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INTERIOR DESIGN

College of Arts and Letters

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Interior Design Program at California State University, Sacramento has a regional reputation as a leading design school, and is (see Special Features) recognized as a nationally accredited program. The four year program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design and offers two concentrations: Interior Architecture and Interior Design Marketing.

The Interior Design Program provides students with the technical, creative, and critical thinking skills needed to enter the Interior Design profession. The breadth of courses in the program reflects the importance of both a liberal arts background and professional preparation in the design field. Courses encompass the study of design history and theory, aesthetics, graphics, lighting, space planning, computer-aided design, interior construction, and professional practice. The Interior Design curriculum provides comprehensive coverage in all the major areas of training, including concept development, design, communication, presentation, construction, and professional services. Many of the course assignments are based on actual design projects. Guest lecturers and professional panel critiques and discussions as well as building tours of outstanding projects are all important parts of the curriculum. Community service projects also help to maintain a strong connection to the community and profession.

Three full-time faculty and several practicing professional architects and interior designers teach in the Interior Design Program. Faculty have expertise in architecture, design history, residential and commercial interiors, lighting, space planning, and computer-aided design. Since part-time faculty are drawn from the profession and include licensed architects, and certified interior designers, students receive firsthand exposure to professional practice methods and techniques. The high level of teaching, coupled with a structured internship experience, prepares California State University, Sacramento students for successful careers in the design profession.

Students have an opportunity to travel with faculty to Italy during the summer to study design as a part of the advanced history option. Another outstanding feature of the Interior Design program is the senior internship program with well over 100 businesses and government agencies as active sponsors. Many students gain employment as a direct result of their internship placement.

The Interior Design major at California State University, Sacramento is one of the most highly sought after programs in Northern California and is designated as an impacted program. Students entering the program are initially classified as Pre-Interior Design Majors. After completing the required lower division prerequisites, students may apply for admission to the upper division program by declaring their concentration in either Interior Architecture or Interior Design Marketing. Admission to the Interior Architecture concentration is limited and controlled by an annual portfolio review. Students interested in this concentration must submit a supplementary application including a portfolio of work. Interior Architecture concentration applicants will be ranked based on cumulative GPA and the results of the juried portfolio review held each Spring. Transfer students must speak with an interior design advisor upon acceptance to the California State University, Sacramento to determine placement within the major.

Students that have been accepted to the Interior Design program, within the Department of Design are required to own a laptop computer and the appropriate software for upper division courses. Upon beginning upper division coursework this requirement must be met. Before purchasing please consult your major advisor or the Department office for specific minimum requirements for the laptop computer and software.

Special Features

  • The Interior Design program is accredited by the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA formerly FIDER) and by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The four-year major leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design.
  • Sacramento State Interior Design students have been award winners in numerous design competitions.
  • Students are often involved in community design projects as well as projects on our growing campus.
  • The Interior Design program at Sacramento State has an active student club (PRINTS) representing the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Monthly meetings feature guest speakers from the professional community and include workshops and field trip events.
  • A summer travel study program to Italy offers students an opportunity to learn about European design and architecture.
  • The internship program places students in professional organizations ranging from architecture and interior design firms to furniture companies, corporations, and government agencies.
  • California State University, Sacramento, located in the state capital, is less than 100 miles from the San Francisco Bay Area. This location offers a wealth of professional employment opportunities. Graduates from our program at California State University, Sacramento have secured positions in architectural firms, interior design firms, government agencies, private corporations, furniture manufacturing companies, and design showrooms.

UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM

Requirements - Bachelor of Arts Degree

Units required for Major: 66-69
A minimum grade of "C" is required in all upper division Interior Design courses.
Minimum total units required for the BA: 120

Courses in parentheses are prerequisites.

Requirements - Interior Architecture Concentration

A. Required Lower Division Courses (24 units)

(3)

ART 1A

Art in the Western World: From Stone Age to End of Middle Ages OR

 

ART 1B

Art in the Western World: From Renaissance to Present

(3)

GPHD 10

Introduction to Digital Design

(3)

GPHD 25

Visual Basics (ART 20A or pre Interior Design major)

(3)

INTD 15

Introduction to Interior Design

(3)

INTD 20

Design

(3)

INTD 25

Design Fundamentals

(3)

INTD 30

Introduction to Computer Aided Design (GPHD 10; INTD 25)

(3)

PHOT 11

Digital Imaging

B. Required Upper Division Courses (45 units)

(3)

INTD 123

Survey of Western Architecture and Interiors

(6) Select two of the following:

(3)

INTD 124A

American Design (INTD 20; GWAR certification before Fall 09, or WPJ score of 80+, or 3-unit placement in ENGL 109 M/W, or 4-unit placement in ENGL 109 M/W and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X or WPJ score 70/71 and ENGL 109X; or instructor permission)

(3)

