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4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Bloomington
English
Fall

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Interior Design

The BS degree in Interior Design integrates knowledge from the arts and the physical, social, and business sciences with behavioral and technical studies in textiles, apparel, furniture, and interior design. The interior design program is a CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) accredited program that addresses the multidisciplinary design process used in the creation of interior space. This curriculum emphasizes the relationships between the aesthetic, behavioral, and technological concerns in the creation of responsive interior environments. Career opportunities are available in commercial and residential interior design firms, architectural firms, facilities management, retail furniture establishments, government and community agencies, and private design studios. Majors in this program can also prepare for advanced degrees in related areas of design, such as architecture, facilities management, or environmental design.

Admission requirements

First-year admission standards

High school curriculum & equivalency prerequisites

  • 8 credits (semesters) of English, such as literature, grammar, or composition
  • 7 credits (semesters) of mathematics, including:
    • 4 credits of algebra and 2 credits of geometry (or an equivalent 6 credits of integrated algebra and geometry)
    • 1 credit of pre-calculus, trigonometry, or calculus
  • 6 credits (semesters) of social sciences, including:
    • 2 credits of U.S. history
    • 2 credits of world history/civilization/geography
    • 2 additional credits in government, economics, sociology, history, or similar topics
  • 6 credits (semesters) of sciences, including at least 4 credits of laboratory sciences: biology, chemistry, or physics
  • 4 credits (semesters) of world languages
  • 3 or more credits (semesters) of additional college-preparatory courses
    • Additional mathematics credits are recommended for students intending to pursue a science degree
    • Additional world language credits are recommended for all students

Average high school GPA

3.90 (out of 4.0)

Secondary school graduation requirement

You need to complete the equivalent of U.S. high school. Many education systems call this upper secondary school. It includes all course components and examinations required for graduation.

If you are homeschooled or attend an alternative school, you need to submit credentials that demonstrate equivalent levels of achievement and ability.

Demonstration of English proficiency

IU Bloomington requires all nonnative English-speaking international undergraduate applicants to demonstrate English proficiency.

For more information about admission requirements in each IU school, please contact the institute.


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Program content

Year One

Fall Term

  • IUB GenEd Foundations: Mathematical Modeling
  • IUB GenEd Foundations: English Composition
  • Major requirement: Pathways: Introduction to Art, Design and Merchandising
  • Major requirement: Beginning Interior Architectural Design Studio
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Foreign Language

Spring Term

  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Critical Approaches
  • Major requirement: Digital Architectural Drawing
  • Major requirement: Creative Core: Color
  • Major requirement: Art History course
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Foreign Language

Year Two

Fall Term

  • Major requirement: Intermediate Interior Architectural Design Studio 1
  • Major Requirement: Design Methods
  • Major requirement: Cross-Disciplinary Workshops
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Public Oral Communication
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Foreign Language

Spring Term

  • Major Requirement: Intermediate Interior Architectural Design Studio 2
  • Major requirement: Architectural Theories and Concepts
  • Major Requirement: Materials & Components of Interior Design
  • IUB GenEd Breadth of Inquiry: Natural and Mathematical Sciences
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Foreign Language

Year Three

Fall Term

  • Major requirement: Advanced Interior Architectural Design Studio: Global Context
  • Major requirement: Architectural, Interior, and Furniture Design Studies
  • Major requirement: Architectural Documentation
  • IUB GenEd Breadth of Inquiry: Social and Historical Studies
  • IUB GenEd Breadth of Inquiry: Natural and Mathematical Sciences: Natural Science

Spring Term

  • Major requirement: Advanced Interior Architectural Design Studio: Contemporary Issues
  • Major requirement: Lighting Interior Spaces I
  • Major requirement: Lighting Interior Spaces II
  • Major requirement: Interior Design Elective 1
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Arts and Humanities
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Social and Historical Studies

Year Four

Fall Term

  • Major requirement: Advanced Interior Architectural Design Studio: Global Context
  • Major requirement: Professional Practices in Interior Design
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Arts and Humanities
  • College of Arts and Sciences (CASE) Intensive Writing course
  • Upper-Level Elective

Spring Term

  • Major requirement: Advanced Interior Architectural Design Studio: Contemporary Issues
  • Major requirement: Interior Design Elective 2
  • Upper-Level Elective
  • Upper-Level Elective

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, please contact the university for more information.

Tuition

  • Indiana residents: $11,332 per year
  • Non-residents: $38,352 per year

Qualification

Credits:120

Through the major

The major in Interior Design provides you with a set of skills and qualities that are relevant and transferable to many areas of study and work. These include:

  • Problem solving and design thinking: identify problems, such as client and community needs, and develop means to address the problems
  • Specific disciplinary skills: understand and communicate visually and in written formats, develop critical visual communication skills, and be able to connect these in relevant ways to knowledge from other fields
  • Persuasive writing skills: interact with and inform both experts and non-experts to communicate your own and your group's design concepts through oral and written presentations
  • Critical thinking and source analysis: utilize both primary and secondary sources, evaluating cultural artifacts and texts in their historical contexts
  • Independent research: develop evidence-based arguments, defend your own position, and make informed oral and written presentations
  • Communication and leadership: inform and interact, both orally and in writing, with experts and non-specialists

Through a College of Arts and Sciences degree

Your coursework provides many opportunities to develop the following five foundational skills that will serve you well in every career path:

  • Question critically
  • Think logically
  • Communicate clearly
  • Act creatively
  • Live ethically

These foundational skills will aid you in landing your first job and advancing professionally throughout your working life. Not only are these the skills that employers say they value most in the workplace, they provide the best preparation for lifelong success in a world of complexity, uncertainty, and change.

Career paths

Long-term destinations for graduates include positions in many job sectors including: interior design, architecture, furniture design, construction, residential design services, facilities management, real estate, product sales, marketing, or education. Interior Design majors can become commercial designers, civic designers, residential designers, in-store designers, and design specialists. The practice of interior design is regulated by individual states through title and practice laws.

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Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana University in Bloomington (IU) was founded in 1820 and is one of the largest universities in the United States. IU is one of only 34 public university members of the selective Association of American Universities. Its 42,000 students come...


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Why study at Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana University Bloomington, also known as "IUB" or just "IU," offers students from all over the world the quintessential American college experience. With over 43,000 students, IU is one of the largest universities in the US, but it has a small-school feel. This means you'll have access to state-of-the-art facilities for research, creativity, and sports, and learn from world-class instructors, but you'll also find yourself in small classes with opportunities to really connect with your classmates and professors. While there are certainly large lecture-style classes as well, our average class size is 30, and most of our class sections have 20 students or less.

IU is also a very diverse place - we're a second home to over 5,000 international students from 144 countries, and 37% of our faculty have an international background.

IU offers over 200 undergraduate majors, including some that are the first of their kind in the US, such as the BS in Intelligent Systems Engineering, and the BS in Cybersecurity and Global Policy. With twenty degree programs ranked among the top ten on national and global indexes, Indiana University is particularly known for its Kelley School of Business; Jacobs School of Music;School of Informatics, Computing, & Engineering; School of Media (film and journalism);and School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

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Indiana University Bloomington

107 S. Indiana Avenue
47405 Bloomington Indiana
United States of America

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