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Want to learn how to turn your passion for creative design into a career? When you are in a space, do you take notice of your surroundings and immediately think of ways to make it better? The interior design program at MTSU offers the skills and knowledge you need to connect people to the spaces where they live, work, learn, and play. Interior designers are trained to create residential and commercial spaces that protect and enhance the health, safety, welfare, and well-being of the public. From proper lighting to ergonomics, studying Interior Design can open up a world of opportunities for those with creative minds.

This program is approved for the Academic Common Market.


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Interior Design class visits alumnus at Jamie Beckwith Collection

Interior Design class visits alumnus at Jamie Beckwith Collection

“Having started my career in healthcare design working for an in-house design department, I then chose to expand my skill set by working for an architecture firm that completed all types of work including higher-ed, restaurants, worship facilities and commercial projects. With wanting to move closer to family, I then accepted a position within a real estate firm that offered design services for commercial and multi-family projects. These experiences all prepared me for my current role with Jamie Beckwith Collection where I am building our inside sales department that calls on designers and architects like I used to be.

With being a MTSU alumni myself, I fully support the university’s efforts to educate the students outside of the classroom and expose them to all facets within the field. With the values instilled through my education, along with my varied experiences within the design field, I understand firsthand the significance of exposing students to the endless opportunities offered in our industry and applaud the MTSU professors’ commitment to excellence that has carried through all these years. 

--Jenna Wise, NCIDQ, Jamie Beckwith Collection

Healthcare design studio engages students with Nashville healthcare leaders

Healthcare design studio engages students with Nashville healthcare leaders

Nationally, Nashville is recognized as the healthcare design center. MTSU Interior Design students have many experiential learning opportunities with architecture/ interior design firms and various suppliers who specialize in healthcare environments. Professional organizations such as International Interior Design Association (IIDA) provide students with direct links for tours, internships, and product information. Students and faculty are able to work with companies such as Herman Miller, Steelcase, Knoll, and many others through their regional showrooms and product representatives. In this photo, Annette Klaus, National A + D Manager Healthcare Design and Construction for Steelcase delivered a lecture on Healthcare Trends. This form of learning helps students envision themselves in diverse careers in interior design and increases their motivation to network with industry leaders.


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A degree in Interior Design can lead to a variety of jobs. Interior designers work in an array of environments, including architecture and builder/contractor firms, department and specialty stores, large corporate and government organizations, and manufacturing companies. Examples of careers include 

  • Buyer
  • CADD operator/draftsperson
  • Finish/furnishings specifier
  • Installation supervisor
  • Manufacturer's representative
  • Product designer
  • Programmer or needs assessor
  • Project designer/manager
  • Resource librarian
  • Salesperson
  • Showroom display designer
  • Space planner

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • AmSurg
  • A to Z Office Resource
  • Binkley Garcia Architects & Interior Design
  • Bob Parks Realty
  • Connie Long Interiors
  • Direct Buy
  • ESa, Earl Swensson Associates, Inc.
  • Foyers and Beyond
  • Gresham Smith and Partners
  • Gould Turner Group
  • Hermitage Lighting
  • Hunter Homes, Huntsville, Ala.
  • Inner Design Studio
  • Kaatz Binkley Jones & Morris Architects
  • Life Centers of America
  • Macy's, Green Hills (visual display and design)
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • ProSource
  • National Health Care
  • R. Higgins Interiors
  • Synergy Business Environments
  • Traditions in Tile
  • The Peddler

MTSU offers a four-year Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Interior Design. The program has been accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) since 1997. Students are provided with core knowledge that will support them on their path to becoming licensed professional interior designers.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.

Other majors in the Department of Human Sciences leading to a B.S. are Family and Consumer Studies with two concentrations: Child Development and Family Studies and Family and Consumer Science Education; Nutrition and Food Science, which has a concentration in Dietetics; and Textile, Merchandising, and Design with two concentrations: Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising

Undergraduate minors include Nutrition and Food Sciences; Textiles, Merchandise, and Design; and Human Sciences.

Interior Design, B.S.

