Interior Architecture and Design Overview
The Interior Architecture and Design program provides students with broad exposure to aspects of the practice of interior architecture and design at the entry level. The program is grounded in research-based problem-solving in addition to a variety of cultural, environmental, and historical perspectives. The Interior Architecture and Design program is accredited through the Council of Interior Design Accreditation, recognizing the highest academic standards established by the profession.
Undergraduates may apply to the major as entering first-year students, second-bachelor candidates, transfer students and those deciding to change majors at any point in their academic career. After completing two required core discipline courses and maintaining a 2.5 GPA, a student may participate in the Selective Advancement Design Scenario required to advance into the major.
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The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture and Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Bachelor of Science in Interior Architecture and Design granted by Colorado State University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.
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The courses you take with a major in Interior Architecture and Design will prepare you for a career as a professional designer. You will have the skills and experience to design interior environments that enhance the quality of life, increase productivity, and protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
Interior Architecture and Design Program Mission and Goals
The program guides students toward becoming dedicated interior designers with strong communication skills and creative problem solving while preparing them to make positive impacts in the practice of interior design through multidimensional practice opportunities. The program engages in its mission through research-based problem solving providing a solid transition from education to practice in a global community.
The interior architecture and design faculty strives to deliver program outcomes through five goals maximizing our location and resources and embracing change as a constant variable. Examples can be identified across a majority of the curriculum; primary evidence is identified but evidence may also be found in coursework across the program of study, culminating in the capstone project.
- Goal 1: Apply research-based problem solving to the design of interiors to effect positive change in the health, welfare, and quality of life for people at home, work, and leisure-built environments.
- Goal 2: Integrate a cultural perspective in the study of environments for diverse populations that considers tradition, value, culture, and heritage in the development of future environments.
- Goal 3: Utilize community engagement and service-learning to provide students with opportunities to experience problem finding and solving in the communities in the Rocky Mountains.
- Goal 4: Embrace creativity and technology as resources and tools for innovation permitting the exploration of interior solutions of complexity to be envisioned as a dimension of design excellence at CSU.
- Goal 5: Support learning outside the classroom to expand understanding of the profession and practice.