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Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements INDSBS1

The B.S. in Interior Design integrates knowledge from the arts and the physical and social sciences with behavioral and technical studies in human factors and wellbeing, building codes and regulations, sustainability, business practices, and interior design theory. The interior design program is a CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) accredited program that addresses multidisciplinary design processes used in the creation of interior space. This curriculum emphasizes the relationships between the aesthetic, behavioral, and technological concerns in the creation of responsive interior environments. Career opportunities are available in commercial and residential interior design firms, architectural and multidisciplinary design firms, facilities management, material manufacturers, retail furniture establishments, government and community agencies, and design studios. Majors in this program can also prepare for advanced degrees in related areas of design, such as architecture, construction management, facilities management, environmental design, or product design.


The major requires at least 54 credit hours*, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Creative Core.
    1. Pathways. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-A 100 Pathways: Introduction to Art, Design and Merchandising
    2. Color. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-A 101 Creative Core: Color
    3. Cross-Disciplinary Workshops. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-A 211 Cross-Disciplinary Workshops in Art, Design, and Merchandising
  2. Interior Design Studio.
    1. Beginning Studio. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-D 170 Interior Design Studio I
    2. Intermediate Studio. Two (2) courses:
      • SOAD-D 271 Interior Design Studio II
      • SOAD-D 272 Interior Design Studio III
    3. Advanced Studio. 12 credit hours, including:
      1. Three (3) credit hours of the following:
        • SOAD-D 374 Interior Design Vertical Studio
      2. Nine (9) additional credit hours selected from:
        • SOAD-D 374 Interior Design Vertical Studio
        • SOAD-D 375 Interior Design Technical Studio
        • SOAD-D 475 Interior Design Capstone Studio
  3. Interior Design Methods and Techniques. Three (3) courses:
    • SOAD-D 264 Digital Architectural Drawing
    • SOAD-D 335 Lighting Interior Spaces I
    • SOAD-D 336 Lighting Interior Spaces II
  4. Interior Design History and Theory. Three (3) courses:
    • SOAD-D 263 Design Methods
    • SOAD-D 268
    • SOAD-D 365 Architectural, Interior, and Furniture Design Studies
  5. Interior Design Practice. Three (3) courses:
    • SOAD-D 277
    • SOAD-D 302
    • SOAD-D 469
  6. Interior Design Electives. Two (2) courses:
    • SOAD-D 201 3D Modeling for Design and Digital Fabrication
    • SOAD-D 202 Interior Visualization
    • SOAD-D 203
    • SOAD-D 290 Special Topics in Interior Design
    • SOAD-D 300 Design, Culture, Context, and Diversity
    • SOAD-D 394 Advanced Digital Architectural Drawing
    • SOAD-D 485 Advanced Special Topics in Interior Design
    • SOAD-X 373 Internship in Professional Practice
    • SOAD-X 490 Independent Study in Interior Design
  7. Art History. One (1) course:
    • ARTH-A 102 Renaissance through Modern Art
  8. Major GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to major requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.