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Interior Design BFA degree

Mary Golden, Undergraduate Program Director
585-475-7893, megfaa@rit.edu

Program overview

Interior designers, experts in space planning and interior architectural environments, enhance the way people live, work, heal, prosper and play. Interior design is a user-centered discipline; it explores the relationship between people and their physical surroundings.

RIT’s comprehensive interior design major synthesizes design history, building structure and systems, space planning, and design process with a consciousness of global affairs to create unique, meaningful environments. Experienced, certified professionals promote relevant skills that allow students to address today’s design issues.

Our International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Campus Center facilitates networking and interaction with industry professionals. The world-renowned Vignelli Center for Design Studies serves as an invaluable resource for understanding the process and product of design by the world’s most acclaimed designers. Dedicated studio and lecture spaces provide students with the freedom to interact with peers and faculty one-on-one, fostering teamwork and collaboration.

We mentor students with a consciousness for global affairs and today’s design challenges so that they may contribute to the profession with a deep-rooted understanding of society, culture, and environment. By maximizing an array of academic and professional opportunities, our graduates are reshaping how we live in the world.  

Plan of study

The interior design major 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.

Accreditation

The program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

Curriculum

Interior design, BFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
INDE-101 Introduction to Interior Design 3
FDTN-121 2D Design I 3
FDTN-131 3D Design I 3
FDTN-111 Drawing I 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   FDTN-132    3D Design II  
   FDTN-232    3D Design Workshop  
INDE-135 LAS Perspective 2 (artistic): History of Western Art: Ancient to Medieval 3
INDE-136 LAS Perspective 3 (global): History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern 3
INDE-102 Design Drawing I 3
ACSC-010 Year One 0
  First Year Writing (WI) 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Choose one of the following: 3
     LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry)  
     LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles)  
     LAS Perspective 7 (mathematical)  
Second Year
INDE-201 Introduction to Interior Design II 3
INDE-202 Design Drawing II 3
INDE-203 Digital Graphics 3
INDE-222 Design Issues (WI) 3
INDE-207 Color and Lighting Theory 3
INDE-212 Hospitality Design 3
  CAD Studio Electives† 6
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
  LAS Perspective 4 (social) 3
Third Year
INDE-345 History of Architecture, Interiors, and Furniture I 3
INDE-346 History of Architecture, Interiors, and Furniture II 3
INDE-301 Office Design 3
INDE-303 Materials and Specifications 3
INDE-302 Exhibition and Merchandising Design 3
INDE-304 Building Systems 3
  CAD Studio Electives† 6
  LAS Immersion 1 (WI), 2 6
Fourth Year
INDE-401 Multi-Story/Multi-Purpose Design 4
INDE-405 Business Practices and Career Planning 3
INDE-407 Contract Documents 4
INDE-402 Special Projects 3
INDE-403 Health Care Design 3
  LAS Immersion 3 3
  Free Electives 9
  LAS Elective  3
Total Semester Credit Hours 122

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

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

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

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

Admission requirements

Freshman Admission

For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.

Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations

• Studio art experience and a portfolio of original artwork are required for all programs in the schools of Art and Design. A portfolio must be submitted. View Portfolio Guidelines for more information. 

SAT (EBRW+M)
1160 - 1320

ACT Composite
25-31

Transfer Admission

Transfer course recommendations without associate degree

Courses in studio art, art history, and liberal arts. A portfolio of original artwork is required to determine admissions, studio art credit, and year level in the program. View Portfolio Guidelines for more information.

Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer

Related programs or studio art experience in desired disciplines. A portfolio of original artwork is required to determine admissions, studio art credit, and year level in the program. View Portfolio Guidelines for more information. Summer courses can lead to third-year status in most programs.

Additional information

Professional memberships

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




Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this program's information from the retired quarter calendar

Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted 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)

Course Qtr. 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

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
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