Majors, minors + certificates

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design (INDSBS1)Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design

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

Description

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.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 54 credit hours*, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Creative Core.
    1. Pathways. One (1) course from the .
      • Explores the fields of art, design, and merchandising within the contemporary landscape of creating and making. Identifies where these disciplines have mutually reinforcing values and opportunities for interdisciplinary study. Provides a common experience for art, design and merchandising students. (3 credit hours.)
    2. Color. One (1) course from the .
      • Explores color's fundamental principles and formal elements; its contextual meanings and sociological connotations; and its significance within the fields of art, design and merchandising. Cultivates visual sensitivity, develops aesthetic knowledge and the production of creative work through studio practices. (3 credit hours.)
    3. Cross-Disciplinary Workshops. One (1) course from the .
      • A variable topic studio course that focuses on skill development and technical manipulation of materials within the specific traditions of a particular discipline. Emphasizes fundamental principles of art and design within a discipline. Designed around a variable topic such as image, time, narrative, space, materials, and markets. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum total of 12 credit hours in SOAD-A 111 and SOAD-A 211. (3 credit hours.)
  2. Interior Design Studio.
    1. Beginning Studio. One (1) course from the .
      • Focus on critical and analytical ability, reasoned understanding and rational application of design elements and principles, development of vocabulary, attitudes, and skill basic to design and interior design. Course fee required. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 168 or SOAD-D 168. (3 credit hours.)
    2. Intermediate Studio. Two (2) courses from the .
      • P: SOAD-D 168 or AMID-D 168; and SOAD-D 264 or AMID-D 264; each with a grade of C- or higher; or consent of department. Fundamentals of drawing and rendering in two and three dimensions, presentation methods, and design practices. Emphasis on residential design. Course fee required. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 271 or SOAD-D 271. (3–4 credit hours.)
      • P: SOAD-D 168 or AMID-D 168; and SOAD-D 264 or AMID-D 264; each with a grade of C- or higher; or consent of department. Introduction to fundamentals of space design for human activity; space standards, programming, and graphic communication. Emphasis on commercial design. Course fee required. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 272 or SOAD-D 272. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 272 or SOAD-D 272. (3–4 credit hours.)
    3. Advanced Studio. 12 credit hours, including:
      1. Three (3) credit hours of the following:
        • P: Grade of C- or higher in SOAD-D 263 or AMID-D 263; and SOAD-D 272 or AMID-D 272; and SOAD-D 277 or AMID-D 277. Course fee required. Design of spaces for a variety of individuals and organizations. Integration of technical, spatial, cultural-historical, and environmental factors, with special emphasis on socio-economic conditions and diverse populations. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit hours in AMID-D 374 and SOAD-D 374. (3–5 credit hours.)
      2. Nine (9) additional credit hours selected from:
        • P: Grade of C- or higher in SOAD-D 263 or AMID-D 263; and SOAD-D 272 or AMID-D 272; and SOAD-D 277 or AMID-D 277. Course fee required. Design of spaces for a variety of individuals and organizations. Integration of technical, spatial, cultural-historical, and environmental factors, with special emphasis on socio-economic conditions and diverse populations. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit hours in AMID-D 374 and SOAD-D 374. (3–5 credit hours.)
        • P: Grade of C- or higher in SOAD-D 271 or AMID-D 271; and SOAD-D 272 or AMID-D 272; and SOAD-D 277 or AMID-D 277. Course fee required. Interdisciplinary team approaches to solution of comprehensive design problems utilizing contemporary design methods and procedures. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit hours in AMID-D 475 or SOAD-D 475. (3–5 credit hours.)
  3. Interior Design Methods and Techniques. Three (3) courses from the .
    • Basic 2D and 3D drawing and modeling skills for professional practice of interior architectural design using professional, industry standard software: document and database generation, computer-aided drafting, modeling and design. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 264 or SOAD-D 264. (3–4 credit hours.)
    • P: SOAD-D 271, SOAD-D 272, AMID-D 271, or AMID-D 272 with a grade of C- or higher; and MATH-M 118 or equivalent. Introduction to the general principles, factors, and techniques of interior lighting, including planning, analysis, calculation methods, and aesthetics in the residential context. Field trips required. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 335 or SOAD-D 335. (1.5 credit hours.)
    • P: SOAD-D 335 or AMID-D 335 with a grade of C- or higher. Introduction to the general principles, factors, and techniques of interior lighting, including planning, analysis, calculation methods, and aesthetics in the commercial design context. Field trips required. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 336 or SOAD-D 336. (1.5 credit hours.)
  4. Interior Design History and Theory. Three (3) courses from the .
    • P: SOAD-D 168 or AMID-D 168 with a grade of C- or higher. Introduction to the basic techniques of design research and evaluation, emerging trends in design thinking, and state-of-the-art design methodologies. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 263 or SOAD-D 263. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: SOAD-D 168 or AMID-D 168 with a grade of C- or higher. Study of the philosophical, theoretical, historical, and conceptual ideas that have guided architecture and design since the late nineteenth century. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 268 or SOAD-D 268. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: SOAD-D 168 or AMID-D 168 with a grade of C- or higher; or consent of department. A survey of the history of design at three scales: architecture, interiors, and furniture design. The underlying concepts behind historically prominent work, and the commonalities of design at different scales, will be reviewed. Throughout the course, students will cultivate their own visual memory to guide their design thinking and work. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 365 or SOAD-D 365. (3 credit hours.)
