Jun 24, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Interior Design (B.S.)

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Program:  Bachelor of Science
Department of Art and Design   
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Visual Arts Building 117 ~ 260-481-6705

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Upon completing their degree, B.S. graduates will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
  • Understand the basic principles and applications of design and color in two and three dimensions, particularly with regard to human response and behavior. Design principles include, but are not limited to, an understanding of basic visual elements and principles of organization and expression.
  • Apply their knowledge of design and color principles in a wide variety of residential and nonresidential projects. This requires an in-depth knowledge of the aesthetic properties of structure and surface, space and scale, materials, furniture, artifacts, textiles, lighting and the ability to research and solve problems creatively in ways that pertain to the function, quality and effect of specific interior programs.  Knowledge of human factors and theories of human behavior related to the built environment that can inform interior design.
  • Develop design solutions that pertain to the functional and behavioral requirements of specific interior design problems. Students are expected to synthesize the design solutions by using materials, furniture, textiles, color, lighting and space planning. This requires that students understand the technical issues of human factors, including areas such as programming, environmental control systems, anthropometrics, ergonomics and proximities. The ability to integrate human factor considerations with design elements is essential.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the technical aspects of construction and building systems and energy conservation, as well as working knowledge of legal codes and regulations related to construction, environmental systems and human health and safety, and the ability to apply such knowledge appropriately in specific projects.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate concepts and requirements to the broad spectrum of professionals and clients involved or potentially involved with interior design projects. Such communication involves verbal, written and representational media in both two and three dimensions, and encompasses a range from initial sketch to finished design.
  • Demonstrate functional knowledge of production elements such as installation procedures, project management and specification of materials and equipment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of art, architecture, decorative arts and interior design.
  • Demonstrate functional knowledge of basic business practices and ethical practices in interior design.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of research theories and methodologies related to or concerned with interior design.

Demonstrate the ability to apply their learning and become oriented to the working profession, through field experience, internships or participation in interior design organizations.


  • The Department of Art and Design is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Program Delivery:

  • Department of Art and Design courses are offered on campus, with some distance and hybrid course offerings. 

Declaring this major - B.S. Interior Design

  • The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Interior Design 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.

The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design program requires 120 credit hours. The curriculum includes Purdue University Fort Wayne general education requirements and core courses in interior design principles, space planning, furniture and interior design history, computer graphics and modeling, professional practice and sequential design studio courses at different levels. Two sequential senior studio courses with the 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 many other different type of projects. You must earn a grade of C- or better in each required INTR course, and complete the requirements are listed below:

General Requirements:

Specific admission requirements for program – See “Declaring this major” above.

General Education Requirements Credits: 33

  • Click on the General Education  Requirements link for details
  • A grade of C- or higher is required in each course used to satisfy the Purdue Fort Wayne General Education Requirements.  Courses may be retaken if minimum grade requirement is not met.
  • Cat A - STAT 12500 or MA 15300
  • Cat A - ENGL 13100
  • Cat A - COM 11400 or THTR 11400
  • Cat A - ENGL 23202
  • Cat B - Social/Behavioral - PSY 12000
  • Cat B - Humanistic/Artistic - AD 11100

Interior Design Content Field: Credits 87

Minimum Grade Requirements

Students must have a minimum grade of C- or better on all classes for credit towards their degree. Classes below a C- grade may be retaken for a qualifying grade as needed.

Credit By Self-Acquired Competency

Credit by Self-Acquired Competency is at the discretion of the department and evaluated on an individual basis.

Self-Paced Courses

Independent study classes are sometimes available and at the discretion of both the course instructor and chair of the department.

Total Credits: 120

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career.  All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.

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