Human Sciences 
TBA, program coordinator

The Interior Design curriculum meets the requirements for Allied membership in the American Society of Interior Designers and Affiliate membership in the International Interior Design Association. Accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, the B.S. degree offers preparation for entry-level positions in residential and contract design firms, sales, design consulting, computer-aided design, and other related design areas. The program includes a major in Interior Design and a professional core in Human Sciences, art, and business.

Admission and Progression

Interior Design Curriculum Prior to Admission to the Professional Course Sequence
  1. Any student formally admitted to the University may pursue the Interior Design curriculum.
  2. Interior Design majors are required to complete IDES 1010 prior to applying for admission to the professional course sequence.
  3. Interior Design students are expected to seek advising from the Human Sciences academic advisors each semester to ensure that they are following the proper sequence for completion of the prerequisite courses.
Admission into the Professional Course Sequence (Candidacy)

Applicants are guaranteed admission to the professional course sequence in Interior Design if they

  • have a minimum ACT score of 25 (or SAT equivalent);
  • have a minimum inclusive undergraduate college GPA of 3.5; and
  • have completed each of the following courses with a grade of C (2.00) or better:
    • General Education ENGL 1010, ENGL 1020 - 6 credit hours
    • General Education Natural Science - 8 credit hours
    • General Education Math - 3 credit hours
    • General Education Humanities/Fine Arts (excluding ART 1030) - 3 credit hours
    • General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences - 3 hours
    • Interior Design Career Orientation (IDES 1010) - 1 credit hour
    • Other (from required professional support or general education courses) - 6 credit hours

Depending on space and available resources, additional students may be admitted on a competitive basis. Admission will be based on ACT/SAT score (25% weight) and inclusive undergraduate GPA (75% weight) and completion of all prerequisite courses with grade of C (2.00) or better.

Note: Students with less than a 2.50 inclusive GPA are not eligible for admission to the sequence of professional courses.

Interior Design Professional Course Sequence
  1. An application form must be submitted to the Interior Design program during the Spring semester prior to beginning the professional course sequence. See application for final submission date.
  2. Transcript validation of all prerequisite courses must be on file in the MTSU Records Office.
  3. An inclusive undergraduate college grade point average of 2.50 is required for beginning eligibility.
  4. Applicants must have no grade less than a C (2.00) in any prerequisite and General Education course by the end of Spring semester for those entering the professional sequence the following Fall.
  5. Scores from a standardized examination (ACT/SAT) along with the inclusive college grade point average will be used to rank candidates for progression to the professional sequence.
  6. Students must attain a minimum grade of C (2.00) in all Interior Design courses.
  7. Students will be dismissed from the Interior Design major if they
    1. commit a breach of ethics or gross professional negligence,
    2. fail to progress due to unsuccessful attainment of requirements. Students who fail to progress will be readmitted on a space-available basis. Only one readmission for failure to progress will be allowed. Students admitted from other interior design programs in which a grade of D (less than 2.00) was made in interior design will not be readmitted.
  8. If a student receives a D or F in an Interior Design course at MTSU, he/she must repeat that course at MTSU.
  9. Transfer credits for IDES courses will only be accepted from CIDA accredited programs.
  10. Further specific details regarding admission and progression are available from the coordinator of the Interior Design program.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Interior Design, B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

The following course is recommended for the program and can satisfy the respective General Education requirement:

  • ART 1920 (Hum/FA)

Major Requirements (60 hours)

  • IDES 2100 - Interior Design Elements and Principles

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; admission to IDES professional course sequence. Must be taken concurrently with IDES 2110. Explores elements and principles of design with emphasis on the impact on the built environment. Five contact hours per week.

  • IDES 2110 - Interior Design Communications

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; admission to IDES professional course sequence. Must be taken concurrently with IDES 2100. Drafting techniques and media commonly used in interior design. Will include orthographic, isometric, axonometric, and oblique drawings, graphic symbols, and entourage. Five contact hours per week.

  • IDES 2120 - History of Interiors I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Historic interiors: survey, analysis, and applications. Emphasis on major design characteristics of interior architectural and furnishing styles to the nineteenth century.

