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Interior Design BFA

Semester Requirements

Heidi Tomkiewicz, Program Chair
(585) 281-1885, hstfaa@rit.edu

http://cias.rit.edu/design

Program overview

Interior design is the creative integration of form, materials, function, and aesthetics within interior space. Students develop an understanding of, and sensitivity to, history, future technology, environment, economics, architecture, and societal needs by exploring projects that develop aesthetic understanding, technical proficiencies, and preparation for professional certification and licensing. The program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

The school maintains memberships in a variety of professional organizations, including Industrial Designers Society of America, ACM Siggraph, Society of Environmental Graphic Designers, American Society of Interior Designers, American Institute of Architects, ICOGRADA, American Institute of Graphic Arts, and International Interior Design Association.

Curriculum

The BFA in interior design integrates major courses, studio and open electives, the liberal arts, and art/design history. Computer skills, design perspectives, career preparation, and exposure to the related areas of publishing, photography, engineering, and information technology are integrated into the curriculum.

Interior design, BFA degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
FDTN-121 2D Design I 3
FDTN-131 3D Design I 3
FDTN-111 Drawing I 3
ARTH -135 LAS Perspective 1: Survey of Western Art and Architecture I 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
FDTN-122 2D Design II 3
FDTN-132 3D Design II 3
INDE-112 Design Drawing I 3
ARTH -136 LAS Perspective 2: Survey of Western Art and Architecture II 3
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
INDE-201 Introduction to Interior Design 3
INDE-202 Design Drawing II 3
INDE-203 Digital Graphics (SMTL) 3
  Studio Electives‡ 6
  LAS Perspectives 3 3
INDE-222 Design Issues 3
INDE-207 Color and Lighting 3
INDE-212 Hospitality Design 3
  LAS Perspectives 4 3
Third Year
ARTH-345 Introduction to Design History I 3
INDE-301 Office Design 3
INDE-303 Materials and Specifications 3
  Studio Electives‡ 6
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
ARTH-346 Introduction to Design History II 3
INDE-302 Retail Design 3
INDE-304 Building Systems 3
Fourth Year
INDE-401 Multi-Story/Purpose Design 4
INDE-405 Business Practices and Career Planning (WI) 3
INDE-407 Contract Documents 4
  LAS Immersion 3 3
  Free Electives 9
INDE-402 Special Projects 3
INDE-403 Health Care Design 3
  LAS Elective (SMTL) 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 122

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

(SMTL) Refers to science, math, technical literacy requirement.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

‡ Studio elective courses are those designated with studio/lab hours listed in the course description.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

Interior design is the creative integration of form, materials, function, and aesthetics within interior space. Students develop an understanding of, and sensitivity to, history, future technology, environment, economics, architecture, and societal needs by exploring projects that develop aesthetic understanding, technical proficiencies, and preparation for professional certification and licensing. The program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

The school maintains memberships in a variety of professional organizations, including Industrial Designers Society of America, ACM Siggraph, Society of Environmental Graphic Designers, American Society of Interior Designers, American Institute of Architects, ICOGRADA, American Institute of Graphic Arts, and International Interior Design Association.

Curriculum

The BFA program in interior design integrates major courses, studio and open electives, the liberal arts, and art/design history. Computer skills, design perspectives, career preparation, and exposure to the related areas of publishing, photography, engineering, and information technology are integrated into the curriculum.

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Interior design, BFA degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  Freshman Electives 4
Choose one of the following: 2
   2010-211    Vector Imaging    
   2010-216    Raster Imaging  
2013-211, 212, 213 Drawing I, II, III 9
2013-231, 232, 233 2D Design I, II, III 9
2013-241, 242, 243 3D Design I, II, III 9
2015-222 Design Survey 2
  Liberal Arts* 12
1720-050, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
2039-225, 226, 227 Survey of Western Art and Architecture I, II, III 9
2015-305 Architectural Drawing 3
2015-306 Perspective Drawing 3
2015-307 Introduction to Interior Design 3
2015-308 Computer-Aided Design Applications 3
2015-311 Model Building and Human Dimension 3
  Studio Electives 9-12
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Wellness Education† 0
Third Year
2039-306, 307, 308 History of Architecture and Furniture 9
2015-404 Hospitality Design 3
2015-405 Application of Color and Light 3
2015-406 Retail Design 3
2015-407 Building Construction Systems 3
2015-408 Office Design and Planning 3
2015-409 Interior Specifications 3
  Studio Electives 9
  Liberal Arts* 12
Fourth Year
2015-504 Multipurpose/Multistory Design 4
2015-505 Building Codes and Regulations 2
2015-506 Environmental Control Applications 3
2015-507 Healthcare Design 4
2015-508 Interior Design Business Practices 2
2015-509 Career Planning 2
2015-510 Working Drawings 4
2015-511 Special Projects 3
  Open Electives 18-24
Total Quarter Credit Hours 193

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ Additional special topics courses may be required.

Interior design, BFA degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
FDTN-121 2D Design I 3
FDTN-131 3D Design I 3
FDTN-111 Drawing I 3
ARTH -135 LAS Perspective 1: Survey of Western Art and Architecture I 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
FDTN-122 2D Design II 3
FDTN-132 3D Design II 3
INDE-112 Design Drawing I 3
ARTH -136 LAS Perspective 2: Survey of Western Art and Architecture II 3
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
INDE-201 Introduction to Interior Design 3
INDE-202 Design Drawing II 3
INDE-203 Digital Graphics (SMTL) 3
  Studio Electives† 6
  LAS Perspectives 3 3
INDE-222 Design Issues 3
INDE-207 Color and Lighting 3
INDE-212 Hospitality Design 3
  LAS Perspectives 4 3
Third Year
ARTH-345 Introduction to Design History I 3
INDE-301 Office Design 3
INDE-303 Materials and Specifications 3
  Studio Electives† 6
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
ARTH-346 Intro Design History II 3
INDE-302 Retail Design 3
INDE-304 Building Systems 3
Fourth Year
INDE-401 Multi-Story/Purpose Design 4
INDE-405 Business Practices and Career Planning (WI) 3
INDE-407 Contract Documents 4
  LAS Immersion 3 3
  Free Electives 9
INDE-402 Special Projects 3
INDE-403 Health Care Design 3
  LAS Elective (SMTL) 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 122

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

(SMTL) Refers to science, math, technical literacy requirement.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† Studio slective courses are those designated with studio/lab hours listed in the course description