Undergrad Catalog

Interior Design (INTD)

Program Options: B.A., B.S.

If you have an innovative spirit, curiosity, and interest in how people use color, space and materials, then you are an ideal candidate for the interior design major. Interior design is a discipline that integrates artistic spirit, cultural meaning and scientific inquiry to improve the human condition. The interior design program at St. Catherine University is focused on developing visionary leaders in the interior design profession. This major will offer you opportunities in a wide variety of career choices, including residential design and the design of environments for healthcare, retail establishments or corporate office spaces. You will be exposed to a variety of design processes and strategies within the context of interior design professional practice. Your education will focus on both creative and critical problem-solving skills aimed at developing practical solutions addressing how interior environments support human needs. Your interior design program of study includes a strong liberal arts focus, coupled with a values-based education rooted in social justice. Since interior design is the application of conceptual, practical and technical problem solving, most courses are offered in a studio format.

Students apply for admission to the interior design major in the fall semester of their sophomore year and are admitted in January of their sophomore year. Admission to the program is based upon two criteria: a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a minimum GPA of 2.8 for all prerequisite courses. Students with a prior associate's degree in interior design, or who are transferring from another institution will need to submit a portfolio of their work containing elements listed below. This portfolio review assures that the assessment of student work conducted by faculty of other institutions meets the expectations and course objectives of the interior design program at St. Catherine University.

Submission of portfolio of work by students transferring into the interior design program must include the following:

1. Evidence of schematic development
2. Evidence of space planning
3. Evidence of color and finish composition
4. Evidence of construction drawing and specifications
5. Evidence of CAD and computer rendering work
6. Evidence of programming work
7. Evidence of drawing and sketching abilities

Major Requirements:

INTD 2010 Introduction to Interior Design Research and Design Process
INTD 2050 Sustainability and Material Science in Interior Design
INTD 2150 Graphic Communication in Interior Design I
INTD 2650 Lighting and Color (2 cr)
INTD 2660 History and Theory of Material Culture (2 cr)
INTD 2700 Interior Design Studio I: Residential Design for Special Populations or FACS 3700
INTD 2800 Graphic Communication in Interior Design II
INTD 3705 Interior Design Internship (2 cr)
INTD 3750 Advanced Lighting Design (2 cr)
INTD 3800 Interior Design Studio II: Corporate, Commercial and Retail Design
INTD 3850 Interior Design Construction and Fabrication
INTD 4000 Interior Design Studio III: Healthcare and Non-Profit Organizations
INTD 4700 Research Based Praxis
INTD 4860 Interior Design Senior Studio: Capstone

Prerequisite courses:
ART 1010 Three-Dimensional Design
ARTH 1100 Introduction to Art History I: Ancient through Medieval
FASH 2050 Textiles
INDI 1120 Design and Society

Required supporting courses:
ART 2150 Color
ARTH 1110 Introduction to Art History II: Renaissance through Modern
MGMT 2400 Principles of Management
PSYC 2050 Statistical Methods in Psychology OR ECON 2200 Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences OR MATH 1080 Statistical Analysis
PSYC 1001 General Psychology
PSYC 2025 Lifespan Developmental Psychology (Prerequisite: PSYC 1001 General Psychology) OR GEOG 2000 Human Cultural Geography

ART 1000 Two-Dimensional Design
CHEM 1000 Chemistry of Life OR CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I
COMM 1030 Speaking to Lead and Influence
GEOG 2000 Human Cultural Geography

Interior design majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing INTD 2010. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000 or 2000, CORE 3990, and any other writing-intensive course in another department).

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