  • IDES 3100 - Design Process  3 credit hours  

    IDES 3100 - Design Process

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: IDES 2100 and IDES 2110 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3110, IDES 3120, IDES 3130, and IDES 3140. Basic principles, theories, and procedures involved in creative problem solving. Five contact hours per week.

    Formerly IDES 3710

  • IDES 3110 - Interior Design Computer Applications I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: IDES 2110 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3100, IDES 3120, IDES 3130, and IDES 3140. Presentation techniques using computer-aided drafting as applied to the interior design profession. Emphasis on 2-dimensional drawings. Five contact hours per week.

  • IDES 3120 - History of Interiors II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Must be taken concurrently with IDES 3100, IDES 3110, IDES 3130, and IDES 3140. Survey of the development of contemporary interiors from the nineteenth century to the present with consideration given to style characteristics, cultural influences, designers, and relationships among styles.

    Formerly IDES 4710

  • IDES 3130 - House Design  3 credit hours  

    IDES 3130 - House Design

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: IDES 2100 and IDES 2110 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3100, IDES 3110, IDES 3120, and IDES 3140. Typical house construction methods. Emphasis on the organization and documentation of interior space, light frame construction methods and materials, structure, and systems derived from human needs and activities. Five contact hours per week.

    Formerly IDES 3600

  • IDES 3140 - Interior Materials and Finishes

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: IDES 2100, IDES 2110, and IDES 3130 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3100, IDES 3110, and IDES 3120. Materials and finishes used in the treatment of interior space to be examined in terms of properties, specifications, installation, and manufacturers.

    Formerly IDES 3720

  • IDES 3200 - Interior Perspective Sketching and Rendering

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: IDES 3130, IDES 3140, and ART 1620 with grade of C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3210 and IDES 3220. Interior rendering techniques, perspective drawing, sketching, and operation and care of equipment necessary in the effective communication of design solutions. Five contact hours per week.

    Formerly IDES 3700

  • IDES 3210 - Interior Design Computer Applications II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites:IDES 3110 and IDES 3130 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3200 and IDES 3220. Presentation techniques using computer-aided drafting as applied to the interior design profession. Emphasis on 3-dimensional drawings and customizing techniques. Five contact hours per week.

    Formerly IDES 3760

  • IDES 3220 - Residential Design I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: IDES 3100, IDES 3130, and IDES 3140 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3200 and IDES 3210. Analysis and organization of components, materials, and space relative to human scale and habitability. Influence factors of architecture, function, and economics on the design of interior environment. Emphasis on the data gathering and space planning. Five contact hours per week.

    Formerly IDES 3730

  • IDES 3300 - Interior Design Business Practices

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: IDES 3220 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3310, IDES 3320, and IDES 3330. Business practices, ethics, accessibility, building, fire, and life safety codes as applied to the interior design profession.

    Formerly IDES 3740

  • IDES 3310 - Interior Design Computer Applications III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: IDES 3200 and IDES 3210 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3300, IDES 3320, and IDES 3330. Computer applications used in creating interior design presentations. Emphasis on rendering and illustration. Five contact hours per week.

    Formerly IDES 3770

  • IDES 3320 - Corporate Design  3 credit hours  

    IDES 3320 - Corporate Design

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: IDES 3210 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3300, IDES 3310, and IDES 3330. Introduction to the issues and scope of the commercial interior design field; utilization of resources, human factors and client needs in planning and developing design solutions for office spaces. Five contact hours per week.

    Formerly IDES 4750

  • IDES 3330 - Lighting Design  3 credit hours  

    IDES 3330 - Lighting Design

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: IDES 3130 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3300, IDES 3310, and IDES 3320. Principles, terminology, design requirements, and equipment for illumination in the interior environment. Light sources, controls, product analysis, selection, specification, environmental issues, programming, planning, and communication. Four contact hours per week.

  • IDES 4100 - Interior Construction Documents

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: IDES 3320 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 4110 and IDES 4120. Advanced studio experience addressing residential and commercial interior construction techniques, documentation, and project management. Five contact hours per week.

  • IDES 4110 - Residential Design II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: IDES 3310 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 4100 and IDES 4120. Advanced studio experiences in residential interiors. Emphasis on designing for special populations, sustainable design, and multicultural influences. Five contact hours per week.

