Interior Design Course Descriptions

ADHM 151. Design Fundamentals. 3 Credits.
Study and application of elements and principles of design; two- and three-dimensional applications. Co-req: ADHM 160, ADHM 161 Prereq: Interior Design major. F, S.

ADHM 160. Interior Design Careers. 1 Credit.
Survey of the interior design profession and the relationship to allied professionals and organizations. Prereq: Interior Design or Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design major. F.

ADHM 161. Introduction to Manual Drafting. 3 Credits.
Fundamentals of building construction, materials, and methods. Technical and graphic communication for interior design documentation, with an emphasis placed on lettering and manual drafting. Prereq: Interior Design majors and minors or Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design majors. Co-req: ADHM 151, ADHM 160. F.

ADHM 162. Intermediate Manual Drafting. 3 Credits.
Continued study of building construction, materials, and methods. Technical and graphic communication for interior design, with an emphasis placed on manual drafting, detailing and document organization. Prereq: ADHM 161 with a grade of C or higher and Interior Design majors only. Co-req: ADHM 261. S.

ADHM 251. Interior Design Studio I-Residential. 3 Credits.
Introduction of design theory and process to analyze interior environments. Emphasis on programming and space planning. Prereq: ADHM 151, ADHM 160, ADHM 162 and ADHM 261 with a grade of C or higher in all prereq courses. Co-req: ADHM 264 and ADHM 365. F.


ADHM 253. Interior Design Studio II-Office Design. 2 Credits.
Application of design theory and process to analyze office environments. Emphasis on programming, schematics, design development, human factors, and construction documentation of business environments. Prereq: Interior Design major, minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA, ADHM 251, ADHM 264 and ADHM 365 with a grade of C or higher in all prereq courses. Coreq: ADHM 254 and ADHM 368. S.

ADHM 261. Visual Communications. 3 Credits.
Principles and methods of drawing and sketching, including perspective, with an emphasis on a variety of rendering techniques and media. Prereq: Interior Design major.

ADHM 264. Residential Systems. 2 Credits.
Introduction of basic principles of lighting design and interior systems in residential applications. Prereq: ADHM 151, ADHM 160, ADHM 162, ADHM 261 all with a grade of C or better and Interior Design majors with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA or Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design majors. Coreq: ADHM 251, ADHM 365. F.


ADHM 315. History of Interiors I. 3 Credits.
Survey of historical interiors and furnishings beginning with antiquity through the 1800's. F.

ADHM 316. History of Interiors II. 3 Credits.
Survey of historical and contemporary interiors and furnishings beginning with the 1800's to the present day. S.

ADHM 351. Interior Design Studio IV-Advanced Residential. 3 Credits.
Application of design components to an advanced residential project with emphasis on special populations and design focus. Prereq: Interior Design major with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, ADHM 253, ADHM 254 and ADHM 368 with a grade of C or higher. Coreq: ADHM 363 and ADHM 460.

ADHM 353. Interior Design Studio V-Large Scale Contract Design. 3 Credits.
Application of design components to large scale commercial projects with emphasis on systems furniture, interior codes, and building systems. Prereq: ADHM 351, ADHM 363, ADHM 460 with a grade of C or higher in all prereq courses and students must be Interior Design majors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Coreq: ADHM 461. S.

ADHM 363. Commercial Lighting Design and Building Systems. 3 Credits.
Integration of theory, techniques, and the art of lighting design with emphasis on commercial applications. Analysis of commercial building systems. Prereq: ADHM 253, ADHM 254, ADHM 368 with a grade of C or higher in all prereq courses and students must be Interior Design majors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Coreq: ADHM 351 and ADHM 460. F.


ADHM 365. CADD for Interiors. 3 Credits.
Computer-aided design and drafting, emphasizing applications in interior design. Includes drawing creation, editing layers, blocks, and attributes. Co-req: ADHM 251, ADHM 264. Prereq: ADHM 162 and ADHM 261 with a grade of C or better and students must be Interior Design majors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. F, S.

ADHM 366. Textiles. 3 Credits.
Fibers, yarns, fabric construction, finishes, and dyestuffs related to selection, use, and maintenance of textile products. Coreq: ADHM 367. F.

ADHM 367. Textiles Laboratory. 1 Credit.
Textile product characterization through the analysis of yarn type, fabric, construction, finishes, and dyestuffs; care procedures; simple identification of fibers, yarns, and fabrics. Coreq: ADHM 366. F.

ADHM 368. Interior Materials. 3 Credits.
This course examines the characteristics, applications, specifications and sustainability of materials used in interior spaces. The lab portion focuses on management of resources used by interior designers, including references, product information, and material samples.  S.

ADHM 450. Research and Project Development in Interior Design. 3 Credits.
Research, development, and presentation of a programming proposal for a large scale commercial or residential interior. Prereq: ADHM 353 and ADHM 461 with a grade of C or higher and students must be Interior Design majors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.


ADHM 452. Comprehensive Interior Design Project. 6 Credits.
Capstone design studio. Student defined problem. Synthesis and implementation of previous course work. S.

ADHM 460. Career Development and Professional Practice. 3 Credits.
Overview of professional standards and promotional activities as related to the interior design profession. Prereq: ADHM 254 and ADHM 368 with a grade of C or higher and students must be Interior Design majors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Co-req: ADHM 351 and ADHM 363.

ADHM 461. Building Information Modeling. 3 Credits.
Computer-aided design, modeling and rendering emphasizing applications in interior design. Prereq: ADHM 351, ADHM 363 and ADHM 460 with a grade of C or higher and students must be Interior Design majors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Co-req: ADHM 353.

ADHM 491 - Seminar. 1-3 Credits
A group of students engaged, under a professor or professors, in research or criticism or in presentation of reports pertaining there to. [Profession topics relevant to the interior design profession or a community/regional service project]

ADHM 496 – Field Experience. 3 Credits
Field-oriented supervised learning activities outside the college classroom that include a preplanned assessment of the experience, registration during the term the experience is conducted, and post evaluation with the instructor. Departmental approval. Prereq: ADHM 353, 368, 460 with a grade of C or higher in all prereq courses. Summer Only.


Selective Admission

The NDSU Interior Design Program’s Curriculum is designed to introduce individuals to the field of interior design and to provide students with the educational experience necessary to pursue careers in various interior design firms or organizations.  Formal acceptance into the professional-level program comes at the conclusion of the first year of the program.

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Frequently Asked 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: 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: 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.

 

Possible Minors

Minor Program of Study Required:

One of the following minors is required: Business; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design; French; Spanish; German; Communication; History; Gerontology; Emergency Management; Natural Resource Management; other minor options may be approved by interior design faculty.

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Interior Design Program Coordinator
Susan Ray-Degges
E. Morrow Lebedeff Hall 178
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Phone: 701-231-7218
Fax: 701-231-5273
Email: susan.raydegges@ndsu.edu

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