Department of Design and Merchandising

The Interior Design program exemplifies the definition of the professional interior designer as qualified by education, experience, and examination to enhance the function and quality of life, increase productivity, and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. The program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Students seeking to apply to the Interior Design major at CSU first are admitted to CSU as Pre-Interior Design. All students who wish to be considered for admission to Interior Design 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 Design Scenario occurs annually in spring semester. See the Department of Design and Merchandising website 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 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 Interior Design department Academic Success Coordinator will work with Pre-Interior Design students and advise them on their current performance in relation to the possibility of their admission to Interior Design.

Faculty in the Interior 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 interior 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 design. Students engage in research-based problem solving, providing a solid transition from education to practice in a global community. An internship in interior design practice is required for graduation.

The Interior 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 design, computer-aided design and drafting, animation, multimedia, graphic visualization, interior design history, and sustainable practices.

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

Learning Outcomes

  • Interior 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 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 design. These processes include but are not limited to critical and creative thinking, communication, ethics, social responsibility and sustainability, collaborative and interdisciplinary.
  • 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 near and/or 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 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 Spring 2017

ART 100Introduction to the Visual Arts (GT-AH1)3B3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
CON 151Construction Materials and Methods 3
DM 192Design and Merchandising First Year Seminar 1
INTD 129Introduction to Interior Design 3
INTD 166Visual Communication-Sketching 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
Arts and Humanities3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A4
Electives 2
 Total Credits 31
INTD 210Interior Design Anatomy 3
INTD 235Interior Design Technologies 3
INTD 236Three-Dimensional Thinking 3
INTD 256Computer-Aided Design for Interior Designers 3
INTD 266Visual Communication-Multi-Media 3
INTD 276Interior Design I 3
INTD 350Codes-Health and Safety 3
Historical Perspectives3D3
Electives 6
 Total Credits 30
Select one course from the following: 3
Historic Textiles  
American Architectural History  
CON 371Mechanical and Plumbing Systems 3
INTD 330Lighting Design 3
INTD 340Interior Materials and Finishes 3
INTD 356Professional Communications-Interior Design4A3
INTD 359History of Interior Design 3
INTD 376Interior Design II 3
PSY 316Environmental Psychology 3
Advanced Writing23
Electives 3
 Total Credits 30
INTD 400Interior Design Research Proposal4B4
INTD 476Interior Design Project4C4
INTD 4871Internship 3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Upper-Division Electives 12
 Total Credits 29
 Program Total Credits: 120

Substitute experiences could include study abroad or independent study (service learning) with prior advisor approval.

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
First year students are identified as Pre‐Interior Design (INT0). Students who qualify for the Selective Advancement Design Scenario must have INTD 129, INTD 166 and a cumulative reported GPA of 2.500 or better to participate. 35‐40 students are selected to advance to the Second Year in Interior Design and majors are changed to Interior Design (INTD‐BS). The Interior Design major is a cohort program ‐ when students pass the Design Scenario, semesters 3, 4, 5, 6 ,7, and 8 are sequential.

Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ART 100Introduction to the Visual Arts (GT-AH1)  3B3
INTD 129Introduction to Interior DesignX  3
INTD 166Visual Communication-SketchingX  3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
DM 192Design and Merchandising First Year Seminar   1
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1) X1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1) X1B1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1) X1B1
INTD 129, INTD 166 are required for the Selective Advancement Design Scenario.X   
 Total Credits   16
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CON 151Construction Materials and MethodsX  3
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3) X3C3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A4
Elective   2
CO 150 and AUCC 1B (MATH) must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
INTD 210Interior Design AnatomyX  3
INTD 236Three-Dimensional ThinkingX  3
INTD 256Computer-Aided Design for Interior DesignersX  3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
Elective   3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
INTD 235Interior Design TechnologiesX  3
INTD 266Visual Communication-Multi-Media   3
INTD 276 (Must complete with grade of C or better.)Interior Design IX  3
INTD 350Codes-Health and Safety   3
Elective   3
PSY 100 must be completed by the end of Semester 4. X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CON 371Mechanical and Plumbing SystemsX  3
INTD 330Lighting DesignX  3
INTD 340Interior Materials and FinishesX  3
INTD 356Professional Communications-Interior Design X4A3
Select one course from the following:   3
Historic Textiles    
American Architectural History    
 Total Credits   15
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
INTD 359History of Interior Design   3
INTD 376 (Must complete with grade of C or better.)Interior Design IIX  3
PSY 316Environmental Psychology   3
Advanced Writing  23
Elective   3
INTD 356 must be completed by the end of Semester 6.X   
 Total Credits   15
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
INTD 400 (Must complete with grade of C or better.)Interior Design Research ProposalX 4B4
INTD 487Internship   3
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Upper-Division Electives   6
 Total Credits   16
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
INTD 476Interior Design ProjectX 4C4
Biological and Physical SciencesX 3A3
Upper-Division ElectivesX  6
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of studyX   
 Total Credits   13
 Program Total Credits:   120