Interior Design

The art and technique of creating functional and aesthetic environments for living and working.

Interior Design degree programs at Berkeley College focus on the creative and technical aspects of this exciting industry. Graduates are prepared with the necessary skills and practical knowledge to enter the industry in a range of roles.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) and Associate’s degree programs prepare students to pursue careers in creative positions, as residential or commercial interior designers, exhibit designers, designers in architectural firms, and more.

Faculty members in this program are selected for both academic excellence and relevant professional experience in interior design. They combine firsthand knowledge and know-how with classroom instruction for a thorough education for entry into the professional world.

Benefit from:

  • A curriculum that focuses on exploring design fundamentals, theory, visual communication, culture, and history
  • Studio-based, hands-on projects, exploring all aspects of design through sketching, drafting, and color composition
  • Modern computer-aided design learning current programs used in the design industry, such as AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp Pro, Rhino, 3ds Max, and rendering with V-Ray
  • Valuable, practical experience through program-related, faculty-monitored internships or job-related assignments
  • A seamless transition between Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees

Bachelor of Fine Arts Student Achievement Data

Berkeley College collects and publishes the following information in connection with an application for accreditation with the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). This data is separate and apart from the retention, graduation, and employment rates calculated and disclosed in accordance with federal law. With respect to the Interior Design B.F.A. program, a student taking 15 credits or more each semester could complete the program in four years or less. A part-time student taking nine credits each semester could complete the program in seven years or less. (An academic year is comprised of two semesters.)

Student Attrition/Retention: 70.37% of all Interior Design B.F.A. students enrolled in the spring 2015 term were still enrolled in the program for the fall 2015 term.

Graduation Rates: This program was first offered in fall 2011, so many of its students have not yet graduated. Of those who have completed the program, 90 percent have done so in four years or less. The remaining ten percent who have completed the program did so in five years or less.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs: Of those who completed a program between September 2014 and June 2015, no program graduates enrolled in graduate school.

The following employment information for those who completed a program between September 2014 and June 2015 was collected from graduates six months after graduation.

Employment Rates:

  • 96% of graduates were employed within six months of their graduation date in discipline-related jobs.
  • No graduates were employed in non-discipline related jobs.       

 

Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Interior Design

 This program is offered:
paramus woodland park

A.A.S., Interior Design 2016-2017 Course Requirements

Interior Design
Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

 

Course Requirements

MAJOR CORE COURSES

Semester credits


3 Credit Hours

Provides a solid foundation in basic drafting techniques through hands-on instruction in the proper use of drafting materials and tools. Topics include plan, elevation, section, and scale.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the development of basic freehand sketches. This course emphasizes quick sketch techniques and rapid visualization. Students learn a variety of drawing media and rendering techniques for visually communicating design concepts.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the principles and elements of design. This course emphasizes conceptual analysis and problem solution in two- and three-dimensional design. Students examine the psychological and cultural impact of form, space, and volume in making appropriate design decisions.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces AutoCAD as a drafting tool. Students learn to use CAD to create and edit plans, elevations, and section views of designs for use in design studies and presentations. Students also learn presentation styles, drawing organization, and other techniques used in professional practice.

Prerequisite: INT1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces space planning with an emphasis upon conceptual analysis. Students learn space planning and furniture arrangement from a functional and aesthetic viewpoint. This course addresses the major parameters of interior design, including human factors, ADA, and universal design as well as design theory.

Prerequisite: INT1120

 


3 Credit Hours

Surveys the history of architecture and interior design from the earliest civilizations through the late 18th century. The material will be presented chronologically, and various themes in the development of interior design will be traced throughout the period covered. Influence and originality in a design context will be examined.

 


3 Credit Hours

Instructs students in the use of Rhinoceros 5.0, Vray, and 3dsmax to create, manipulate, and render three-dimensional views of interior spaces. Students master modeling, materials, and lighting to develop striking renderings of their design solutions.

Prerequisite: INT1150

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the study of residential environments and the planning of interior spaces. This course emphasizes the design process from initial client contact/programming through final design. Topics include space planning/presentation skills, review of human factors, and the needs of clients and the public.

