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?

  • The program has been continuously CIDA-accredited (formerly FIDER) since 1993.
  • 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

Brenau University, Interior Design program, BFA in Interior Design

It typically takes a full-time student taking approximately 16 credits per semester four years to complete
the degree program (8 semesters). It typically takes a transfer student (someone with a previous bachelors or AA degree or whom has completed their required Liberal Education courses) taking approximately 17 credits per semester two and a half years to complete the degree program (5 semesters).

“The following data was collected using institutional records, LinkedIn and an alumni survey that was administered 6 months after the class of 2020 graduated. 0 out of 5 alumni responded to the survey.”

Student Attrition and Retention

100% of students (first years and transfer in) admitted in the Fall of 2020 returned Fall 2021, putting attrition at 0%.

Graduation Rates

Of the students graduating Academic Year 2020/21, 100% graduated in 4 years.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs

13% of students who graduated Academic Year 2020/21 applied for graduate school, and 13% were accepted.

Job Placement Rates

66% of non-international students who graduated in Academic Year 2020/21 are employed in interior design or related professions.