Chair: L. Tucker
Professors: L. Tucker7,2
Associate Professors: G. Tew4,2 and B. Whitney
Assistant Professors: E. Tural, A. Tural, E. Elgewely
Associate Professor Emeritus: B. Parsons, H. Renard
The interior design program at Virginia Tech is dedicated to improving quality of life through design excellence, professionalism, and public service. With a curriculum that equally respects the importance of creative skill, history, building technology, ethics, innovation, and business practice, our graduates have the ability and confidence needed to immediately contribute to the profession.
Students in the interior program begin their studies in the foundation design laboratory during the first two semesters with architecture, landscape architecture and industrial design students. From the beginning, both an independent and team approach to design solutions is encouraged.
In their professional studies students are challenged to think critically in their design of space and to develop solutions that not only enhance quality of life, but also protect the health, safety, and welfare of users as prescribed in the various codes and regulations that govern the work of interior designers. This philosophy is the core of our program. It establishes a foundation upon which each student graduates with creative ingenuity and professional responsibility.
Our CIDA accredited program prepares future designers for licensure and practice. A degree from a CIDA accredited program is increasingly important as a requirement for professional certification and licensing of Interior Designers in the United States. Graduating from a CIDA accredited program is the first step in a three-part process in achieving certification or licensing as an interior designer in various states. The last two steps are to complete two years of assistantship as an interior designer and then passing the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) examination. A CIDA accredited degree, work experience and passing the NCIDQ exam satisfy the requirements in Virginia for recognition as a "Certified Interior Designer."
The graduation requirements in effect during the academic year of admission to Virginia Tech apply. Requirements for graduation are listed on checksheets. Students must satisfactorily complete all requirements and university obligations for degree completion. The university reserves the right to modify requirements in a degree program.
Please visit the University Registrar's website at https://www.registrar.vt.edu/graduation-multi-brief/checksheets.html for degree requirements.
University policy requires that students who are making satisfactory progress toward a degree meet minimum criteria toward the General Education (Curriculum for Liberal Education) (see "Academics") and toward the degree in Urban Affairs and Planning.
Satisfactory progress requirements toward the degree can be found on the major checksheet by visiting the University Registrar website at http://registrar.vt.edu/graduation-multi-brief/index1.html.
1114: DESIGN APPRECIATION Introduction to fundamental design concepts, design methods and the history of design. Examples drawn from architecture, interior design, industrial design, graphic design as well as vernacular craft and design traditions. Key concepts from art, literature and philosophy are discussed in relation to design theory. (3H,3C)
1224: INTRODUCTION TO INTERIOR DESIGN Introduction to the elements and principles of interior design, the discipline and practice of interior design. Case studies from interior design practice. Design thinking, language of design, career paths, contemporary issues, global issues, presentation and drawing techniques and sketchbook preparation. (3H,3C)
2044: INTERIOR DESIGN I First in a series of six studios. Foundation level interior design studio. Exploration and development of interior spaces emphasizing spatial volume, human factors, elements and principles of design, and presentation techniques. Course contact to credit hour structure: Lecture (1H,1C), Lab (6L, 2C), Design Lab/Studio (5L,3C). Pre: ARCH 1016. (1H,11L,6C)
2054: INTERIOR DESIGN II Spatial relationships continue as a priority from ITDS 2044 and become more advanced. Programs of required spaces are introduced in design projects along with issues of human behavior and perception and color. Course contact to credit hour structure: Lecture (1H,1C), Lab (6L, 2C), Design Lab/Studio (5L,3C). Pre: 2044. (1H,11L,6C)
2134: MATERIALS AND METHODS IN INTERIOR DESIGN Properties and appropriate use of materials in design and construction of building interiors. Floor, wall, and ceiling materials, and materials used in furnishings and equipment are included. Special attention is given to the health effects and environmental impact of material choices in interior design. (3H,3C)
2224: INTERIOR DESIGN GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION Exploration and development of advanced presentation techniques appropriate for communicating interior design concepts. Special attention is given to utilizing digital media as support for visual and verbal communication. Pre: 2114. Co: 2144. (6L,3C)
2984: SPECIAL STUDY Variable credit course.
3044: INTERIOR DESIGN III Exploration and development of interior spaces emphasizing corporate office use, branding of interior environments, and building system integration. Course contact to credit hour structure: Lecture (1H,1C), Lab (6L, 2C), Design Lab/Studio (5L,3C). Pre: 2054. (1H,11L,6C)
3054: INTERIOR DESIGN IV Design process, space planning and code compliance with advanced understanding of appropriate concepts for integrating furniture, fixtures, equipment, color, and finish materials in design solutions. Course contact to credit hour structure: Lecture (1H,1C), Lab (6L, 2C), Design Lab/Studio (5L,3C). Pre: 3044. (1H,11L,6C)
3114: SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AND BIOPHILIA Sustainable design concepts and theories. Ethical considerations of biophilia, biomimicry, cradle-to-cradle, and other emerging ways of addressing environmental sustainability. Use of biophilia to guide decision making in the built environment. Use of core green building concepts including water use, energy use, sustainable sites and materials. Review of Green Building standards. (3H,3C)
3125,3126: HISTORY OF INTERIORS Survey of significant developments in the design of interiors, furniture, and materials culture with a focus on western civilization. Style, scale, material culture of each period. Social, economic, technological and political influences on design. Significant designers and craftsmen. 3125: 3000 BC through the 19th century European. Egypt, Greece, Rome, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical. 3126: Colonial America through 21st century including Modern design. Bauhaus, DeStijl, Post-War, Post-Modern, Eastern influences. (3H,3C)
3175-3176: BUILDING SYSTEMS FOR INTERIOR DESIGN Overview of building systems as they relate to the design of building interiors. 3175: overview of building construction including structural systems and materials, code information and thermal concepts related to building systems. 3176: lighting for buildings, sustainable design guidelines, integration of building systems. Pre: 2044 for 3175; 2044, 3175 for 3176. (3H,3C)
3184: CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS FOR INTERIOR DESIGN An overview of construction documents: drawings and specifications. Development of a set of construction documents for a small commercial interior. (3H,3C)
3954: STUDY ABROAD-INTERIOR DESIGN Variable credit course.
3984: SPECIAL STUDY Variable credit course.
4044: INTERIOR DESIGN V High-level spatial quality and design solution. Exploration and development of interior spaces for a variety of project types. Focus on collaboration and team work. Course contact to credit hour structure: Lecture (1H,1C), Lab (6L, 2C), Design Lab/Studio (5L,3C). Pre: 3054. (1H,11L,6C)
4054: INTERIOR DESIGN VI Senior Thesis studio requiring the integration of research and the design of a self-generated project. Course contact to credit hour structure: Lecture (1H,1C), Lab (6L, 2C), Design Lab/Studio (5L,3C). Pre: 4044, 4224. (1H,11L,6C)
4224: DESIGN RESEARCH FOR INTERIORS Project Programming and Design Research Methods in Interior Design. Evaluate and apply design research. Methods in design research, evidence-based design, and neuroscience. Co: 4044. (3H,3C)
4554: CONTEMPORARY INTERIOR DESIGN PRACTICE Study of social, economic, political, and technological issues that influence contemporary interior design practice. Pre: 3126. (3H,3C)
4964: FIELD STUDY Variable credit course.
4974: INDEPENDENT STUDY Variable credit course.
4984: SPECIAL STUDY Variable credit course.
4994: UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH Variable credit course.