  • IDES 4120 - Interior Design Portfolio

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: IDES 3310 and IDES 3320 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 4100 and IDES 4110. Preparation of interior design portfolio, including projects, resumes, and oral presentations. Design of retail spaces. Review of NCIDQ exam. Five contact hours per week.

  • IDES 4200 - Healthcare Design

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: IDES 4120 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 4210. Specific human and physical needs encountered in the total design of interiors of a public nature. Emphasis on health care and institutional spaces. Five contact hours per week.

  • IDES 4210 - Hospitality Design

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: IDES 4120 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 4200. Advanced studio experience in contract design. Emphasis on problem solving, documentation, and presentation of hospitality spaces. Five contact hours per week.

Professional Support (22 hours)

  • ART 1620 - Drawing I  3 credit hours  

    ART 1620 - Drawing I

    3 credit hours

    Develops observational drawing skills and a formal drawing vocabulary; introduces various drawing materials. Six-hour studio course. TBR Common Course: ART 1045

  • CDFS 3320 - Family Relations  3 credit hours  

    CDFS 3320 - Family Relations

    3 credit hours

    Family systems, giving consideration to interpersonal relationships. The structure, function, and development of families in a changing society and in relation to other social institutions.

  • IDES 1010 - Interior Design Career Orientation

    1 credit hour

    Development, scope, and philosophies of human sciences; career opportunities with analysis of interests, aptitudes, and proficiency related to success in interior design. Lectures, guest speakers, activities, assignments, and tests introduce studies to the university, college, department, and interior design program. Class meets one hour per week.

  • MKT 3820 - Principles of Marketing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Survey of the functions, processes, and institutions involved in the distribution of consumer and industrial goods and services. Decision making in marketing management introduced.

  • TXMD 2180 - Textiles I  3 credit hours  AND 

    TXMD 2180 - Textiles I

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: TXMD 2181. An overview of the textile industry including fibers, yarns, fabric construction, dyeing/printing techniques, and finishes. Emphasis placed on the selection of textile products in relation to end use. Includes labwork involving physical testing. Lecture meets two hours per week; lab meets two hours per week.

  • CDFS 3330 - Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationships

    3 credit hours

    Skills and knowledge essential to the development and maintenance of interpersonal and work relationships analyzed. Topics focus on self-awareness, communication in various types of relationships, and managing feelings and conflict.

  • HSC 4430 - Resource Management  3 credit hours  OR 

    HSC 4430 - Resource Management

    3 credit hours

    Opportunity to identify and integrate the management functions of the Human Sciences areas. Emphasis on management roles and responsibilities of Human Sciences professionals, the relationship of the learning organization concept to the Human Science profession, and the use of quality improvement techniques to solve Human Sciences-related problems.

  • NFS 1240 - Principles of Nutrition

    3 credit hours

    Fundamentals of normal nutrition and its relationship to health and physical fitness with emphasis on the scientific, psychological, sociological, and economic aspects of nutrition. (Credit not allowed for Nutrition and Food Sciences major.)

Choose 6 hours from:

  • ART 1910 - Survey of Non-Western Art

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the non-Western arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania from ancient to modern times.

  • ART 1920 - Survey of Western Art I  3 credit hours  ( may be counted in General Education) 

    ART 1920 - Survey of Western Art I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the arts of the Western tradition from the Paleolithic era through the Gothic period.

  • ART 1930 - Survey of Western Art II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ART 1920 with C or better. Survey of the arts of the Western tradition from the late Gothic period to the present.

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Interior Design

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman Fall

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • IDES 1010 - Interior Design Career Orientation

    1 credit hour

    Development, scope, and philosophies of human sciences; career opportunities with analysis of interests, aptitudes, and proficiency related to success in interior design. Lectures, guest speakers, activities, assignments, and tests introduce studies to the university, college, department, and interior design program. Class meets one hour per week.

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 14 Hours

 

Freshman Spring

 

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

 

  • ART 1910 - Survey of Non-Western Art

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the non-Western arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania from ancient to modern times.

