Interior Design Bachelor of Applied Science

For Spring Term 2021, we are offering in-person, hybrid, remote and online  courses.  
In-person courses will have class meetings on campus in accordance with established College safety protocols. Hybrid courses will have a combination of in-person and remote/online content. Remote courses show a day and time and will have class meetings via live video. Online courses will contain fully online content without set meeting times.
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In the field of interior design, your left brain and right brain join forces to create spaces where people work ergonomically and live comfortably. You blend form and function with elements like infrastructure, furniture, technology, decor and more. So start today and draw up to the blueprints for your path to state licensure and a creative career that allows you to work in a number of industry verticals, including commercial, residential, hospital and government.

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Getting Started: Spring Term 2021

Oct. 1:  Financial Aid

Jan. 4:  Application

Jan. 11:  Classes Begin

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Why Seminole State?

  • Outstanding reputation: The program is nationally recognized and accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). 
  • Industry-driven curriculum: The curriculum explores a wide variety of design segments such as residential, commercial, hospitality,
    retail, healthcare and much more.
  • Dedicated faculty: Full-time faculty are Florida licensed professionals actively involved in the industry.
  • Community involvement: Service-learning projects allow students to give back to the local and international community.
  • Hands-on experience: Apply your knowledge to real-world situations through internships with prominent Central Florida companies, and participate in active student chapters of professional organizations such as International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
    and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). 
  • Career advancement: The program offers an approved path to state licensure and to advanced degrees.

Additional Information

Interior Design Bachelor of Applied Science
Type: BAS
Major Code : INTD-BAS
CIP: 1105004083

Program Description

Seminole State's Bachelor of Applied Science in Interior Design prepares students toward a path to licensure and a professional career in the field. This comprehensive curriculum combines the concepts and philosophies of the social sciences with courses in designing for diverse populations as well as emerging trends in the industry. Advanced technical skills required to communicate with the design profession, such as space planning and lighting will also be emphasized. The degree will culminate in a capstone healthcare project and portfolio of work. Students will also be exposed to the professional industry through internship opportunities.

Having obtained skills critical to the industry, graduates of this program will be able to work in a wide variety of design occupations that range from commercial design (corporate, healthcare, retail, hospitality, government facilities, education and real estate) to residential design. Upon completion of the B.A.S. Interior Design and two years of work experience under a licensed interior designer or architect, graduates are eligible to take the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination for state licensure. The NCIDQ examination will test an interior designer's ability to protect health, safety and welfare through the competent practice of interior design. Interior designers work closely with architects, engineers and general contractors in a wide array of settings.

Program Admission

Applicants seeking admission to Seminole State College's bachelor's degree programs must comply with the College's General Admissions procedures. In addition, students must meet the following program-specific requirements listed below prior to being accepted into upper-division coursework:

  • Completion of an associate's degree, bachelor's degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution. Students who have earned a minimum 60 college credit hours from any regionally accredited institution may request to have their admission reviewed and determined by the department review committee.
  • A GPA of 2.0 or higher


Program Progression Requirements:
An Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Interior Design Technology (CIP 1450040801) from a regionally accredited Florida institution satisfies the Interior Design Technical Foundation program prerequisite requirements detailed in the Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) Interior Design degree program for both admissions and graduation requirements. The program must also be approved by the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design.

 

Contact Admissions at 407.708.4550 if you have additional questions about applying to the program.

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Available Courses
Interior Design Foundation

An Associate in Science (A.S.) Interior Design Technology from a regionally accredited Florida institution and approved by the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design, satisfies the Interior Design Technical Foundation course requirements. Students entering with any other degree must complete the Interior Design Technical Foundation courses and should follow the recommended course sequence provided by the department. 

Interior Design Required Technical Foundation Courses

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The following courses, included in the list below, all must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher:  IND 1233C, IND 1404C, IND 2012C, IND 2016C and IND 2221C.

