Interior Design Bachelor of Science
Department of Design and Merchandising
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OVERVIEW OF MAJOR
Are you aware that satisfaction with one’s surroundings in the workplace and at home affects performance? Do you want to be involved with making changes to the built environment that improve people’s quality of life? Can you envision changes to space that are both functional as well as creative? Are you interested in color, textiles, interior architectural materials, how a space invites you to enter? Are you interested in a specific aspect of the profession such as lighting or rendering? Do you like to work with people in teams? Are you a good problem solver? Are you interested in spaces such as banks, hospitals, retail stores, entertainment complexes, residences, resorts or research labs? These are just a few of the space types that interior designers create. If your answers to any of these questions are “yes,” then a major in Interior Design may be for you.

The Colorado State Interior Design program values learning as a collaborative effort inviting diversity of professional practice experience, design research methodologies as a source of problem-solving excellence and invites new models for learning that respond to new ways of working. Students learn foundation design elements and principles, recognition of client/user needs (programming), planning that enhances clients’ needs, material characteristics, how to detail materials into the environment and lighting, as well as business principles and processes. Assessment of student progress includes an exhibition of work at the close of the first year (required to continue in the program of study) and completion of a comprehensive interior design project and exhibition of work.

Students are provided opportunities to work with actual clients in the classroom setting while developing graphic, written and oral communication, and problem solving skills. In addition, opportunities outside the classroom offer information about interior design in Colorado, the region and internationally. The program is accredited by The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

The Interior Design core curriculum includes:
* Design elements and principles
* Assessment and evaluation of client requirements (programming)
* Space planning and design of custom features
* Materials research and detailing* lighting design
* Building systems and assemblies* code compliance
* Design for special populations, universal and barrier-free design
* Business principles, marketing, and processes for interior design
* Computer-aided design and drafting (CAD), animation, and multimedia presentation techniques
* Delineation and representation
* Preservation and historic buildings documentation
* History of interiors and furnishings
* Interior environmental issues related to sustainability and green design practices

Through this curriculum students gain a working understanding of the design process and gain the skills required to enter the profession. The Department of Design and Merchandising provides comprehensive teaching facilities including interior design studios, resource room, computer labs, and presentation, critique and exhibition spaces.


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CHARACTERISTICS AND SKILLS
* Creative, ability to visualize what is not there and the communication of this idea to others
* Strong sense/appreciation of space, light, and color
* Like to work with construction materials
* Belief in the primacy of the interior environment
* Interest in design aesthetics, art, architecture and related areas
* Like to work with people, individually and in teams
* Client/user-oriented
* Strong communications skills

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POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS
The professional interior designer is 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 the health, safety, and welfare of the public (CIDA). Participation in a required internship, volunteer activities and service learning educational experience are essential to success. As an interior designer you may:

* seek a position as an interior design intern with an interior design or architectural firm offering interior design services prior to qualifying for the certificate examination (National Council for Interior Design Qualification/NCIDQ);
* pursue a specialized area of service (programming, specifications writer, lighting or furniture design); or,
* undertake a position in a related area (contract sales, model home design, kitchen and bath design, art representation).

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RELATED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
* American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
* Design Communications (DC)
* International Interior Design Association (IIDA)
* Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)
* International Facility Management Association (IFMA)
* Student Hospitality Network
* Colorado Interior Design Coalition (CIDC)
* Design & Merchandising Leadership Team

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MORE INFORMATION
Department of Design and Merchandising
150 Aylesworth Hall, S.E.
1574 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1574
970-491-1629
http://www.dm.chhs.colostate.edu/
* Academic and career advising for majors


Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA)
TILT Building
801 Oval Drive
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1033
970-491-7095
http://www.casa.colostate.edu
* Academic advising/Major exploration


Career Center
120 Lory Student Center
Fort Collins, CO 80523
970-491-5707
http://career.colostate.edu
* Major and career exploration/Job search information


Admissions
Ammons Hall
711 Oval Drive
8008 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-8008
970-491-6909
http://www.admissions.colostate.edu
* Admission applications/University visits and tours


General Catalog Online
http://www.catalog.colostate.edu/

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