Department of Interior Architecture & Design
College of Fine Arts
Web Page: http://interiordesign.fsu.edu/
Chair: Lisa Waxman; Professors: Pable, Waxman; Associate Professor: Myers, Dawkins, Ransdell; Assistant Professors: Fishburne, Huber, Webber; Specialized Faculty: McLane; Adjunct Faculty: Ertzberger, Munton, Nasab, O'Keefe, Preisser, Sickler, Willoughby, Wray; Professors Emeriti: Butler, Koenig, Munton, Ohazama, Wiedegreen
The Department of Interior Architecture & Design addresses design issues in all interior spaces, including both residential and nonresidential. Students are prepared to meet professional requirements and criteria for the practice of interior design, membership in professional organizations, and state licensure. A professional designer is defined by the national accrediting body, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), as one who is "qualified by education, experience, and examination to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces for the purpose of improving the quality of life, increasing productivity, and protecting health, safety, and welfare of the public." The Department of Interior Architecture & Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design and Accreditation (CIDA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
The competencies taught include elements and principles of design, design analysis, space planning and programming, drafting and technical drawing, computer-aided design, graphic presentation of design solutions, design history, sustainability, construction systems, construction documents and includes comprehensive design studios addressing a variety of design solutions. There are active student chapters of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). The faculty includes members of ASID, IIDA, the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
The undergraduate program offers the Bachelor of Science (BS) and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees in interior design. Students must consult the "Undergraduate Degree Requirements" chapter of this General Bulletin for BA degree requirements.
Computer Skills Competency
All undergraduates at Florida State University must demonstrate basic computer skills competency prior to graduation. As necessary computer competency skills vary from discipline to discipline, each major determines the courses needed to satisfy this requirement. Undergraduate majors in interior design satisfy this requirement by earning a grade of "C–" or higher in IND 3469.
State of Florida Common Program Prerequisites
The state of Florida has identified common program prerequisites for this University degree program. Specific prerequisites are required for admission into the upper-division program and must be completed at FSU prior to being formally admitted to the program. Students may be admitted into the University without completing the prerequisites, but may not be admitted into the program.
At the time this document was published, some common program prerequisites were being reviewed by the state of Florida and may have been revised. Please visit https://dlss.flvc.org/admin-tools/common-prerequisites-manuals for a current list of state-approved prerequisites.
The following lists the common program prerequisites or their substitutions, necessary for admission into this upper-division degree program:
- IND X206
- IND X406
- IND X203
- IND X204
- ARH X057 or ARH X051: coursework in art history (Renaissance through contemporary) for three credit hours is required by the department and may also be used to meet a general education/liberal studies humanities requirement
The undergraduate degree program consists of seventy-one semester hours of coursework in interior design. Students entering the program after the Spring semester of 2015 are required to take an internship for credit prior to graduation. Any exceptions must be submitted to the chair.
Specific degree requirements include the following:
- Liberal studies: of the required and elective semester hours, three must be taken in ARH X051, an art history course. Refer to the 'Liberal Studies for the 21st Century' section in the "Undergraduate Degree Requirements" chapter of this General Bulletin for specific degree requirements. Contact the program advisory for further information if needed.
- Interior design studio courses: twenty-four semester hours
- Technical and graphic design courses: twenty semester hours
- Lecture-based support courses: eighteen semester hours
- History of interiors and architecture: six semester hours
- Internship: three semester hours
- Electives in interior design. None required, but students must have at least 120 hours to graduate.
Requirements for Bachelor of Arts Degree (only)
- Electives in art-related courses must also meet University humanities requirement
- Language requirement is the equivalent of two years of language proficiency (no credit requirement).
Refer to the 'Liberal Studies for the 21st Century' section in the "Undergraduate Degree Requirements" chapter of this General Bulletin for specific degree requirements.
Requirements for a Major in Interior Design
The program is a limited access major with required sequential course offerings and elective courses in interior design. Three diagnostic courses are offered during the first year of study (IND 1203, 1204, and 2002). In a review of portfolio work generated from these three classes, up to forty students are chosen to move forward into the second year and are formally accepted into the major. Transfer students are advised to take all three diagnostic courses at Florida State University during the Summer term, and then go through First Year Review. Although transfer students can start in any semester, a summer start is the fastest path. All diagnostic classes should be taken at FSU.