  • ART 1920 - Survey of Western Art I  3 credit hours  (recommended for Hum/FA) OR 

    ART 1920 - Survey of Western Art I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the arts of the Western tradition from the Paleolithic era through the Gothic period.

  • ART 1930 - Survey of Western Art II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ART 1920 with C or better. Survey of the arts of the Western tradition from the late Gothic period to the present.

Subtotal: 16 Hours

 

Sophomore Fall

 

  • IDES 2100 - Interior Design Elements and Principles

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; admission to IDES professional course sequence. Must be taken concurrently with IDES 2110. Explores elements and principles of design with emphasis on the impact on the built environment. Five contact hours per week.

  • IDES 2110 - Interior Design Communications

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; admission to IDES professional course sequence. Must be taken concurrently with IDES 2100. Drafting techniques and media commonly used in interior design. Will include orthographic, isometric, axonometric, and oblique drawings, graphic symbols, and entourage. Five contact hours per week.

  • IDES 2120 - History of Interiors I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Historic interiors: survey, analysis, and applications. Emphasis on major design characteristics of interior architectural and furnishing styles to the nineteenth century.

  • ART 1620 - Drawing I  3 credit hours  

    ART 1620 - Drawing I

    3 credit hours

    Develops observational drawing skills and a formal drawing vocabulary; introduces various drawing materials. Six-hour studio course. TBR Common Course: ART 1045

 

  • TXMD 2180 - Textiles I  3 credit hours  AND 

    TXMD 2180 - Textiles I

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: TXMD 2181. An overview of the textile industry including fibers, yarns, fabric construction, dyeing/printing techniques, and finishes. Emphasis placed on the selection of textile products in relation to end use. Includes labwork involving physical testing. Lecture meets two hours per week; lab meets two hours per week.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

 

Sophomore Spring

 

  • IDES 3100 - Design Process  3 credit hours  

    IDES 3100 - Design Process

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: IDES 2100 and IDES 2110 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3110, IDES 3120, IDES 3130, and IDES 3140. Basic principles, theories, and procedures involved in creative problem solving. Five contact hours per week.

    Formerly IDES 3710

  • IDES 3130 - House Design  3 credit hours  

    IDES 3130 - House Design

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: IDES 2100 and IDES 2110 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3100, IDES 3110, IDES 3120, and IDES 3140. Typical house construction methods. Emphasis on the organization and documentation of interior space, light frame construction methods and materials, structure, and systems derived from human needs and activities. Five contact hours per week.

    Formerly IDES 3600

  • IDES 3110 - Interior Design Computer Applications I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: IDES 2110 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3100, IDES 3120, IDES 3130, and IDES 3140. Presentation techniques using computer-aided drafting as applied to the interior design profession. Emphasis on 2-dimensional drawings. Five contact hours per week.

  • IDES 3140 - Interior Materials and Finishes

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: IDES 2100, IDES 2110, and IDES 3130 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3100, IDES 3110, and IDES 3120. Materials and finishes used in the treatment of interior space to be examined in terms of properties, specifications, installation, and manufacturers.

    Formerly IDES 3720

  • IDES 3120 - History of Interiors II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Must be taken concurrently with IDES 3100, IDES 3110, IDES 3130, and IDES 3140. Survey of the development of contemporary interiors from the nineteenth century to the present with consideration given to style characteristics, cultural influences, designers, and relationships among styles.

    Formerly IDES 4710

Subtotal: 15 Hours

 

Junior Fall

 

  • IDES 3200 - Interior Perspective Sketching and Rendering

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: IDES 3130, IDES 3140, and ART 1620 with grade of C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3210 and IDES 3220. Interior rendering techniques, perspective drawing, sketching, and operation and care of equipment necessary in the effective communication of design solutions. Five contact hours per week.

    Formerly IDES 3700

  • IDES 3220 - Residential Design I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: IDES 3100, IDES 3130, and IDES 3140 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3200 and IDES 3210. Analysis and organization of components, materials, and space relative to human scale and habitability. Influence factors of architecture, function, and economics on the design of interior environment. Emphasis on the data gathering and space planning. Five contact hours per week.