Prerequisite: INT1160

 


3 Credit Hours

Explores the appropriate selection, application, and installation of materials and finishes used in the interior environment. This course emphasizes the basic materials, manufacturing, and specification processes and characteristics of goods specified by the interior designer.

Prerequisite: INT1150

 


3 Credit Hours

Provides a survey of the history of architecture and interior design from the 19th century to the present. Course material will be presented chronologically and various themes in the development of interior design will be traced throughout the period covered. Influence and originality in a design context will be examined.

Prerequisite: INT1170

 


3 Credit Hours

Presents the fundamentals of commercial design through lectures, discussions, readings, and studio projects. This course provides an introduction and expert guidance on practical, aesthetic, and social issues involved in designing non-residential interiors.

Prerequisite: INT2220

 


3 Credit Hours

Studies the relationship between Interior Design and Architectural systems. Topics include construction methods and materials. This course covers foundation, floor and wall systems; construction techniques and building materials; and elements of site analysis, regulatory factors and zoning ordinances.

Prerequisite: INT2230

 


3 Credit Hours

Provides a field-based internship experience. Students work for an interior design/architecture firm under the direction of a mentor, who provides necessary guidance/direction to meet job requirements. Student interns meet/communicate weekly with a faculty instructor to assess/evaluate their programs.

Prerequisite: Departmental permission

 






LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCE CORE COURSES



3 Credit Hours

An introduction to expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition. Students are taught to use words with precision and strengthen their understanding and application of grammatical and rhetorical principles. Students are encouraged to appreciate and incorporate the principles of academic and professional writing.

 


3 Credit Hours

Further develops the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in ENG1105 through critical engagement with literary texts from a myriad of genres. 

Prerequisite: ENG1105

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the study of ethics and moral philosophy, including its historical development, the major figures within that history, and ethical and moral issues that face us today. This course presents the ideas of great thinkers throughout history and encourages students’ own thinking on various ethical and moral issues.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces statistical methods and procedures. Students become acquainted with the collection, analysis, and presentation of quantitative data. Topics include basic concepts of probability, frequency distributions, binomial distributions, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, and regression and correlation.

 


3 Credit Hours

Explores the psychological principles involved in coping with the challenges of moving through changes in life stages and life circumstances. Topics include stress management, communication, time management, healthy relationships, positive thinking, conflict management, and balancing home, education, and work.

 


3 Credit Hours

Students will develop the interpersonal skills known to be key ingredients for successful everyday interactions with a focus on the challenges of workplace relationships involving coworkers, supervisors, and customers/clients. Some major skill areas covered in the course include making a good impression with your employer, managing conflict with difficult coworkers, working on a team with diverse groups of people, providing exceptional service for customers/clients, and managing on-the-job stressors.

 


3 credits

Mathematics/Science Elective






60 SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

This program also requires students to obtain specific supplies, the cost of which totals approximately $200.00. Detailed, itemized information describing the required supplies and listing typical prices for each such item is available at BerkeleyStore.BerkeleyCollege.edu and/or BerkeleyCollege.edu/gainful-employment/aas_interior_design_statistics.htm.

 




Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.)
Interior Design

 This program is offered:
paramus woodland park

This program will be available in Paramus beginning in fall 2016 for evening students only.

B.F.A., Interior Design 2016-2017 Course Requirements

Interior Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.)

 

Course Requirements

MAJOR CORE COURSES

Semester credits


3 Credit Hours

Provides a solid foundation in basic drafting techniques through hands-on instruction in the proper use of drafting materials and tools. Topics include plan, elevation, section, and scale.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the development of basic freehand sketches. This course emphasizes quick sketch techniques and rapid visualization. Students learn a variety of drawing media and rendering techniques for visually communicating design concepts.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the principles and elements of design. This course emphasizes conceptual analysis and problem solution in two- and three-dimensional design. Students examine the psychological and cultural impact of form, space, and volume in making appropriate design decisions.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces AutoCAD as a drafting tool. Students learn to use CAD to create and edit plans, elevations, and section views of designs for use in design studies and presentations. Students also learn presentation styles, drawing organization, and other techniques used in professional practice.

