B.A.S. Degree Interior Design Curriculum

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B.A.S. Degree, Interior Design

Degree Type: B.A.S.
Major Code: INTD-BAS
Former CIP: 50.0408

As the demand for interior designers continues to grow, students with baccalaureate degrees are also increasingly in demand. Seminole State's Bachelor of Applied Science in Interior Design puts students on the path to licensure and a professional career in interior design.

Interior designers work closely with architects, engineers and general contractors in a wide array of settings. Employment opportunities span from the familiar private practice role to corporations across many industry sectors, ranging from retail and restaurant establishments, healthcare and government facilities, commercial and residential real estate development to the many furniture and decor supply chain companies. These firms hire interior designers to create environments that not only enhance sales and customer experience, but also create a more productive and pleasing work environment.

This program has an art-based curriculum that combines the concepts and philosophies of the social sciences with the technical skills required to communicate within this design profession. Students will learn design theory, architectural design, space planning, aesthetics, sustainable "green" design, materials and methods of construction, life safety and building codes, professional ethics and practices, interior finish products and materials, and both oral and visual communication. The comprehensive curriculum provides a complete educational foundation for this profession.

Upon completion of the B.A.S. Interior Design degree and two years of work experience, graduates are eligible to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination for state licensure. As the practice of interior design becomes ever more complex and technical, it is increasingly important for designers to have a solid educational base with a pathway to licensure. Having obtained skills critical to the industry, graduates of this program will be able to work in a wide variety of design occupations.

