• Interior Design Planning

Interior Design

Interior Design Program Overview

The Interior Design program potion at CSUN prepares students to analyze, design, and implement living/working environments that are functionally efficient and aesthetically satisfying to diverse populations. The program  examines and embraces an environmental and behavioral perspective that acknowledges the relationship between people at various ages and developmental stages and the interior environments they occupy.

The program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), which is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation (CORPA) as a reliable authority on interior design instruction.

The Interior Design option features analysis and design of living/working environments that are both functionally efficient and aesthetically satisfying. This perspective integrates function and aesthetics into the design process and the generation of design solutions for residential, commercial, retail and hospitality, institutional, educational, and health care environments.

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.

Studio Projects

The course work in studios exposes students to a broad range of design projects. Some projects that students work on include (but are not limited to) homes, offices, retial stores, restaunrants, 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