Welcome to the Department of Interior Architecture


The interior design major and the pre-architecture students share a common curriculum for the first two years of study. These foundation courses intro- duce applicable theory and skills, preparing the students for a more specific design direction: interior design, interior architecture, or architecture.

Those students completing their BFA in Interior Design at Samford University will engage in a curriculum sequence whose content adheres to CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) standards. The program prepares design students to combine aesthetic values with practical needs and realities. Program graduates weigh design decisions with social, cultural, and ecological context in mind. Based on a foundation in fine art, the students utilize a holistic approach that integrates interior design with architecture stresses the three- dimensional use of space, considers the user’s awareness and experience of space, and incorporates the necessary understanding of codes and life-safety issues.

The faculty strives to graduate professionals who use their trained aesthetic sense, technical ability, personal discernment, and communication skills to design spaces that function according to the users’ needs and improve the qual- ity of the users’ lives. The professors work not only to communicate a passion for good design, but also to instill that passion in students.



A Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in Interior Design with a minor in Art.
Core requirements include 46 core/general education credits; 22 credits for an Art minor, and 66 IARC credits for a total of 134 credits required for graduation.

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredits Samford University’s interior design program. 

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Alumni News

Laurl Self, owner of Laurl Design, was recently featured in Birmingham Home and Garden, January/February 2014 issue. For more about the feature,  visit the website Birmingham Home and Garden.com

 Congratulations Kristin Lewis, senior:

The IIDA Student Day Design Competition announced Kristin Lewis the winner in the Corporate/Healthcare category for her project titled Avant-Threads.  "This is a true reflection of Samford’s design program and the high caliber of students that are enrolled in the program" (Dexter Carter: Gresham, Smith and Partners). 

Congratulations Mary Claire Fuqua,

The 2012-2013 I Like Design competition!!  winner of a paid internship and paid housing costs for this summer at Gresham, Smith & Partners in Nashville!
You can find out more about Mary Claire entry by visiting Interiors & Sources.

 Congratulations to Madison Slate, IIDA Alabama's Student Member of the Month! February, 2013

Madison is from Decatur, Alabama, and graduated from Hartselle High School. She has always loved design and knew growing up that she would pursue a field in the arts. With a mission to produce works that are aesthetically pleasing and innovative, Madison's creativity flows into even the simplest projects. Madison is a sophomore interior design student at Samford University. She is the Secretary of the Interior Design Student Organization, and she represents the Interior Architecture Department on Samford University's Student Arts Council. Madison feels fortunate to have professors who are invested in her life and education. She is extremely excited to see what the future holds for her, and she hopes to use her talents to improve others' quality of life.