Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) in Interior Design

Overview

The Interior Design major educates students to become creative and responsible designers of residential and commercial spaces. Program components emphasize problem solving in applied design studios. With a focus on spatial design and space planning complimented by surface decoration, students learn to design environments for living, working, business, health, hospitality, retail and recreation. As courses progress, students are challenged by design problems that increase in size and complexity, and develop an understanding of sustainable building and reuse on human health, well-being and performance. Program curriculum and outcomes are all directly tied to NCIDQ Certification competencies, preparing students for future field certification.

Faculty 
The versatile faculty is made up of artists and designers who actively produce and exhibit their creative work − artists who are leaders in their various fields of discipline. They love to teach because they love what they teach. Our faculty is equipped to motivate, inspire and nurture; they become true mentors to their students. The faculty of the Department of Art and Design believe it is necessary for students to become leaders rather than followers, to become the next generation of gifted creative artists and designers and to become art professionals in the ever-growing number of contemporary art and art-related careers.

More information about the interior design major can be found on the art major admissions page.

Program Objectives

Graduates with a BFA in interior design will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to write and speak about art, design, and art history with clarity and logic, and be able to form and support critical judgements about art, design and art history
  • Demonstrate the technical mastery of the relevant materials and tools, and the terminology, theories, and practices relevant to the student's field of study
  • Demonstrate the ability generate, support, and utilize individual thoughts and ideas
  • Demonstrate the ability to do research in art, design, and art history, and the competence and knowledge to analyze and think critically
  • Demonstrate expanding knowledge of historical achievements and contemporary thinking, trends, processes, and issues in art and design, and apply that knowledge to their personal work
  • Demonstrate broader and deeper understanding of contemporary arts practice, grasp of how to develop and maintain studio or design practice, and ideas communicating successful cultivation of both audience, concept and goals in visual art and design
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Major Requirements

Complete the following:

This course is an introduction to industry-standard graphic design applications such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. Additional course fee required.
An introduction to materials, techniques, and theory related to two-dimensional design. Additional course fee is required.
This course focuses on three-dimensional design. Hands-on projects are the primary learning mode. Additional course fee is required.
Art majors given preference. This course is a study of materials, methods, and techniques used for drawing with pencil, ink, charcoal, and other drawing media. Additional course fee is required.
A study of the relationship between art and Christianity in the contemporary world. Designed primarily for studio art majors. Prerequisite: either ARTS 382 Twentieth Century Art or ARTS 384 Contemporary Art Forms. Additional course fee required.

Choose one of the following:

A survey of the elements and concepts of art theory and practice as reflected in culturally and historically significant painting, sculpture, architecture, and other art forms, from 1450 to the present. Additional course fee is required.
Art and its relationship to Western culture of the 20th century. Additional course fee is required.

Complete the following:

This seminar course will meet weekly to focus on theory, concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application by engaging students in discourse surrounding lectures of visiting professional artists. Investigations of film and writing will be a secondary approach to this course. Must be taken minimum 5 out of 8 semesters in students’ program. Satisfies: core major requirement. Additional course fee required.
This seminar course will meet weekly to focus on theory, concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application by engaging students in discourse surrounding lectures of visiting professional artists. Investigations of film and writing will be a secondary approach to this course. Must be taken minimum 5 out of 8 semesters in students’ program. Satisfies: core major requirement. Additional course fee required.
This seminar course will meet weekly to focus on theory, concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application by engaging students in discourse surrounding lectures of visiting professional artists. Investigations of film and writing will be a secondary approach to this course. Must be taken minimum 5 out of 8 semesters in students’ program. Satisfies: core major requirement. Additional course fee required.
This seminar course will meet weekly to focus on theory, concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application by engaging students in discourse surrounding lectures of visiting professional artists. Investigations of film and writing will be a secondary approach to this course. Must be taken minimum 5 out of 8 semesters in students’ program. Satisfies: core major requirement. Additional course fee required.
This seminar course will meet weekly to focus on theory, concepts and methodology of art historical study and their application by engaging students in discourse surrounding lectures of visiting professional artists. Investigations of film and writing will be a secondary approach to this course. Must be taken minimum 5 out of 8 semesters in students’ program. Satisfies: core major requirement. Additional course fee required.

