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Interior Design

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

Interior Design degree programs at Berkeley College (CIDA Accredited) 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.

Student Testimonial

“The professors and classes are preparing me for my career. I learn better hands-on and my time at Berkeley has taught me skills and the software packages that will help me be successful in my field.”

-Gleny Bravo, Interior Design Student

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.

For more information regarding a degree in Interior Design or another program of study at Berkeley College, click here.

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, 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 its accreditation with the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). A full-time student taking 15 credits or more each semester could complete the Interior Design B.F.A. program in four academic years or less. An academic year is comprised of two semesters. A part-time student taking nine credits each semester could complete the program in seven academic years or less. The following data was collected using institutional records and by Career Services outreach 6 months after a student completed his/her degree.

Note: Berkeley College is required to disclose program length, retention rates, graduation rates, and employment rates in accordance with federal disclosure requirements. The following data was calculated in accordance with CIDA rules, and may differ from the data used in federal disclosures.

Student Attrition and Retention

73% of students admitted in the fall of 2017 returned in the fall of 2018, putting attrition at 27%.

Completion Rate:

Of the students who completed the B.F.A program between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018, 100% did so in 4 years or less. This rate includes first-time and transfer students. This rate is separate from and differs from the graduation rate used in federal disclosures.

Acceptance into Graduate Programs:

Four out of 13 students (31%) who completed the B.F.A. program between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 applied to graduate school. All four students were accepted into at least one graduate program; eight students did not apply; and one student did not respond to Career Services outreach.

Employment Rates:

84.6% of students who completed the program between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 are employed in interior design or a related profession. 7.7% are employed in jobs unrelated to interior design. 7.7% did not respond to Career Services outreach and employment status is unknown.

This employment rate of graduates is calculated based on communications between graduates and Career Services staff. These percentages include all graduates who were employed in a full-time, part-time, contract, and/or per diem position within six months after graduation. Such positions may have been obtained through direct referrals provided by Career Services; students whose Berkeley College internships have led to employment; students who found employment on their own; and students who have remained in positions they held prior to enrolling at and/or while attending Berkeley College. Information about the types of jobs students were placed in is available in the B.F.A. Interior Design Program Statistics.

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

Not all programs are offered for completion at each campus or through Berkeley College Online®. Please review the academic program pages for information on where each program is offered. Additionally, all students may be required to take some courses at another campus or online. The Career Development and Internship courses are only offered online.

This program is offered in: Paramus, Woodland Park

PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Course Requirements

MAJOR CORE COURSES

INT1100 Architectural Visualization

3 Credits 

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.

INT1110 Sketching and Color Composition

3 Credits 

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.

INT1120 Studio I: Conceptual Design

3 Credits 

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.

INT1150 CAD I

3 Credits 

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

INT1160 Studio II: Space Planning

3 Credits 

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

INT1170 History of Architecture and Interior Design I

3 Credits 

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.

INT2200 CAD II

3 Credits 

Instructs students in the use of Advanced 3D modeling and rendering tools 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

INT2220 Studio III: Residential I

3 Credits 

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

INT2230 Materials, Textiles, and Finishes

3 Credits 

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

INT2240 History of Architecture and Interior Design II

3 Credits 

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

INT2250 Studio IV: Commercial I

3 Credits 

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

INT2260 Architectural Construction and Methods I

3 Credits 

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.

INT2293 Internship

3 Credits

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*

ENG1105 Writing and Research

3 Credits

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.

ENG2205 Writing Through Literature

3 Credits

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

Prerequisite: ENG1105

HUM2225 Introduction to Ethics

3 Credits

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.

MAT2215 Statistics I

3 Credits

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.

SOC1123 Psychology of Adjustment

3 Credits

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.

SOC2231 Human Relations

3 Credits

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.

Mathematics/Science Elective- 3 Credits

 

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/static/school_of_professional_studies/aas_interior_design_nj/gedt-1.html.

SAMPLE PROGRAM SEQUENCE

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

The Interior Design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503-4014; telephone: 616-458-0400.

Not all programs are offered for completion at each campus or through Berkeley College Online®. Please review the academic program pages for information on where each program is offered. Additionally, all students may be required to take some courses at another campus or online. The Career Development and Internship courses are only offered online. 

This program is offered in: Paramus, Woodland Park

PROGRAM LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Course Requirements

MAJOR CORE COURSES

INT1100 Architectural Visualization

3 Credits

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.

INT1110 Sketching and Color Composition

3 Credits

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.

INT1120 Studio I: Conceptual Design

3 Credits

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.

INT1150 CAD I

3 Credits

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

INT1160 Studio II: Space Planning

3 Credits

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

INT1170 History of Architecture and Interior Design I

3 Credits

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.

INT2200 CAD II

3 Credits

Instructs students in the use of Advanced 3D modeling and rendering tools 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

INT2220 Studio III: Residential I

3 Credits

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

INT2230 Materials, Textiles, and Finishes

3 Credits

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

INT2240 History of Architecture and Interior Design II

3 Credits

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

INT2250 Studio IV: Commercial I

3 Credits

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

INT2260 Architectural Construction and Methods I

3 Credits

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: INT1150

INT2290 Lighting

3 Credits

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: INT2230

INT3310 Building Codes and Regulations

3 Credits

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

INT3330 Studio V: Residential II

3 Credits

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: INT2250

INT3340 Sustainable Design

3 Credits

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

INT3350 Architectural Construction and Methods II

3 Credits

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

INT3360 Studio VI: Commercial II

3 Credits

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: INT3330

INT3370 CAD III: Working Drawings

3 Credits

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

 

INT3380 Furniture Design

3 Credits

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: INT3350

INT4400 Studio VII: Special Topics

3 Credits

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 realworld design competitions.

Prerequisite: INT3360

INT4410 Career Management

3 Credits

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

INT4420 Capstone: Research and Program

3 Credits

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

Co-requisite: INT4400

INT4430 Professional Practice

3 Credits

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

INT4460 Studio VIII: Capstone Project

3 Credits

Continues the research and design of the interior design project based upon the building type approved in INT4420 Capstone: Research and Program course. Students apply all the skills and knowledge developed throughout their course of study in interior design.

Prerequisite: INT4420

INT4483 Internship

3 Credits

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

ENG1105 Writing and Research

3 Credits

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.

ENG2205 Writing Through Literature

3 Credits

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

Prerequisite: ENG1105

ENG3315 Advanced Writing

3 Credits

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

HUM2225 Introduction to Ethics

3 Credits

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.

MAT2215 Statistics I

3 Credits

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.

SOC1123 Psychology of Adjustment

3 Credits

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.

SOC2231 Human Relations

3 Credits

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.

SOC3350 Psychology of Design

3 Credits

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.

English Elective- 3 Credits

Humanities Elective- 3 Credits

Liberal Arts Electives- 6 Credits

Mathematics/Science Elective- 3 Credits

Science Elective- 3 Credits

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.

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/static/school_of_professional_studies/bfa_interior_design_nj/gedt-1.htm.

SAMPLE PROGRAM SEQUENCE