Interior Design

The La Roche College Interior Design Program believes that a successful interior design education enhances a student's innate creativity and interest in the built environment. An interior design education also effectively teaches the knowledge and skills needed to evolve holistic, thoughtfully conceived design solutions in response to humanity's aesthetic, emotional, and utilitarian design needs. The program's mission is to prepare students to perform as design professionals with a life-long desire to remain current in the profession and be advocates for design excellence, thereby promoting the importance of interior design to society.

This major prepares students for careers in commercial and residential interior design in large and small interior design and architecture firms, as well as industrial, commercial and institutional organizations. It also provides a solid foundation for students who wish to own a design firm or pursue a graduate degree in design. The interior design program fosters the transition to the professional world by requiring all majors to complete an internship experience in the field prior to graduation.

Entering interior design majors are required to purchase a laptop computer with software that is commonly used in the profession. Specific computer requirements for the academic year can be viewed at http://intranet.laroche.edu/sci/overview.cfm. These requirements are updated annually in the summer.

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation has granted accreditation to the La Roche College Interior Design Program continuously since 1985. The College also holds National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accreditation, which extends to the Interior Design program. Membership in the student chapter of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) and in the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is available to all design majors.

Interior Design Portfolio Review
To advance in the curriculum, Interior Design majors are required to present a portfolio of their work to the interior design faculty at two key points in their education:

1. Freshman Review
Students submit work for Freshman Review after completing IDSN1020, IDSN1021, and IDSN1062 with grades of "C" or above. Students may advance to IDSN2038a Interior Design II only after completing the Advisory Review process. Freshman Review results in one of three recommendations:

  • to continue in interior design;
  • to continue in interior design with stated reservations and recommended action; or
  • to change majors before the next academic term

2. Sopohomore Review
Students submit work for Sophomore Review after completing IDSN2038b and four of the following five courses with grades of "C" or above: IDSN1023, IDSN2015, IDSN2044, IDSN2045 and IDSN2046.

Exception: Students in the Three-Year Accelerated Curriculum must pass IDSN2038a and IDSN2038b and five of the following six courses with grades of "C" or above: IDSN1023, IDSN2015, IDSN2037, IDSN2044, IDSN2045, and IDSN3040.

Students may advance to IDSN3028a Interior Design III only after successfully completing the Sophomore Review process. Sophomore Review results in one of three decisions:

  • student is invited to continue to major in interior design;
  • student is required to repeat IDSN2038b Interior Design II the next semester, and submit work for Sophomore Review again (note: this option may only be offered once); or
  • student is required to change majors before the beginning of the next term.

Students must earn a grade of "C" or above in all interior design major requirements to fulfill prerequisites and graduation requirements. Grades below a "C" may delay participation in portfolio reviews and advancement in the curriculum.

Interior design courses are offered during summer session as enrollment permits. Courses also are offered in the evening, but students are unable to complete the program without taking courses during the day.

The program is technically a four-and-one-half year curriculum because a student must earn a minimum of 133 credit hours to attain a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design (BSID) degree, with the last 30 credit hours earned at La Roche College. The following course work is required:

  • 78 credits of interior design major requirements
  • 15 credits of interior design major electives; in addition to the courses shown below, students may select electives from Graphic & Communication Design. Six of the 15 credits are business-related electives; options include accounting, advertising, management, marketing, and finance
  • 34 credits of college core requirements
  • 3 credits of general electives

To complete the curriculum in four years, students must attend summer school or carry more than 15 hours a semester. (See Semester Credit Maximum for the College policy on overload.)

A Five-Year Extended Curriculum has been created for students who wish to pursue a minor (e.g., psychology, management, visual communications, etc.) or for those who enter with test scores that indicate an extended curriculum would be beneficial. Additionally, a Three-Year Accelerated Curriculum has been developed for mature students who transfer a significant number of credits (generally 30 or more) from another institution. Admittance into the Three-Year Accelerated Curriculum is by invitation only. All curriculum alternatives include the same interior design course work. Information about these various ways of completing the curriculum is available in the Interior Design Department.

Requirements:
In fulfilling the 78 credits of major requirements, students choose either ARTH1018 or another approved ARTH course.