A specific listing of courses required for a major in interior design is available on the department Web site at http://interiordesign.fsu.edu. A minor is not required, but may be obtained in other appropriate areas (departmental advisement required prior to electing a minor).
Students majoring in interior design must maintain the minimum GPA for semester and overall averages, and achieve a minimum grade of "C–" in all interior design classes.
Honors in the Major
The Department of Interior Architecture & Design offers a program in honors in the major to encourage talented juniors and seniors to undertake independent research as part of the undergraduate experience. For requirements and other information, see the "University Honors Office and Honor Societies" chapter of this General Bulletin.
Definition of Prefixes
IND 1203. Design Fundamentals I (3). This course is the study and development of two- and three-dimensional design projects using the elements and principles of design.
IND 1204. Design Fundamentals II (3). Prerequisite: IND 1203. This course is the continuing study and development of two- and three-dimensional design projects using the elements and principles of design leading to the development of architectural space.
IND 1206. Introduction to Interior Design (3). This course is a survey of the elements and principles of interior design to create an awareness of the made environment and a comprehensive appreciation of design.
IND 1406. Technical Drawing (3). This course is an introductory architectural drafting course encompassing structural information and technical skill building in orthographic, paraline, and perspective views.
IND 2002. Survey of Interior Design (3). This course offers a survey of the elements and principles of interior design and creates an awareness of the built environment and a comprehensive global appreciation of design. The presentation of major elements in residential and commercial interiors is aimed at self-application and beginning designers.
IND 2300. Graphic Techniques I (3). Prerequisite: First year review. This course is an introduction to achromatic media used in sketching, rendering, and design drawing, with an emphasis on schematics used in problem solving.
IND 2310. Graphic Techniques II (3). Prerequisite: IND 2300. This course is an introduction to contemporary graphics color media, reproduction processes, and presentation drawings, with a focus on the reinforcement of perspective and freehand drawing proficiencies, as well as rapid rendering techniques for interior delineation.
IND 3217. Interior Design Studio I (3). This course is an introduction to the fundamental elements and principles of design, design process, problem solving, space planning, and specifications.
IND 3431. Lighting Fundamentals (3). Prerequisite: IND 3217. This course explores the advanced technical aspects of interior design with emphasis on lighting, electrical plans, reflected ceiling plans, measurements, and acoustics.
IND 3440. Furniture Design (3). Prerequisite: IND 3217. This course focuses on the study of materials, structural considerations, function, and style of furniture and case goods by developing and appreciating their design and construction.
IND 3465. Computer-Aided Design I (3). Prerequisite: First year review. This course is an introduction to computer-aided design and drafting using AutoCAD software. Students develop an understanding of the software and how designers and architects use computers.
IND 3469. Computer-Aided Design II (3). Prerequisite: IND 3465. This course is an advanced computer-aided design class. Students increase their knowledge of 3D AutoCAD, learn the basics of Autodesk Viz software, and receive an overview of PhotoShop.
IND 3470. Construction Systems (3). Prerequisite: IND 3217. This lecture course focuses on general construction techniques and terminology, integrating the building systems of structure, plumbing, and mechanical and fire safety.
IND 3474. Construction Documents (3). Prerequisite: IND 3469. This studio course focuses on the generation of a comprehensive set of specifications and construction drawings for a single project.
IND 3480. Materials and Methods (3). Prerequisite: A textiles course. This course involves the study of furnishings and finishes for interiors with an emphasis on both aesthetic and performance qualities of the materials typically utilized in interior space.
IND 3529. Portfolio Development (1). (S/U grade only.) Prerequisite: IND 4218. This course allows students the opportunity to develop a professional portfolio format in hardcopy and digital media.
IND 3627. Principles of Sustainable Design (3). This course gives students a basic introduction to the fundamentals of sustainable design in order to better understand the inter-relationships between the built environment and nature.
IND 3930r. Special Topics in Interior Design (1–3). May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.
IND 4101r. History of Interiors I (3). This course is a study of architecture, interior, and furniture design from antiquity through the Renaissance. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.
IND 4131r. History of Interiors II (3). This course is a study of architecture, interior, and furniture design of the 17th and 18th centuries. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.