Prerequisite: INT1100

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces space planning with an emphasis upon conceptual analysis. Students learn space planning and furniture arrangement from a functional and aesthetic viewpoint. This course addresses the major parameters of interior design, including human factors, ADA, and universal design as well as design theory.

Prerequisite: INT1120

 


3 Credit Hours

Surveys the history of architecture and interior design from the earliest civilizations through the late 18th century. The material will be presented chronologically, and various themes in the development of interior design will be traced throughout the period covered. Influence and originality in a design context will be examined.

 


3 Credit Hours

Instructs students in the use of Rhinoceros 5.0, Vray, and 3dsmax to create, manipulate, and render three-dimensional views of interior spaces. Students master modeling, materials, and lighting to develop striking renderings of their design solutions.

Prerequisite: INT1150

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the study of residential environments and the planning of interior spaces. This course emphasizes the design process from initial client contact/programming through final design. Topics include space planning/presentation skills, review of human factors, and the needs of clients and the public.

Prerequisite: INT1160

 


3 Credit Hours

Explores the appropriate selection, application, and installation of materials and finishes used in the interior environment. This course emphasizes the basic materials, manufacturing, and specification processes and characteristics of goods specified by the interior designer.

Prerequisite: INT1150

 


3 Credit Hours

Provides a survey of the history of architecture and interior design from the 19th century to the present. Course material will be presented chronologically and various themes in the development of interior design will be traced throughout the period covered. Influence and originality in a design context will be examined.

Prerequisite: INT1170

 


3 Credit Hours

Presents the fundamentals of commercial design through lectures, discussions, readings, and studio projects. This course provides an introduction and expert guidance on practical, aesthetic, and social issues involved in designing non-residential interiors.

Prerequisite: INT2220

 


3 Credit Hours

Studies the relationship between Interior Design and Architectural systems. Topics include construction methods and materials. This course covers foundation, floor and wall systems; construction techniques and building materials; and elements of site analysis, regulatory factors and zoning ordinances.

Prerequisite: INT2230

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the student to the basic principles of lighting design. This will include technical, sustainable, and creative aspects of producing reflected ceiling plans and integrating light into the fabric of architecture. This course also covers the design and model making process of light fixtures.

Prerequisite: INT1150

 


3 Credit Hours

Provides students with an overall understanding of codes, standards, and federal regulations with an emphasis on interior projects. This course utilizes real-life design examples to explain how specific codes and standards apply to a variety of building and project types.

Prerequisite: INT2260

 


3 Credit Hours

Develops advanced residential design concepts and skills with emphasis placed upon historical precedents, functionalism, energy efficiency, space planning, materials, and the latest technology in equipment and fixtures.

Prerequisite: INT2220

 


3 Credit Hours

Presents the fundamentals of sustainable design and its critical role in the design process. This course provides an understanding of green building philosophies, assessment tools, materials and methods, and design strategies for incorporating sustainable principles and materials into design projects.

Prerequisite: INT2250

 


3 Credit Hours

Builds on the concepts presented in Architectural Construction and Methods I. Students are introduced to the various components and systems used in the construction and assembly of buildings. Types, differences, and features of interior environmental systems as well as traffic circulation systems are discussed.

Prerequisite: INT2260

 


3 Credit Hours

Focuses on design strategies and treatments for user populations and project types that have special needs. Students complete advanced level commercial design studio projects. This course explores practical, aesthetic, and social issues involved in designing non-residential interiors with a focus on special need user populations.

Prerequisite: INT2250

 


3 Credit Hours

Teaches students to create industry standard construction drawings used by the trade to build and renovate spaces. Symbols, graphic notations, sections, details, and schedules are taught to be used in the proper representation of their designs as legal documents for construction.

Prerequisite: INT3350

 


3 Credit Hours

Focuses on the design concepts, functionality, materials, and construction documents to build furniture. The creative process of furniture design is covered through the studio projects assigned. Anthropometric and ergonomics are covered in depth.

Prerequisites: INT2200, INT2260

 


3 Credit Hours

Focuses on current areas of special interest in Interior Design. This course allows students to explore and research in detail carefully chosen projects while working in groups and individually. These projects will focus on selected real-world design competitions.

