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Interior Design

B.F.A. in Interior Design
The interior design B.F.A. program offers students a specialized studio-oriented education in preparation for advanced or graduate studies or for beginning careers as professional interior designers.

Students gain a thorough knowledge of design processes as well as technical skills, including computer-aided design and traditional drafting and rendering. Construction methods, lighting design, materials specification, and color- use are emphasized to support specializations within the major. Studios offer design exploration in spatial experimentation, residential design, retail design, public buildings, and office planning, culminating in an undergraduate thesis project.

Primary to the mission of the interior design program is a commitment to the intellectual, personal, and professional growth of its students. Through varied and increasingly complex coursework coupled with a strong community based project component, the students and faculty have and will continue to enhance the region in terms of residential, health care, and commercial designs as well as culturally sensitive and public-interest projects.

These projects connect the students, faculty, and community in a dynamic relationship, inspire students to expand their horizons, and create life-long learners. The program is rigorous and comprehensive resulting in professional and innovative designers who are actively sought by employers after graduation.

Interior design graduates are prepared for careers in independent practice and employment in interior design and architectural firms, institutions, corporations, and other settings.

The program is nationally accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). As an accredited program, students are eligible to apply and sit for the professional, nationally recognized NCIDQ licensing exams, earning a "Certified Interior Designer" designation and a right to practice in New York State.


1968  BA (Design) with concentration in Interior Design

1972  BS (Design) with concentration in Interior Design

1984  BS (Design) with concentration in Interior Design; BFA (Design) with concentration in Interior Design

1993  Begin FIDER accreditation review

1995  Official approval of new BFA (Design) coursework

1999  First senior class of revised BFA program; allowed for the Department to apply for  accreditation

2003  FIDER accreditation received through 2010

2006  Interior Design Department created

2015  Interior Design Studies and Drafting for Interior Design Technologies Minor programs introduced


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Art & Design Department

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Upton Hall 402 •  Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6032 •  Fax: (716) 878-4231