Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
The BS in interior design requires 68 semester hours in interior design courses, including:
- A first-year portfolio review that is required before advancing to the second-year major courses.
- 39 semester hours taken at the upper level.
- A summer interior design internship between the junior and senior years.
See the course catalog for a complete list of course offerings and descriptions.
TCU interior design majors learn how to shape our environments — where we live and work. Through interior design theory and practical, hands-on projects, you’ll develop the creativity, knowledge and design skills to envision and construct great spaces. At TCU, our faculty composed of industry professionals teach you principles and elements of design, drafting techniques, concept development, computer modeling, lighting and visual presentation skills.
At TCU, you’ll learn by doing, stepping outside the classroom to turn your ideas into action. All interior design students complete an internship between the third and fourth year in the program, and many are hired at the companies where they interned. Examples of internship placements for interior design students include:
- Wilson & Associates
- Mark Hampton LLC by Alexa Hampton
- Joseph Minton
- Christopher Coleman – New York City
From understanding the principles of lighting and indoor air quality to working in teams and communicating your design ideas effectively, you’ll be prepared for successful careers in manufacturing, furniture production, design showrooms, retailing, real estate and facilities management.
The TCU interior design program is accredited by The Council for Interior Design Accreditation. CIDA has continuously accredited the curriculum since 1978. The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for the opportunity to complete the necessary steps to obtain state licensing or registration. This major is for the student planning a career as a licensed or registered designer with interior design and/or architectural firms.
What is TCU’s interior design portfolio review?
Similar to review procedures commonly used in interior design programs across North America, TCU conducts a qualifying portfolio review in the spring of the 1st year in the program. Interior design pre-majors submit pre-designated projects from the first year interior design courses. This series of projects constitute “the portfolio”. This procedure provides assessment of the body of work as a whole, outside of the grading processes in individual courses. Through the portfolio review process, the Interior Design faculty assess the skill sets to determine a student’s aptitude for success in the interior design program. Skill sets assessed are listed in the Portfolio Review Rubric.
What is the purpose of the portfolio review?
The first year portfolio review insures a competitive, high-quality program of serious, motivated individuals. It is critical for TCU’s interior design program to maintain a strong reputation amongst the professional design community from which our graduates are placed in internships and hired post-graduation. High standards set and maintained for the program elevate the value of the TCU interior design degree. Choosing to participate in the portfolio review will assist in discovering a student’s level of aptitude for a highly competitive profession, before committing an extraordinary amount of time and credit hours to the interior design major. Only students who participate in and pass the portfolio review may change their major to Interior Design and enroll in the 2nd year interior design courses.
Why can’t anyone who wants to be an interior design major continue to the 2nd year of studies in the program?
Successful passage of the portfolio review ensures students are prepared for advanced-level studio coursework. Studio coursework is at the center of an interior designer’s education. For interior design majors, the work produced in the design studios provides the entry point to internship and full-time employment. Therefore it is critical to set up the studio environment for the best possible student learning outcomes in upper level design studios. Considering that development of design solutions requires significant one-on-one work between faculty and student during each class meeting, appropriate class sizes are established and maintained for optimal student learning.
Transfer students wishing to apply for the interior design program must submit a comprehensive portfolio to the attention of the interior design program coordinator after they have been accepted to the University. Detailed portfolio requirements, deadlines and procedure are available from the IDFM main office. All portfolio decisions are final. It is the transfer student’s responsibility to be aware of and comply with departmental procedure.
All students declaring the interior design major should refer to the posted laptop policy. This policy will be updated annually in late spring with detailed system specifications, software requirements and program policies. Students should purchase the required software packages after acceptance into the interior design program and passage of the first-year portfolio review. Enrolled students are required to have a PC laptop computer and legally licensed CAD, 3D modeling, presentation and productivity software for use in their interior design courses.
The TCU interior design program does not endorse any particular computer manufacturer, brand or vendor. The specifications for interior design emphasize performance over any particular brand, but it must be a PC computer. Interior design courses will teach the software programs from the Microsoft Windows platform. Students will be responsible for resolving their own laptop technical issues.
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