Design Department

BFA - Interior Design

Students majoring in interior design draw upon a wide range of university and Bay Area community resources to prepare for professional careers in both the private and public sectors in areas such as corporate, hospitality, institutional, office and retail planning and design. Preparation involves both theoretical and practical study of interior architecture with emphasis on critical thinking, communication skills, design process, merging technologies, human factors, aesthetic sensibilities, laws, codes and regulations, and professional ethics. A portfolio review is required for this program. All students in the Interior Design Program are required to complete a 1 unit professional internship as part of their degree requirements.

San José State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), which is recognized by both the California Council for Interior Design Certification (CCIDC) and the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ).

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements32
Core Lower Division General Education21
Of the 39 units required by the university, 18 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Upper Division General Education3
Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. HistoryD2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentD3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major39
Preparation Courses12
ARTH 072. Design in SocietyC13
DSGN 100W. Writing Workshop: DesignZ3
DSIT 010. Sketching, Drawing + Modeling3
Complete one course from:
ARTH 070A. Art History, Prehistoric to MedievalC13
ARTH 070B. Art History, Renaissance to ModernC13
ARTH 070C. Arts of AsiaC13
Highly Recommend Students take ARTH 070B
Additional Prep Courses27
DSIT 005. Introduction of Interior Design and Architecture3
DSIT 029. Design Process3
DSIT 033. Architectural Presentation3
DSIT 034. Interior Architecture Foundation Studio3
DSIT 083. Visual Communication I3
DSIT 102. Computer Graphics for Interior Architecture3
DSIT 103. Interior Architecture Conceptual Design Studio3
ENVS 001. Introduction to Environmental IssuesD13
Complete one course from:
ENGL 002. Critical Thinking and WritingA33
PHIL 057. Logic and Critical ReasoningA33
Requirements of the Major43
DSIT 100. Building Codes3
DSIT 101. Architectural Systems and Materials + Adv Modeling3
DSIT 104. Interior Architecture Space Planning Studio3
DSIT 105. Interior Architecture Advanced Design Studio3
DSIT 106. Architectural Project Materials3
DSIT 107. Furniture Design3
DSIT 108. Architectural Lighting Design3
DSIT 109. Object Design for Interiors3
DSIT 110. Capstone Thesis Studio3
DSIT 111. Interior Architecture Seminar3
DSIT 112. Professional Practice of Interior Archit3
DSGN 127. Internship1-4
Complete one course from:
ARTH 160. Modern Architecture3
ARTH 161. Contemporary Architecture3
Complete two courses from:
ART 046. Introduction to Ceramics3
ART 047. Introduction to Metalsmithing3
ART 105. Advanced Digital Video3
ART 132. Topics in Intermediate Ceramics3
ART 140. Topics in Glass3
ART 141. Topics in Advanced Glass3
ART 147. Topics in Metalsmithing and Jewelry3
ART 149. Topics in Jewelry and Small Sculpture3
ART 168. Topics in Woodworking3
ART 169. Topics in Metal Sculpture3
ARTH 162. California Architecture3
ARTH 163. Twentieth Century Urban Design3
ARTH 192C. History of Interior Design3
DSGD 099. Introduction to Typography3
ENVS 132. Solar Home Design3
ENVS 137. Green Building Design Issues3
PHIL 110. Science, Technology and Human ValuesV3
URBP 101. The CityS3
URBP 120. Intro to Housing Economics and Policy4
URBP 142. Introduction to Environmental Planning4
URBP 151. Introduction to Urban Design4
URBP 152. Introduction to Urban Design Studio4
University Electives6

Total Units:120

Student chapters of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) contribute to this professional program.