thinking • engaging • creating
We invite you to join a dedicated group of designers who are thinking globally, actively engaging in dynamic design processes, and creating imaginative solutions which 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 & objectives:
- Goal 1: Diverse Student Learning Opportunities
Objective 1: Provide students with international, regional and local learning opportunities where students seek solutions that respect the diversity of the global community.
- Goal 2: Design Realization
Objective 2: Promote dynamic problem solving processes that incorporates both illustrative and “making” techniques which informs and modifies design solutions.
- Goal 3: Cross Disciplinary Collaboration
Objective 3: Facilitate connections across a wide variety of professions/majors to strengthen students understanding of integrated design processes.
- Goal 4: Studio Focused Learning
Objective 4: Create opportunities for direct engagement with faculty and practicing professionals in small studio focused learning communities.
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.
Interior Design Is
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.
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. During the first year you will learn about the fundamentals of design and how multiple visual communication techniques can be used to illustrate design intent. Ergonomics, color theories, the elements/principles of design and anthropomorphic will be applied to a wide variety of projects.
- Year 2: Design as Process. The importance of understanding human behavior and the design process to a successful design solution is the focus of the second year. Studios help students apply new computer skills, construction fundamentals, and interior materials. Your summer can be spent studying in Italy.
- Year 3: Design as Profession. Third year courses focus on medical design and starting the transition into becoming a design professional. Evidenced based design and technical skills are balanced with professional practices to prepare students to succeed in their upcoming summer internships.
- Year 4: Design as Social Responsibility. The fourth year focuses on using your newly acquired design knowledge to solve a social issue. Students work one-on-one with professionals to research, present design solutions, and prepare construction documents to a variety of interested parties.
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 and overview to the interior design profession including history, building systems, design fundamentals, design process, space planning, and interior finishes and materials.
INTD 1115 Architectural Drafting: Studio I
An introduction to hand drafting and to lettering standards including terminology, symbols, orthographic drawings, and schedules within a construction document.
INTD 1215 Visual Communication: Studio II
INTD 2105 Historical Interiors I
INTD 2110 Design for Human Behavior
INTD 2115 Computer Apps & Making: Studio III
INTD 2205 Historical Interiors II
INTD 2210 Materials & Finishes
INTD 2215 Residential Design: Studio IV
INTD 3105 Interior Building Systems and&; Components
INTD 3115 Commercial Desgin I: Studio V
Prerequisites: INTD 2215. Applies 2D/3D software, building codes, and federal regulations to solve small to medium commercial design problems.
INTD 3205 Lighting
Prerequisites: INTD 3105 and INTD 3115. An examination of the technical and decorative aspects of lighting, including principles, terminology, design requirements, and equipment utilized in interior environments. Students explore human visual perception, methods of light generation, fixtures and control, selection and specification, energy issues, and visual communication of lighting designs.
INTD 3215 Commercial Design II: Studio VI
IINTD 4105 Professional Practices
INTD 4115 Mixed-use Desgin: Studio VII
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 4205 INTD Internship
Prerequisites: INTD 3215 and permission of the instructor. Supervised, multifaceted experience in which creative and technical skills are applied within a project-based environment. Minimum of 240 contact hours.
INTD 4215 Senior Design Studio: Studio VIII
INTD 4225 Sustainable Design Seminar
19 hours in Allied Design courses
ENTC 2410 Construction Fundamentals
ARTH 2010 Art History Survey I
MKTG 3215 Consumer Textiles
ARTH 2020 Art History Survey II
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.
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.