faq

FIRST YEAR QUESTIONS

Q: Do I have to get accepted into the program?
A: Admission into second-year interior design courses requires a 3.0 institutional minimum cumulative grade-point average and a minimum grade of 'C' in all major core requirements.  Admission into the second-year of the interior design program is also based on the review of a completed application and letter of intent that demonstrates professional and academic interest.  This is submitted during the spring semester of the student's first year in the interior design program. Students must maintain the 3.0 institutional minimum cumulative GPA and earn a grade of 'C' or better in all major core requirements throughout the remainder of the program. Transfer students entering the interior design program should contact the program coordinator to review previously completed interior design or related course work

Q: Do I have to have a Minor?
A: All Interior Design students are required to complete a Minor.  Suggested Minor subjects include: Art; Business; Hospitality & Tourism Management; Apparel, Retail Merchandising & Design; a Foreign Language; Communications; History; Gerontology; Emergency Management; and Natural Resource Management. Other minors can be considered, talk with your academic advisor.

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.

The Interior Design program is also accredited through the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD)

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, and paints. A laptop is required at the beginning of the 2nd semester of the freshman year.

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 Katherine Kilbourne Burgum 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) and 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 what you have learned to interior design scenarios. One studio class will focus on residential design (ADHM 251). Additionally, this class introduces you to design theory and process for analyzing interior environments, documenting the needs of users (called programming) and space planning. You will also complete studios focused on corporate and retail design (ADHM 253, 254). Another class is an introduction to basic principles of lighting design and interior systems in residential applications (ADHM 264). During the fall semester, you will take a CAD class (Computer aided design) where you will learn to do computer drafting (ADHM 365). During the spring semester, you will take a materials class (ADHM 368) that will introduce you to different types of finishes and materials available in the interior design market. This class includes visits to job sites and in class presentations from product sales representatives.