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Interior Design Department

Rachel Pike, Chair
Annex South Room 101N
Phone: 617-989-4046

Faculty

Professors

  • Herbert Fremin, AIA, IDEC, NCIDQ
  • Frederick Kuhn, ISDA
  • Rachel Pike, ASID, IDEC, NCIDQ, LEED AP

Associate Professors

  • Robert Meszaros, AIGA
  • Sam Montague, IDSA
  • Jeffrey Michael, IDSA

Assistant Professors

  • Peter Greenberg, AIA, IDEC, LEED AP
  • Nick Ortolino, CAA
  • Ralf Schneider, IDSA
  • Sean Stewart, AIA, LEED AP, NCIDQ
  • Lynette Suslowicz, IIDA, NCIDQ
  • Simon Williamson, IDSA

Department Vision and Mission Statement

The Interior Design program recalls and reinforces the mission of the Institute by preparing and graduating students with excellent diverse skills qualifying them for the demands of professional life.

The program recognizes that academic preparation is the foundation of lifelong learning in a dynamic and evolving profession and seeks to develop student fluency and competence in an array of basic skills and processes with equal insight into the artistic, technical, and managerial competencies of practice. More precisely the program graduates students with a broad overview of the profession by balancing a curriculum equally weighted in creativity—the art of design—and fundamental technical knowledge with the business acumen required to realize their conceptions.

The program orientation and the structure of the curriculum rest on a tripartite base: Wentworth’s “Student Learning Goals,” CIDA accreditation standards, and the NCIDQ definition of the professional interior designer. These three standards recognize the specialized and diverse knowledge and skills required in practice, and affords graduates substantial preparation for professional licensure. To achieve this balanced orientation, the program seeks to:

  • foster creativity and artistic vision
  • develop fluency with a design process
  • broaden intellectual depth
  • develop technical skills and the craft of making
  • introduce students to the business of design
  • offer the opportunity to work efficiently both independently and collaboratively in teams
  • recognize the broad professional fiduciary responsibilities to the general public including but not limited to ethical practice, regulatory requirements, and growing public concerns for resource conservation and sustainability.

Degree Program

Interior Design: Leading to the Bachelor of Science degree

Program Description

The program is structured as ten semesters in four calendar years - eight academic semesters plus two semesters of full-time cooperative work experience. The first cooperative work semesters is scheduled in the junior and the second in the senior year. An optional coop work experience is offered in the summer between the sophomore and junior year. The first year (foundation) is shared with the Industrial Design Program.

A portfolio is not required for admission to the freshman year, however, advancement into the junior year of the BINT program is based on a student’s past performance and demonstrated skill level to succeed in the more advanced courses offered in the junior and senior years. Approval to continue on into the junior year will be based on the following:

  • a minimum of 65 earned credits with an overall 2.0 GPA in their first two years of study
  • a 2.5 GPA for all courses completed with the prefix DSGN and INTD
  • successful portfolio review of their related discipline projects (completed and in progress)

The program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Graduates of the program may seek employment as interior design professionals in interior design and architectural firms, corporations, institutions, and government offices, or as sales professionals for interior design product manufacturers. Some graduates have pursued advanced degrees in interior design, architecture, fine arts, and business administration. After two years of professional experience, graduates may sit for the NCIDQ examination for professional certification.

Design Studio Grade Requirement

The following grade requirement must be achieved to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. This requirement applies to: Interior Studio I (INTD 211), Interior Studio II (INTD 301), Interior Studio III (INTD 401), Interior Studio IV (INTD 501), Interior Studio V (INTD 601) and Directed Studies Studio (INTD 621). 

The final grade must be a "C" or better if the final grade in the previous design studio is less than a "C".

Students who receive a grade below a "C" for two consecutive semesters are not permitted to continue in the studio sequence until they successfully repeat the second studio for which they received a substandard grade.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course

R

L

C

DSGN105 Drawing I 0 6 3
DSGN130 Design I 1 6 4
DSGN135 Intro to Computer Graphics 1 2 2
ENGLISH English Sequence†
4 0 4
MATH211 Plane and Solid Geometry 4 0 4
Total 10 14 17

Spring Semester

Course R L C
DSGN165 Design II 1 6 4
ENGLISH English Sequence†
3 0 3
INTD155 Technical Drawing I 1 6 4
INTD225 Technical Studies I 3 0 3
PHYS211 Conceptual Physics 3 2 4
Total 11 14 18

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course

R

L

C

ELECTIVE Lower Level Social Science Elective 3 0 3
INTD211 Interior Studio I 1 8 5
INTD220 History of Interiors I 3 0 3
INTD275 Technical Studies II 3 2 4
INTD285 Technical Drawing II 2 4 4
Total 12 14 19

Spring Semester

Course

R

L

C

ELECTIVE Lower Level Social Science Elective 3 0 3
INTD230 Presentation Techniques 2 4 4
INTD290 History of Interiors II 3 0 3
INTD301 Interior Studio II 1 8 5
INTD325 Technical Studies III 3 2 4
ENGL350 Sophomore Writing Assessment 0 0 0
Total 12 14 19

Summer Semester

Course R L

C

COOP300 Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional) 0

Junior Year1

Fall Semester

Course

R

L

C

ELECTIVE Design Elective2 - - 3
INTD401 Interior Studio III 0 12 6
INTD455 Material and Furniture Specifications 2 0 2
INTD485 Behavioral Aspects of Design 3 0 3
INTD500 Construction Documents 2 4 4
Total - - 18

Spring Semester

Course R L

C

COOP400 Co-op Work Semester I 0

Summer Semester

Course

R

L

C

ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
INTD430 Interior Architectural Lighting 3 2 4
INTD501 Interior Studio IV 0 12 6
ELECTIVE General Elective - - 3
Total - - 17

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course R L

C

COOP600 Co-op Work Semester II 0

Spring Semester

Course

R

L

C

INTD515 Building Regulatory Requirements 2 0 2
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
INTD460 Textiles 3 2 4
INTD570 Programming for Interior Design 2 0 2
INTD601 Interior Studio V 0 12 6
Total 11 14 18

Summer Semester

Course

R

L

C

COMM270 Business Communications 3 0 3
ELECTIVE Upper Level Humanities or Social Science Elective* 4 0 4
INTD610 Professional Practice 4 0 4
INTD621 Directed Studies Studio 0 12 6
Total 11 12 17

R=Class Hours Per Week, L=Lab Hours Per Week, C=Semester Credit Hours

Please refer to the English sequence requirement

*Please refer to the upper level humanities/social science elective requirement.

1Prior to entering junior year courses, students must have completed the prerequisites outlined above.

2Courses selected with the Faculty Advisor’s approval to complement and to broaden the student’s educational experience.

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