Bachelor Degrees

Interior Design

Academic Program Mission Statement:
Thoughtfully created interiors in the 21st century address day-to-day functional needs and purposefully communicate a broad range of ideas about society and the natural environment. Accordingly, the Interior Design Program at Newbury College immerses students in experiential learning that integrates the application of current professional skills with synthesis of social, ethical and aesthetic concepts into project scenarios representing a wide variety of commercial and residential settings. Emphasis is placed on gathering, analyzing and evaluating information in order to make informed decisions leading to intentional and useful design solutions that demonstrate high standards of social and environmental responsibility. In the Interior Design Program, students develop effective graphic and verbal communication skills while formulating individual design approaches. Graduates from the program demonstrate a depth of interior design knowledge and skills with an understanding of the value of lifelong learning to participate in the evolving interior design field of the 21st century.

Program Student Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Integrate critical, analytical, strategic and creative thinking skills gained through study in liberal arts and interior design in order to make informed decisions impacting building interiors.
  2. Investigate and apply appropriate building and material guidelines, standards and codes that are germane to all aspects of creating building interiors.
  3. Analyze and integrate functionality with aesthetic theoretical concepts germane to the practice of interior design.
  4. Discover design problems, formulate design solutions with knowledge gained through research of theoretical and practical concepts, and communicate with appropriate written, oral and graphic forms.
  5. Exercise ethical and social responsibility; recognize the role interior design professionals can take for the betterment of society and the natural environment as well as the profession.

Recommended Course Sequencing:

Please see course descriptions for prerequisites. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.

AR117 Principles and Elements of Design
AR120 Drafting and Sketching for Interiors
AR150 Perspective and Rendering
EN105 Advanced English Composition *
HU100 Foundations of the Liberal Arts **
ID101 History of Interior Styles and Architecture I
ID105 Interior Design Studio I: Introduction to Interior Design
ID106 Interior Design Studio II: Materials and Finishes
MH201 College Algebra or MH203 Survey of Math *

AR213 Computer Aided Design I (CAD I)
AR217 Color for Interiors
AR315 Computer Aided Design II (CAD II)
EN206 Introduction to Literature
HU103 World Civilization (Modern)
HU135 World Religions or HU152 Introduction to Philosophy
ID102 History of Interior Styles and Architecture II
ID205 Interior Design Studio IV: Residential
ID206 Interior Design Studio III: Commercial
ID260 Building Construction: Codes and Sustainability

AR335 Computer Aided Design III (CAD III)
HU107 History of Art from 1495
ID320 Interior Systems: Codes and Sustainability
ID360 Lighting
ID370 Interior Design Studio V: Hospitality
ID390 Interior Design Studio VI: Institutional
ID465 Capstone I: Proposal (2 credits)
SS305 Global Issues
200-level (or higher) Humanities or Psychology or Social Sciences Elective
200-level (or higher) Literature Elective

HU305 Ethics
ID418 Professional Practice
ID450 Current Topics in Interior Design (2 credits)
ID401 Advanced Graphics and Marketing for Interior Designers
ID490 Capstone II: Schematic
ID495 Capstone III: Design Development
ID499 Interior Design Internship II or ID498 Bachelor Thesis or 300-level (or higher) Interior Design Elective
Laboratory Science Elective (4 credits)
Electives (2)

Total Credits Required For Graduation: 122

* by placement
** If you have 15 or more accepted transfer credits, you may replace HU100 with an Arts and Science elective.