IND 4156r. Historical Restoration, Research and Documentation (3–6). This course includes study, research, and documentation of restoration and preservation procedures, sources of antiquities, and reproductions. Includes field trips. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.
IND 4161r. History of Interiors III (3). This course includes the study of architecture, interior, and furniture design from the 19th century to the present. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.
IND 4218. Interior Design Studio II (3). Prerequisite: IND 3217. This course consists of intermediate projects in creative problem solving applied to both residential and contract interiors. Emphasis on graphic communication and presentation.
IND 4242. Interior Design Studio III (3). Prerequisite: IND 4218. This course consists of advanced projects in creative problem solving with emphasis on programming, spatial analysis, and open-office systems.
IND 4243r. Interior Design Studio IV (3–6). Prerequisite: IND 4242. This course is an advanced application of the design process with emphasis on individual professional objectives and procedures for portfolio presentation. May be repeated to a maximum of six semester hours.
IND 4245. Interior Design Studio V (3). Prerequisite: IND 4243. This course is the undergraduate capstone studio and includes the design of a large-scale commercial space focusing on design development through final drawing production.
IND 4506. Business Practices (3). Prerequisite: IND 4242. This course involves advanced analysis and research into the theory and philosophy of professional interior design practice.
IND 4601. Sociological and Psychological Aspects of Design (3). Prerequisite: First year review. This course is an exploration of the relationship between humans and their environment through the study of personal and social use of space, proxemics, spatial analysis, and the effects of the environment on human behavior.
IND 4905r. Directed Individual Study (1–3). (S/U grade only.) This course enables students to pursue independent work in the area of delineation or resources under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.
IND 4947r. Internship (1–3). This internship enables students to pursue experience with design firm or other related field under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.
IND 4970r. Honors in the Major (3). For honors credit, the Department of Interior Architecture & Design requires a two-term honors program consisting of six thesis or project hours to be counted toward elective credit. Upon meeting Florida State University's requirements for honors courses, the students pursue independent creative and academic research as part of the undergraduate program.
IND 5005. Survey of Interior Design (5).
IND 5028. Creative Problem-Solving (3)
IND 5105r. History of Interiors Seminar I (3).
IND 5135r. History of Interiors Seminar II (3).
IND 5157. Historical Restoration, Research and Documentation (3).
IND 5165r. History of Interiors Seminar III (3).
IND 5208. Design Fundamentals (3).
IND 5235. Graduate Studio I (3).
IND 5236. Graduate Studio II (3).
IND 5257. Graduate Studio III (3).
IND 5258. Graduate Studio IV (3).
IND 5280. Graduate Studio V (3).
IND 5281. Graduate Studio VI (3).
IND 5282. Graduate Studio VII (3).
IND 5315. Advanced Visual Communication (3).
IND 5316r. Design Graphics II (1–4).
IND 5317. Design Graphics I (3).
IND 5425. Graduate Technical Design (3).
IND 5428. Materials and Methods (3).
IND 5435r. Graduate Lighting Seminar (4).
IND 5445. Graduate Furniture Design (3).
IND 5476. Computer-Aided Design I (3).
IND 5477. Computer-Aided Design II (3).
IND 5479. Construction Systems (3).
IND 5487. Construction Documents (3).
IND 5508. Professional Practices (3).
IND 5526. Graduate Portfolio Review II (1). (S/U grade only.)
IND 5528. Graduate Portfolio Review I (1). (S/U grade only.)
IND 5609. Graduate Seminar: Social-Psychological Aspects of Design (3).
IND 5628. Principles of Sustainable Design (3).
IND 5634r. Pre-Design Research and Programming (3–6).
IND 5636. Graduate Seminar: Design Theory and Criticism (3).
IND 5637. Graduate Seminar: Research Methods in Design (3).
IND 5638. Graduate Seminar: Design Issues (3).
IND 5910r. Directed Individual Study (1–3). (S/U grade only.)
IND 5911r. Supervised Research (1–5). (S/U grade only.)
IND 5930r. Special Topics in Interior Design (1–4).
IND 5944r. Field Research in Space Organization (1–8).
IND 5945r. Supervised Teaching (1–3). (S/U grade only.)
IND 5948r. Graduate Internship (1–3). (S/U grade only.)
For listings relating to graduate coursework for thesis, dissertation, and master's and doctoral examinations and defense, consult the Graduate Bulletin.