Summary of Requirements

Interior Design Major Requirements: 78 credits

  • ARTH1018
    HISTORY OF ART II: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN

    ARTH1018
    HISTORY OF ART II: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will provide a survey of world art from early Renaissance to the present day. Emphasis is on cause and effect in the various historical and technological developments of art. Lecture, discussion, slides, film strips and field trips are part of the course.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • IDSN1011
    INTERIOR GRAPHICS I

    IDSN1011
    INTERIOR GRAPHICS I

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An introduction to the drafting techniques that are used by the interior designers to represent built environments, as well as the components found in them, with scale drawings. Instruction focuses on understanding concepts and developing the skills needed to produce manually-generated and computer-generated drawings, architectual lettering, and drawing composition.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • IDSN1020
    INTERIOR DESIGN I

    IDSN1020
    INTERIOR DESIGN I

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An introductory course in interior design theory, principles, and processes, which are applied to spaces with simple design programs where people live and work.

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN1011 & IDSN1060

  • IDSN1021
    INTERIOR DESIGN GRAPHICS II

    IDSN1021
    INTERIOR DESIGN GRAPHICS II

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A continuation of Interior Design Graphics I. This course focuses on three-dimensional drawing techniques using both manual and computer methods. Course content includes perspective construction, freehand sketching, drawing delineation, introduction to rendering, and presentation graphics (e.g., board compositions and layout, reproduction methods).

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN1011

  • IDSN1023
    DRAWING I(GCDN1023)

    IDSN1023
    DRAWING I(GCDN1023)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study-workshop in the language of drawing including practice in expression and communication in various media utilizing principles of line, tone gesture, exaggeration and lighting. Cross-listed with GCDN1023

    PREREQUISITES:

  • IDSN1060
    FOUNDATION DESIGN I(GCDN1060)

    IDSN1060
    FOUNDATION DESIGN I(GCDN1060)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An introductory course in design process, the principles of design and their application to studio projects. This course establishes a framework form which to explore the connection between the foundations of design and complex discipline-specific design problems. Cross-listed with GCDN1060

    PREREQUISITES:

    Interior Design Majors Only

  • IDSN1062
    FOUNDATION DESIGN II(GCDN1062)

    IDSN1062
    FOUNDATION DESIGN II(GCDN1062)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course builds upon Foundation Design I, as an introductory course in design process, the principles of design and their application to studio projects, with a focus on color theory through both two- and three-dimensional design. This course continues to establish a framework from which to explore the connection between the foundations of design and complex discipline-specific design problems. Cross-listed with GCDN1062

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN1060

  • IDSN2015
    COMPUTER GRAPHICS FOR ID

    IDSN2015
    COMPUTER GRAPHICS FOR ID

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An advanced skills course in computer-aided design (CAD) and other computer graphic software programs. This course builds upon principles, concepts, and techniques learned in IDSN1011-Interior Graphics I and IDSN1021-Interior Graphics II for designing with two-and-three dimensional computer-aided drafting software. Students are provided with extensive hands-on experience to familiarize themselves with the capabilities of the computer and the graphic programs that are commonly used in interior design practice.

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN1021 & ISTC1005

  • IDSN2032
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE I

    IDSN2032
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE I

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey of interiors and architecture from the ancient world through the gothic period. Emphasis is on understanding the development of our consciousness of space and the relationship between plan development, structural concepts, technology and materials.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • IDSN2037
    TEXTILES FOR INTERIORS

    IDSN2037
    TEXTILES FOR INTERIORS

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A thorough investigation into the history, manufacture, application and installation of fibers and fiber-based products used in interior spaces. Criteria for evaluating performance, compliance with fire and building codes, and impact on the environment are discussed. Prereq: IDSN2046, none for 3-yr acc., IDSN1020 for 5-yr

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN2046

  • IDSN2038A
    INTERIOR DESIGN II(A)

    IDSN2038A
    INTERIOR DESIGN II(A)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An investigation of the design process with emphasis on basic programming tools, concept development and the relationship between form, function and place-making. Design projects, emphasizing commercial with at least one residential, range in size up to 6000 square feet. Project organization is from simple to complex in each semester.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • IDSN2038B
    INTERIOR DESIGN II(B)

    IDSN2038B
    INTERIOR DESIGN II(B)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An investigation of the design process with emphasis on basic programming tools, concept development and the relationship between form, function and place-making. Design projects, emphasizing commercial with at least one residential, range in size up to 6000 square feet. Project organization is from simple to complex in each semester.