This course traces the application of art into the development of architecture, interiors and furniture design from ancient civilizations to the end of the 19th century. The student will develop the ability to recognize and use different period styles of architecture, interior and furniture in today's setting. Terminology of both architectural styles and furniture will be stressed. This course will introduce the historic preservation registration process and respective preservation application.
This introductory course is designed to acquaint the student with the fundamental theories and processes of the profession. Emphasis is placed on all aspects of the design process and creative problem-solving that supports human behavior, functionality and aesthetics for today's interior environments. Students apply theories such as the elements and principles, human factors, spatial analysis and space planning and the science of color and color scheme development in a variety of residential settings. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher to advance to the next level studio. Lab fee required.
This course is designed specifically for interior design students. It will aid the student in developing an understanding of basic principles with applications in the preparation of drawings, use and care of instruments and equipment, lettering, sectional views, detailing, lighting, plumbing and the use of schedules. Student must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.
This course is designed to familiarize the interior design student with the materials, finishes and textiles used in both residential and commercial applications. Emphasis is places on product knowledge, fabrication and installation methods. Environmental and performance factors such as durability, flammability and care will be addressed. A variety of field trips and/or guest speakers will be scheduled to enhance class lectures for students taking the on-campus course.
This course gives the design student an in-depth understanding of the building codes, life safety codes and the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) act. Knowledge of these codes are vital to all aspects of the design process. Lectures will be combined with practical applications.
This course presents projects in residential design. Emphasis is placed on all aspects of the design process and creative problem-solving. Floor plans will be analyzed for function and aesthetics. Color theories and schemes, the selection of appropriate interior finishes and the selection of furnishings will be applied to projects. Graphic skills and presentation techniques are developed. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher to advance to the next level studio. Lab fee required.
This course acquaints the student with the complexities of commercial interiors. Emphasis is placed on all aspects of the design process and problem-solving for commercial spaces. The projects encompass life safety and ADA codes, space planning, human factors, non-structural building systems, lighting technologies and the selection of commercial-grade interior finishes and furnishings. Design solutions will be conveyed using computer-generated software such as CAD. Students must complete this course with a grade of “C” or higher to advance to the next level studio. Lab fee required.
This course provides an advanced individual and collaborative team approach to commercial design. Emphasis will be placed on the design process, spatial analysis, life safety and building codes, research and the selection and specification of interior finishes and furnishings. Projects will range in size and scope and will integrate non-structural building systems, lighting technologies and an understanding of millwork construction. Indoor environmental factors such as acoustics and speech privacy will be addressed. Design solutions will be conveyed using computer-generated software such as CAD. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher to advance to the next level studio. Lab fee required.
This course is designed to develop graphic skills and provide students with the ability to communicate spatial concepts. Emphasis is placed on visual communication tools employing a variety of media forms. Free-hand sketching, one- and two-point perspectives, material delineation, tonal investigation, compositional and presentation techniques are included. Lab fee required.
The purpose of this course is to help drafting students develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to work at an entry-level job in such positions as CAD technician trainee, CAD system operator or CAD technician. This course is designed for students who have already received in-depth training in one or more application areas. Lab fee required.
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.
This studio course focuses on the preparation of comprehensive, computer-generated sets of construction drawings. Emphasis will be placed on the technical aspects of residential and commercial structures, building systems and specifications. Students will further develop basic two-dimensional drafting using AutoCAD software within the course. Lab fee required.

Interior Design Required Support Courses

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This course is a survey of historic architectural interiors from the early American periods through contemporary architecture, interiors and furniture design. The influence of international schools of thought related to architecture, interiors and furniture design will be introduced. Current trends in interior furnishings and architecture will be examined.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental interior design and color theories and their relationship to the human experience, behavior and performance in the built environment. Theoretical studies will include both research and application to design scenarios and projects. Emphasis will be placed on the connections between these theories and their psychological effects, cultural norms and socio-economic implications.
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.
Specialized information will be presented on establishing and maintaining a successful interior design business with emphasis on resume writing, cover letters, development of an individual business and preparation of a bank loan. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher. Lab fee required.

IND 2500 must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

Required Courses
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In this course, students will explore emerging trends in the commercial interior design field while completing a studio-based project. Emphasis will be placed on the design process, including programming, conceptual design and design development. Adherence to life safety codes and the selection and specifications of commercial grade interior finishes, finishing and equipment will be stressed. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher to advance to the next level studio. Lab fee required.
This course is designed to prepare the interior design student to provide comprehensive hand-drafting solutions in timed applications. In-class exercises in accessible restrooms, egress, life-safety, building systems, millwork and timed space planning will be incorporated.
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.
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 “C” or higher. Lab Fee Required.
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 "C" or higher.
This course addresses a variety of diverse populations such as aging, special needs or autism to create an inclusive built environment. Cultural diversity will also be discussed and applied to a design project. 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.

Choose one of the following courses:

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Prior to graduation, students must successfully complete an internship with an approved interior design-related firm. Students must complete a minimum of 200 hours of an on-the-job internship experience. Department consent is required to enroll in this course.

IND 49XX

2
Credits
Elective Courses
18

Apply unused college credits not already required OR choose from the list below:

Design and Art Electives

This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of architectural design, including aspects and determinants of form and space. Drafting skills and the concepts of graphic communication are introduced and developed. Lab fee required.
Form and function merit equal influence on the design and fabrication of furniture. This creative studio course conveys the importance and impact of aesthetic, material and ergonomic considerations on the style, size and stability of successful furnishings through the conceptualization and craft of an original furniture piece.
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.
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.
This course introduces students to Autism Spectrum Disorders and interior design configuration for individuals impacted. Coursework focuses on current research in the field of autism as well as best practices for meeting the variety of sensitivities to individuals with autism.
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.
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.
In collaboration with the construction and engineering programs, students will have an opportunity to apply knowledge acquired from his or her coursework to real-world projects and assume a leadership role in the assigned interdisciplinary teams. Teams will be presented with a humanitarian problem to solve that will address community needs such as the health, safety or the environment. Service learning projects will vary and may require international travel as part of the experiential learning experience.
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.

