May 22, 2022  
2012-2013 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Interior Design (B.S.)

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Program: B.S.
Department of Manufacturing & Construction Engineering Technology and Interior Design
College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science Building 221 ~ 260-481-4127 ~

The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:

  •  Students are able to advance their learning.
    • Be able to interact with multiple disciplines
    • Have exposure to a variety of business
    • Have opportunities for design work experience
  • Students have the attitudes, traits, and values of professional responsibility, accountability, and effectiveness.
    • Have professional ethics and the role of ethics in the practice of interior design.
    • Have environmental ethics and the role of sustainability in the practice of interior design.
    • Have a global perspective and approach to thinking and problem solving.
    •  Have critical, analytical, and strategic thinking abilities.
    •  Be able to have creative thinking (exhibit a variety of ideas, approaches, concepts with originality and elaboration).
    •  Have the ability to think visually and volumetrically.
    •  Have professional discipline skills (for example, time management, organizational skills).
    • Have active listening skills leading to effective interpretation of requirements .
  • Students have a foundation in the fundamentals of art and design; theories of design, green design, and human behavior; and discipline-related history.
    • Be able to utilize design elements (for example, space, line, mass, shape, texture) and principles (for example, scale, proportion, balance, rhythm, emphasis, harmony, variety).
    • Be able to utilize color principles, theories, and systems (for example, additive and subtractive color; color-mixing; hue, value, and intensity; the relationship of light and color).
    • Be able to utilize theories of design and design composition.
    • Understanding principles of lighting design (for example, color, quality, sources, use).
    • Understanding of theories of human behavior in interior environments.
    • Understanding of principles and theories of sustainability.
    • Understanding of the history of art, architecture, interior and finishes.
  • Students understand and apply the knowledge, skills, process, and theories of interior design.
    • Apply 2-dimensional design elements and principles in interior design projects.
    • Apply 3-dimensional design elements and principles to the development of the spatial envelope (for example, volumes of space, visual continuity and balance, visual passages, interconnecting elements).
    • Select and apply color in interior design projects.
    • Have programming skills.
    • Have competent schematic design, concept development, and problem solving skills.
    • Have competent design development skills.
    • Have competent skills in preparing drawings, schedules, and specifications as an integrated system of contract documents, appropriate to project size and scope and sufficiently extensive to show how design solutions and interior construction are related.
    • Have design development skills.
  • Students communicate effectively.
    • Be competent in drafting and lettering, both manual and computer-aided techniques.
    • Be competent in illustrative sketching.
    • Be competent in presentation of color, materials, and furnishings (for example, sample boards, collages, mock-ups, digital representations).
    • Be able to express ideas clearly in oral presentations and critiques.
    • Be able to communicate clearly in writing (using correct spelling, grammar, and syntax) in specifications, schedules, and contracts and other business-related documents such as project programs, concept statements, reports, research papers, resumes, and correspondence.
    • Be able to render by any medium, manual or computer-generated, that successfully communicates the design intent.
    • Be able to communicate 3-dimensional space and form, such as in perspectives, pralines, and models (computer-generated or manual).
    • Have the ability to apply the metric system to design work.
    • Be able to communicate through alternative presentation techniques (for example, audio, electronic, film, photography, slides, video).
  • Students are able to design within the context of building systems. Students are able to use appropriate materials and products.
    • Understanding that design solutions affect and are impacted by construction system and method, mechanical, electrical, plumbing/HAVC and other systems.
    • Be able to select and apply materials and products appropriately on the basis of their properties and performance criteria.
    • Have the knowledge of sources for materials and products.
    • Understanding of the concept of sustainable building methods and materials.
    • Have the knowledge of installation methods (for example, carpet, resilient flooring, wall covering).
    • Understanding material maintenance requirements.
  • Students are able to apply the laws, codes, regulations, standards, and practices that protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
    • Understanding of the impact of fire and life safety principles on space planning.
    • Have the ability of appropriate application of codes and regulations, barrier-free design guidelines, ergonomic and human factors data.
    • Understanding of the impact on health and welfare of indoor air quality, noise and lighting.
    • Demonstrate understanding of universal design concepts and principles.
  • Students have a foundation in business and professional practice.
    • Understanding of project management practices.
    • Have the knowledge of certification, licensing, and registration requirements and professional design organizations.
    • Understanding of basic business computer applications (for example, word processing, spreadsheets).
    • Have the knowledge of business processes (for example, marketing, strategic planning, and accounting procedures).

This program prepares graduates to work as interior design professionals providing creative and technical service as well as project management for both commercial and residential projects. These projects include health care project, educational project, retail project, single family home and many other projects. This program is open to freshman who will complete an associate degree in interior design in two years and move to the bachelor degree program. Program elective courses allow students to develop a specialty area in theatre design or commercial equipment and kitchen design. Through the two sequential senior cap stone courses, students will graduate with a specialty in one of the following areas: residential design, special populations - aging, healthcare design, education design, hotel design, restaurant design, or corrections design.

To earn the B.S. with a major in interior design, you must satisfy the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8 ), the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (see Part 4 ), and the A.S. degree program. You must earn a grade of C or better in each required INTR course, and complete the requirements listed below:

IPFW General Education Requirements

Area II—Natural and Physical Sciences Credits: 3

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area III—The Individual, Culture, and Society Credits: 3

Area IV—Humanistic Thought Credits: 3

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area V—Artistic Expression Credits: 3

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Area VI—Inquiry and Analysis Credits: 3

See Part 2 General Education Requirements for approved courses 

Core and Concentration (Major) Courses (36 credits)

  • Interior Design Electives Credits: 6
    (department-approved courses)

  • Interdisciplinary Design Topic Credits: 3
    (department-approved courses)

  • Leadership/Communication Elective Credits: 3
    (department-approved courses)

Total Credits: 60

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