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN2038A

  • IDSN2039
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE II

    IDSN2039
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE II

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey of interiors and architecture from the Renaissance through the 18th century, with special emphasis on styles and furniture.

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012 & IDSN2032

  • IDSN2044
    BUILDING TECH I: CONSTRUCTION

    IDSN2044
    BUILDING TECH I: CONSTRUCTION

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An overview of architectural building systems that affect the responsibilities and decisions of interior designers and facility managers. Emphasis is placed on structural systems and architectural components of buildings (e.g., floors, walls, ceilings, doors, windows, moisture protection, etc.) as well as relevant vocabulary, codes, and environmental concerns..

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN1021

  • IDSN2045
    ARCHITECTURAL RENDERING

    IDSN2045
    ARCHITECTURAL RENDERING

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An advanced course in the delineation of the interior space. Emphasis is on the development of individual style and expanded technical rendering knowledge.

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN1021

  • IDSN2046
    BUILDING TECH II:FINISH MATERIAL

    IDSN2046
    BUILDING TECH II:FINISH MATERIAL

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The study of finish materials as they pertain to interior spaces. Materials are investigated in relation to their installation on floors, walls, and ceilings. Criteria for evaluating performance under differing conditions, compliance with fire and building codes, and impact on the environment are discussed. Conventional and innovative uses of finish materials to enhance design concepts are explored.

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN1021 & IDSN1062 & IDSN2044

  • IDSN3028A
    INTERIOR DESIGN III(A)

    IDSN3028A
    INTERIOR DESIGN III(A)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An investigation into the development of complex interior spaces. Students are encouraged to develop a holistic approach to the design process as they learn to integrate design, technical, regulatory, and budgetary issues. Design projects that emphasize commercial and adaptive reuse, and one residential project, range in size from 5,000 to 10,000 square feet.

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN2038B Concur: IDSN3040

  • IDSN3028B
    INTERIOR DESIGN III(B)

    IDSN3028B
    INTERIOR DESIGN III(B)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An investigation into the development of complex interior spaces. Students are encouraged to develop a holistic approach to the design process as they learn to integrate design, technical, regulatory, and budgetary issues. Design projects that emphasize commercial and adaptive reuse, and one residential project, range in size from 5,000 to 10,000 square feet.

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN3028A

  • IDSN3032
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE III

    IDSN3032
    HISTORY OF ID & ARCHITECTURE III

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Survey of nineteenth and twentieth century interiors and architecture in Europe and the United States. Special emphasis is placed on designers and their contribution to contemporary American environment. Prereq: IDSN2039 recommended.

    PREREQUISITES:

    ENGL1012(H)

  • IDSN3040
    BUILDING TECH III: LIGHTING & ELECTRICAL

    IDSN3040
    BUILDING TECH III: LIGHTING & ELECTRICAL

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Fundamentals of lighting design and an overview of power distribution and communications systems pertinent to interior spaces. Technical aspects of lighting, its effect on behavior and perceptions of space, color, and finish materials, and environmental concerns specific to lighting are examined. Current issues relative to power distribution and telecommunication systems are incorporated. Emphasis is on the application of technical knowledge to design projects and the management of the workplace.

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN2038A

  • IDSN3041
    BUILDING TECH IV: CONTROL SYSTEMS

    IDSN3041
    BUILDING TECH IV: CONTROL SYSTEMS

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An overview of mechanical (HVAC), plumbing, fire detection and suppression, acoustic, security, and transportation systems as they relate to the design and management of interior spaces. Emphasis is given to the application of technical knowledge to indoor air quality and the design of interior environments.

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN2038B

  • IDSN4041
    BUSINESS PRACTICES FOR ID

    IDSN4041
    BUSINESS PRACTICES FOR ID

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Professional aspects concerning the practice of interior design including such topics as estimation, trade relations, contracts and office procedures and organization.

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN2038B

  • IDSN4042
    CONTRACT DOCUMENTS

    IDSN4042
    CONTRACT DOCUMENTS

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A basic course in working drawings and their development in conjunction with specifications. Students examine conventions, techniques and layout by producing a full set of architectural drawings for a small design project. Specifications are written to support the drawings.

