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Program Overview

Interior Design Program Insight

Program Mission

The Interior Design program option at CSUN prepares students to analyze, design, and implement living/working environments that are functionally efficient and aesthetically satisfying to diverse populations.

Want to hear more about our program? Check out Episode 1 of the 'CSUN Arts' series, which takes a spotlight to our Interior Design program at CSUN. 

Program Philosophy

The Program embraces an environmental and behavioral relationship between people at various ages and developmental stages and the interior environments they occupy.

Program Goals

The primary goals of the FCS Interior Design program are to educate students who will after graduation:

  1. accept the responsibility of a professional to assess clients' needs and design environments, and respond to those needs with functional and aesthetic design solutions, which enhance users' dignity and well-being;
  2. assume a level of social responsibility for issues of community, health, safety, security, and the environments;
  3. adhere to the CIDA definition of a professional interior designer and strive to meet or exceed CIDA standards; and
  4. remain current in the profession, and knowledgeable about the world through life-long learning.

Updated November 15, 2022

Student Achievement

California State University, Northridge, Family and Consumer Sciences, Interior Design, Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Science, Interior Design (2020-2021)

CSUN’s program prepares students to become informed citizens and professionals of Interior Design. Faculty, advisors, and administrators work together with students to create a plan for completion within 4 years. With CSUN’s large percentage of transfer students in interior design, we work together with students to achieve a timely graduation.

The following data was collected using institutional records.

Student Attrition and Retention:

94% of students admitted in the fall of 2020 returned in the fall of 2021, putting attition at 6%.

Graduation Rates:

Of the student graduating in 2021, 95% graduated in 4 years. 

Acceptance into Graduate Programs:

3% of student shwo graduated in 2020 applied for graduate school, and 100% were accepted.

Job Placement Rates:

97% of student who graduated in 2021 are employed in interior design or a related profession.


The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with an option in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation:


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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 Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with an option in Interior Design granted by the College of Health and Human Development at California State University, Northridge 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: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements

Important Events & Dates

Thursday, February 13th, 2020 - Interior Design Student Charrette 


CSUN Admission, Policies and Services

Prospective Undergraduate Interior Design Students

Mentorship & Advising

All students in the Interior Design program are mentored and guided by our faculty advisers. Our courses integrate the educational experience that will help students attain promising careers in interior design.

For any course or program related questions please e-mail one of the following faculty advisers to make an appointment with them during their schedule office hours. Be sure to print and take your most current Unofficial Transcript and any questions you may have.

Faculty Advisors

Mrs. Kristin King

Ms. Rodica Kohn

Dr. Hessam Ghamari

You can find all faculty and faculty advisor scheduled office hours on the Students page under Advisement Forms and Resources.

Studio Projects

The course work in studios expose students to a broad range of design projects. Some projects that students work on include (but are not limited to) homes, offices, retail stores, restaurants, hotels, spas, cruise ships, wellness centers, hospices, and a variety of mixed-use facilities. 

Professional Organizations

Opportunities for leadership, networking, and potential relationships are presented through student membership in:

CSUN student chapters of these organizations are active in the community and participate in competitions and events in association with professional members. 


A crucial component to the Interior Design option is the academic internship. This program prepares students to enter into professional practices in interior design, as well as positions as showroom managers, product representatives, private entrepreneurs and furniture designers. CSUN has internship agreements with various companies across the Los Angeles area.

Internships are available in a variety of industry settings including:

  • Interning with an interior designer
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale and retail firms
  • Nonprofit community agencies


Our graduates have found success as:

  • Residential or contact interior designers
  • Showroom managers
  • Sales managers
  • Furniture designers and manufacturers
  • Materials designers and specialists
  • Lighting designers
  • Hospitality designers
  • Health care facility designers
  • Set designers
  • Fixtures, furnishings, and finishes specifiers

CSUN Career Center takes a Pathways department insight into the Interior Design program and its careers through this wonderful video.


Current Undergraduate Interior Design Students


Please e-mail your advisor to make an appointment with them during their schedule office hours. Be sure to print and take your most current Degree Progress Report (DPR) and a blank Interior Design Advisement Form to your advisement appointment.

Advisement by Last NameFaculty Advisor
A-IDr. Hessam Ghamari
J-RProf. Rodica Kohn
S-ZDr. Kristin King

You can find all faculty and faculty advisor scheduled office hours on the Students page under Advisement Forms and Resources. 

Interior Design Open Studio and Library

The Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Department offers open studio and library hours in SQ 201/215 each spring and fall semester for all Interior Design Option students within the FCS major.

You can also find current and previous open lab hours for the Interior Design option by visiting the FCS Open Lab Hours page under Students. Please check back often for updates.