Prerequisite: INT3360

 


3 Credit Hours

Explores job requirements, development opportunities, and strategies for successful career management. This course covers resume writing, interviewing, and the importance of professionalism. Students prepare documents needed to pursue job opportunities in interior design, including a professional design portfolio.

Prerequisite: INT3330

 


3 Credit Hours

Provides instruction in individual design program development, including project and site selection. This course is the first of two capstone courses. The approved program developed in this course will be used as the basis of design for continuation of the project in INT4460 Studio VIII: Capstone Project.

Prerequisite: INT3360

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the professional practices of the interior design profession. This course emphasizes professional ethics, contracts, design fees, budgets, project management, marketing, and client/contractor/designer/trade relationships.

Prerequisite: INT3360

 


3 Credit Hours

Continues the research and design of the interior design project based upon the building type approved in INT4430 Capstone: Research and Program course. Students apply all the skills and knowledge developed throughout their course of study in interior design.

Prerequisite: INT4420

 


3 Credit Hours

Provides a field-based internship experience. Students work for an interior design/architecture firm under the direction of a mentor, who provides necessary guidance/direction to meet job requirements. Student interns meet/communicate weekly with a faculty instructor to assess/evaluate their programs.

Prerequisite: Departmental permission

 






LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCE CORE COURSES*



3 Credit Hours

An introduction to expository writing through a comprehensive survey of forms of composition. Students are taught to use words with precision and strengthen their understanding and application of grammatical and rhetorical principles. Students are encouraged to appreciate and incorporate the principles of academic and professional writing.

 


3 Credit Hours

Further develops the writing, reading, and interpretive abilities introduced in ENG1105 through critical engagement with literary texts from a myriad of genres. 

Prerequisite: ENG1105

 


3 Credit Hours

Explores a wide variety of professional and creative writing modes, from personal profiles to blogging and beyond. Students build their reading, writing, and researching skills while reinforcing the fundamental concepts and current developments associated with the areas of their respective majors.

Prerequisite: ENG2205

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the study of ethics and moral philosophy, including its historical development, the major figures within that history, and ethical and moral issues that face us today. This course presents the ideas of great thinkers throughout history and encourages students’ own thinking on various ethical and moral issues.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces statistical methods and procedures. Students become acquainted with the collection, analysis, and presentation of quantitative data. Topics include basic concepts of probability, frequency distributions, binomial distributions, sampling theory, hypothesis testing, and regression and correlation.

 


3 Credit Hours

Explores the psychological principles involved in coping with the challenges of moving through changes in life stages and life circumstances. Topics include stress management, communication, time management, healthy relationships, positive thinking, conflict management, and balancing home, education, and work.

 


3 Credit Hours

Students will develop the interpersonal skills known to be key ingredients for successful everyday interactions with a focus on the challenges of workplace relationships involving coworkers, supervisors, and customers/clients. Some major skill areas covered in the course include making a good impression with your employer, managing conflict with difficult coworkers, working on a team with diverse groups of people, providing exceptional service for customers/clients, and managing on-the-job stressors.

 


3 Credit Hours

Introduces the role and value of design in our lives. We create the environments in which we live and are greatly influenced by them. Our choices are often an unconscious desire to express or validate certain personal and social identities. In this course, students think, experience, research, discuss, and create.

 


3 credits

English Elective


3 credits

Humanities Elective


6 credits

Liberal Arts Electives


3 credits

Mathematics/Science Elective


3 credits

Science Elective






120 SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

*12 credits of Liberal Arts Electives must be at the 3000/4000 level.

Berkeley College collects and publishes student achievement data specific to B.F.A. Interior Design graduates in connection with an application for special accreditation. This data is separate and apart from the employment rates calculated and disclosed in accordance with federal law. To view the student achievement data, visit BerkeleyCollege.edu/interior-design.htm. For information about employment rate methodology, visit BerkeleyCollege.edu/employment-rate-methodology.htm.

This program also requires students to obtain specific supplies, the cost of which totals approximately $300.00. Detailed, itemized information describing the required supplies and listing typical prices for each such item is available at BerkeleyStore.BerkeleyCollege.edu and/or BerkeleyCollege.edu/gainful-employment/bfa_interior_design_statistics.htm.

 




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