SUNY Buffalo State | 4-year B.F.A. in Interior Design
First year full-time degree seeking students are enrolled in 12-18 credits in a semester. Students take courses in the major (81 credits) and intellectual foundation courses (33-39 credits). 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 determines 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 and students graduate within 3-4 years.
The following data was collected using institutional records and alumni contact maintained by the office of alumni affairs, faculty in the department, and via personal communication and LinkedIn. Constant update of the data is recorded at the department level and this data was last updated in February 2022.
Student Attrition and Retention:
52.6% of students admitted in the fall of 2020 returned in the fall of 2021, putting attrition at 47.4%.
83.3% of students admitted in the fall of 2019 returned in the fall of 2020, putting attrition at 16.7%.
83.3% of students admitted in the fall of 2018 returned in the fall of 2019, putting attrition at 16.7%.
Of the students graduating in 2021, 38.1% graduated in 4 years.
Of the students graduating in 2020, 37.5 graduated in 4 years.
Of the students graduating in 2019, 46% graduated within 4 years.
Acceptance into Graduate Programs:
16.67% of students who graduated in 2021 applied for graduate school, and 100% of these applicants were accepted.
None of the students who graduated in 2020 applied for graduate school.
9% of students who graduated in 2019 applied for graduate school, and 100% of these applicants were accepted.
Job Placement Rates:
75% of students who graduated in 2021 are employed in interior design or a related profession.
50% of students who graduated in 2020 are employed in interior design or a related profession.
72.72% of students who graduated in 2019 are employed in interior design or a related profession.
18% of the 163 undergraduate applicants from Fall 2021 enrolled in the program.
Standing Full Time Part Time
Total enrollment for the current 67 2
Residents of the state/province 99.63%
Nonresidents of the state/province 2.89%
Nonresident aliens (international students) 1.44%
Black, non-Hispanic 13.04%
American Indian or Alaskan Native 1.44%
Asian or Pacific Islander 0%
White, non-Hispanic 65.21%
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
Candidate for Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education