    Formerly IDES 3730

  • IDES 3210 - Interior Design Computer Applications II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites:IDES 3110 and IDES 3130 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3200 and IDES 3220. Presentation techniques using computer-aided drafting as applied to the interior design profession. Emphasis on 3-dimensional drawings and customizing techniques. Five contact hours per week.

    Formerly IDES 3760

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • CDFS 3330 - Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationships

    3 credit hours

    Skills and knowledge essential to the development and maintenance of interpersonal and work relationships analyzed. Topics focus on self-awareness, communication in various types of relationships, and managing feelings and conflict.

  • NFS 1240 - Principles of Nutrition  3 credit hours  OR 

    NFS 1240 - Principles of Nutrition

    3 credit hours

    Fundamentals of normal nutrition and its relationship to health and physical fitness with emphasis on the scientific, psychological, sociological, and economic aspects of nutrition. (Credit not allowed for Nutrition and Food Sciences major.)

  • HSC 4430 - Resource Management

    3 credit hours

    Opportunity to identify and integrate the management functions of the Human Sciences areas. Emphasis on management roles and responsibilities of Human Sciences professionals, the relationship of the learning organization concept to the Human Science profession, and the use of quality improvement techniques to solve Human Sciences-related problems.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

 

Junior Spring

 

  • IDES 3330 - Lighting Design  3 credit hours  

    IDES 3330 - Lighting Design

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: IDES 3130 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3300, IDES 3310, and IDES 3320. Principles, terminology, design requirements, and equipment for illumination in the interior environment. Light sources, controls, product analysis, selection, specification, environmental issues, programming, planning, and communication. Four contact hours per week.

  • IDES 3320 - Corporate Design  3 credit hours  

    IDES 3320 - Corporate Design

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: IDES 3210 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3300, IDES 3310, and IDES 3330. Introduction to the issues and scope of the commercial interior design field; utilization of resources, human factors and client needs in planning and developing design solutions for office spaces. Five contact hours per week.

    Formerly IDES 4750

  • IDES 3300 - Interior Design Business Practices

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: IDES 3220 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3310, IDES 3320, and IDES 3330. Business practices, ethics, accessibility, building, fire, and life safety codes as applied to the interior design profession.

    Formerly IDES 3740

  • IDES 3310 - Interior Design Computer Applications III

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: IDES 3200 and IDES 3210 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3300, IDES 3320, and IDES 3330. Computer applications used in creating interior design presentations. Emphasis on rendering and illustration. Five contact hours per week.

    Formerly IDES 3770

  • ART 1910 - Survey of Non-Western Art

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the non-Western arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania from ancient to modern times.

  • ART 1920 - Survey of Western Art I  3 credit hours  OR 

    ART 1920 - Survey of Western Art I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the arts of the Western tradition from the Paleolithic era through the Gothic period.

  • ART 1930 - Survey of Western Art II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ART 1920 with C or better. Survey of the arts of the Western tradition from the late Gothic period to the present.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

 

Senior Fall

 

  • IDES 4110 - Residential Design II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: IDES 3310 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 4100 and IDES 4120. Advanced studio experiences in residential interiors. Emphasis on designing for special populations, sustainable design, and multicultural influences. Five contact hours per week.

  • IDES 4120 - Interior Design Portfolio

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: IDES 3310 and IDES 3320 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 4100 and IDES 4110. Preparation of interior design portfolio, including projects, resumes, and oral presentations. Design of retail spaces. Review of NCIDQ exam. Five contact hours per week.

  • IDES 4100 - Interior Construction Documents

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: IDES 3320 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 4110 and IDES 4120. Advanced studio experience addressing residential and commercial interior construction techniques, documentation, and project management. Five contact hours per week.

  • CDFS 3320 - Family Relations  3 credit hours  

    CDFS 3320 - Family Relations

    3 credit hours

    Family systems, giving consideration to interpersonal relationships. The structure, function, and development of families in a changing society and in relation to other social institutions.

