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Interior Design Curriculum

The liberal arts core curriculum combines with a 72 hour major, including 54 hours of interior design courses and 18 hours of required supporting courses in studio art and business, to provide a varied and integrative curriculum. The academic internship enhances the students' applied education and assists in the transition to the professional world. The department has strong ties with the local professional design community and an active student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

Students also are exposed to a variety of experiences such as professional design critiques, a variety of different types of field trips, and community service projects. Students successfully completing the program are awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree; students already possessing a Bachelor of Arts degree upon entering the program will be granted a Certificate in Interior Design upon successful completion of the 72 credit hours in the major.

Course of Study

Interior Design Major
72 hours: INT 110, 120, 150, 160, 210, 230, 240, 250, 270, 280, 325 or 335, 340, 345, 350, 360, 440, 450, 475, 480, & 490. Required supporting courses include AR 106 and the remaining 9 hours are electives in AR, BU, HIP, or by permission of the Chair. A 2.75 GPA in the major and a 2.5 cumulative GPA must be maintained. Prerequisites and sequencing are strictly enforced.

Requirements for Minor
27 hours: AR 106; INT 110, 120, 150, 210, 240, 250, 280, and 325, 335, or 345.

Typical Track for Interior Design Major

Audit Sheet

Interior Design Major Audit Sheet (.pdf)

Interior Design Minor Audit Sheet (.pdf)

Course Descriptions

INT 110 Textiles for interiors (3)
Fundamentals of fibers and textiles used in interiors with emphasis on identification and selection criteria, applications, trade classifications, and safety and performance characteristics.

INT 120 Architectural Drawing (3)
Introduction to architectural working drawings including plans, elevations, sections, details; basic skills and techniques of drafting and drawing in the context of the interior design profession.

INT 150 Introduction to Interior Design (3)
Studio course introduces students to the theory, elements, and principles of interior design as well as phases of the design process. Course covers planning, materials, furnishings, working methods, human factors, and problem solving for interior design.
Prerequisites: AR 106; INT 110, 120.

INT 160 CADD (3)
Introduction to computer aided drafting and design using the basic commands of AutoCAD to produce architectural and interior drawings including dimensioned plans, elevations, and details.
Prerequisites: INT 120 and MC 109 or permission.

INT 210 Materials & Methods 1 (3)
Course covers construction technology, building materials, and building systems including mechanical and electrical, as well as lighting technology and acoustics.
Prerequisites: INT 120, 150.

ID 230 Graphic Presentation (3)
Interior design studio focusing on graphic techniques such as one and two point perspective, isometric and axonometric drawing, color rendering using a variety of media, and refinement of graphic techniques.
Prerequisites: AR 106, 107; INT 120, 150

INT 240 Studio 1 (3)
Beginning studio problems in interior design including discussion of the various phases of the design process. Students will learn to incorporate universal design concepts, problem solving, graphic skills, color theory, and material and finish selection, into solutions for both residential and non-residential applications; course also includes a segment on theory of architecture.
Prerequisites: AR 106, 107; INT 110, 120, 150

INT 250 Sources (3)
Course covers the processes of product specification in both residential and commercial interior design. Students are exposed to the manufacturers and their products on technical and design applications. The culmination of the course results in the experience and visit to an international/national architectural product trade show.

INT 270 Codes & Requirements (3)
Analysis of building and barrier free codes as they apply to the interior design process, based on the Ohio Basic Building Code and Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.
Prerequisite: INT 210

INT 280 Studio II (3)
Continuation of studio problems in interior design including all phases of the design process in a variety of residential type settings: adaptive reuse, single family, special populations, and institutional; students will incorporate knowledge of textiles and furnishings, design theory, and principles of universal design.
Prerequisite: INT 240

INT 325 Architectural History (3)
Survey of Western architecture from classical Greece and Rome to the present; includes evolution of construction techniques and materials and architectural movements.

INT 335 American Architecture (3)
Survey of American architectural history including stylistic and building construction trends from early colonial through the present. Field trips to study examples of specific architectural styles in the surrounding area will be included.

INT 340 Studio III (3)
Studio problems in interior design focusing on programming, space planning, and 3-dimensional design, as applied to a variety of types of interiors. Students will develop designs including layouts, sections, elevations, and three-dimensional models utilizing the principles and elements of design. Comprehensive study of the design process as it relates to commercial spaces, including advanced programming and problems solving skills, larger scale space planning, systems furniture application, and material and finish selection and specification, with the focus on commercial office design.
Prerequisites: AR 206; INT 160, 230, 250, 270, 280

INT 345 Furniture History (3)
Visual survey of furniture and interiors from ancient times to the 21st century focusing on major developments in the evolution of style and technology in period furnishings from Europe and America.
Prerequisite: INT 325 or 335

INT 360 Advanced CAD (3)
The goal of this course is to acquaint students with the advanced skills in Computer Rendering; VIZ; Photoshop; and AutoCAD. This current technology allows students to be aware of the various modes of presentation for architecture and interior design. Students will be able to complete and present finished renderings for both professional and academic portfolio use. Upon completion, students will successfully be able to produce computerized interior illustrations.
Prerequisites: INT 120, 160

INT 440 Studio IV (3)
Conclusion of sequence in studio problems in interior design; students will apply knowledge of problem solving, building systems, building and barrier free codes, design principles and practices, and graphic skills, into the solution to an advanced, research-based design problem. This course is also a continuation of advanced studio problems in interior design focusing on specialty settings such as retail, hospitality, health care, and corporate design. The culmination will result in a mid-term and final critique and presentation amongst the client, professional community, faculty, students, and professional community.
Prerequisite: Senior Status

INT 450 Senior Seminar (3)
Professional practice of interior design - topics include business principles and practices of the interior design industry; contract documents; current issues and trends in the industry such as licensing, ethics, and environmental concerns; also includes portfolio review and personal marketing strategies.
Prerequisite: Senior Status

INT 475 Internship (3)
Supervised placement and experience in a variety of field environments. Includes academic component.
Prerequisite: INT 340

INT 480 Lighting (3)
Provides instruction on current lighting practices. The course will be presented in modules that provide up-to-date material on lighting terminology, metrics, systems, equipment, calculation procedures and fundamental applications.
Prerequisite: Senior Status or by permission

INT 490 Business for Interior Designers (3)
Overview and in-depth study of the various aspects of business within the field of interior design. Students will be presented with problems/projects of professional practice for both small privately owned and large commercial firms. Business organization and management, daily operations, client relations, billing, record keeping, interaction with suppliers, and other aspects of the design business will be taught. Upon completion, students should be prepared to enter the field.
Prerequisite: Senior Status