2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 06, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived]

Interior Architecture Design Major

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(71 credits)


The Interior Architecture Design program is accredited by the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).


Interior design is a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment. These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants and are aesthetically attractive. Designs are created in response to and coordinated with the building shell and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. Designs must adhere to code and regulatory requirements, and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability. The interior design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology, including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process, whereby the needs and resources of the client are satisfied to produce an interior space that fulfills the project goals. Interior design includes a scope of services performed by a professional design practitioner, qualified by means of education, experience and examination, to protect and enhance the health, life safety and welfare of the public. These services may include any or all of the following tasks:

- Research and analysis of the client's goals and requirements; and development of documents, drawings and diagrams that outline those needs

- Formulation of preliminary space plans and two and three dimensional design concept studies and sketches that integrate the client's program needs and are based on knowledge of the principles of interior design and theories of human behavior

- Confirmation that preliminary space plans and design concepts are safe, functional, aesthetically appropriate, and meet all public health, safety and welfare requirements, including code, accessibility, environmental, and sustainability guidelines

- Selection of colors, materials and finishes to appropriately convey the design concept and to meet socio-psychological, functional, maintenance, lifecycle performance, environmental, and safety requirements

- Selection and specification of furniture, fixtures, equipment and millwork, including layout drawings and detailed product description; and provision of contract documentation to facilitate pricing, procurement and installation of furniture

- Provision of project management services, including preparation of project budgets and schedules

- Preparation of construction documents, consisting of plans, elevations, details and specifications, to illustrate non-structural and/or non-seismic partition layouts; power and communications locations; reflected ceiling plans and lighting designs; materials and finishes; and furniture layouts

- Preparation of construction documents to adhere to regional building and fire codes, municipal codes, and any other jurisdictional statutes, regulations and guidelines applicable to the interior space

- Coordination and collaboration with other allied design professionals who may be retained to provide consulting services, including but not limited to architects; structural, mechanical and electrical engineers, and various specialty consultants

- Confirmation that construction documents for non-structural and/or non-seismic construction are signed and sealed by the responsible interior designer, as applicable to jurisdictional requirements for filing with code enforcement officials

- Administration of contract documents, bids and negotiations as the client's agent

- Observation and reporting on the implementation of projects while in progress and upon completion, as a representative of and on behalf of the client; and conducting post-occupancy evaluation reports.


Indiana State University's Interior Architecture Design (IAD) program is dedicated to providing a comprehensive quality education to students in the undergraduate level. The program combines classroom instruction by faculty who have experience and professional connections to the world of architecture and design with program opportunities for students to receive actual work experiences in the discipline of IAD.

The program's mission statement reinforces this purpose by formally stating. “to empower program graduates to become innovative, environmentally and socially conscious designers; to be involved in the community and public engagement; and to focus on the world of design and all its complexity in relation to its effect on people as well as their social interactions and behavior.”

The faculty are members of relevant professional organizations. The faculty bring dedication and experience to their classroom teaching, providing students with knowledge and skills gained from IAD contacts.

The IAD program focuses on providing interior architecture design students with quality education via academic knowledge, professional experiences, and social and developmental opportunities. Students in the program are advised by IAD faculty, who also provide information on IAD admission policies, transfer student policies, course repeat process, senior check-out, and graduation. Students are required to join and participate in professional activities including field trips, attendance at conventions, guest speakers, workshops, and social events which bring students, faculty, and professional guests together to share and learn about IAD.

Providing practical experience is an important goal of the IAD program, and a variety of internships and professional practice opportunities are available to the IAD majors. Students in the past have completed internships with such firms as Hellmuth, Obata, and Kassabaum (HOK), Jensen & Halstead Ltd., Kovert Hawkins Architects., Masterbrand Cabinets, Inc., and Lohr Design Interiors. More information is available on the IAD web site, www.indstate.edu/interior.


All students in the IAD Program are required to participate in community service projects outside of class, attend a professional organization meeting or event, and networking events with the advisory board like Fall Orientation and the Advisory Board Luncheon. Students are also required to participate in events that provide professional learning, networking, and social opportunities as directed by the program coordinator.

Entrance Requirements

1. At least a 2.5 cummulative GPA is required for unconditional acceptance into the IAD program. If recommended for admission by IAD faculty, applicants with a GPA lower than 2.5 will be offered a conditional acceptance on a space-available basis. 

2. It is strongly recommended that each applicant take the Ishihara Test for Color Blindness and forward a copy of the results to IAD faculty (www.indstate.edu/interior). 

3. International students must have a minimum TOEFL, score of 550 or equivalent.

Academic Standards for Interior Architecture Design Majors

The following standards apply with regard to the admission, retention, and graduation of students from the four-year undergraduate IAD program.

Each entering freshman selecting the Interior Architecture Design (IAD) program will be placed in the category of “predesign” within the IAD Bachelor of Science Degree.

First Year: “Predesign” Courses

Students will remain in the “predesign” category until they complete the following first year “predesign” courses with an average GPA of 2.5 or higher:

Second Year Design Courses

Complete the following second year design courses with an average of 2.5 or higher:

Academic Performance

Academic performance will be monitored regularly by the program. Students who do not maintain a 2.5 GPA will have a grace period in order to improve their performance. Students who continue to not meet GPA requirements and/or professional standards may be dismissed from the program. 

Major Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate, students majoring in IAD must meet the following minimum requirements: 

  • Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5
  • Complete all IAD courses with an average grade point of 2.5 or higher
  • Complete all IAD design studio courses (IAD 251, 270, 351, 352, 451, 452) with a grade of C- or higher
  • Complete the course work and any additional requirements that may be stipulated by the IAD Program such as professional standards 
  • At least 50% of IAD credits required for any IAD major should be taken at Indiana State University

Transfer and Readmission Policies

  • Students eligible to transfer into the “predesign” category or the IAD major from another institution must be in good academic standing.
  • All design courses to be considered for transfer equivanlency must be approved by the IAD faculty.
  • Students eligible to transfer into the third year IAD major must complete all first and second year design courses, specifically design studios with an overall acceptance into the third year of the IAD program.
  • Students who have been readmitted are expected to meet degree requirements effective with their new admit term.
  • At least 50% of IAD credits required for any IAD major should be taken at Indiana State University.

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