CURRICULUM

The Interior Design program links intensive core-specific courses in interior design with a strong liberal arts component.

Course of study develops technical skills and aesthetic principles essential for creating and planning interior spaces. Studio classes develop skills in space planning, floor plans, elevations, construction drawings and specifications. Drawings and presentations are further enhanced with knowledge and application of textiles and color. Business practices and communication skills provide essential tools to enter the design workforce. This program culminates in a capstone course in portfolio development and an internship mentoring experience.

Graduates are prepared to pursue careers in the home furnishings field as in-house designers, design assistants, space planners, color consultants and managerial positions in the retail home industries. This curriculum is included in the New York State Education Department’s Inventory of Registered Programs.

Acceptance into the Interior Design Assistant curriculum is for fall admission only. However, students may consult with the department for spring courses, but will be on track for five or more semesters due to core course Prerequisites.

FIRST SEMESTER: 17.5 credits
ART133: Drawing I
ENG101: Standard Freshman Composition
INT101: Interior Design I°
INT102: Interior Textiles and Finishes°
INT115: Interior Design Careers Seminar°
Physical Education
PSY101: Introduction to Psychology or SOC101: Introduction to Sociology

SECOND SEMESTER: 18 credits
COM101: Introduction to Human Communications
or COM102: Interpersonal Communications
ENG102: Introduction to Literature
INT103: Interior Design II°
INT105: History of Interiors and Architecture I°
INT107: Color for Interiors°
Social Science Elective

THIRD SEMESTER: 16-17 credits
BUS123: Entrepreneurship
INT201: Interior Design III°
INT205: Working Drawings I°
INT208: Professional Practice for Interior Designers°
Mathematics Elective
Physical Education

FOURTH SEMESTER: 17 credits
INT220: Materials and Construction Methods for Interior Designers°
INT226: Kitchen and Bath Design°
INT227: Interior Design Assessment and Portfolio°
INT230: Cooperative Education and Internships in Interior Design°
or ART111: Art History I or ART112: Art History II or ART113: Art History III
Laboratory Science Elective

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 68.5-69.5

* Students intending to continue on for a baccalaureate degree are advised to take ART111 or ART112 or ART114. Students planning to enter the job market upon graduation should select INT230.
° These courses constitute the major courses in this curriculum.