  5. Interior Design Practice. Three (3) courses from the .
    • P: SOAD-D 168 or AMID-D 168; and SOAD-D 264 or AMID-D 264; each with a grade of C- or higher; or consent of department. Course fee required. Provides basic understanding of the appropriate use of materials specified for the interior environment. Particular emphasis placed on the vital role interior designers play in providing for the health, safety, and welfare of those inhabiting interior spaces. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 277 or SOAD-D 277. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: SOAD-D 271 or AMID-D 271; and SOAD-D 272 or AMID-D 272; each with a grade of C- or higher. Develops the graphic skills necessary in the construction industry and a basic understanding of construction drawings, codes, specifications, and details. Practice in construction specification writing, drawing referencing, and the relationship of drawings in an overall plan. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 302 or SOAD-D 302. (3 credit hours.)
    • P: Grade of C- or higher in SOAD-D 271 or AMID-D 271; and SOAD-D 272 or AMID-D 272. Survey of business procedures and practices and of professional values and standards for interior designers. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 469 or SOAD-D 469 (3 credit hours.)
  6. Interior Design Electives. Two (2) courses from the .
    • In this introductory course, students will learn about the decisions designers make to shape the objects they encounter every day and the effects of those decisions on those of us who interact with them. Features lectures and hands-on projects examining designs as diverse as toothbrushes, iPods, bicycles, and buildings. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 191 or SOAD-D 191. (3 credit hours.)
    • Principles of 3D modeling applied across subject-specific design boundaries. Studio methods for solving 3D geometric problems from technical drawings and models. Students create free-form curves, surfaces, and solids employed in interior design, fashion design, furniture design and digital fabrication using software such as Rhinoceros NURBS and digital fabrication equipment. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 201 or SOAD-A 201. (3 credit hours.)
    • Drawing techniques focusing on creative/inventive sketching and rendering for interior design. Both freehand and digital techniques will be explored. Students will use the language of drawing to improve the process of conceptual design, design development, visualization, and communication. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 202 or SOAD-D 202. (3 credit hours.)
    • Online course that examines topics related to green building design and technologies, including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and LEED Exam preparation. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 203 or SOAD-D 203. (3 credit hours.)
    • Survey of the history of design from prehistoric times to the Gothic era at three scales: architecture, interiors, and furniture design. Reviews the underlying concepts behind historically prominent work and the commonalities of design at different scales. Throughout the course, students cultivate their own visual memory to guide their design thinking and work. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 261 or SOAD-D 261. (3 credit hours.)
    • Survey of the history of design from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century at three scales: architecture, interiors, and furniture design. Reviews the underlying concepts behind historically prominent work and the commonalities of design at different scales. Throughout the course, students cultivate their own visual memory to guide their design thinking and work. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 262 or SOAD-D 262. (3 credit hours.)
    • Selected topics in an area of interior design. Topics will vary. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 9 credit hours in AMID-D 290 and SOAD-D 290. (1–3 credit hours.)
    • P: SOAD-D 264 or AMID-D 264 with a grade of C- or higher. Course fee required. Advanced CAD visualization for professional design practice: three-dimensional modeling and visualization, image processing, animation, and multimedia presentation. Credit given for only one of AMID-D 394 or SOAD-D 394. (3–4 credit hours.)
    • P: Consent of instructor. Advanced selected topics in an area of interior design. Topics will vary. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in AMID-D 485, AMID-D 490, and SOAD-D 485. (1–3 credit hours.)
    • P: SOAD-D 168 or AMID-D 168; and 6 additional credit hours in interior design (SOAD-D); and consent of instructor. Review, discussion, and evaluation of current trends and issues in interior design; analysis of research. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in AMID-D 480, AMID-X 490, and SOAD-X 490. (1–3 credit hours.)
  7. Art History. One (1) course from the .
    • A survey of major artists, styles, and movements in European and American art and architecture from the fifteenth century to the present. Credit given for only one of ARTH-A 102 or FINA-A 102. (3 credit hours.)
  8. GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:
    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.

Notes

  • * All interior design courses transferred from another institution or campus must be reviewed and accepted by an appropriate faculty member in the School of Art, Architecture + Design before they may be applied toward a major in interior design.

Bachelor of Science requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 36 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 3 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: See the CASE Foreign Language section
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: See the CASE Foreign Language section
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Choose from:
      • A single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework.
      • Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the first year of college-level coursework and BOTH of the following:
        • CASE Diversity in the United States: 1 course
        • CASE Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.