INTD 124D

Principles of House Design (INTD 20)

(3)

INTD 124E

Film/Design (ENGL 97 or INTD 20)

(3)

INTD 151

Interior Design Graphics I (INTD 25, INTD 30 and acceptance into Interior Design Major. Corequisite: INTD 153 and INTD 155)

(3)

INTD 153

Interior Design Studio I (INTD 25, INTD 30 and acceptance into Interior Design Major; Corequisite: INTD 151 and INTD 155)

(3)

INTD 155

Professional Practice I (INTD 15 and INTD 30)

(3)

INTD 161

Interior Design Graphics II (INTD 151, INTD 153 and INTD 155; Corequisite: INTD 163 and INTD 165)

(3)

INTD 163

Interior Design Studio II (INTD 151, INTD 153 and INTD 155; Corequisite: INTD 161 and INTD 165)

(3)

INTD 165

Professional Practice II (INTD 15 and INTD 30)

(3)

INTD 171

Interior Design Graphics III (INTD 161, INTD 163, INTD 165; Corequisite: INTD 173 and INTD 175)

(3)

INTD 173

Interior Design Studio III (INTD 161, INTD 163, INTD 165; Corequisite: INTD 171 and INTD 175)

(3)

INTD 175

Professional Practice III (INTD 15, INTD 30)

(3)

INTD 181

Interior Design Graphics IV (INTD 171, INTD 173 and INTD 175; Corequisite: INTD 183)

(3)

INTD 183

Interior Design Studio IV (INTD 171, INTD 173, INTD 175 and instructor permission; Corequisite: INTD 181)

(3)

INTD 195

Professional Practice IV - Internship (INTD 171, INTD 173 and INTD 175)

Requirements - Interior Design Marketing Concentration

A. Required Lower Division Courses (24 units)

(3)

GPHD 10

Introduction to Digital Design

(3)

GPHD 25

Visual Basics (ART 20A or pre Interior Design major)

(3)

INTD 15

Introduction to Interior Design

(3)

INTD 20

Design

(3)

INTD 25

Design Fundamentals

(3)

INTD 30

Introduction to Computer Aided Design (GPHD 10; INTD 25)

(3)

PHOT 11

Digital Imaging

(3) Choose one of the following:

 

ACCY 1

Accounting Fundamentals (Entry Level Math (ELM) test of at least 36 or a CR grade in MLSK 7A) OR

 

ART 1A

Art in the Western World: From Stone Age to End of Middle Ages OR

ART 1B

Art in the Western World: From Renaissance to Present OR

 

GPHD 20

History of Graphic Design OR

 

PHOT 102

Photography, A Social History

B. Required Upper Division Courses (42 units)

(3)

INTD 123

Survey of Western Architecture and Interiors

(6) Select two of the following:

(3)

INTD 124A

American Design (INTD 20; GWAR certification before Fall 09, or WPJ score of 80+, or 3-unit placement in ENGL 109 M/W, or 4-unit placement in ENGL 109 M/W and co-enrollment in ENGL 109X or WPJ score 70/71 and ENGL 109X; or instructor permission)

(3)

INTD 124D

Principles of House Design (INTD 20)

(3)

INTD 124E

Film/Design (ENGL 97 or INTD 20)

(3)

INTD 155

Professional Practice I (INTD 15 and INTD 30)

(3)

INTD 165

Professional Practice II (INTD 15 and INTD 30)

(3)

INTD 175

Professional Practice III (INTD 15, INTD 30)

(3)

INTD 195

Professional Practice IV - Internship (INTD 171, INTD 173 and INTD 175)

(3)

MKTG 101

Principles of Marketing

(3)

MKTG 122

Buyer Behavior (MKTG 101)

(3)

MKTG 129

Marketing Management (MKTG 101, senior status)

(12) Choose four of the following:

 

MKTG 123

Public Relations and Ethics in Business

 

MKTG 124

Retail Management (MKTG 101)

 

MKTG 125

Advertising (MKTG 101)

 

MKTG 126

Salesmanship

 

MKTG 127

Sales Management (MKTG 101)

 

MKTG 190

Multinational Marketing (MKTG 101 or instructor permission)

Note: Students who desire additional coursework may select courses from a variety of recommended areas. Students are encouraged to consult an Interior Design advisor prior to course selection.

Career Possibilities

Residential and/or Commercial Interior Designer · Space Planner · Corporate Designer · Interior Design Showroom Manager · Manufacturer's Representative · Contract Interior Designer · Freelance Design Consultant

Faculty

Andrew Anker, Michelle Duff, Carolyn Gibbs, James Kenney

Contact Information

John P. Forrest Jr., Department Chair
Andrew Anker, Program Coordinator
Jan Lopez, Administrative Support Coordinator
Mariposa Hall 5001
(916) 278-3962; FAX (916) 278-6116
www.al.csus.edu/design/intd.html



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