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Interior Design Department

Sean Stewart, Chair
Annex South Room 101F
Phone: 617-989-4469

FACULTY

Professor

Frederick Kuhn, IDSA

Associate Professors

Robert Meszaros, AIGA

Jeffrey Michael, IDSA

Sam Montague, IDSA

Assistant Professors

Peter Greenberg, AIA, IDEC, LEED AP, NCIDQ

Sean Stewart, AIA, LEED AP, NCIDQ

Nick Ortolino, CAA

Lynette Suslowicz, IIDA, NCIDQ

Ralf Schneider, IDSA

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 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 semester (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 qualified professional experience, graduates may sit for the NCIDQ examination for professional certification.

DEGREE DETAILS

Total credits for degree: 135

This is a four year program, starting in the fall semester of the student’s first year and planned to end in the summer semester of the student’s fourth year.

Please see Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate for information regarding the English sequence and the humanities/social science elective requirement.

DIRECTED HUMANITIES/SOCIAL SCIENCES ELECTIVES

Both of the humanities/social sciences electives for the sophomore year are directed towards a subset of courses. In the fall semester, students will take a course with a focus in art history. In the spring semester, students will take a course with a focus in psychology or sociology. A list of applicable courses, as determined by the Interior Design and Humanities/Social Sciences departments, will be available prior to registration.

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 (INTD142), Interior Studio II (INTD182), Interior Studio III (INTD242), Interior Studio IV (INTD282), Interior Studio V (INTD342) and Interior Studio VI (INTD382), Interior Studio VII (INTD442), and Senior Project: Design (INTD650).

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.

INTERIOR DESIGN

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer Semester

Course

Course

Course

Freshman Year

DSGN110

Drawing 1/Visualization 1

3

INTD165

Drawing II

3

 

DSGN112

Color & Composition

4

INTD182

Interior Design Studio II

4

DSGN122

Design Magic

2

INTD220

History of ID I

3

INTD142

Interior Design Studio I

4

MATH211

Plane and Solid Geometry

4

ENGLISH

English Sequence

4

ENGLISH

English Sequence

4

TOTAL CREDITS

17

18

Sophomore Year

INTD235

Materials

3

INTD250

Presentation Techniques

4

COOP300

Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

0

INTD242

Interior Design Studio III

4

INTD260

Building Systems I

3

 

INTD265

Drawing III

4

INTD282

Interior Design Studio IV

4

PHYS211

Conceptual Physics

4

INTD290

History of ID II

3

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

(ART HISTORY)

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

(PSYCHOLOGY/SOCIOLOGY)

4

TOTAL CREDITS

19

18

Junior Year

INTD310

Construction Documents

4

COOP400

Co-op Work Term I

0

INTD375

Lighting

3

INTD330

Building Systems II

3

 

INTD382

Interior Design Studio VI

6

INTD342

Interior Design Studio V

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

INTD485

Behavioral Aspects of Design

3

ELECTIVE

Design

3

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

 

TOTAL CREDITS

18

0

16

Senior Year

COOP600

Co-op Work Term II

0

INTD442

Interior Design Studio VII

6

INTD615

Professional Practice

3

 

INTD475

Building Regulations

3

INTD650

Senior Project: Design

6

INTD600

Senior Project: Research

3

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

ELECTIVE

Humanities/Social Science

4

 

TOTAL CREDITS

0

16

13

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