Atlanta, GA
  • CSE, Atlanta, GA
  • Cullen and Company, Athens, GA
  • Dalton Carpet One, Athens, GA
  • Design Continuum Inc., Atlanta, GA
  • Design Coordinator at Chick-fil-A, Inc., Atlanta, GA
  • designproject, LLC, Chicago, IL
  • Dickinson Architects, Augusta, GA
  • Domino Magazine | Market Editor, New York, NY
  • E+E Architecture, Tulsa, OK
  • E+E Architecture, Athens, GA
  • E+E Architecture, Lawrenceville, GA
  • Ellis Design Group, Athens, GA
  • Ferry, Hayes and Allen Designers, Inc., Atlanta, GA
  • Geiger International, New York, NY
  • Gensler, Atlanta, GA
  • Gensler, New York, NY
  • George P. Johnson, Torrance, CA
  • Glazer Design & Construction, Athens, GA
  • Graham Field, Atlanta, GA
  • Green Living Designs, Atlanta, GA
  • Gresham, Smith and Partners, Nashville, TN
  • Gulfstream, Savannah, GA
  • Gulfstream Aerospace, Savannah, GA
  • Hendrick, Inc., Jacksonville, FL
  • Hendrick, Inc., Atlanta, GA
  • Hirsch Bedner Associates, Atlanta, GA
  • Hirsch Bedner Associates, Santa Monica, CA
  • Humanscale, Atlanta, GA
  • Italo Ceramica, Washington D.C.
  • Jacobs Engineering, Atlanta, GA
  • Jo-Ann Stores, Inc., Atlanta, GA
  • Jonas Workroom, New York, NY
  • Kemp's Dalton West Flooring, Newnan, GA
  • KMH Interiors, Atlanta, GA
  • Knickerbocker Group, Portland, ME
  • Koncept Design Studio, Atlanta, GA
  • Kristin Butler Design, Athens, GA
  • LeVino-Jones Medical Interiors, Athens, GA
  • LeVino-Jones Medical Interiors, Atlanta, GA
  • Lindsey Lane Design, LLC. New York, NY
  • Lotan Center for Creative Ecology, Chicago IL
  • Lyman Davidson Dooley, Marietta, GA
  • Maxwell High School of Technology, Athens, GA
  • Miller Architecure and Planning, Atlanta, GA
  • MSTSD, Atlanta, GA
  • Nitterhouse Masonry Products, LLC., Washington D.C.
  • PFVS Interiors, Atlanta, GA
  • Pierce & Co, Nashville, TN
  • Pineapple House Interior Design, Atlanta, GA
  • Preston Partnership, Atlanta, GA
  • Red Door Design Studio, Athens, GA
  • Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio, Atlanta, GA
  • Shop Design, Inc., Atlanta, GA
  • Steelcare, Atlanta, GA
  • The Orvis Company, Manchester Center, VT
  • Wakefield, Beasley & Associates, Atlanta, GA
  • Wendover Art Group, Atlanta, GA
  • Whitehall Interiors, New York, NY
  • Wolf Popper LLP, Atlanta, GA
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Council for Interior Design Accreditation

The Interior Design program in the Lamar Dodd School of Art is fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), formerly known as FIDER. The program was initially accredited in 1984. It was re-accredited in 2013 for a term extending through 2019.

All potential students should note that graduation from a CIDA-accredited program is one of the pre-requisites for licensing of Interior Designers in the State of Georgia.

National Association of Schools of Art and Design

The program also is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

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