Admission into the Interior Design Bachelor of Applied Science degree program requires the completion of an Associate in Science degree in Interior Design that meets the following requirements: The program must be a Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design approved program or the degree must be from a regionally accredited Florida institution. All other degrees will be evaluated by the faculty committee on a case-by-case basis to make a final admissions decision. Students entering with an A.S. degree from a college other than Seminole State may need additional courses to provide appropriate background for the baccalaureate program. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Interior Design Foundation60
The primary entry qualification is the A.S. Interior Design degree. The 60 credit hours of interior design foundation are the A.S. degree technical courses that satisfy the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design and/or NCIDQ licensing courses. At least 36 of the 60 hours of interior design foundation courses must be IND prefix courses (see first note below).
Interior Design Core18
AvailableIND3413Advanced Space Planning Practicum
Students will learn to further develop their problem-solving space planning and design process skills for both residential and commercial interiors. Course content to include bubble diagrams, matrices, conceptual/schematic space planning and furniture space placement. A basic knowledge of barrier-free building codes is required. Studio format with both timed and un-timed space planning exercises will be utilized.
AvailableIND3469Advanced Computer-Aided Design for Interior Applications
In this course students will learn advanced two-dimensional drafting techniques for interior applications to improve speed, accuracy and software proficiency. Basic three-dimensional drafting will also be explored. Students must have mastered basic two-dimensional drafting utilizing AutoCAD in previous coursework.
Not availableIND3495Lighting Design Applications
This advanced study of lighting applications explores both the technical aspects and behavioral factors of lighting design. Special emphasis will be placed on lighting profiles, calculations, evaluation and specification of various lighting sources and fixtures. Emphasis will be placed on emerging technologies and sustainable design solutions. Course content is a combination of lectures and projects. Guest speakers and field trips will be scheduled to enhance class lectures.
Not availableIND4242Commercial Interior Design III
This course is an advanced capstone studio that takes the student through the steps of the design process in both an individual and team approach. Emphasis will be placed on programming, schematic design and design development through an evidence-based design approach. Lectures will coincide with field trips and design professionals will participate in the critique process. This course must be completed with a grade of ā€œCā€ or higher.
AvailableIND4506Advanced Professional Principles and Practices of Interior Design
This advanced course is a continuation of IND 2500 with an emphasis on contemporary professional business practices, current licensing and certification implications and other evolving issues in the interior design industry. Students will explore legal responsibilities and how an interior design business meets its legal obligations in a business environment; strategic planning and measuring business performance in a design practice; selling strategies and techniques and product pricing. A seminar on business etiquette will provide experience related to operating a successful interior design business. Individual, group and peer assessments are incorporated into the course to provide an invaluable, multi-perspective view of the course topics. This course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
Not availableIND4520Digital Portfolio Design for the Interior Designer
Using the latest digital technologies and software, students will learn essential employability skills in creating a digital portfolio for prospective employers and clients. Topics such as digital photography, importing images and creating a website will be explored. This senior course must be completed with a grade of ā€œCā€ or higher.
AvailableIND4948Senior Interior Design Internship
Prior to graduation, students must successfully complete an internship with an approved interior design-related firm. Students must complete a minimum of 300 hours of an on-the-job internship experience.
Interior Design Electives6
Choose a minimum of six credits from the following list:
Not availableIND3323Advanced Color Theory
This course is an advanced study of color theories and applications to the built environment. A further study of the psychological effects of color is included in the course content. A lecture and research-based course format will be utilized.
AvailableIND3470Survey of Materials II: Building Components
This course dissects critical building systems and their effect on the built environment. Structural design, mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems as well as indoor air quality and acoustics will be discussed. Lectures, field trips and guest speakers are included to stress the importance of collaboration between the related fields of interior design, construction and engineering.
Not availableIND3643CAdvanced Building Barrier-Free Design
This advanced building codes course will further investigate the local and national building codes as well as the Accessibility code. Students will learn how to navigate the online building codes and apply them to design projects and scenarios.
Not availableIND3930Advanced Selected Studies in Interior Design
This advanced course is scheduled for students who wish to explore topics, emerging trends and/or technologies currently impacting the interior design profession. Coursework is presented in group instruction. Variable content depending upon the specialized topic in which student is enrolled.
Not availableIND3950Advanced Travel Study in Architecture and Interior Design
A global, multi-cultural experience has become increasingly vital part of the student's education. This advanced study abroad course provides students with opportunities to explore significant international historical and contemporary sites. Students are exposed to the cultural influences of architecture, construction methodologies and interior design. Lectures and coursework are complemented by walking tours lead by experienced faculty and guest professionals. Students must be 18 years of age on or before departure.
Not availableIND4156Historic Preservation Theory and Technology
This course introduces historic preservation with an emphasis on restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive use of historic building interiors including the theory and history of the preservation movement. The process and standards of historic preservation will be studied and applied to case studies. Students must possess an understanding of architectural history concepts.
AvailableIND4274Designing for an Aging Population
This senior course addresses the special needs for the rapidly growing elderly population. Students will study issues concerning mobility, loss of hearing, loss of visual acuity, impaired memory and cognitive functions related to design solutions for the built environment. Universal design and barrier-free design will be incorporated into class lectures and exercises. Field trips and guest speakers will be scheduled to enhance lectures.
AvailableIND4472Revit for Interior Applications
In this introductory course students will learn the basic methodology of parametric systems using Revit software technology for interior applications. Three-dimensional projects will be created and rendered with a variety of materials, light sources, color and other graphic variations.
Not availableIND4611Applied Sustainable Design Principles
A studio-based format and integrated design approach will apply the sustainable design principles for adaptive use in commercial built environments. Students will also develop an understanding of the various sustainable building certifications and the required documentation process to achieve certification. Lectures, field trips and guest lecturers will reiterate the importance of sustainable design and development. Design professionals will participate in the critique process.
General Education Courses36
Social Science6
Total Credits:120
Note: Students must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of Interior Design (IND1XXX or higher) courses in order to graduate from the BAS program. These courses may include courses taken as part of the foundation, core or elective categories above. They may also include IND transfer courses as long as the courses have been approved by the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design or they are from a regionally accredited Florida institution.
Note: Baccalaureate students must show modern language proficiency (at the intermediate level) equivalent to two years in high school or eight college credits in a single language. A standardized examination for modern language may be used to meet the requirement. Students who have previously received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution are exempt from this requirement.
Note: Students must meet General Education requirements. Students awarded an Associate in Arts or Baccalaureate degree or who have official transcripts documenting "General Education Requirements Met" from a Florida College System or Florida State University System degree-granting institution shall be considered to have satisfied Seminole State's General Education requirements. Please refer to this catalog's General Education section for specific requirements.

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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