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Bachelor of Science Interior Design
The interior design degree at Southern Miss, which began in 1976, is accredited as a first professional-level degree program by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), formally known as Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER), and was the first Mississippi program to obtain this accreditation. Southern Miss is the only interior design program in the state of Mississippi accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Requirements are in accordance with the published standards and guidelines of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and NKBA.
This program prepares students to identify, research, and solve problems related to the needs of people in residential, institutional, and commercial environments in order to enhance the quality of life and protect public health, safety, and welfare. The program's interdisciplinary approach addresses the demands and standards of qualification of the profession and related fields. The core of program requirements includes sequential studio courses covering the analysis, planning, and design of human environments. Supplemental courses include instruction in presentation, HVAC systems, lighting, plumbing, acoustics, codes, special needs, historic and contemporary furnishings/design, aesthetics, sustainable design, and professional procedures. The program emphasizes understanding and application of current technology, building codes and laws, oral and visual communications skills, relationship of the user and the immediate environment, and the designer's professional responsibility to society.
Professional designers, architects, manufacturers, and allied representatives serve the program in an advisory capacity as members of advisory boards, guest lecturers, part-time faculty, critics, and supervisors of interns. Further contact with professionals is supported through the Southern Miss Interior Design Student Association (IDSA) which serves as the umbrella for the student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Students participate in campus, community, state, and regional activities in the student chapter of ASID, and participate as student members in the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). The dedicated interior design faculty members have strong academic backgrounds, practical work experience in the field of interior design, and are members of professional organizations. Faculty members are committed to providing a high-quality education for all students in the Interior Design program.
The Interior Design Program at Southern Miss will become the preferred program in the Gulf South for providing a well-rounded interior design education, engaging and empowering graduates to transform lives and communities while improving the quality of life by protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.
The mission of the Interior Design Program at Southern Miss is to provide an educational experience that prepares graduates for professional careers in the interior design field. The program provides a diverse, challenging and multidisciplinary perspective that encourages creative, professional, and environmentally responsible design solutions for residential, commercial and institutional facilities.
The Interior Design Program acknowledges the definition of a professional designer endorsed by the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) and other design associations of North America and strives to meet the following goals:
- To support the university mission "to cultivate intellectual development and creativity through the generation, dissemination, application and preservation of knowledge."
- To maintain high-quality standards for interior design education through professional accreditations.
- To provide opportunities for students to interact with multiple disciplines in collaborative environments both on and off campus.
- To promote evidence-based design research in order to solve problems related to the needs of people in all environments.
- To cultivate effective communication skills, knowledge of design theory, history, sustainability, and codes along with creative, abstract and critical thinking skills.
- To instill a sense of service, lifelong learning and social obligation.