Interior Design Is
in·te·ri·or de·sign: inˈti(ə)rēər/ /dəˈzīn/
Interior design is a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied within a structure to achieve a built interior environment. These solutions are functional, enhance the quality of life and culture of the occupants and are aesthetically attractive. Designs are created in response to and coordinated with the building shell and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. Designs must adhere to code and regulatory requirements, and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability. The interior design process follows a systematic and coordinated methodology, including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process, whereby the needs and resources of the client are satisfied to produce an interior space that fulfills the project goals.
Interior design includes a scope of services performed by a professional design practitioner, qualified by means of education, experience and examination, to protect and enhance the health, life safety and welfare of the public.
thinking • engaging • creating
ETSU’s Interior Design Program seeks to educate future designers who are thinking globally, actively engaging in dynamic design processes, and creating imaginative solutions that promote the awareness and knowledge of the contributions of interior design to health, safety, and the welfare of people in a sustainable built environment. Graduates aspire to be active lifelong problem solvers, seeking to adapt current knowledge and emerging trends to meet the demands of a future marketplace.
To prepare new professionals who seek to make a difference in their chosen communities we as faculty embrace these core goals:
- Student Centered Learning: Foster opportunities for direct engagement with faculty and practicing professionals in small studio focused learning communities.
- Thinking Globally/Acting Regionally: Prepare students to analyze and apply applicable global solutions to regional/local issues.
- Design Awareness: Model a creative dynamic design process that incorporates both illustrative and “making” techniques focusing on innovative design solutions.
- Cross Disciplinary Appreciation: Where collaboration is embraced across the wide variety of professions involved in the realization of a design project.
Interior Design graduates are prepared for practice in the interior design profession regionally, nationally, and internationally by the enrichment of their professional and personal lives. A four-year curriculum is organized around yearly conceptual frameworks.
- Year 1: Design as Spatial Literacy
- Year 2: Design as Process
- Year 3: Design as Profession
- Year 4: Design as Social Responsibility
To graduate from ETSU with a degree in Interior Design a student must complete a total of 120 hours. These hours contain:
63 hours in Core Design courses
INTD 1115 Studio 1: Architectural Drafting
An introduction to hand drafting and to lettering standards including terminology, symbols, orthographic drawings, and schedules within a construction document.
INTD 1105 Interior Design Fundamentals
An introduction and overview to the interior design profession including history, building systems, design fundamentals, design process, space planning, and interior finishes and materials.
INTD 1215 Studio 2: Visual Communication
INTD 1205 Sustainable Design
INTD 2115 Studio 3: ID Presentation
INTD 2105 Historical Interiors 1
INTD 2110 Design for Human Behavior
INTD 2215 Studio 4: Residential Design
INTD 2205 Historical Interiors 2
INTD 2210 Materials & Finishes
INTD 3115 Studio 5: AutoCAD for ID
Prerequisites: INTD 2215. Computer-aided 2D and 3D architectural drafting and rendering through the use of AutoCAD and 3rd party rendering software.
INTD 3105 Interior Bldg Systems & Components
Prerequisites: INTD 2210 and INTD 2215. The study of interior building systems and components and their impact on the development of interior spaces. Emphasis on identifying, interpreting, drawing, and specifying interior building systems and components in contract documents that complete the building interior.
INTD 3215 Studio 6: Commercial Design
INTD 3205 Lighting
INTD 4115 Studio 7: Mixed-Use Design
Prerequisites: INTD 3215. Application of the design process based on social research to plan mixed-use environments for children, the elderly, physically challenged, or other special populations.
INTD 4105 Professional Practices
Prerequisites: INTD 3215. A study of the professional business practices of interior design: contracts, ethics, responsibilities, liabilities, etc. Emphasis includes development of professional portfolio, resume, and multiple marketing tools to support career strategies.
INTD 4215 Studio 8: Senior Design Studio
INTD 4205 Interior Design Internship
16 hours in Allied Design courses
DIGM 1100 Visual Thinking
ARTA 1110 2D Design
ARTA 1204 Color Theory
ENTC 2410 Construction Fundamentals
Art History 2010 or 2020
ARTA 2010 - A survey of architecture, painting, sculpture, and the minor arts in the Western world from prehistoric times to the end of the Middle Ages.
ARTA 2020 - A survey of architecture, sculpture, and painting in the Western world from the Italian Renaissance to the present.
ENTC 4060 Project Scheduling
41 hours of General Education
ENGL 1010 Critical Reading and Expository Writing
ENGL 1020 Critical Thinking and Argumentation
SPCH 2300 Public Speaking
SPCH 2320 Argumentation and Debate
MATH 1530 Probability and Statistics – Noncalculus
Natural Sciences (8 Credits)
HIST 2010 The United States to 1877
HIST 2020 The United States since 1877
Literature (3 Credits)
Humanities (3 Credits)
SRVL 1020 Introduction to Service-Learning in the Community
Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 Credits)
The program curriculum, structured to meet accreditation standards, then provides a broad-based design education where sustainability practices, creativity development, and varied learning environments are infused across the entire 4-year experience. Regional travel study tours, international travel opportunities, and service learning experiences expose students to a wide range of career building and professional mentoring opportunities.
- Small student centered learning studios where you have opportunities for direct engagement with faculty and practicing professionals in small studio focused learning communities.
- A commitment to learning a creative dynamic design process that incorporates both illustrative processes and access to a wide variety of shops/labs where you will construct your designs.
- Where collaboration is embraced through teamwork with your fellow INTD students and other disciplines.
For in-state freshman, a typical semester would cost approximately $3,264.50 in tuition and Interior Design fees, while out-of-state students would pay approximately $10,383.50 in tuition and fees. You can do your own estimate using ETSU’s Tuition Estimator.
Our recent grads speak:
I just wanted to drop a HUGE thank you your way. Words cannot express how grateful I am to have had you all and how thankful I am that I listened to your advice, no matter how hard it was to swallow. Tomorrow is my first day at A-Z Office Resources. I’m prepared for the challenge because I know I’ve been taught well, and that is the biggest comfort of all. I couldn’t be happier with my first professional job, fresh out of college.
Danielle Brown (2012), Interior Designer, A-Z Office Resources
I firmly believe that our ETSU ID program is competitive and brings a personal approach to the classroom. The ETSU ID program is the best-kept secret in the region.
Zarah Cochran Brown (2007), Director of Interior Design, StudioFourDesign, Knoxville, TN.
For me Interior Design is about passion; a passion to help others enhance their quality of life. While at ETSU I saw-witnessed the passion that my professors had for Interior Design and I found it contagious. I’m so thankful for my education from ETSU. The challenges I faced while in school have molded me into the designer that I am today. Thank you ETSU Interior Design Department for the encouragement, knowledge, and passion that you have bestowed upon me.
Ashley Burton, Workspace Interiors, Inc.