About the Program
The interior design B.F.A. degree offers students a specialized studio-oriented education in preparation for advanced or graduate studies, or for beginning careers as professional interior designers. Students gain a thorough knowledge of design processes and technical skills, including computer-aided design and traditional drafting and rendering. Construction methods, lighting design, materials specification, and color use are emphasized to support specializations within the major. Studios offer design exploration in spatial experimentation, residential design, retail design, public buildings, office planning, and industry standards for sustainable design principles, and culminates in the Undergraduate Thesis Project.
Interior design graduates are prepared for careers in independent practice and employment in interior design and architectural firms, institutions, corporations, and other settings. Following completion of this program, plus two years interior design work experience, students are eligible to apply and sit for the professional, nationally recognized NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) licensing exam. They may then apply for a “Certified Interior Designer” designation and the right to practice in New York State.
The Interior Design Department is committed to the intellectual, personal, and professional growth of the students. Through varied and increasingly complex coursework, coupled with a strong community-based project component, the students and faculty have and will continue to enhance the region in terms of residential, health care, and commercial designs, as well as culturally sensitive and public-interest projects. These projects connect the students, faculty, and community in a dynamic relationship, inspire students to expand their horizons, and create life-long learners. The program is rigorous and comprehensive, resulting in professional and innovative designers actively sought after by regional and national employers.
1. Successful completion of the Skills Competency Exam following IDE 151, IDE 152, and IDE 153. The one-day exam evaluates entry-level ability to visualize, design, and communicate spatial solutions to a simple problem through scaled drafting, rendering, and model-building.
2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6 after the freshman year.
3. Transfer Students: Acceptance to the major is determined after reviewing a portfolio of work during an interview with the chair of the Interior Design Department; transcripts are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Intellectual Foundations Requirements 39–66 cr
Total Required Credit Hours in Interior Design 81 cr
A. Common Foundations Courses
DES 101 Introduction to Design 2D I
FAR 101 Drawing I
FAR 104 Themes and Issues in the Contemporary Arts
B. Interior Design Major Courses
DES 312W History of Craft: Industrial Revolution to the Present
FAR 250 Art History I
FAR 251 Art History II
FTT 206 Introduction to Textiles or DES 242 Fibers I
IDE 101 Introduction to Interior Design
IDE 151 Mechanical and Perspective Drawing
IDE 152 Introduction to Color Rendering
IDE 153 Spatial Explorations and Model Building
IDE 201 Interior Design I
IDE 202 Construction Fundamentals I
IDE 203 Furniture Theory and Application
IDE 204 Materials and Color
IDE 251 Interior Design II
IDE 252 Construction Fundamentals II
IDE 301 Interior Design III
IDE 302 Computer Applications for Interior Design
IDE 303 Interior Detailing
IDE 351 Interior Design IV
IDE 352 AutoCAD for Interior Designers
IDE 353 Interior Design Professional Practice and Specifications
IDE 401 Interior Design V
IDE 402 Lighting Design
IDE 451 Interior Design VI
IDE 488 Internship
Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr