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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interior Design, B.S.

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Human Sciences 
Kristi Julian, program coordinator

The Interior Design curriculum meets the requirements for Allied membership in the American Society of Interior Designers and Affiliate membership in the International Interior Design Association. Accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, the B.S. degree offers preparation for entry-level positions in residential and contract design firms, sales, design consulting, computer-aided design, and other related design areas. The program includes a major in Interior Design and a professional core in Human Sciences, art, and business.

Laptop Computer Requirement and Policy

Electronic technology has had a major impact on the interior design profession. The MTSU Interior  Design program is committed to the integration of computers throughout the design curriculum. Each student in the interior design program is required to purchase a laptop computer with the requirements listed below upon successful entrance into the Interior Design major for integration into first, second, third-, and fourth-year classes. We strive as a program to remain technology fee free and require only these upfront, one-time purchases that typically will last the length of the program.

Computer Purchase Requirements:

Required Hardware (See https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/alienware-m15-r7-gaming-laptop/spd/alienware-m15r7-gaming-laptop/wnr7m15foqrs). You can always customize by choosing the next level up, but the link provided is the base model. (NOTE: You cannot “customize down.” Make sure that laptop has at least 32GB of RAM memory and 1TB hard drive on the options.) Contact the bookstore for pricing and financial aid information.

Additional Requirements:

  • Wireless external mouse with at least 3 buttons
  • Required Storage: External Hard Drive (250 GB rec.), Cloud Storage, and Laptop Cloud Storage through MTSU.
  • AutoCAD - confirm version with your 3110 instructor.
  • Windows - most current version (student purchase)
  • Microsoft Office Suite/Office 365 - most current version https://mtsu.edu/itd/student-accounts.php

Admission and Progression

Interior Design Curriculum Prior to Admission to the Professional Course Sequence

  1. Any student formally admitted to the University may pursue the Interior Design curriculum.
  2. Interior Design majors are required to complete IDES 1010  prior to applying for admission to the professional course sequence.
  3. Interior Design students are expected to seek advising from the Human Sciences academic advisors each semester to ensure that they are following the proper sequence for completion of the prerequisite courses.

Admission into the Professional Course Sequence (Candidacy)

Applicants are guaranteed admission to the professional course sequence in Interior Design if they

  • have a minimum ACT score of 25 (or SAT equivalent);
  • have a minimum inclusive undergraduate college GPA of 3.5; and
  • have completed each of the following courses with a grade of C (2.00) or better:
    • General Education ENGL 1010 , ENGL 1020  - 6 credit hours
    • General Education Natural Science - 8 credit hours
    • General Education Math - 3 credit hours
    • General Education Humanities/Fine Arts (excluding ART 1030 ) - 3 credit hours
    • General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences - 3 hours
    • Interior Design Career Orientation (IDES 1010 ) - 1 credit hour
    • Other (from required professional support or general education courses) - 6 credit hours

Depending on space and available resources, additional students may be admitted on a competitive basis. Admission will be based on ACT/SAT score (25% weight) and inclusive undergraduate GPA (75% weight) and completion of all prerequisite courses with grade of C (2.00) or better.

Note: Students with less than a 2.50 inclusive GPA are not eligible for admission to the sequence of professional courses.

Interior Design Professional Course Sequence

  1. An application form must be submitted to the Interior Design program during the Spring semester prior to beginning the professional course sequence. See application for final submission date.
  2. Transcript validation of all prerequisite courses must be on file in the MTSU Records Office.
  3. An inclusive undergraduate college grade point average of 2.50 is required for beginning eligibility.
  4. Applicants must have no grade less than a C (2.00) in any prerequisite and General Education course by the end of Spring semester for those entering the professional sequence the following Fall.
  5. Scores from a standardized examination (ACT/SAT) along with the inclusive college grade point average will be used to rank candidates for progression to the professional sequence.
  6. Students must attain a minimum grade of C (2.00) in all Interior Design courses.
  7. Students will be dismissed from the Interior Design major if they
    1. commit a breach of ethics or gross professional negligence,
    2. fail to progress due to unsuccessful attainment of requirements. Students who fail to progress will be readmitted on a space-available basis. Only one readmission for failure to progress will be allowed. Students admitted from other interior design programs in which a grade of D (less than 2.00) was made in interior design will not be readmitted.
  8. If a student receives a D or F in an Interior Design course at MTSU, he/she must repeat that course at MTSU.
  9. Transfer credits for IDES courses will only be accepted from CIDA accredited programs.
  10. Further specific details regarding admission and progression are available from the coordinator of the Interior Design program.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Interior Design, B.S., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education 41 hours
Major Requirements 60 hours
Professional Support 22 hours*
TOTAL 120-123 hours

*This program requires courses that can also fulfill requirements of the General Education curriculum. If program requirements are also used to fulfill General Education requirements, the number of elective hours will increase.

General Education (41 hours)

General Education  requirements include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following course recommended for the program meets General Education requirements:

Curriculum: Interior Design

Curricular listings include General Education  requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman Fall

Subtotal: 14 Hours

Freshman Spring

Subtotal: 16 Hours

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