The Interior Architecture and Design program exemplifies the definition of the professional designer as qualified by education, experience, and examination to design interior environments that enhance the function and quality of life, increase productivity, and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Academic preparation is grounded in research-based problem solving and experiential education through studio instruction, service learning, and internships that encompass variety of cultural, environmental, and historic perspectives. The program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), recognizing the highest academic standards established by the profession.

Students seeking to apply to the Interior Architecture and Design major at CSU first are admitted to CSU as Pre-Interior Architecture and Design. All students who wish to be considered for admission to Interior Architecture and Design major will be required to complete the Interior Design Scenario. Selective advancement into the major is based on the score received at the Interior Design Scenario determined by external reviewers who assess student competencies in writing, drawing, problem solving, and conceptual frameworks. A cohort of approximately 40 students is selected upon completion of the Interior Design Scenario. The Interior Design Scenario occurs annually in spring semester. See the Department of Design and Merchandising for more information regarding the Interior Design Scenario.

In order to participate in the Interior Design Scenario students must have the following:

  • GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Completion of or current enrollment in INTD 110, INTD 129 and INTD 166 or equivalent. Equivalent courses from other institutions must be approved at least two weeks prior to the Interior Design Scenario by the Interior Design transfer advisor.

The Design and Merchandising department Academic Success Coordinator will work with Pre-Interior Architecture and Design students and advise them on their current performance in relation to the possibility of their admission to Interior Architecture and Design.

Faculty in the Interior Architecture and Design program value learning as a collaborative effort inviting diversity, design research as a basis for excellence in design practice, and new models for learning to respond to new ways of working. The program guides students toward becoming dedicated professional designers who have strong communication skills, are active as team players and creative problem solvers, and who make a positive impact in the practice of interior architecture and design. Students engage in research-based problem solving, providing a solid transition from education to practice in a global community. An internship in interior architecture / interior design practice is required for graduation.

The Interior Architecture and Design graduate will learn the entirety of the design process, beginning with assessment of client needs through design programming, development of alternative design solutions, development of conceptual and theoretical frameworks, selection of furniture and finish materials, construction documentation, core compliance, and contract administration including project management and post-occupancy evaluation methodologies. In addition, students take course work in construction/ building systems and codes, business principles in interior architecture and design, computer-aided design and drafting, building information modeling, animation, multimedia, graphic visualization, history of architecture and interiors, and sustainable practices.

The teaching facilities include design studios; display, resource, and critique spaces; and computer labs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Interior Architecture and Design core skills will include but are not limited to: applications of history and culture; space and form; color and light; fixtures, equipment, and finish materials; environmental systems; building systems, and interior construction; technology; and regulations.
  • Students in the Interior Architecture and Design major will be able to assess and synthesize multiple factors in creating/producing quality products, services, and design solutions. The factors will address human, design, industry and business, global, science and technology sensitivities.
  • Students will be able to describe their understanding of multiple processes that are involved in the practice of interior architecture and design. These processes include but are not limited to critical and creative thinking, communication, ethics, social responsibility and sustainability, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Students will distinguish and demonstrate qualities of professionalism and business practice that contribute to the industry, and advance the value of their knowledge to the interior built environments.
  • Students will enroll in Internships credits at least one semester before graduation.
  • Students who engage in co-curricular learning experiences will have the opportunity to network with industry professionals, engage in project based learning experiences, assist with department recruiting events and new student orientations, and attend a variety of leadership events.

Potential Occupations

Students are prepared as entry-level interior architects/ interior designers with competency in design fundamentals, space planning and programming, code compliance, lighting, materials research, project management, and professional practices in the design of diverse interior spaces.

Graduates seek employment in interior design and architecture firms as residential, corporate, retail, health care, institutional, education, and hospitality designers. Graduates also work in lighting design, product development, marketing, research, design-related journalism, illustration, facility management, showroom management, and as manufacturers’ representatives.

Effective Fall 2018

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
First year students are identified as Pre‐Interior Architecture and Design (IAD0). Students who qualify for the Selective Advancement Design Scenario must have INTD 110 ,  INTD 129INTD 166 and a cumulative reported GPA of 2.500 or better to participate. All majors in the program must earn a minimum grade of C in the studio course sequence to advance to the next studio (i.e., INTD 210, INTD 276, INTD 310, INTD 376, INTD 410).

