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Interior Design B.S.

DHA Interior Design
College of Design
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 89 to 90
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
Interior design is a professional program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Its focus is on providing for human welfare by improving the quality of life and protecting human health and safety through design of the interior environment. Students study fundamentals, theory, process, communication, research, and technology to identify and solve problems related to people and their use of interior space. They analyze human behavior to determine clients' functional, aesthetic, social, and psychological needs, which prepares them to solve interior design problems. They design various types of interiors such as hospitals, offices, schools, residences, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment facilities. To do this, students acquire * a foundation in basic design; * understanding of the relationship between individuals and their environments; * understanding of the contextual relationship of the site, the building, and its systems to the interior; * knowledge of regulations that govern their practice of interior design; * the ability to research users' needs and apply their findings to problem identification and solution; * understanding of historical precedent and contemporary design theories; * technical knowledge and communication skills; * understanding of business issues and professional ethics; and * a sense of responsibility to society, especially in the use of resources.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 7 courses before admission to the program.
Freshman and transfer students are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
Admission to the pre-major status is done by a competitive holistic review. Students must maintain a GPA of 2.50 during pre-major coursework. In addition, students must receive a minimum grade of C- or better in the required pre-major courses before going through portfolio review (not just a 2.50 GPA). Once students have achieved major status, they must maintain a GPA of 2.00.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Pre-Interior Design Courses
Students must complete freshman composition and at least one additional liberal education course in addition to the required coursework below to be admitted to major status in the interior design program. Note: Students must be admitted to a pre-major status to take most of these courses.
DES 1101W - Introduction to Design Thinking [AH, WI] (4.0 cr)
GDES 1311 - Foundations: Drawing and Design in Two and Three Dimensions (4.0 cr)
GDES 1312 - Foundations: Color and Design in Two and Three Dimensions (4.0 cr)
IDES 1601 - Interior Design Studio I (4.0 cr)
IDES 1602 - Interior Design Studio II (4.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students must complete a 400-hour internship (DHA 4196) after completing DHA 3606 and DHA 3614. All coursework in the major must be taken A-F (with the exception of the internship).
Business Courses
MGMT 1350 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
or MGMT 3001 - Fundamentals of Management (3.0 cr)
Communication Course
WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing [WI] (4.0 cr)
or ENGL 3027W - The Essay [WI] (4.0 cr)
or WRIT 3029W - Business and Professional Writing [WI] (3.0 cr)
Psychology Courses
PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
or PSTL 1281 {Inactive} [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
Major Courses
Recommended courses to take if elective credits are needed: GDES 4131W, GDES 4330, DES 4165, and HSG 5481.
ADES 2213 - Textile Analysis (4.0 cr)
ARTH 1001 - Introduction to Art History: Prehistoric to Contemporary [AH] (4.0 cr)
IDES 2603 - Interior Design Studio III (4.0 cr)
IDES 2604 - Interior Design Studio IV (4.0 cr)
IDES 2612 - Interior Materials and Specifications [ENV] (4.0 cr)
IDES 2613 - Interior Structures, Systems, and Life Safety (4.0 cr)
IDES 2621 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
IDES 3161 - History of Interiors and Furnishings: Ancient to 1750 [GP] (4.0 cr)
IDES 3162 - History of Interiors and Furnishings: 1750 to Present [HIS] (4.0 cr)
IDES 3605 - Interior Design Studio V (4.0 cr)
IDES 3606 - Interior Design Studio VI (4.0 cr)
IDES 3614 - Interior Design Ethics and Professional Practice [CIV] (4.0 cr)
IDES 4196 - Internship in Interior Design (1.0 cr)
IDES 4607 - Interior Design Studio VII (4.0 cr)
IDES 4608 - Interior Design Thesis (4.0 cr)
IDES 4615W - Interior Design Research [WI] (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Honors UHP
This is an honors sub-plan.
Students admitted to the University Honors Program (UHP) must fulfill UHP requirements in addition to degree program requirements. Honors courses used to fulfill degree program requirements will also fulfill UHP requirements. Current departmental honors course offerings are listed at: http://www.honors.umn.edu/academics/curriculum/dept_courses_current.html Honors students complete an honors thesis project in the final year, most often in conjunction with an honors thesis course, or with an honors directed studies or honors directed research course. Students select honors courses and plan for a thesis project in consultation with their UHP adviser and their departmental faculty adviser.
 
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DES 1101W - Introduction to Design Thinking (AH, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theories/processes that underpin design thinking. Interactions between humans and their natural, social, and designed environments where purposeful design helps determine quality of interaction. Design professions.
GDES 1311 - Foundations: Drawing and Design in Two and Three Dimensions
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Design elements and principles in context of observational drawing. Integrative approach to two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, and drawing. Broad conceptual framework for design exploration. Emphasizes perceptual aspects of visual forms.
GDES 1312 - Foundations: Color and Design in Two and Three Dimensions
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Color theory, its application in two- and three-dimensional design. Emphasizes effective use of color by studying traditional color systems, perception, and interaction. Lectures, demonstrations, extensive studio work, and critiques.
