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Prospective Students

Prospective undergraduate students interested in studying interior design at Buffalo State must first apply through the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

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All students begin the coursework in interior design in the fall semester ONLY.

The courses are taught only one time per year and a specific sequence.


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Buffalo State students interested in the interior design program must complete these requirements in order to be considered for admission:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6 after the freshman year.

  • Completion of the Skills Competency Exam following IDE 151, IDE 152, and IDE 153. This one-day exam (offered at the end of the fall semester) evaluates entry-level ability to visualize, design, and communicate spatial solutions to a simple problem through scaled drafting, rendering, and model-building.

Transfer Students

Transfer students who have completed coursework in interior design at a previous college must schedule a portfolio review with the department chairperson. At this review, based on the projects submitted, the chairperson will determine which courses will receive transfer credit and where in the Buffalo State Interior Design Program transfer students will begin the course sequence.

Interior Design portfolios are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Academic Minors

The department offers two academic minors:

Drafting Technologies for Interior Design (DTD)

IDE 103 Digital Presentation Methods, IDE 151 Mechanical & Perspective Drawing, IDE 204 Materials, Specifications, & Construction Documentation IDE 302 Computer Applications I,IDE 352 Computer Applications II, IDE 403 Professional Practice, IDE 488 Internship

Interior Design Studies (IDS)

IDE 101 Introduction to Interior Design, IDE 104 Elements & Principles of Interior Design, IDE 202 Furniture Theory and Application, IDE 203 Construction Fundamentals I, IDE 205 History of Interior Design & Architecture I, IDE 252 Construction Fundamentals II, IDE 254 History of Interior Design & Architecture II


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