Complete the following:

This course is an introduction to computer-aided design and drafting using Autodesk AutoCAD. Students will use CADD software effectively to create computer-generated plans for commercial space while reviewing Life Safety, ANSI, ADA and regional building codes related to their projects. Additional course fee is required.
This is the first studio in a sequential series of interior courses in which students apply their skills, knowledge and understanding of the design process to living environments. Emphasis is placed on the interrelationship of design elements and principles, spatial organization and sequencing, and conceptual problem solving in three-dimensional space. Open to all students. Additional course fee required.
An introductory course offering a foundation for textile applications in interior design. The course introduces the student to textiles for interior design including fiber properties, manufacture of yarns, fabric identification, fabrication methods, finishes and end-use application for different types of interiors. Students will learn testing procedures, performance classification, safety issues, and related fire codes. Oral and written project presentations and library research required. Additional course fee is required.
Study of materials used in the built environment with emphasis on the interior. Students develop knowledge of material characteristic, selection, application, installation methods, and industry regulations. Students produce product specifications following Master Specification standards. Additional course fee is required.
This course studies the interior aspects of lighting design and application. Emphasis is placed on lighting in the human environment and its effects on the occupants. Students will select lighting fixtures, lamps, and produce specifications. Solutions are applied in studio projects. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: INTD 200 Interior Foundations
A study of 3D graphics, including isometrics and axonometrics. Students render perspective-based drawing in a variety of mediums including watercolor, color markers, pastels and colored pencils as they explore drawing as a tool for communicating visual information, developing presentations, analyzing space, and expanding their design vocabulary. Additional course fee is required.
This course builds on concepts and theories introduced in Interior Foundations and guides students through the complexities of the space planning process addressing both function and aesthetics. Students will complete a series of assignments increasing in size and difficulty designed to develop space planning skills. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: INTD 200 Interior Foundations and ARTS 111 Drawing I
This course will study methods and materials for interior construction. Students will create details and specify materials for interior components, including walls, floors, ceilings, glazing, millwork and cabinetry. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: INTD 200 Interior Foundations
A review of the building constructions systems and their relationship to the interior environment. Specific topics include plumbing, thermal, HVAC, electrical, communications, security and acoustics. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisites: INTD 200 Lighting for Interiors, INTD 311 Detailing Interiors, and INTD 131 CADD I
This course examines the codes and regulations for the built environments with emphasis on their application in commercial interiors. Students are required to determine occupancy types and loads, means of egress, compartmentalization, and a variety of fire protection systems and their locations. Students apply ADA regulations. Other major industry specific regulations are also discussed. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: INTD 200 Interior Foundations.
A continuation of CADD I. This course includes advanced CAD techniques and introduces Building Information Modeling (BIM) software for 3D modeling interior design. Students learn how to render spaces and use creative suite techniques from Photoshop and InDesign for portfolio purposes. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: INTD 131 CADD I
A survey of the history of decorative arts of western civilization concentrating on architecture, interior design and furniture from mid 1800s to 20th Century and today. Additional course fee required.
A study of the design process involved in a residential space. Students refine space planning skills and develop furniture, finishes, fabric, materials and source knowledge with respect to the residential environment. Students learn and apply residential kitchen and bath principles to projects while working on construction documentation. LEED, Life Safety, Fire, ANSI, ADA and regional building codes related to their projects will be reviewed. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: INTD 300 Space Planning and Programming. Corequisite: INTD 431 Digital Construction Documentation Lab I.
A study of the design process involved in a commercial space. Students refine space planning skills and develop furniture, finishes, fabric, materials and source knowledge with respect to the commercial environment. Students learn and apply commercial kitchen and bath principles to projects while working on construction documentation. LEED, Life Safety, Fire, ANSI, ADA, and regional building codes related to their projects will be reviewed. Additional course fee is required. Prerequisite: INTD 300 Space Planning and Programming. Corequisite: INTD 432 Digital Construction Documentation Lab II
To be taken alongside residential studio, students use AutoCAD to prepare a formal set of digital drawings used as documentation for a project. Corequisite: INTD 411 Residential Design Studio
To be taken alongside commercial studio, students use AutoCAD to prepare a formal set of digital drawings used as documentation for a project. Corequisite: INTD 412 Commercial Design Studio.
Students will intern with a commercial concern under the direction of a professional. The student will assume major responsibilities for planning and making arrangements for this experience in consultation with their instructor and will present a written proposal outlining such arrangements for their instructor's approval mid-way through the semester preceding enrollment. Students will meet with the instructor periodically throughout the internship.
Business management and ethics relating to the interior design profession will be studied in this course. Billing methods, estimating, purchasing, specification writing and client-designer relationships are reviewed. Students also complete a mock NCIDQ exam. Prerequisite: junior standing