Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How do I find out more about the interior design (ID) program at Kansas State University?
When you're making a decision as important as where you want to go to college, there is no better way to decide if K-State's interior design program is a good fit for you than by visiting in person. We recommend that you try to schedule a visit to Kansas State University sometime during your junior year or early in your senior year of high school.
Visits are set up through the university's Office of Admissions. You can find more information on how to set up your visit by visiting their website. When you make your appointment, let the admissions representative know that you wish to visit the interior design program in the College of Human Ecology. They will coordinate a meeting with our student services coordinator and one of our interior design student ambassadors, who will give you a tour and answer your questions as a prospective student. During your tour, you will have an opportunity to view our facilities and see some of the student work on display. If you visit while classes are in session and have the time, make prior arrangements to sit in on a class to see what the interior design program has to offer. More importantly, you can speak candidly with your student guide and get a feel for what it is like to be a student in our program.
FAQs from New Incoming Freshmen and College Students who want to Transfer to K-State and Major in Interior Design
How do I apply?
When you apply to Kansas State University, you need to indicate that you are interested in being considered for admission to the interior design program in the College of Human Ecology. Individuals who have completed applications submitted to the university by February 1 will be in the first round of applications considered for the following fall semester. If your application is completed after February 1, you will be considered in the next round of interior design admits after your completed application is received by the university and forwarded to the Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design for review. See the K-State Office of Admissions website for more details.
How does the selective admissions process work?
As an incoming freshman, we use the objective measures of your (non-weighted) high school GPA, and ACT/SAT scores to determine the best prepared prospective students. For transfer students we review your academic transcripts from the previous institution(s) you attended. Please pay close attention to correspondence from the admissions office regarding required application information and be sure to send all requested transcripts.
What is the expected GPA and ACT score for students accepted to the interior design program?
Because we are a selective admissions program the exact criteria for admission vary each year based on the applicants in the pool. We encourage you to maintain a strong GPA throughout your high school career and to prepare well for your ACT or SAT examination. If you're not a strong test taker, you might want to plan in advance so you can re-take your ACT or SAT if you don't feel you've performed up to your potential the first time. We rarely accept students with GPAs below 3.0 and/or ACT scores below 21.
When will I know if I've been selected for admission to the interior design program?
We typically receive the applications from the K-State Office of Admissions during the month of February. Our first round of acceptance letters is usually sent out by mid to late March. If you have not been accepted in the first round, you will be placed on a wait list to be considered for later admission if vacancies remain. Upon acceptance, you will need to follow the instructions on accepting your opportunity for enrollment. Failure to do so will result in your seat in the program being given to another qualified candidate.
Once accepted, when and how do I enroll?
Kansas State University orients and enrolls incoming freshmen for fall semester in the month of June. At that time, we will meet with you and enroll you in both your interior design and general education courses. Enrollment in the interior design courses is guaranteed, but we recommend that you participate in the earliest possible June enrollment date to increase your chances of being able to enroll in general education classes that may have limited availability. Transfer students should plan to attend the orientation and enrollment session in April.
Are there courses that I should take in high school to be better prepared for the interior design curriculum?
We do not require any specific high school courses beyond those required by K-State. There are, however, things you can do to strengthen your skills and confidence. Studio art classes can help strengthen your drawing skills and your aesthetic discernment. Familiarity with a wide range of computer applications will also serve you well. Our students tend to use a variety of programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc., in addition to the computer-aided design (CAD) software we teach in our courses.
Our studio courses are rigorous and, as a result, a full course load of 15 to 16 credit hours can be particularly difficult to manage as a new college student. We recommend that you take courses that will begin to fulfill some of your general education requirements at K-State, freeing up time to concentrate on your design studies. Advanced Placement courses are one way to do this. Another way is to take courses at your local community college that transfer equivalently to K-State.
Is it a good idea to attend a Community College for a year before transferring to K-State and beginning my studies in interior design?
The interior design curriculum at K-State includes eight sequential semesters of studio course work. In other words, once you begin your interior design course work, it will take a minimum of eight semesters before completion. It does not accelerate your degree completion time to fulfill a year of general education before coming to K-State. It may, however, allow you to concentrate on your interior design classes with fewer distractions from other coursework, which may result in cost savings.
