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 Foundation||60|
|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 Core||18|
|IND3413||Advanced 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.
|IND3469||Computer-Aided Drafting II (CAD) for Design Professionals|
In this course students will learn advanced two-dimensional drafting techniques. Menu and program modification will be emphasized along with improved speed, accuracy and software proficiency.
|IND3495||Lighting Design Applications|
This course covers the technical and behavioral factors affecting lighting design. Special emphasis will be placed on lighting profiles, calculations, the selection and specification of lighting sources and fixtures. A combination of lecture and studio approach to content.
|IND4242||Commercial Interior Design III|
Advanced individual and team approach to non-residential concerns will follow the beginning commercial course. Emphasis will be placed on programming, special analysis, code restrictions, complete furniture selection, budget limitations and complete client presentations. Visual illlustrations will aid in the learning process. This course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
|IND4506||Advanced 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.
|IND4520||Digital Portfolio Design for the Interior Designer|
Using the latest digital technologies and software, students will learn essential 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 is a capstone course which must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
|IND4948||Senior 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 Electives||6|
|Choose a minimum of six credits from the following list:|
|IND3323||Advanced 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.
|IND3470||Survey of Materials II: Building Components|
This course emphasizes the understanding and design of standard building components such as wall systems and their finishes, ceiling types and systems, building glazing systems and fenestration, science of acoustics and their effect on the built environment. Lectures and field trips are included to illustrate concepts. Basic knowledge of electrical, plumbing and life safety components are presented as they relate to interiors.
|IND3643C||Advanced Building Barrier-Free Design|
This course will compare the Florida Building Codes to the recent ADA changes including the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) guidelines.
|IND3930||Advanced 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.
|IND3950||Advanced 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.
|IND4156||Historics III-Historic Preservation Theory & 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.
|IND4274||Designing for an Aging Population|
This 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 and develop design solutions. Universal design and barrier-free design will be incorporated into lectures and studio projects. This course is a combination of lecture and studio experiences.
|IND4472||Computer-Aided Drafting III (Revit) for Design Professionals|
In this course, students will learn the basic methodology of parametric systems in Revit. Three-dimensional projects will be introduced, manipulated and created. Three-dimensional presentations will be rendered with a variety of light, color and graphic variations.
|IND4611||Applied Sustainable Design Principles|
A studio-based format will apply the sustainable design principles for adaptive use for both residential and commercial projects. Students will also develop an understanding of the LEED certification and documentation process for projects.
|General Education Courses||36|
|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.|