IDES 1601 - Interior Design Studio I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: Interior design pre-major or interior environments minor
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theories used to solve interior design problems related to human behavior. Design process. Communication skills that are required for interior design profession. prereq: Interior design pre-major or interior environments minor
IDES 1602 - Interior Design Studio II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: [1601 or DHA 1601] with grade of at least C-, interior design pre-major
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Introduction to interior design programming as method for understanding behaviors/requirements of humans in spaces. Use of color in three-dimensional environments. Developing communication skills. Problem-solving. prereq: [1601 or DHA 1601] with grade of at least C-, interior design pre-major
MGMT 3001 - Fundamentals of Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Aspects/characteristics of organizations, their members. Why people/groups feel/behave as they do. Processes/methods that improve behavior/attitudes/effectiveness of members. Member/manager skills. Guest speakers, group presentations, films.
WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01235 - Writ 3562V/Writ 3562W
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Written/oral communication in professional settings, gathering research, analyzing audience, assessing/practicing multiple genres. Draft, test, revise present findings in oral presentation. prereq: [Jr or sr or instr consent], [1301 or 1401 or equiv]
ENGL 3027W - The Essay (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01352
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Incorporating narrative, descriptive, analytical, and persuasive techniques into writing on general topics. Effective argumentation through critical reading. Use of library resources. Awareness of context/audience.
WRIT 3029W - Business and Professional Writing (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01353
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practice writing for various professional purposes/audiences, using appropriate styles, tones, and organizational elements. Potential genres include proposals, reports, web content, email, executive summaries, job search portfolios. Attention to workplace collaboration and broader issues of professional literacy.
PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00518 - PSTL 1281/Psy 1001/Psy 1001H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scientific study of human behavior. Problems, methods, findings of modern psychology.
ADES 2213 - Textile Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of fibers, yarns, textile structures, and finishes. Their effect on performance/appearance of textile products, including apparel, interior, and industrial textiles. prereq: DHA major or pre-major or instr consent
ARTH 1001 - Introduction to Art History: Prehistoric to Contemporary (AH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Major monuments/trends in art, prehistoric to present. Style, subject matter, patronage. Reconstructing artworks' original setting: religious, political, and social contexts. Western canon, occasionally in comparison with non-Western works.
IDES 2603 - Interior Design Studio III
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Expanding presentation skills, visual communication of design process. Design of interior environment as influenced by neighborhood, adjacent structures, regional context, diverse cultures. prereq: [1602 or DHA 1602] with grade of at least C-, pass portfolio review, interior design major
IDES 2604 - Interior Design Studio IV
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Relationship between exterior/interior design as it pertains to building construction. Methods/materials, principles of structure, building systems, construction details. Interface of electrical, HVAC, plumbing systems in buildings. prereq: [2603 or DHA 2603], 2613
IDES 2612 - Interior Materials and Specifications (ENV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: [Pass portfolio review, interior design major] or interior environments minor or design minor or #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Environmental issues, from global to interior spaces. Effect of building codes/legislation, social awareness. Functional/aesthetic relation of materials/resources to interior design. prereq: [Pass portfolio review, interior design major] or interior environments minor or design minor or instr consent
IDES 2613 - Interior Structures, Systems, and Life Safety
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Codes, standards, regulations, and guidelines that govern design of interior space and support life safety. Integration of building systems. Structures for non-residential/residential occupancy. Building/energy codes. Lectures, guest speakers, field trips.
IDES 3161 - History of Interiors and Furnishings: Ancient to 1750 (GP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Study of European and American interiors and furnishings, including furniture, textiles, and decorative objects.
IDES 3162 - History of Interiors and Furnishings: 1750 to Present (HIS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
European/American interiors/furnishings, including furniture, textiles, and decorative objects.
IDES 3605 - Interior Design Studio V
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced interior design problems dealing with small to medium scale spaces. Emphasizes special-needs populations.
IDES 3606 - Interior Design Studio VI
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Interior design problems dealing with medium-scale spaces. Focuses on medium office design. prereq: [2604 or DHA 2604], 2612
IDES 3614 - Interior Design Ethics and Professional Practice (CIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2604 or DHA 2604; or Interior Environments Minor
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Business of interior design, professional ethics, and responsible design. Ethical theory/conduct. Responsibility to business, clients, colleagues, and community at large and globally. prereq: 2604 or DHA 2604; or Interior Environments Minor
IDES 4196 - Internship in Interior Design
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised work experience relating activity in business, industry, or government to student's area of study. Integrative paper or project may be required. prereq: 3606, instr consent
IDES 4607 - Interior Design Studio VII
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: [[3605, 3606] or [DHA 3605, DHA 3606]] with grade of at least C-
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced interior design problems dealing with large scale spaces. Historic precedent, adaptive use, renovation. prereq: [[3605, 3606] or [DHA 3605, DHA 3606]] with grade of at least C-
IDES 4608 - Interior Design Thesis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Comprehensive independent interior design project developed from student-conducted research/program developed in 4615W. prereq: [4615W or DHA 4615W], [4607 or DHA 4607] with grade of at least C-
IDES 4615W - Interior Design Research (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Research methods for programming interior design solutions. Developing comprehensive program. Issues that affect interior design research/practices. prereq: 3605 or DHA 3605