Academic Programs Catalog

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

School of Planning, Design and Construction

Undergraduate Programs
Interior Design

This major provides academic preparation designed to enable the graduate to enter the profession of interior design. The program has been accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Emphasis is placed on learning the means of satisfying functional and aesthetic requirements appropriate for a variety of specific interior spatial uses. Consideration is given to the human being and the micro–environment in the total complex of environmental relationships. The combination of courses and experiences provides students an opportunity to develop knowledge, skills, and insights needed to solve design problems creatively and effectively.

Students meeting the university admissions requirements are enrolled as freshmen and sophomores in the Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative but may declare a major preference for Interior Design.

Admission as a Junior

The number of students admitted as juniors to the major in interior design is limited. To be considered for admission, a student must have:

  1. An all–university grade–point average of 2.50 or better.
  2. A grade–point average of 3.00 or better in the following courses: Interior Design 140, 142, 150, 152, 240, 250, 252, and Apparel and Textile Design 231. Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. below in the Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design.

In addition, transfer students must have previous design work evaluated by the department prior to placements in required courses.

Selective admissions are made at the end of spring semester for Michigan State University and transfer students from those students who have met the criteria referenced above and who have completed Interior Design 252. The final selection of students to be admitted to the major is based on the cumulative grade–point average of all courses taken and a grade–point average calculated for selected courses and portfolio review by faculty members. In addition, factors such as  diversity and residency may be considered.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Interior Design major is met by completing Interior Design 340, 440, 442, and 452.  Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. below.

    The completion of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources mathematics requirement may also satisfy the University mathematics requirement.
  2. The completion of the requirements of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following courses in the School of Planning, Design and Construction (62 credits):
    ATD 231 Textile Materials 4
    IDES 140 Design for Living 3
    IDES 142 Design Theory Studio 3
    IDES 150 Interior Design Drafting 3
    IDES 152 Interior Environments 4
    IDES 240 Computer–Aided Design for Designers 3
    IDES 250 CAD and Structural Systems 3
    IDES 252 Interior Design Synthesis I 4
    IDES 340 Interior Design Specifications and Workroom Practices 3
    IDES 342 Interior Design:  Human Dimensions 3
    IDES 343 Interior Design Presentation and Media 3
    IDES 344 History of Interior Design: Ancient Through Rococo 3
    IDES 350 Interior Design Lighting and Environmental Systems 3
    IDES 352 Interior Design Synthesis II 4
    IDES 354 History of Interior Design:  Neo–Classical Through Modern 3
    IDES 393 Introduction to Professional Practice 1
    IDES 440 Contemporary Design Issues 2
    IDES 441 Interior Design Open Office Systems 1
    IDES 442 Interior Design Programming 3
    IDES 451 Interior Design Professional Practice 2
    IDES 452 Interior Design Synthesis III 4
    b. The following course (3 credits):
    CSE 101 Computing Concepts and Competencies 3
    Students who pass a waiver examination will not be required to complete Computer Science and Engineering 101. An approved computer skills course may be substituted for CSE 101.
    c.  The following course (5 credits):
    MTH 116 College Algebra and Trigonometry 5
    d. One of the following courses (3 credits):
    EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
    EC 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
    e. Any one of the following History of Art options (6 to 9 credits):
    (1) Any two History of Art courses (6 to 9 credits).
    (2) Any one History of Art course (3 or 4 credits), and Study Abroad through enrollment in IDES 490 Independent Study (3 to 5 credits).
    (3) Any one History of Art course (3 to 4 credits) and IDES 456 Historic Preservation and Sustainability (3 credits)