Technology Electives

This course is designed for beginning Adobe Illustrator users. Fundamental concepts and features are introduced and applied to a variety of graphics applications. The world of vector graphics and professional illustrations is entered, explored and applied to a variety of graphic endeavors. Lab fee required.
This course is an introduction to Photoshop software which provides an extensive variety of electronic tools for manipulating photographs and creating illustrations. The course is designed for the graphics individual who wishes to integrate photography with page layouts. Students will learn the basics of scanning, retouching, color correcting, proofing and output to printer devices. Lab fee required.
This course is designed to teach the concepts, terminology and principles of desktop publishing using industry computer software to communicate visual concepts used for the printing of publications such as brochures, advertisements, books and magazines. The student will develop the skills necessary to create publications designed for print publishing and production. Lab fee required.
In this course, students will learn advanced two- and three-dimensional drafting techniques. Menu and program modification will be emphasized along with improved speed and accuracy. Lab fee required.
This course will introduce the kitchen and bath design student to the latest industry standard software. The student will learn basic commands and functions for use with two-dimensional drawings such as floor plans and elevations. Lab fee required.

Building Construction Electives

This course provides a broad overview of the built environment, the architectural, engineering and construction (A/E/C) industry as well as different career paths within the industry. Insight into the processes, the people and the practices involved to bring a building from a concept to reality are presented. An emphasis will be placed on the construction management process and the critical role of the construction manager. Lab fee required.
This course addresses the Tiny House phenomenon from a lifestyle, design and construction perspective. Students will be introduced to the Tiny House Movement, financial independence, freedom and ecological responsibility. Various types of Tiny Homes (400 square feet or less) from homes on wheels to ones with concrete foundations, will be presented and the pros/cons of each discussed. Design topics include space efficiency, appropriate interior finishes, multi-purpose furnishings/appliances, sustainability (eco-friendly) features and smart technologies. Construction budgets, building codes and zoning ordinances will be reviewed so students can transition into this up-and-coming lifestyle.
General Education Courses
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Communications General Education courses

9
Credits
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Communications requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
In this course, students develop the ability to read literary texts critically, to think logically and creatively and to write and research effectively. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030.
The purpose of this course is to improve the basic skills of speaking and listening. Class exercises emphasize preparing and delivering public speeches, speaking with clarity and variety and listening with literal and critical comprehension. The course addresses communication in the personal, career and global spheres.

History General Education course

3
Credits

Humanities General Education Courses (3 credits from Area A and 3 credits from Area B)

6
Credits

Mathematics General Education courses

6
Credits

Social Science General Education courses (Must be taken from two different Areas)

6
Credits

Science General Education courses (Must be taken from two different areas)

6
Credits
Total Credits:
120
Note:

Students must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of Interior Design (IND1### 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:

Students enrolled in Seminole State College’s baccalaureate degree programs must demonstrate foreign language proficiency. Students who have previously received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution are exempt from this requirement.  Additionally, per Florida Statute 1007.25, “Beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2014-2015 and thereafter, coursework for an associate in arts degree shall include demonstration of competency in a foreign language.” 

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.

Note:

Honors in the Major is an indication that the student pursues academic excellence and exhibits leadership qualities. The Honors in the Major Program is designed to encourage the best juniors and seniors to do classwork and projects that expose them to the latest in technology and methodology. Refer to the Honors in the Major section of this catalog for details.

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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Tuition and Fee Comparison*

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Books and Supplies$1,000$850$1,000$1,200
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The Profession

Interior designers are qualified by education, experience and professional licensure to enhance an environment’s function, safety and overall appeal. The professional interior designer is integral in the planning, design and construction of today’s complex built environments and collaborates with architects, engineers, general contractors and other professionals.

Career Opportunities

Interior design is among the fastest-growing occupations in the region, with projected growth of 20 percent over the next decade.

Students with a bachelor's degree in interior design can pursue careers in:

  • "Aging-in-Place" Design
  • Barrier-Free/Universal Design
  • Commercial Interior Design
  • Facilities/Project Management
  • Government/Institutional Design
  • Healthcare/Assisted Living Facilities Design
  • Hospitality/Entertainment Design
  • Kitchen/Bath Design
  • Residential Interior Design
  • Retail Design/Visual Merchandising/Exhibit Design
  • Sales/Manufacturer Representative
  • Space Planning/Specification
  • Sustainable/Environmental Design

Profession

Interior designers are qualified by education, experience and professional licensure to enhance an environment’s function, safety and overall appeal. The professional interior designer is integral in the planning, design and construction of today’s complex built environments and collaborates with architects, engineers, general contractors and other professionals.

Career Opportunities

Interior design is among the fastest-growing occupations in the region, with projected growth of 20 percent over the next decade. Students with a bachelor's degree in interior design can pursue careers in:

  • "Aging-in-Place" Design
  • Barrier-Free/Universal Design
  • Commercial Interior Design
  • Facilities/Project Management
  • Government/Institutional Design
  • Healthcare/Assisted Living Facilities Design
  • Hospitality/Entertainment Design
  • Kitchen/Bath Design
  • Residential Interior Design
  • Retail Design/Visual Merchandising/Exhibit Design
  • Sales/Manufacturer Representative
  • Space Planning/Specification
  • Sustainable/Environmental Design

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