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2014-2015 University Catalog 
2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interior Design Professional Program, BA

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About the Program

Interior design is based on solving problems related to the quality of people’s physical environment within a structure to achieve a built interior space. These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants, and are aesthetically appealing. Interior designers must adhere to code and regulatory requirements, and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability. The interior design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology, including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process, whereby the needs of the client are satisfied to produce an interior space that fulfills the project goals. The professional interior designer plans and creates interior spaces that enclose and serve human needs in relation to physical, functional, social, psychological, and aesthetic elements.

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 and gives students a sound background in understanding the design process , from research and analysis of the client’s goals and requirements, to the formulation of preliminary space plans and two and three dimensional design concept studies and sketches that integrate the client’s program needs and are based on knowledge of the principles of interior design and theories of human behavior. This process is refined in the program through design presentations, and construction documents necessary to implement solutions. Students are also formed into teams for approaching design solutions in cooperative groups.

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.

Introductory courses begin with drawing, design, and drafting, and are followed by a sequential series of studio classes on increasingly complex projects. Students learn rapid sketching techniques, model making, computer-aided design, lighting design, presentation techniques, and construction documents necessary to implement solutions. Courses in art and architectural history, textiles, building construction, and professional practice are complemented by field trips and presentations by practicing designers. Internship and co-op opportunities prepare students to enter this challenging profession.

Graduates find employment opportunities in architectural and interior design firms as well as in other design positions focusing on lighting, kitchens and baths, facilities planning, or the furniture industry.

Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Interior Design  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

Design Studies-BA
126 Credits

Interior Design Major Requirements (72-75 credits)


** AD 47800 - Internship In Art And Design  (min 2 credits) or AD 19100 , AD 19200 , AD 19300 , AD 19400  Co-op Required

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 (54 - 56 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements


University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

Program Requirements

15-17 Credits

15-16 Credits

15-16 Credits

16-17 Credits

18 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

17 Credits

Fall 4th Year

18 Credits

Spring 4th Year

15 Credits


126 semester credits required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

32 credit hours at 30000 level or higher required for Bachelor of Arts degree.

Degree Requirements

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

Critical Course

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.

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