Interior Design BS / Design Research MS

Major: Interior Design / Design Research
Degrees Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0 (BS) and 46.0 (MS)
Co-op Options: Graduate Co-op
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 50.0408
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 27-1025

About the Program

This five-year path allows students to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, enhanced by a Master of Science in Design Research. Preparing them for a human-centered technology-driven professional career.

BS Interior Design Program Description:

The undergraduate interior design program explores the behavioral, technological, environmental and aesthetic aspects of interior design within the context of increasingly more complex design projects. Combined with art and art history and general education requirements, a core of interior design courses creates a unique education at the forefront of design. Through academics grounded in problem-solving design studios, cooperative employment, and a dedicated faculty, the Interior Design program prepares students for leadership positions in the industry. The Interior Design program is consistently ranked among the top programs in the country, and in the survey by Design Intelligence of "America's Best Design Schools."

The BS interior design program is CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation) and NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art & Design) accredited.

MS Design Research Program Description:

The Design Research program creates an arena for advanced students to explore and enhance their skills in design research areas that include Technology, Environmental Design and Health, including Community Based Design. Driven by the interdisciplinary nature of design, the program addresses the future in response to the emerging and complex designed environment. Designers operate in a world of increasing intricacy; this degree gives candidates a greater depth of knowledge and experience in topics relevant to present and future challenges in design.

The program focuses on providing a forum for students to pursue paths of inquiry and investigation within Design, Technology, Environmental Design and Health. This flexible program operates with a core curriculum that is built on, and augmented by, a customized set of electives, and the second year thesis sequence.

Admission Requirements

  • Must Apply between 90-120 Credits
  • 3.0 or better GPS
  • 2 recommendations
  • 500-word Essay
  • Work Sample
  • Applicants apply in Spring of their Sophomore year and must be approved by both program directors

Degree Requirements

General education requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
PHYS 175Light and Sound3.0
PHYS 176Computational Lab for Light and Sound1.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience2.0
Required Arts and Humanities-students elect a minimum of 9 credits9.0
Required Natural Science-students elect a minimum of 3 credits3.0
Required Social Science-students elect a minimum of 6 credits6.0
Free electives24.0
Undergraduate electives (18 cr)
Shared Graduate Electives (6 cr)
Visual studies requirements
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 103History of Art III: Modern Art3.0
VSST 101Design I4.0
VSST 102Design II4.0
VSST 103Design III4.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
VSST 201Multimedia: Performance4.0
or VSST 202 Multimedia: Space
VSST 203Multimedia: Materials4.0
VSST 301Painting I4.0
or VSST 311 Sculpture I
Interior design requirements
INTR 160Visualization I: Computer Imaging3.0
INTR 200History of Modern Architecture and Interiors3.0
INTR 211Textiles for Interiors3.0
INTR 220Visualization II: Orthographic3.0
INTR 225Environmental Design Theory3.0
INTR 231Structure4.0
INTR 232Interior Studio I4.0
INTR 233Interior Studio II4.0
INTR 241Visualization III: Digital3.0
INTR 245Visualization IV: 3D Modeling3.0
INTR 250Interior Materials3.0
INTR 300 [WI] Visual Culture: Interiors3.0
INTR 305 [WI] Visual Culture: Furniture3.0
INTR 331Residential Design Studio4.0
INTR 341Visualization V: Methods3.0
INTR 350Interior Detailing3.0
INTR 351Interior Lighting3.0
INTR 430Commercial Design Studio4.0
INTR 441Furniture Design4.0
INTR 442Hospitality Design Studio4.0
INTR 445Contract Documentation for Interior Design3.0
INTR 450 [WI] Professional Practice3.0
INTR 451Interior Systems3.0
INTR 491Senior Project I3.0
INTR 492Senior Project II3.0
INTR 493Senior Project III3.0
Design Research requirements
ARTH 530History of Modern Design3.0
DSRE 620Design Problem Solving3.0
DSRE 625Technologies of Making3.0
DSRE 630Data Visualization for Design Professionals3.0
DSRE 635Translational Design Research3.0
DSRE 641Contemporary Design Theory3.0
DSRE 645Design Research Thesis Proposal3.0
DSRE 650Thesis Research and Practicum1.0
DSRE 760Thesis in Design Research II3.0
DSRE 770Thesis in Design Research III3.0
DSRE 750Thesis in Design Research I3.0
Graduate Electives9.0
Total Credits226.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ENGL 101
or 111
Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research
English Composition I
3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VSST 101Design I4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 2
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ENGL 102
or 112
Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing
English Composition II
3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VSST 102Design II4.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
Arts & Humanities Elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
ARTH 103History of Art III: Modern Art3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 103
or 113
Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres
English Composition III
3.0
INTR 160Visualization I: Computer Imaging3.0
INTR 200History of Modern Architecture and Interiors3.0
VSST 103Design III4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 4
INTR 220Visualization II: Orthographic3.0
INTR 225Environmental Design Theory3.0
INTR 231Structure4.0
INTR 250Interior Materials3.0
Free Elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
INTR 232Interior Studio I4.0
INTR 241Visualization III: Digital3.0
INTR 300 [WI] Visual Culture: Interiors3.0
PHYS 175Light and Sound3.0
PHYS 176Computational Lab for Light and Sound1.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 6
INTR 211Textiles for Interiors3.0
INTR 233Interior Studio II4.0
INTR 245Visualization IV: 3D Modeling3.0
Natural science elective 3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 7
INTR 305 [WI] Visual Culture: Furniture3.0
INTR 331Residential Design Studio4.0
INTR 341Visualization V: Methods3.0
INTR 350Interior Detailing3.0
VSST 202
or 201
Multimedia: Space
Multimedia: Performance
4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 8
INTR 351Interior Lighting3.0
INTR 430Commercial Design Studio4.0
INTR 451Interior Systems3.0
VSST 203Multimedia: Materials4.0
Arts and humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 9
VSST 301
or 311
Painting I
Sculpture I
4.0
Arts and humanities elective3.0
Social science elective3.0
Free elective6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 10
INTR 442Hospitality Design Studio4.0
INTR 445Contract Documentation for Interior Design3.0
INTR 491Senior Project I3.0
DSRE 620Design Problem Solving3.0
DSRE 625Technologies of Making3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 11
INTR 441Furniture Design4.0
INTR 450 [WI] Professional Practice3.0
INTR 492Senior Project II3.0
DSRE 630Data Visualization for Design Professionals3.0
DSRE 635Translational Design Research3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 12
INTR 493Senior Project III3.0
Social Science Elective3.0
DSRE 641Contemporary Design Theory3.0
DSRE 645Design Research Thesis Proposal3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 13
DSRE 650Thesis Research and Practicum1.0
DSRE Elective6.0
 Term Credits7.0
Term 14
DSRE 750Thesis in Design Research I3.0
ARTH 530History of Modern Design3.0
DSRE Elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 15
DSRE 760Thesis in Design Research II3.0
DSRE elective6.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 16
DSRE 770Thesis in Design Research III3.0
DSRE Electives6.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 226.0
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