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FIRST YEAR QUESTIONS

Q: Do I have to get accepted into the program?
A: Admittance to the program occurs at several critical points.  First, students applying to enter as incoming freshman majoring in Interior Design must have had a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 as a high school student.  Upon admission, the student will complete several core courses in Interior Design during their first and second year at NDSU.  

At the end of the second year, students go through a selective admission process – called Sophomore Review – in order to be accepted into upper-level Interior Design courses.  A 3.0 institutional cumulative GPA, and a minimum grade of C in all major core courses is required in order to apply for Selective Admission. Acceptance into upper level is based upon demonstrated interest, a review of student project work (portfolio), and an interview with faculty.

Upon admittance to the upper level Interior Design program, students must maintain the 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA requirement and earn a grade of “C” or better in all major core requirements throughout the remainder of the program.  At this point, students are also required to purchase a laptop computer.

Q: Do I have to have a Minor?
A: All Interior Design students are required to complete a Minor.  Suggested Minor subjects include: Business; Hospitality & Tourism Management; Apparel, Retail Merchandising & Design; a Foreign Language; Communications; History; Gerontology; Emergency Management; and Natural Resource Management.

The number of credits required to complete a Minor in each one of these subject areas will vary.

Q: Is NDSU’s Interior Design program accredited?
A: The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) regularly reviews college Interior Design programs to ensure that the education they provide prepares students to be responsible, well-informed, skilled professionals who make beautiful, safe, and comfortable spaces that also respect the earth and its resources.  Achieving accreditation is a strong signal of a program’s commitment to delivering a quality professional-level education that prepares students for entry-level interior design practice.  The Interior Design program at NDSU has held this accreditation continually since 1990, and most recently received an extension of its accreditation status in 2010.

Q: What will I learn in my first year?
A: The first year of the program, your Interior Design courses introduce you to the profession, the fundamentals of design (including design elements and principles, and color theory) and visual and technical communication techniques (including drafting, sketching, perspective drawing, model building and rendering).

During your first year, in addition to your Interior Design courses, you will take several General Education courses, such as Math and English.

Q: Is hand drawing a big part of interior design?  Do you need to be able to draw?
A: Drafting, perspective drawing, sketching, and rendering are all related to artistic drawing, but are different in several ways.  Much or the first year coursework is designed to teach you to develop these skills. Many students enter the program feeling that they are not good at drawing.  As with any other skill, dedication and practice will quickly lead to enhanced proficiency. 

Q: What materials am I expected to buy?
A: You will need to purchase several textbooks, and a variety of drafting and rendering supplies, including paper, pencils, markers, a drafting board, drafting tools, paints,

You will be assigned a locker within the Interior Design studio where your supplies can be stored throughout the school year, therefore you will need to purchase a padlock.

Q: Where are the classrooms located?
A: All first year Interior Design classes, in addition to most upper-level classes, are taught within the Family Life Center building, just north of the Memorial Union building on Centennial Boulevard.  The locations for your General Education and Minor courses may be scattered throughout the campus.

Q: What is the classroom/studio space like in the ID program?
A: The Interior Design studio space provides large, individual work stations, and the tools necessary to complete design projects. The Interior Design program also has a very well-equipped resource library with current samples of materials and products, and we maintain a virtual product library as well.

Q: What groups can I get involved in?
A: NDSU students participate locally in the student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).  3rd and 4th year students have the opportunity to participate in the North Dakota Interior Designers (NDID) organization. 

 

SECOND YEAR QUESTIONS

Q: How many credits do you take each semester, on average?
A: Each semester, you will take roughly 16 to 18 credits.  If you regularly take fewer credits than this, it will be difficult for you to complete the Interior Design program in four years.

Q: During the second year of the program, what will I study in each class?
A: During the second year, you will take several design courses where you will apply your learnings to interior design scenarios.  One studio class will focus on residential design, one on corporate design, and one on retail design (ADHM 251, 253, 254).  Additionally you will take a class that introduces you to design theory and process for analyzing interior environments, documenting the needs of users (called programming) and space planning (ADHM 250). Another class is an introduction to basic principles of lighting design and interior systems in residential applications (ADHM 264).  During the spring semester, you will take a CAD class (Computer aided design) where you will learn to do computer drafting (ADHM 365).

You will also choose several General Education classes to take during your second year, perhaps in Science or Social/Behavioral Science.  And you may take some courses within your chosen Minor.

Q: What are the requirements for Selective Admission? 
A: During first and second year courses, students will complete several projects that will be included in a portfolio which will be reviewed by faculty during the selective admission process, called Sophomore Review.  One design project will have been completed during ADHM 251 Interior Design Studio I: Residential, and another project will have been completed during ADHM 253 Interior Design Studio II: Office Design.  Additionally, a rendering project completed for ADHM 261 will be included in the portfolio.

The selective admission process also includes an interview will all Interior Design faculty, which will take place in April during the second year of studies.