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 15 Hours

 

Senior Spring

 

  • IDES 4200 - Healthcare Design

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: IDES 4120 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 4210. Specific human and physical needs encountered in the total design of interiors of a public nature. Emphasis on health care and institutional spaces. Five contact hours per week.

  • IDES 4210 - Hospitality Design

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: IDES 4120 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 4200. Advanced studio experience in contract design. Emphasis on problem solving, documentation, and presentation of hospitality spaces. Five contact hours per week.

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • MKT 3820 - Principles of Marketing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Survey of the functions, processes, and institutions involved in the distribution of consumer and industrial goods and services. Decision making in marketing management introduced.

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

Subtotal: 15 Hours

 

Interior Design

IDES 1010 - Interior Design Career Orientation
1 credit hour

Development, scope, and philosophies of human sciences; career opportunities with analysis of interests, aptitudes, and proficiency related to success in interior design. Lectures, guest speakers, activities, assignments, and tests introduce studies to the university, college, department, and interior design program. Class meets one hour per week.

IDES 2100 - Interior Design Elements and Principles
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; admission to IDES professional course sequence. Must be taken concurrently with IDES 2110. Explores elements and principles of design with emphasis on the impact on the built environment. Five contact hours per week.

IDES 2110 - Interior Design Communications
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; admission to IDES professional course sequence. Must be taken concurrently with IDES 2100. Drafting techniques and media commonly used in interior design. Will include orthographic, isometric, axonometric, and oblique drawings, graphic symbols, and entourage. Five contact hours per week.

IDES 2120 - History of Interiors I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Historic interiors: survey, analysis, and applications. Emphasis on major design characteristics of interior architectural and furnishing styles to the nineteenth century.

IDES 2930 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Experiential learning that occurs in real employment situations. Must be taken in sequence or approved by the IDES coop coordinator.

IDES 2940 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Experiential learning that occurs in real employment situations. Must be taken in sequence or approved by the IDES coop coordinator.

IDES 3100 - Design Process
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: IDES 2100 and IDES 2110 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3110, IDES 3120, IDES 3130, and IDES 3140. Basic principles, theories, and procedures involved in creative problem solving. Five contact hours per week.

Formerly IDES 3710

IDES 3110 - Interior Design Computer Applications I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: IDES 2110 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3100, IDES 3120, IDES 3130, and IDES 3140. Presentation techniques using computer-aided drafting as applied to the interior design profession. Emphasis on 2-dimensional drawings. Five contact hours per week.

IDES 3120 - History of Interiors II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Must be taken concurrently with IDES 3100, IDES 3110, IDES 3130, and IDES 3140. Survey of the development of contemporary interiors from the nineteenth century to the present with consideration given to style characteristics, cultural influences, designers, and relationships among styles.

Formerly IDES 4710

IDES 3130 - House Design
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: IDES 2100 and IDES 2110 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3100, IDES 3110, IDES 3120, and IDES 3140. Typical house construction methods. Emphasis on the organization and documentation of interior space, light frame construction methods and materials, structure, and systems derived from human needs and activities. Five contact hours per week.

Formerly IDES 3600

IDES 3140 - Interior Materials and Finishes
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: IDES 2100, IDES 2110, and IDES 3130 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3100, IDES 3110, and IDES 3120. Materials and finishes used in the treatment of interior space to be examined in terms of properties, specifications, installation, and manufacturers.

Formerly IDES 3720

IDES 3200 - Interior Perspective Sketching and Rendering
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: IDES 3130, IDES 3140, and ART 1620 with grade of C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3210 and IDES 3220. Interior rendering techniques, perspective drawing, sketching, and operation and care of equipment necessary in the effective communication of design solutions. Five contact hours per week.

Formerly IDES 3700

IDES 3210 - Interior Design Computer Applications II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:IDES 3110 and IDES 3130 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3200 and IDES 3220. Presentation techniques using computer-aided drafting as applied to the interior design profession. Emphasis on 3-dimensional drawings and customizing techniques. Five contact hours per week.

Formerly IDES 3760

IDES 3220 - Residential Design I
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: IDES 3100, IDES 3130, and IDES 3140 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3200 and IDES 3210. Analysis and organization of components, materials, and space relative to human scale and habitability. Influence factors of architecture, function, and economics on the design of interior environment. Emphasis on the data gathering and space planning. Five contact hours per week.