I've taken AP classes and/or other college level coursework. How do I know how they will transfer and be applied at K-State?
The interior design faculty does not participate in the process of evaluating your previously-completed coursework outside of the interior design discipline. All Advanced Placement courses and other college-level coursework are evaluated by the university as part of the admissions process. They will determine how your work will be applied to fulfill general education or non-restricted elective requirements. You should contact the Office of Admissions if you have further questions about that process.
What kinds of scholarships are available to me?
We encourage you to take advantage of applying for scholarships as part of your K-State application process. Particularly if you have very high ACT and GPA scores, you should apply as early as possible (the university recommends by November 1) and inquire into the availability of premier scholarships.
The College of Human Ecology also offers some scholarships.
Departmental scholarships are reserved for students who are continuing at Kansas State University in our academic programs. We encourage you to apply for scholarships through your school district foundation, local community foundations, through family employers, social clubs and the like.
How much does it cost to provide supplies and equipment for studios?
While this figure is going to change from year to year, supplies for class/studio projects such as presentation boards, printing costs, materials for model construction, etc., will vary depending on your choices, project assignments and changes in the curriculum from year to year. We encourage the reuse of leftover materials and items that would otherwise be recycled or become waste whenever possible. Faculty members actively salvage useable materials and make them available to our students. Current students provided information that we put into a chart for the 2016-2017 academic year. This chart (pdf) is based on current tuition and fee rates, but does show costs over a four-year timeframe.
The university provides information about costs on its website.
What kind of computer do I need and when should I buy it?
We update our computer requirements each spring. HOWEVER, we strongly recommend that you wait until the beginning of your second year before purchasing your computer. Buying a computer at the beginning of your second year gives it a better chance of continuing to meet your needs through your fourth year in the program. You will not need any advanced computer software (AutoCAD, etc.) until your second year of study in our program. During your first year in the interior design program, you might consider using the university computers available in the libraries, 24/7 university computing labs, and in living facilities or by getting by with a low-cost or older laptop intended to get you through the first year. If you use the computers available on campus, all you will need to do is purchase a portable external hard drive or a few USB thumb drives to manage your files.
FAQs from K-State Students who want to Change Majors to Interior Design
I'm considering changing my major to interior design. How do I learn more so that I can make an informed decision?
The interior design program has several student ambassadors who give tours and answer questions for prospective students. You can set up a visit by contacting the Department of Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design's student services coordinator at 785-532-6993 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We've found that students who know more about the interior design program and profession of interior design are more likely to be sure about their choice to become an interior design student. What we do in our curriculum and what interior designers do in practice is not what you see in the media - HGTV, movies, etc. A visit with our student services coordinator and one of our student ambassadors can answer a lot of questions.
What do I need to do to change my major to interior design?
The interior design program in the College of Human Ecology has a selective admissions process, so you won't be able to simply change your major. Application forms are available in the departmental office at 225 Justin Hall. We use several measures to evaluate your preparation and potential for success in our program. As part of the admissions process, you will be asked to submit an essay explaining why you want to study interior design. It may be helpful for you to know that when we look at your K-State GPA, we evaluate the grades in light of the difficulty of the courses. Please submit your completed application by February 1 in order to be admitted to the first year class for the fall semester.
FAQs from external transfers to K-State with some interior design course work completed at another institution/internal K-State transfers with some course work completed in the College of Architecture, Planning and Design
I am hoping to transfer to the College of Human Ecology's interior design program and would like to request consideration for placement beyond the first semester of the program. What do I need to do in order to accomplish this?
You will need to work directly with the program coordinator of the interior design program in order to facilitate this process - call 785-532-6993 to reach the interior design program coordinator. You will also be required to submit a portfolio including course syllabi, project statements and work you've done in the courses you're hoping substitute for required interior design courses. What we need to see is what you have and have not learned so far. There is no automatic equivalency.
While all accredited interior design programs must meet certain content expectations, no two program curricula are alike in how they organize the content into courses. The first year curriculum in our program has been designed to focus on what we consider to be the foundational concepts and skills that are the basis for subsequent courses. Although you may have knowledge or skills that are found in higher-level studios within our curriculum, you may be placed within the first year if your previous work does not demonstrate the knowledge and skills we consider foundational.