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
CON 151Construction Materials and Methods 3
DM 192Design and Merchandising First Year Seminar 1
INTD 110Visual Expression of Interior Environments (GT-AH1)3B,3B3
INTD 129Introduction-Interior Architecture Design 3
INTD 166Visual Communication-Drawing 3
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)1B1
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)3C3
Select one course from the following: 3
Introduction to the Visual Arts (GT-AH1)3B 
Introduction to Landscape Architecture3B 
Biological and Physical Sciences3A4
Elective 1
 Total Credits 30
Sophomore
 
INTD 210Studio I-Interior Architecture and Design 3
INTD 266Visual Communication-Digital Multi-Media 3
INTD 276Studio II-Interior Architecture and Design 3
Focus Area1 9
Advanced Writing23
Historical Perspectives3D3
Electives 6
 Total Credits 30
Junior
 
INTD 310Studio III-Interior Architecture and Design 4
INTD 330Lighting Design 3
INTD 335Interior Architecture and Design Technologies 3
INTD 340Interior Materials and Products 3
INTD 350Codes-Health and Safety 3
INTD 359History of Interior Architecture and Design 3
INTD 376Studio IV-Interior Architecture and Design 4
INTD 410Evidence-based Design Theory4A3
Select one course from the following: 3
Historic Textiles  
American Architectural History  
Elective 3
 Total Credits 32
Senior
 
INTD 456Communications - Interior Architecture4B3
INTD 476Capstone-Interior Architecture4C4
INTD 4872Internship 12
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Elective3 3
 Total Credits 28
 Program Total Credits: 120

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
First year students are identified as Pre‐Interior Architecture and Design (IAD0). Students who qualify for the Selective Advancement Design Scenario must have INTD 110INTD 129, INTD 166 and a cumulative reported GPA of 2.500 or better to participate. Approximately 40 students are selected to advance to the Second Year and majors are changed to Interior Architecture and Design (IARD‐BS). The IARD-BS major is a cohort program ‐ after students pass the Design Scenario, semesters 3, 4, 5, 6 ,7, and 8 are sequential.

All majors in the program must earn a minimum grade of C in the studio course sequence to advance to the next studio (i.e., INTD 210INTD 276INTD 310INTD 376INTD 410).

Students must complete a 12-credit internship prior to graduation. For students who are unable to participate in an internship, substitute experiences could include study abroad or elective courses or independent study (service learning) with advisor approval.

In addition to required courses in the major, students must meet one of the focus area criteria from the categories listed below, or another category with advisor approval:

  1. 9 credits from one subject code;
  2. a Certificate;
  3. a Minor;
  4. an Interdisciplinary Minor;
  5. a second Major

Focus Area Categories:

  • Art History
  • Construction Management
  • Design Thinking (new certificate proposal)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Gerontology
  • Global Environmental Sustainability
  • Graphic Design
  • Media Studies
  • Merchandising
  • Real Estate
  • Psychology
Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
DM 192Design and Merchandising First Year Seminar   1
INTD 110Visual Expression of Interior Environments (GT-AH1)X 3B,3B3
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1) X1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1) X1B1
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3) X3C3
Select one course from the following:   3
Introduction to the Visual Arts (GT-AH1)  3B 
Introduction to Landscape Architecture  3B 
INTD 110 Required for selective advancementX   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CON 151Construction Materials and MethodsX  3
INTD 129Introduction-Interior Architecture DesignX  3
INTD 166Visual Communication-DrawingX  3
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)  1B1
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A4
Elective   1
CO 150 and AUCC 1B (MATH) must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
INTD 129 and INTD 166 required for selective advancement.X   
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
INTD 210Studio I-Interior Architecture and DesignX  3
INTD 266Visual Communication-Digital Multi-Media X 3
Individualized Focus Area Electives (See Major Requirements Tab.)   6
Elective   3
INTD 266 must be completed by the end of Semester 3.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
INTD 276Studio II-Interior Architecture and DesignX  3
Individualized Focus Area Elective (See Major Requirements Tab.)   3
Advanced Writing  23
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Elective   3
PSY 100 must be completed by the end of Semester 4. X   
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
INTD 310Studio III-Interior Architecture and DesignX  4
INTD 330Lighting DesignX  3
INTD 335Interior Architecture and Design Technologies   3
INTD 350Codes-Health and SafetyX  3
Select one course from the following: X 3
Historic Textiles    
American Architectural History    
 Total Credits   16
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
INTD 340Interior Materials and ProductsX  3
INTD 359History of Interior Architecture and Design X 3
INTD 376Studio IV-Interior Architecture and DesignX  4
INTD 410Evidence-based Design TheoryX 4A3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   16
Senior
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
INTD 456Communications - Interior Architecture  4B3
INTD 476Capstone-Interior ArchitectureX 4C4
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
INTD 487InternshipX  12
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   12
 Program Total Credits:   120