At a Glance

(BFA) Bachelor of Fine Arts
122 Total Credits
General Education Credits 39
Art &Science Credits 6
Program Credits 75
Elective Credits 12

The award-winning Interior Design program prepares students to be immediately productive in the professional practice of interior design through the integrated study of theoretical, functional, and aesthetic components of the industry. Our students are trained to analyze, interpret, and resolve the specific needs of various clients, user groups, and interior environments.  The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program is built on a foundation in the liberal arts.

  • Offer in-depth studio training in creative ideation, concept development, program analysis and space planning for a wide variety of interior environments;
  • Engage students in studio projects and lecture-based content areas including: universal design, building codes, materials & finishes applications, architectural history, as well as design practice specialties such as retail, commercial, residential, hospitality, healthcare, lighting, and furniture;
  • Develop students' expertise in traditional media, such as sketching and rendering, as well as in current CAD, 3-D visualization programs and presentation methods; and
  • Prepare graduates with the educational background needed to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications (NCIDQ) certification exam, and other emerging professional credentials.
  • Our classes are held in Reisman Hall, which features an innovative lighting lab, extensive materials library, and several state-of-the art computer studio labs.

    A mandatory internship provides students with hands-on experience in a professional design environment, as well as an opportunity for networking. Academic experiences culminate with original Capstone research and design projects. Students are taught by an integrated faculty of master educators and working professionals with affiliations in professional organizations such as the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC).  Faculty also hold distinguished credentials such as NCIDQ certificates, LEED-AP accreditations and New York State Certified Interior Designer licensure.

Curriculum

     Course (Credits)
   See Degree Requirements: General Education requirements (33)
   Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Information Literacy:
   ID 498 Senior Topics (3)
   Senior Capstone: ID 499 Senior Project Studio (3)
TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION CREDITS - 39
   Course (Credits)
   FA 131 History Architecture & Interiors I: Antiquity to the Renaissance (3)
   FA 132 History Architecture & Interiors II: Baroque to the Present (3)
Total Arts & Sciences Program Credits - 6
  Course (Credits)
   ID 111 Drafting (3)
   ID 115 Models & Drawings (3)
   ID 121 Rendering (3)
   ID 221 Residential Design (3)
   ID 232 Universal Design (3)
   ID 242 Finishes & Materials (3)
   ID 243 Textiles for Interiors (3)
   ID 250 Building Construction (3)
   ID 271 AutoCAD (3)
   ID 320 Professional Practice (3)
   ID 322 Contract Interiors (3)
   ID 324 Hospitality Design (3)
   ID 330 Electronic Workflow (3)
   ID 350 Revit (3)
   ID 365 Lighting (3)
   ID 369 Building Codes (3)
   ID 372 3-D Computer Modeling (3)
   ID 381 Internship (3)
   ID 425 Retail & Exhibition Design (3)
   ID 460 Interior Design Portfolio (3)
   ID 300-400 Level Career Elective (3)
   SA 111 Drawing: Composition and Perception (3)
   SA 131 Design & Color Theory (3)
   VC 118 Digital Foundations (3) OR VC 174 Digital Page Layout (3)

Total Career Program Credits - 69
Open Electives  
    Courses (Credits) 
    100-400 level    (6)
    300/400 level   (6)
Total Open Elective Credits -12