Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

The mission of the Interior Design Department's B.F.A. program is to enrich the profession and educate leaders in the practice of Interior Design. The educational community encourages philosophical explorations, ethical responsibility, aesthetic expressions, and practical applications in line with professional standards. With a firm commitment to social and environmental responsibility, the department strives to create professionals who effectively contribute to the enhancement of function, health, safety, and quality of the human environment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify and explore complex problems in the realm of the interior, and generate creative solutions incorporating all aspects of the design process.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively through analog and digital medium.
  • Students will be able to present the conceptual basis of their work in both oral and written form, critique the work of others, and engage in multi-disciplinary collaborations.
  • Students will apply their knowledge of history and current issues affecting the design field, as well as the broader social and cultural contexts affecting the built environment to the solution of design problems.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate a broad-based knowledge of standards and precedents related to sustainable practice, material research, environmental quality, aesthetics, technology, in the design of interior environments.
Interior Design Curriculum - 2017

Curriculum

Requirements for BFA Interior Design, 2017

  • Semester 1

    Complete these courses.

    FDC-140 Visualization/Representation

    FDC-150 Space, Form, Process

    FDC-160 Light Color Design Lab

    HA-111 Themes in Art and Culture I

    HMS-101A Literary and Critical Studies I

  • Semester 2

    Complete these courses.

    FDC-141 Visualization/Representation/Concept

    FDC-161 Light Color Design Studio

    FDC-180 Time and Movement

    HA-112 Themes in Art and Culture II

  • Semester 2 Core

    Complete one of the following Social Science Core Global Electives. Complete two Writing Intensive courses (SSWI, MSWI) out of your Social Science Global Elective, Social Science Thinking Elective, and Math/Science Core Elective.

    SS-203G Global History to 1800
    OR
    SS-204G Global History Since 1800
    OR
    SS-209G Introduction to Anthropology
    OR
    SS-218G Salvation from Despair: Spiritual Awakenings in the Ancient World
    OR
    SS-220G Islam from Muhammad to the Great Khans
    OR
    SS-246G Lines in the sand:Borders, Nation-State And the Modern International System
    OR
    SS-249G Secret Activities of the CIA And the Modern International System
    OR
    SS-261G Sexual Politics in Transnational Perspective
    OR
    SS-278G Caribbean Music and Festivals: Shapers Of National and Global Identities
    OR
    SSWI-222G Making/Faking Nature
    OR
    SSWI-234G Century of Genocides
    OR
    SSWI-241G Cities and Globalization
    OR
    SSWI-242G Culture, Identity, Power: 1300-1800
    OR
    SSWI-245G The Empire Strikes Back

  • Semester 3

    Complete these courses

    INT-201 Design Studio I

    INT-233 Language of Drawing I

    INT-217 Assemblies & Environments

    HD-364 History of Interior Design

  • Semester 3 Core

    Complete one of the following Thinking Core Electives. Complete two Writing Intensive courses (SSWI, MSWI) out of your Social Science Global Elective, Social Science Thinking Elective, and Math/Science Core Elective.

    SS-201T Sustainable Core
    OR
    SS-247TP Revolution Now!:Students, Politics and Protest
    OR
    SSWI-210T General Psycholgy
    OR
    SSWI-224T Nomads and Settlers Nomads and Settlers
    OR
    SSWI-233T Violence As Politics
    OR
    SSWI-235T Education and Society
    OR
    SSWI-237T Death & Dying
    OR
    SSWI-240T Shaping the Contemporary City
    OR
    SSWI-250T The Ethics of Research
    OR
    SSWI-255T Telling Tales: Narrative and Meaning in The Humanities
    OR
    SSWI-262T Contemporary Theories of Gender
    OR
    SSWI-276T Music,Creativity, and Consumption
    OR
    SSWI-288T Animals:Ethics and Representation
    OR
    SSWI-291T England Bloody England: Nation, Myth, Identity
    OR
    SSWI-228TP Introduction ot Theory and Critique
    OR
    SSWI-244TP Memphis to Ferguson: Rethinking Modern American History

  • Semester 4

    Complete these courses.

    INT-202 Design Studio II

    INT-234 Language of Drawing II

    INT-218 Color Materials Lighting

    HMS-201A Literary and Critical Studies II

  • Semester 4 Core

    Complete one of the following Math Science Core Electives. Complete two Writing Intensive courses (SSWI, MSWI) out of your Social Science Global Elective, Social Science Thinking Elective, and Math/Science Core Elective.

    MSCI-220C Science of Light
    OR
    MSCI-222C Intro. to Electronics
    OR
    MSCI-223C Astronomy
    OR
    MSCI-225C Starstruck: Meet Our Universe
    OR
    MSCI-232C Chemistry of Arist's Materials
    OR
    MSCI-250C Geology
    OR
    MSCI-251C Planet Earth
    OR
    MSCI-252C Natural Catastrophes
    OR
    MSCI-283C Breeders, Propagators, & Creators
    OR
    MSWI-210C Science & Society
    OR
    MSWI-224C The Physics of Music
    OR
    MSWI-230C Chemistry of Pigments
    OR
    MSWI-260C Evolution
    OR
    MSWI-270C Ecology, Environment & Anthropocene

  • Semester 5

    Complete these courses and 3 Liberal Arts Post-Core Elective credits

    INT-301 Design III

    INT-325 Emergent Platforms

    INT-326 Materials Methods Meaning



  • Semester 6

    Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts Post-Core Elective credits and 3 Liberal Arts Post-Core 300/400 level Elective credits.

    INT-302 Design Studio IV

    INT-342 Time Culture Context



  • Semester 7

    Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts Post-Core 300/400 level Elective credits.

    INT-401 Design Studio V

    INT-405 Design Research Strategies

    INT-419 The Working Set


  • Semester 8

    Complete these courses plus 6 All Institute Elective credits and 3 Liberal Arts Post-Core 300/400 level Elective credits

    INT-402 Design VI: Thesis

    INT-441 Positioning Practice Portfolio