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Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design

Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 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 (65–67 with addenda), including the requirements listed below.
  1. Introductory Course. One (1) course:
    • SOAD-A 100 Pathways: Introduction to Art, Design and Merchandising
  2. Interior Design Studio.
    1. Beginning Studio. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-D 170 Interior Design Studio I
    2. Intermediate Studio.
      1. Intermediate Interior Architectural Design Studio 1. One (1) course:
        • SOAD-D 271 Interior Design Studio II
      2. Intermediate Interior Architectural Design Studio 2. One (1) course:
        • SOAD-D 272 Interior Design Studio III
    3. Advanced Studio.
      1. Global Context. Three (3) credit hours:
        • SOAD-D 374 Interior Design Vertical Studio
      2. Global Context and Contemporary Issues. Nine (9) additional credit hours:
        • 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.
    1. Digital Architectural Drawing. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-D 264 Digital Architectural Drawing
    2. Lighting Interior Spaces I. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-D 335 Lighting Interior Spaces I
    3. Lighting Interior Spaces II. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-D 336 Lighting Interior Spaces II
  4. Interior Design History and Theory.
    1. Design Methods. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-D 263 Design Methods
    2. Architectural Theories and Concepts. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-D 323 Design History III
    3. Architectural, Interior, and Furniture Design Studies. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-D 365 Architectural, Interior, and Furniture Design Studies
  5. Interior Design Practice.
    1. Materials and Components of Interior Design. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-D 267 Materials and Components of Interior Design
    2. Building Detailing and Systems. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-D 360 Building Detailing and Systems
    3. Professional Practices and Documentation in Interior Design. One (1) course:
      • SOAD-D 369 Professional Practices and Documentation in Interior Design
  6. Interior Design Electives. Six (6) credit hours
    • 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. Addenda Requirements*.
    1. Mathematics. One (1) course:
      • MATH-D 117 Introduction to Finite Mathematics II
      • MATH-J 113 Introduction to Calculus with Applications
      • MATH-M 106
      • MATH-M 118 Finite Mathematics
      • MATH-M 119 Brief Survey of Calculus I
      • MATH-M 211 Calculus I
      • MATH-S 118 Honors Finite Mathematics
      • MATH-S 211
      • MATH-V 118 Finite Mathematics with Applications (Approved topics: "FINITE & CONSUMER MATHEMATICS" (TPC 2); "FINITE MATH FOR SOCIAL & BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES" (TPC 1); "FINITE MATH IN ACTION" (TPC 3))
      • MATH-V 119 Applied Brief Calculus I (Approved topics: "BRIEF CALCULUS FOR THE LIFE SCIENCES" (TPC 1))
    2. Studio Art Courses. Six (6) credit hours:
      • SOAD-A 101 Creative Core: Color
      • SOAD-A 211 Cross-Disciplinary Workshops in Art, Design, and Merchandising
    3. Art History. One (1) course:
      • ARTH-A 102 Renaissance through Modern Art
  8. Major GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Major GPA. 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.
    2. Major Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    3. Major Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Major Residency. 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.

Major Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course at the 100–499 level with the SOAD-D subject area prefix—as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken—as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent—except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Minor in Interior Design Studies (INDSNSTMIN)

Exceptions to and substitutions for major requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.