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2015-2016 Academic Catalog: Interior Design Department

Sean Stewart, AIA LEED NCIDQ, Chair

Annex South, Room 101F


The Bachelor of Science in 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. 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 an appreciation for the iterative design process required to realize their creative goals.

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 afford graduates substantial preparation for professional certification (also licensure where applicable). 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 students the opportunity to work efficiently, both independently and collaboratively in teams, and to recognize the broad professional fiduciary responsibilities to the general public including but not limited to ethical practice, regulatory requirements, and resource conservation and sustainability.


Interior Design (BINT)
Leading to the Bachelor of Science Degree


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. Each graduate will complete eight academic semesters plus two semesters of full-time cooperative work experience. The first co-op work semester is scheduled in the junior year, and the second in the senior year. An optional co-op experience is offered in the summer between the sophomore and junior year. Select foundation courses in the first semester are shared with the Industrial Design program. A portfolio is not required for admission.

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.

Total credits for degree: 134

Please refer to the Graduation Requirements – Undergraduate section of this catalog for information regarding the English sequence and the Humanities and Social Science elective requirement.


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


The following grade requirement must be achieved to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. This requirement applies to: Interior Studio I (INTD1000), Interior Studio II (INTD1500), Interior Studio III (INTD2000), Interior Studio IV (INTD2500), Interior Studio V (INTD3000) and Interior Studio VI (INTD3500), Interior Studio VII (INTD4000), and Senior Project: Design (INTD5500).

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 (BINT)

Freshman Year, Fall Semester (total credits 17)

DSGN1000, Drawing 1/Visualization 1
DSGN1200, Color & Composition
DSGN1100, Design Magic
INTD1000, Interior Design Studio I
ENGLISH, English Sequence

Freshman Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

INTD1750, Drawing II
INTD1500, Interior Design Studio II
INTD1600, History of ID I
MATH1020, Plane and Solid Geometry
ENGLISH, English Sequence

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (total credits 19)

INTD2100, Materials
INTD2000, Interior Design Studio III
INTD2250, Drawing III
PHYS1010, Conceptual Physics
ELECTIVE*, Humanities/Social Science, (ART HISTORY)

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (total credits 18)

INTD2800, Presentation Techniques
INTD2700, Building Systems I
INTD2500, Interior Design Studio IV
INTD2600, History of ID II

Sophomore Year, Summer Semester

COOP3000, Pre-Cooperative Work Term (Optional)

Junior Year, Fall Semester (total credits 17)

INTD3100, Construction Documents
INTD3000, Interior Design Studio V
INTD3300, Behavioral Aspects of Design
ELECTIVE*, Humanities/Social Science

Junior Year, Spring Semester

COOP3500, Co-op Work Term I

Junior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 16)

INTD3600, Lighting
INTD3500, Interior Design Studio VI

Senior Year, Fall Semester

COOP4500, Co-op Work Term II

Senior Year, Spring Semester (total credits 16)

INTD4000, Interior Design Studio VII
INTD4100, Building Regulations
INTD5000, Senior Project: Research
ELECTIVE*, Humanities/Social Science

Senior Year, Summer Semester (total credits 13)

INTD4600, Professional Practice
INTD5500, Senior Project: Design
ELECTIVE*, Humanities/Social Science

*NOTE: The Humanities/Social Science Elective courses must include at least one course in the Humanities and one in the Social Sciences.