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN3028A, IDSN2044, IDSN3040, IDSN3041

  • IDSN4051

    IDSN4051

    Credits (Min/Max): /

    PREREQUISITES:

  • IDSN4059
    SENIOR DESIGN SEMINAR I

    IDSN4059
    SENIOR DESIGN SEMINAR I

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Principles and techniques of interior design research are applied to a design issue that is selected by a student and approved by interior design faculty. Students present oral and visual documentation of their research to design practitioners. In the last several weeks, students apply the semester's research to a design program and site identification that provide the basis for the design project realized in IDSN4060 Senior Design Seminar II.

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN2044, IDSN2046, IDSN3028B, IDSN3040, IDSN3041

  • IDSN4060
    SENIOR DESIGN SEMINAR II

    IDSN4060
    SENIOR DESIGN SEMINAR II

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Building on the research knowledge and design program evolved in IDSN40459 Senior Design Seminar I, as well as all previous experiences in the interior design curriculum, a student generates a fully developed design solution that is documented with drawings and/or models. Students present their work at the end of the semester to a design jury.

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN4059

Interior Design-Related Electives: 9 credits

  • ARTHXXXX

    ARTHXXXX

    Credits (Min/Max): /

    PREREQUISITES:

  • GCDNXXXX

    GCDNXXXX

    Credits (Min/Max): /

    PREREQUISITES:

  • IDSN2035
    INTERIOR PHOTOGRAPHY

    IDSN2035
    INTERIOR PHOTOGRAPHY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An investigation into the special concerns of architectural photography and the use of the camera as a design tool. Students photograph existing interiors, work in progress and design projects in model and drawing form.

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN1060

  • IDSN2048
    FURNITURE & CUSTOM DETAILING

    IDSN2048
    FURNITURE & CUSTOM DETAILING

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A studio course that provides instruction and hands-on experiences related to the materials, design, and construction techniques of furniture, cabinetry, and millwork detailing.

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN2038A

  • IDSN2050

    IDSN2050

    Credits (Min/Max): /

    PREREQUISITES:

  • IDSN3015
    STUDY OF GREAT AMERICAN HOUSES

    IDSN3015
    STUDY OF GREAT AMERICAN HOUSES

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of great houses in the United States from early salt boxes to Mies' Farnsworth House. Emphasis is placed on historic context and each structure's contribution to contemporary residential design.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • IDSN3055
    KITCHEN AND BATH DESIGN

    IDSN3055
    KITCHEN AND BATH DESIGN

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An elective interior design course that provides the opportunity for studying the fundamentals of kitchen and bath design. Aspects of technology, accessibility and applicable building codes will be examined. Material, equipment and finish selection, cabinetry detailing and the integrations of lighting, electrical and mechanical systems will be explored.

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN2038A

  • IDSN3059
    ADVANCED IDEAS SEMINAR IN ID

    IDSN3059
    ADVANCED IDEAS SEMINAR IN ID

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/3

    An open-ended seminar dealing with various aesthetic questions pertinent to the student's needs. Occasional field trips and guest speakers are included in the course activities.

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN2038A

  • IDSN3062
    ADVANCED COMPUTER MODELING & RENDERING I

    IDSN3062
    ADVANCED COMPUTER MODELING & RENDERING I

    Credits (Min/Max): 2/2

    An advanced course in 3-D computer generated models, renderings, and walk-throughs as they are used in the practice of Interior Design.

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN2045

  • IDSN3064
    ADVANCED COMPUTER MODELING & RENDERING II

    IDSN3064
    ADVANCED COMPUTER MODELING & RENDERING II

    Credits (Min/Max): 2/2

    An advanced course in 3-D computer generated models, renderings, and walk-throughs as they are used in the practice of Interior Design.

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN2045

  • IDSN4000
    DIRECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    IDSN4000
    DIRECTED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    PREREQUISITES:

  • IDSN4057

    IDSN4057

    Credits (Min/Max): /

    PREREQUISITES:

  • IDSN4058
    PORTFOLIO PREPARATION

    IDSN4058
    PORTFOLIO PREPARATION

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Instruction and guidance in the preparation of a professional portfolio. Prerequisite: senior status in interior design major.

    PREREQUISITES:

    IDSN3028A