The College of Architecture and Design offers a comprehensive interior design curriculum leading to the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. All aspects of interior planning are included in the educational background for students whose goal is to qualify as practitioners in professional interior design. Problem solving and creative development as related to the proximate environment are emphasized through a curriculum organization which stresses various types of information and processes based upon the student’s level within the program. The program is accredited by CIDA.
The curriculum of the Interior Design Program consists of an orderly sequence which normally requires four years and a summer internship to complete.The courses in the Undergraduate Catalog have been identified by the faculty as being necessary for a first professional degree in Interior Design.
It is the students’ responsibility to plan the four year period of studios so that the required and elective courses and the summer internship are scheduled in the proper sequence. Progression through the program may be impeded by not completing courses in sequence or by dropping required courses. Although the advisor can assist the student in suggesting courses that are appropriate, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting all curricular requirements. View + Download Curriculum
Design Studio Sequence, Assignments and Options
The core of the curriculum is the design component of eight sequential courses. Strict progression standards establish the criteria for admittance into each year of the program (see Catalog). Based on the students’ work and approval by the Interior Design Academic Standards Committee, the program may accept design credit from other accredited design programs.
The curriculum outlines the required courses and their pre-requisites. Courses are not offered every semester and students should be careful to schedule the courses during the appropriate semester. Dropping a required pre-requisite may jeopardize a student’s master plan. Transfer students who have completed many general electives may start with history courses at an earlier point in their studies.
Notes: A.P. credits, transfer credits, or proficiency exams can be applied to these requirements. Other University General Education Requirements in humanities, math, and multicultural experiences are met by required courses in the Interior Design program.
Design Studio – The Core of the Interior Design Education Experience
Design studio courses are the core experience for learning interior design. When students graduate they will be hired based on the body of work created in design studio as presented in their professional portfolio. During the hiring process perspective employers will scrutinize the applicants ability to work in a team atmosphere and demonstrate the conceptual and technical abilities to produce great interior design. Engagement in the design studio culture provides a rich opportunity to develop the thinking and doing of design on a conceptual and technical level, and provide social/collaborative experiences essential for securing employment.
Typically students enjoy the challenges faced by working on open-ended design projects, engagement in the social atmosphere of the studio workplace, and having the unique opportunity to have a dedicated workstation on campus. Design studio also challenges students to work and think different. Studio is a learning and social environment. Adopting the design studio culture can be in conflict with other competing opportunities on campus. We encourage students to have a full life in school, to engage in a range of opportunities on and off campus. Students who are able to fully engage in the design studio culture by dedicating time to work in the building with peers are much more likely to be successful than students who choose to work independently.
The studio culture provides students opportunities to interact with peers at all levels of the interior design program, see the work of a range of creative disciplines in the Art and Architecture Building, and have access to a variety of creative tools and resources.
The bottom line is that the design studio environment is a very important learning community. Your fees and tuition pay for the experience with faculty, peers, and the studio environment. The successful ongoing engagement of the design studio community outside of class time is essential for success in the interior design program.
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