Department of Interior Design

An Overview of the Bachelor of Design Program

Employers state that UF’s Interior Design “student interns seem to become integral team members on projects”, and that ‘the UF students were perceived at the firm more as co-workers than interns’.

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Interior Design’s Bachelor Degree in a Nutshell

The overall curricular structure consists of eight studios and fourteen support courses. The required interior design and required architecture foundation courses introduce and reinforce knowledge, theory, research, and skill acquisition in a logical progression. From lower division to upper division, student project criteria increase in scope and complexity. The studio sequence begins with three foundation studios for architecture and interiors students:
ARC 1301 Architectural Design 1
ARC 1302 Architectural Design 2 ARC 2303 Architectural Design 3

The first interior design studio-
IND 2214 Introduction to Architectural Interiors or D4
should be completed in the fourth semester of the program. This studio creates a bridge between architectural form-making and a more human-centered interiors focus. Each studio and support course is logically paired beginning with D4 to reinforce applied knowledge and content from previous courses.

Additionally, interior design students are required to complete the following support courses:
IND 1020 Design Innovation
IND 2313 Interior Graphics Interior Design Communication Systems
IND 2422 Interior Finishes and Materials
IND 2600 History of Interior Design 1
IND 2130 History of Interior Design 2
IND 2635 Designed Environmental and Human Behavior Interactions
IND 2460C Computer Applications in Three-Dimensional Design

At the end of the fourth semester, students participate in selective admissions (aka, PIN-UP). Pin-Up involves a faculty review of a comprehensive sampling of student work completed over the first two years in the program, grades achieved, and a review of performance to date in the D4 studio and support courses that the students are taking the semester in which Pin-Up occurs.

The upper division studios introduce student to design in the context of educational, retail, office, healthcare, and hospitality sectors. During the third year in the program, students complete:
IND 3215 Architectural Interiors 1
IND 3216 Architectural Interiors 2
Typically, these studios center on campus projects, office, and retail projects. Most years one of these studios assigns a retail, workplace or education competition project. Concurrently with studio, students are required to take four support courses:
IND 3484 Interior Design Construction Documents
IND 3468 Interior Environmental Technologies
IND 3431 Interior Lighting
IND 3512 Professional Practice of Interior Design

During the fourth year of the program, studios focus on healthcare and hospitality design as well as portfolio development. Not infrequently, the fall senior studio has introduced a national competition project. In the final year of the program, student complete two studios and two support courses:
IND 4225 Advanced Architectural Interiors 1
IND 4226 Advanced Architectural Interiors 2
IND 4450C Advanced Architectural Detailing and Construction
IND 4940 Design Field Experience

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