Formerly IDES 3730

IDES 3300 - Interior Design Business Practices
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: IDES 3220 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3310, IDES 3320, and IDES 3330. Business practices, ethics, accessibility, building, fire, and life safety codes as applied to the interior design profession.

Formerly IDES 3740

IDES 3310 - Interior Design Computer Applications III
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: IDES 3200 and IDES 3210 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3300, IDES 3320, and IDES 3330. Computer applications used in creating interior design presentations. Emphasis on rendering and illustration. Five contact hours per week.

Formerly IDES 3770

IDES 3320 - Corporate Design
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: IDES 3210 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3300, IDES 3310, and IDES 3330. Introduction to the issues and scope of the commercial interior design field; utilization of resources, human factors and client needs in planning and developing design solutions for office spaces. Five contact hours per week.

Formerly IDES 4750

IDES 3330 - Lighting Design
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: IDES 3130 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 3300, IDES 3310, and IDES 3320. Principles, terminology, design requirements, and equipment for illumination in the interior environment. Light sources, controls, product analysis, selection, specification, environmental issues, programming, planning, and communication. Four contact hours per week.

IDES 3970 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Experiential learning that occurs in real employment situations. Must be taken in sequence or approved by the IDES coop coordinator.

IDES 3980 - Cooperative Education
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Experiential learning that occurs in real employment situations. Must be taken in sequence or approved by the IDES coop coordinator.

IDES 4100 - Interior Construction Documents
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: IDES 3320 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 4110 and IDES 4120. Advanced studio experience addressing residential and commercial interior construction techniques, documentation, and project management. Five contact hours per week.

IDES 4110 - Residential Design II
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: IDES 3310 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 4100 and IDES 4120. Advanced studio experiences in residential interiors. Emphasis on designing for special populations, sustainable design, and multicultural influences. Five contact hours per week.

IDES 4120 - Interior Design Portfolio
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: IDES 3310 and IDES 3320 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 4100 and IDES 4110. Preparation of interior design portfolio, including projects, resumes, and oral presentations. Design of retail spaces. Review of NCIDQ exam. Five contact hours per week.

IDES 4200 - Healthcare Design
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: IDES 4120 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 4210. Specific human and physical needs encountered in the total design of interiors of a public nature. Emphasis on health care and institutional spaces. Five contact hours per week.

IDES 4210 - Hospitality Design
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: IDES 4120 with C or better; must be taken concurrently with IDES 4200. Advanced studio experience in contract design. Emphasis on problem solving, documentation, and presentation of hospitality spaces. Five contact hours per week.

IDES 4620 - House Furnishings
3 credit hours

Design principles; space planning; materials; furniture styles, selection, and buying. Four contact hours per week. Not accepted for credit toward Interior Design major.

Mission

The mission of the interior design program at Middle Tennessee State University is to provide an experiential educational program that prepares graduates for entry-level positions in the field in addition to life long and academic learning. The experiential curriculum prepares student to successfully engage in an evolving profession influenced by globalization, human needs, and technology.

Philosophy

The interior design program’s educational philosophy supports the mission and goals by providing a student-centered, experiential learning environment. The focus is on preparing students through project and problem based learning wherein students use independent and critical thinking, content knowledge, and creativity to address human/built environment issues. Faculty serve as guides and facilitators in assisting students in reaching their full potential.

Goals

  1. Think critically to identify and solve problems
  2. Communicate verbally, visually, and in writing
  3. Address human condition via design, health, safety, welfare
  4. Use content knowledge to develop creative solutions
  5. Conduct themselves in an ethical manner

Resources

Contact Information

Deborah Belcher
deborah.belcher@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2884
Fax | 615-898-5130

Who is My Advisor?

Jennifer Austin (A-K)
Jennifer.Austin@mtsu.edu
615-898-4803 | CKNB 108

Brandie Freeman (L-Z)
Brandie.Freeman@mtsu.edu
615-898-4803 | CKNB 108

Mailing Address

Department of Human Sciences
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 86
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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