To prepare the students for entrance into professional practice, the Interior Architecture BFA curriculum at CSU, Chico emphasizes both the theoretical and the practical, from concept to articulation. Our goal is to provide students with a design education that is well rounded and applicable to the next generation of interior architecture professionals. Courses encompass design theory, design history, human behavior, critical thinking, problem solving, building technologies, codes and life safety, communications skills, and professional values.
Beginning Fall 2009 the BA Option in Interior Design will be phased out in favor of the BFA Option in Interior Architecture. New students entering Fall 2009 or later will follow the BFA option pattern, while students that began the program prior to Fall 2009 will be given the choice of completing the BA option, or switching to the BFA option.
The Interior Architecture Program now requires all students entering the program to own a laptop computer. Click HERE for more information on the laptop purchase program.
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“I originally came to Chico State for the campus and great sense of community but I could not have picked a better place to get my degree in Interior Architecture. The classes are small, therefore as a student you get lots of constructive criticism and hands-on learning. The program covers all aspects of the field from technical drawings, creative thinking, and studio courses which have helped me in all my past & present positions as a retail, commercial, & residential designer.”
~Janelle Baldock (BFA 2012)
Junior Designer- Residential & Commercial Design
Molie Malone Interior Architecture
“The CSU, Chico IDES program understands the reality of the design world. No sugar needed, this programs helps the students understand the working world of design while equally preparing participants for the rigors of graduate level architectural studies. Students will have to have dedication to be in this program and will be rewarded with a very complete and professional body of work that can be carried towards their future. This is not a program you attend to work at a furniture gallery. I am following my career aspirations and doing what I love because of the connections and skills gained from the IDES program as California State University Chico.”
~ Bryan Kobe (BFA 2012)
Graduate Student, SCIARC (Southern California Institute of Architecture)
“I came to Chico State as a declared Interior Architecture major and I was incredibly fulfilled by the four years I spent in the program. The curriculum, professors and my fellow classmates constantly challenged me. I was pushed to think both creatively and critically which helped immensely as I started my career in the design world. I currently work as a designer at MBH Architects in Alameda and am always building on the amazing foundation I developed in school.”
~Carson Melonee (BFA 2014)
“While enrolled in the Chico State IDES Department, I developed time management, project coordination, and communication skills that I continue to use in my professional career today. It was through the immense workloads assigned, extensive amounts of information received, and honest project critiques given that improved my approach towards design.”
- Stephanie Dolim (BFA 2014)
Interior Designer & Project Manager
Global Real Estate Department
“The IDES program at Chico State was a fast paced program that propelled my education with every class that I took. Projects assigned helped me open my creativity and work extra hard to make those deadlines. Each professor has different design esthetic, which helps being adaptive with clients and critique.”
~ Jenna Fujitsubo (BFA 2014)
Gallery Associate and Design Consultant
"Chico State's Interior Design and Interior Architecture rigorous program taught me to develop and refine my artistic creativity while finding opportunity in challenges and creating spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but provide functionality and improve the way of life. Now, the Senior Design Associate at Talmont Architecture & Development in Alamo, CA, I am able to make visions a reality."
~ Lisa Linford (BFA 2012)
Senior Design Associate
Talmont Architecture & Development
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