About the Program
Interior design is based on solving problems related to the quality of people’s physical environment within a structure to achieve interior space. These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants, and are aesthetically appealing. Students in Purdue’s interior design program develop the analytical skills and gain the experience to plan commercial, institutional, healthcare, retail, and residential interiors. This program aims to develop students as creative designers who can formulate, propose, and execute creative design solutions for the physical, social, and psychological needs of a changing society influenced by rapid changes in technology. Purdue’s interior design program is CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) accredited.
Coursework encompasses creative exploration, professional preparation, technical information, and skills with emphases on interior construction, building systems, codes, equipment, and components as well as accessibility, environmental, and sustainability strategies.
Special note regarding portfolio review - An art portfolio is not required to begin this major. However, students are required to pass a selective portfolio review in the spring of their sophomore year to advance to upper level design and complete this major. Selection is competitive and is based on the student’s work in Purdue art and design courses and development as a designer. Students not selected for upper level Interior Design work with their academic advisor to change to their second choice major.
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Degree Requirements and Supplemental Information
The full Program Requirements for 2016-17 Interior Design Professional Program (BFA) include all Supplemental Information and selective lists of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. These are intended to be printer-friendly, but include less descriptive course detail.
Please see below for program requirements and the necessary degree fulfillments.
Visual Arts - BFA
Liberal Arts Core Curriculum
Each liberal arts major is designed as a four-year plan of study and includes three types of courses: Major, Core, and Elective. Most students take five courses per semester, with some of each type.
Professional academic advisors meet individually with each of our students on a regular basis to help with course selection, academic planning, and career development, as well as to help students find additional resources on campus.
For the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum click here .
Departmental/Program Major Courses (78 credits)
A. Art & Design Core: (12 credits)
B. Interior Design Core (36 credits)
C. Interior Design Supportive Requirements (30 credits)
** AD 47800 - Internship In Art And Design (1-8 credits with min 2 credits) or AD 19100 , AD 19200 , AD 19300 , AD 19400 Co-op Required (0 credits)
A Grade of “C” or Better is required in all courses listed above in areas A, B, and C in order to advance
Mandatory portfolio reviews are required during the spring semester of the sophomore year. Students must pass this review in order to advance to the next level of Interior Design courses.
Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (57 credits)
- ENGL 10600 - First-Year Composition or
- ENGL 10800 - Accelerated First-Year Composition
- COM 11400 - Fundamentals Of Speech Communication
- Other Languages (Proficiency through Level IV in one language) - Credits Hours: 12.00
- Mathematics - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Statistics - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Western Heritage - Credit Hours: 3.00
- United States Tradition - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Other Cultures - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Aesthetic Awareness - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Racial and Ethnic Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Gender Issues - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Social Ethics - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Individual and Society - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Global Perspective - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Natural Sciences - Credit Hours: 3.00
- Natural Sciences Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00
University Core Requirements
126 semester credits required for Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
32 credit hours at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.
Degree Works is knowledge source for specific requirements and completion
Foreign Language Courses
Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program. For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:
American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.