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Interior Design

A professional interior designer is one who is qualified by education, examination and experience to identify, research and creatively solve problems relative to the function and quality of people's interior environments. The course of study in interior design leads to a first professional degree.

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Background Information


The program focuses on improving the quality of life and protecting human health and safety through design of the interior environment. Students study design fundamentals, theory, process, communication, research and technology to identify and solve problems for a wide range of physical interior environments for all individuals regardless of socioeconomic background.

The Program


The Department of Apparel, Design and Hospitality Management offers an accredited first professional degree program in interior design. The first two years of the program introduce the fundamentals of design, visual and technical communication techniques (including drafting, perspective drawing, model building and rendering) and theoretical and practical applications (including anthropometrics, ergonomics, inclusive design, interior design technology and color theory). Each student becomes aware that the interior design profession is exceedingly complex, and collaborating with design professionals and related disciplines in a team approach to problem solving is routine practice.

Upper-division course work is focused on a series of integrated studio experiences and supporting courses in history, evidence based design, interior materials, professional practice, computer aided design and interior systems. The studio experience culminates in a senior project. Studio experiences require that each student be exposed to a variety of projects at several different levels of complexity and different client project goals.

Field Experience


North Dakota State University interior design students are required to complete a field experience between the junior and senior years. Students accept a variety of positions throughout the United States.

Selective Admission


Enrollment in sophomore level interior design courses requires a 3.0 institutional cumulative grade point average (GPA). Admission into the third-year studio is based upon demonstrated professional interest, a portfolio review completed during the spring semester of the student's sophomore year, a 3.0 institutional cumulative GPA and a minimum grade of C in all major core requirements. 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. All students successfully completing sophomore review are required to purchase a laptop computer for upper division studio courses.

Accreditation


The interior design program at NDSU is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and received re-accreditation in 2010.

Career Opportunities


Three main career paths typically chosen by the design professional include residential, commercial and specialized design. Residential design includes kitchen and bath design, renovation for physically challenged, model homes or historical restoration. Commercial design includes corporate and executive offices, healthcare, retail facilities, institutional, transportation, and hospitality and entertainment venues. Other areas of specialty design include lighting, codes, product design, or product representative.

Opportunities for NDSU graduates vary according to geographic area of practice and responsibilities of specific positions. Recent graduates have accepted entry-level positions with starting salaries as high as $50,000 (Minneapolis).

Extra-Curricular Opportunities


NDSU students participate locally in the student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Junior and senior students have the opportunity to participate in the North Dakota Interior Designers (NDID) organization. A number of professionals visit campus each year to present programs and informational seminars with students. Trips are planned to design studios, architectural firms and product markets to supplement course work. NDSU interior design students are encouraged to enter design competitions and have experienced a very high success rate.

The Facilities


NDSU facilities and instructional amenities are among the finest in the Upper-Midwest. The Interior Design Resource Center is well equipped with current samples and a virtual product library. Studios provide individual work stations and tools necessary to complete graphic presentations.

The Faculty


NDSU faculty hold terminal degrees in interior design or related fields and have been selected because of their individual and collective experience as interior designers and their commitment to teaching. All hold memberships in professional design-related organizations.

Introductory Curriculum


A suggested curriculum is provided. Other combinations are possible, but the sequence of interior design courses cannot vary from this plan. Students who plan to transfer to NDSU should contact the Department of Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management for guidance in selecting courses before or during the first year.

Sample Curriculum


General Education Requirements


Credits

_______________________________________________________

First Year Experience

  HD&E 189 - Skills for Academic Success

1

Communication

  Comm. 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

  Engl. 110, 120 - College Composition I, II

3, 3

  Engl. 320 - Business and Profession Writing or
   Engl. 321 - Writing in Technical Professions

3

Quantitative Reasoning

  Math. 104 - Finite Mathematics or
   Math. 146 - Applied Calculus I or higher


3 or 4

Science & Technology

  CSci. 114 - Microcomputer Packages or
   CSci. 116 - Business Use of Computers


3 or 4

Science and Technology Electives

6 or 7

Humanities & Fine Arts

  ADHM 315 - History of Interiors I

3

  ADHM 316 - History of Interiors II

3

Social and Behavioral Sciences

6

Wellness

2

Cultural Diversity

-

Global Perspective

-

Total

40

College/Department Requirements

Credits

_______________________________________________________

Art 111 - Introduction to Art History or
  Art. 210 -Art History I or
   Art. 211 -Art History II



3

HD&E 320 - Professional Issues

1

Total

4

Major Requirements

Credits

_______________________________________________________

ADHM 150 - Design Fundamentals Lecture

1

ADHM 151 - Design Fundamentals Studio

3

ADHM 153 - Sketching for Creativity

1

ADHM 160 - Interior Design Careers

1

ADHM 161 - Interior Graphics I: Residential

3

ADHM 162 - Interior Graphics II: Commercial

3

ADHM 250 - Interior Environmental Analysis

2

ADHM 251 - Interior Design Studio I: Residential

2

ADHM 253 - Interior Design II: Office Design

2

ADHM 254 - Interior Design III: Small Scale Contract

2

ADHM 261 - Interior Graphics III

3

ADHM 264 - Residential Systems

2

ADHM 300 - Design Resource Management

1-3

ADHM 351 - Interior Design Studio IV Advanced Residentia

3

ADHM 353 - Interior Design Studio V Large Scale Contract
  Design

3

ADHM 362 - Codes for Interiors

3

ADHM 363 - Commercial Lighting Design and Building
  Systems

3

ADHM 365 - CADD for Interiors

3

ADHM 366, 367 - Textiles and Lab

3, 1

ADHM 368 - Interior Materials and Maintenance

3

ADHM 450 - Research and Project Development in Interior
  Design

3

ADHM 452 - Comprehensive Interior Design Project

6

ADHM 460 - Career Development and Professional Practice

3

ADHM 461 - Building Information Modeling

3

ADHM 491 - Seminar

2-3

ADHM 496 - Field Experience

3

Total

67

Related Requirements

Credits

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Minor

18-24

Curriculum Total

129-135

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

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Contact Information


Connie Eggers, Academic Advisor
College of Human Development and Education
North Dakota State University
Dept #2600
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-9847
Fax: (701) 231-7174
Email:Connie.Eggers@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/hde

or

Department of Apparel, Design and Hospitality Management
College of Human Development and Education
North Dakota State University
Dept #2610
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8604 0r (701) 231-7351
Fax: (701) 231-5273
Email: Susan.Ray-Degges@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/adhm

Office of Admission

North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept 5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643
Fax: (701) 231-8802
Email: NDSU.Admission@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/admission/


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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 11:33:39 AM