BS in Design: Interior Design

BS in Design: Interior Design

The Interior Design Program in the College of Architecture is fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Education and is recognized as among the top programs in North America not only because of the student work, but also for the collaborative relationships with the allied disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture.

Meet Doosung - Interior Design Student:

The four year undergraduate program consists of a Common First Year of courses shared by students in architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design. This year is followed by focused years of study in interior design and a final year that allows for collaborative work with students in architecture and landscape architecture. 

Students participate in exploring a full range of design problems in the studios where they develop design solutions that are presented to practicing professionals and for some projects, actual clients. The contact with the profession and clients is continued in the required internship program where students work in professional design firms for academic credit. 

Through these explorations and related course work in design history, materials, detailing, and professional practice, students develop an understanding of all aspects associated with the multi-dimensional field of interior design. The Bachelor of Science in Design – Interior Design requires 120 semester credit house of coursework. To view an example of the Interior Design flowchart click here.

One of the most appealing aspects of interior design is the variety of career options available within the discipline. Some designers consistently work on all types of interior projects, while others opt to specialize in some aspect of interior design. Residential design is perhaps the oldest and most widely recognized segment of interior design, but the field of commercial interiors, such as hospitality, healthcare, retail, or institutional, is rapidly growing and requires specialized knowledge and skills.

Regardless of the actual type of interior project, designers follow a process for carrying an interior design project to completion. A thorough analysis of client needs is important in order to translate those needs into real spaces, furniture and fixture requirements. The interior designer plans, selects, and specifies interior furnishings and finish materials to meet the client’s dreams and at the same time complies with applicable codes and regulations. Finally, designers are responsible for designing custom components and overseeing their fabrication and installation.

Contact Info

College of Architecture
210 Architecture Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0106
( On-campus, 2-9233 )

Bachelor of Science in Design 4-Year Plan

Year 1

Semester 1 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
DSGN 101 Introduction to Design 2 cr
DSGN 110 Design Thinking 3 cr
MATH 104 Applied Calculus 3 cr
DSGN 120 Design Drawing 3 cr
ENGL 150 or ENGL 151 3 cr
Total Credits 14
Semester 2 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
DSGN 140 History of Design 3 cr
DSGN 111 Design Making 4 cr
DSGN 123 Computer Applications in Design 3 cr
COMM 109 or COMM 286 3 cr
ACE 6 3 cr
Total Credits 16

Year 2

Semester 3 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
ARCH 241 Architecture History and Theory II 3 cr
IDES 210 5 cr
IDES 300 Interior Design-Materials 3 cr
ARCH 231 3 cr
Representation 1 cr
Total Credits 15
Semester 4 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
AHIS 101 Cave Paintings to Cathedrals 3 cr
IDES 211 5 cr
IDES 334 3 cr
IDES 200 3 cr
Open Elective 1 cr
Total Credits 15

Year 3

Semester 5 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
IDES 445/845 History of Interiors and Designed Objects 3 cr
IDES 350 Interior Design Studio 1 5 cr
IDES 301 Material Applications 3 cr
IDES 433 Interior Construction Documents 3 cr
Total Credits 14
Semester 6 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
IDES 351 Interior Design Studio 2 5 cr
Professional Elective 3 cr
Environmental Behavior 3 cr
IDES 318 3 cr
Total Credits 14
Summer Sessions
Course Credit Hours
IDES 375 3 cr
Total Credits 3

Year 4

Semester 7 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
DSGN 410 5 cr
Natural Science Elective (ACE 4) 4 cr
ACE 8 3 cr
IDES 489 3 cr
Total Credits 15
Semester 8 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
IDES 451/851 Interior Design Studio 4 5 cr
Professional Elective 3 cr
Open Elective 3 cr
ACE 9 3 cr
Total Credits 14

This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic adviser. Advisers also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.