Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

This is a dual degree program with the Fort Hays State University (FHSU).  The FHSU award is Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design.

Program Description

The Interior Design program prepares graduates for success in related careers in which they specialize in designing and then creating the spaces in which we live, work and go about our daily lives, whether in Cambodia, Southeast Asia, or beyond.  The artistic and creative skills necessary to be a designer and the business principles needed to work in a design practice will be learnt in the program.

Participants in the program will also learn about the materials and artifacts which are used to create and furnish spaces, how they are combined and utilized and how texture, color, lighting and other factors can be used together to create modern interior spaces.  Knowledge of safety, health, environmental and regulatory issues also form part of the program so graduates are ready to make practical and useful contributions to the teams with whom they will work.

The program includes courses on fine arts such as drawing, sculpture and painting to provide the creative background needed by interior designers, and courses on materials such as textiles, and those used in construction, and courses related to architecture.

Concepts from coursework in General Education contribute to students’ preparation for a professional  career by enhancing understanding of the world today and how people think and act in professional relationships.

Preparation for a career in today’s world requires that graduates have a broad-based education and know how to both learn and appreciate the importance of life-long learning.  Building on an understanding of the basic underpinnings of Interior Design, graduates are able to grasp new ideas, think analytically, communicate effectively, adapt to change, work as a member of a team, value cultural differences, demonstrate strong ethical values and a respect for the environment in order to work effectively in the profession of Interior Design.

Career Opportunities

Interior Designers are responsible for many of the interior spaces in which we lead our lives.  Hoteliers, retailers, and architectural firms, offer opportunities for interior designers. There are in addition, specialist interior design firms which offer career opportunities.

Program Outcomes

  • Internalizes the importance of lifelong learning
    • Ability to update skills and adapt to emerging technologies
    • Ability to plan for lifelong learning
    • Recognize, structure and assimilate new knowledge as it applies to an organization
  • Demonstrates ability to analyze data, solve problems and think critically
    • Demonstrates ability to see the ‘big picture’ and the interrelationships that exist among factors affecting an outcome
    • Able to analyze situations, including ‘status quo’ and demonstrate ability to adapt to change
    • Able to gather, organize and analyze relevant data for decision making and demonstrates ability to take decisions
  • Demonstrates ability to communicate effectively
    • Evidences effective oral communications skills
    • Evidences effective writing skills
    • Able to produce technical report
    • Able to make effective presentations
  • Demonstrates ethical behavior, social responsibility and cultural diversity within the modern career environment
    • Demonstrates ability to work in a multi-cultural setting
    • Evidences a commitment to corporate social responsibility
    • Demonstrates personal and organizational integrity as a part of ethical behavior
  • Demonstrate the ability to think creatively
    • Demonstrates a strong knowledge of the fundamentals of applied arts and how materials, textures, colors and light are combined for aesthetic effect.
    • Shows the ability to create interior spaces which are safe, functional and aesthetically pleasing.
  • Able to manage Interior Design projects
    • Shows the ability to design a space to meet artistic, environmental, safety and cost specifications
    • Demonstrates successful working in a team, including multi-disciplinary teams, both at the design and implementation stages of a project.
    • Shows the capacity to identify, formulate, and/or solve design problems

The major consists of 66 units.  With general education, a minimum of 127 units is required.

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design

Program Structure
Required Total Credit (127)
General Education
Interior Design Major
General Education Courses (Required: 61 credits)
Students select courses from the list of General Education courses under General Education / Liberal Studies Requirement section of the Catalogue.   ART 210, ART 215, ART 240 and ART 442 are required General Education Courses for Interior Design students.
Interior Design Major Courses (Required: 66 credits)
Course Code  Course Name
Equivalent Course
ART 205 3-D Design/Crafts
ART 220 Introduction to Painting
ART 230 Sculpture
ART 250 Printmaking
ART 260 Ceramics
ART 243 Graphic Design
ART 244 Creative Photography
ART 310 Figure Drawing
ART 380 Survey of Art History
ART 480 Readings in Art History
ART 241 Architectural Design
ART 241 = ART 242 = ADS 101
ART 242 Architectural Perspective
ART 341 Residential Interiors
ART 342 Architectural Rendering
ART 343 Business Interiors
ART 344 Textiles
ART 440 Color
ART 441 Historical Furnishings
ART 442 Business Principles
ART 645A Problems: Professional Development
ART 645B Problems: Interior Design
ART 645C Problems: Interior Design Practicum
Minor* / Electives 
Minor  and/or  Electives are  not applicable to the Interior Design program.
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