Interior Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts

CIDA Accredited

The Bachelor of Fine Arts is a high-quality degree program that gives our graduates an edge in the working world and as they build their careers in design.

The interior design program leading to the BFA in Interior Design 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 BFA in Interior Design degree granted by Brenau University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit:

Students who complete this degree will:

  • Possess a global perspective, allowing them to weigh design decisions within the parameters of ecological, socio-economic and cultural contexts.
  • Use critical thinking and design to creatively solve problems within the interior environment.
  • Produce design drawings using a variety of media, techniques, and technology.
  • Be able to select and specify furniture, fixtures, equipment and finish materials in interior spaces.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of building systems and interior construction methods and materials, as well as professional ethics and best business practices.
  • Develop knowledge of the history of interiors, architecture, and art.

Career opportunities for graduates include:

  • Exciting careers in commercial design, healthcare design, hospitality design, residential design and more.
  • Robust careers in other design fields, including set design, facilities management, space planning and more.

What makes the BFA in Interior Design program different?

  • Our studios are small, ensuring ideal student-faculty dynamics in the classroom.
  • All studios are all taught by professionals who have practiced interior design professionally and who have passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification exam.
  • The program is offered in the Undergraduate College and Women’s College on the main Gainesville campus.

Brenau University BFA/MID Student Achievement Data

  • Job Placement: 71.4% of the AY 17-18 graduates that graduated were employed in the field of interior design as of September 2018.  0% of continued on to graduate school.
  • Graduation Rates: 50% of the (AY 13-14 Cohort) first-time (freshman), full-time entering students graduated within 5 years of the 5 year combined BFA/MID program. Information on how this compares with other Brenau University disciplines can be found at
  • Retention/Attrition: The (fall-to-fall) retention rate for the (AY 13-14 Cohort) first-time (freshman), full-time entering students is 100%. (The attrition rate is 50%.)