College of Visual and Performing Arts

WHAT IS INTERIOR DESIGN? Interior Design is a discipline that requires working with clients and other design professionals to develop design solutions that are not only attractive and appealing, but also safe and functional, in addition to satisfying the needs of the people using the space. The professional Interior Designer is qualified by education, experience, and examination to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces.

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Interior Design prepares students to function as interior designers who understand aesthetic and technical requirements of a given project, and who are able to provide design solutions to a variety of projects, including both residential and commercial projects. Interior designers must know how to plan a space and how to present that plan visually to the client. They must also be knowledgeable about the materials and products that will be used to create and furnish the space, and how texture, color, lighting and other factors combine and interact to create a human-centered interior environment. In addition, interior designers must understand health and safety issues, building codes, and other technical aspects.

Interior Design is a discipline that requires working with clients and other design professionals to develop design solutions that are not only attractive and appealing, but also safe and functional, in addition to satisfying the needs of the people using the space. The professional Interior Designer is qualified by education, experience, and examination to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces.
 
The Bachelor of Science degree program in Interior Design, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), prepares students to function as interior designers who understand aesthetic and technical requirements of a given project, and who are able to provide design solutions to a variety of projects, including both residential and commercial projects. Interior designers must know how to plan a space and how to present that plan visually to the client. They must also be knowledgeable about the materials and products that will be used to create and furnish the space, and how texture, color, lighting and other factors combine and interact to create a human-centered interior environment. In addition, interior designers must understand health and safety issues, building codes, and other technical aspects.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Interior Design

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree is a four-year program that provides graduates with knowledge and skills that enable them to pursue many career opportunities in interior design, interior architecture, architectural design, facility planning, building construction industry and many other design related fields. For a full listing of class requirements, procedures, and policies, refer to Department of Visual Communication and Design Student Handbook [PDF]. The Bingo sheet [PDF] for the Interior Design B.S. degree explains all of the courses required to graduate.

The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design program requires 120 credit hours. The curriculum includes IPFW general education requirements, College of Visual and Performing Arts requirements, and core courses in design fundamentals, furniture and interior design history, computer graphics, professional practice and sequential design studio courses at different levels. Two sequential senior studio courses with a co-requisite interdisciplinary course allow students to develop an area of design specialty in healthcare design, educational design, hospitality design, retail design, residential design and other different types of projects.

Interior Design Program Senior Exhibition

The Interior Design Senior Exhibition is an annual event that is open to the public, with the first exhibition held in 2011. There are two sequential senior capstone courses (INTR400 and INTR 401) in the interior design curriculum and the senior project exhibition is the successful culmination of the Interior Design program at the end of the spring semester. Past senior projects covered a wide range of design selections including healthcare, assisted living facilities, office buildings, restaurants, single family homes, retail, churches, and school building designs, to name a few.

In senior capstone courses, students take primary responsibility in gathering data, analyzing and organizing information during the design process for real world projects. In order to create a human-centered space, design research has been emphasized and is an integral component in the design process. The design concepts of senior projects are presented visually through a multimedia approach. The senior capstone courses serve as a bridge between education and professional practice. Interior Design Senior Exhibition provides a great opportunity for our students to showcase their creative work, offering creative design solutions which are the result of research and collaboration with clients.

For more information about the Interior Design curriculum and requirements, contact Suining Ding, NCIDQ, ASID, IDEC.