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Department of Housing and Interior Design (HID)
School of Human Environmental Sciences

259 Stone Building
(336) 334-5320

Accreditation | Admission to Program | Honors in Interior Design | Interior Design Courses (HID) | Interior Design Major (BS)


Novem Mason, Professor and Chair of Department

Associate Professors Leimenstoll, Lambeth; Assistant Professors Kaukas, Matthews, Temple; Lecturer Ventura; Adjunct Assistant Professors Hammett, Kirby

Interior Design Major
Degree: Bachelor of Science

Required: 142 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level; 5 years of study
AOS Code: U523

The Interior Design program is structured around a continuing sequence of studio courses which help the student develop a deepening mastery of the processes of designing architectural interiors.

The first year presents small-scale problems that take the student through the total design process, from problem identification to graphic communication of the solution.

Second-year design studios focus on the development of scale and proportioning systems within the context of interior spaces. Communication skills are stressed.

Third- and fourth-year studio courses deal with typical interior environments, with emphasis on institutional and commercial interiors, but also including residential design, historic restoration, and adaptive reuse. Attention is also directed toward the environmental needs of special populations.

Fifth-year design studios focus on advanced interior design issues and comprehensive design development of specialized interior environments. Support courses enable the student to develop skills and concepts that can be tested in the design studio.

Eleven semester hours may be completed through a series of interior design electives which include Advanced Interior Design II in the fifth year, Interior Design Internship, Special Problems in Interior Design, Design Seminar, Historic Preservation, and Architectural Conservation. The Interior Design Internship option provides opportunities for experiential learning in design practice through private design firms, government agencies, or health care facilities. Opportunities for international educational experiences exists through exchange programs with the University of Oulu in Finland and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia.



The Interior Design program is accredited by the Foundation for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER) for a six-year period ending July 31, 1999.


Departmental Admission

Enrollment in the Interior Design program is limited. Students who indicate interest in the Interior Design major on their University application will receive information on departmental admission. Students are admitted on evidence of scholastic and design potential, motivation, and self-direction. A personal interview is required. Students will not be allowed to take interior design courses unless they have been formally admitted to the Interior Design program.

Transfer students applying for advance studio placement must present to the Interior Design screening committee portfolio and transcript evidence of relevant achievement through prior course work or experiences. Transfer students seeking entry into the program must have at least an overall 2.5 grade point average in completed coursework.

In order to remain in the Interior Design major, students must maintain a minimum overall 2.0 grade point average in the University and in interior design studio courses. Students are responsible for purchase of equipment and studio supplies.


Program Requirements

All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER) (45 semester hours)

All students in this program must complete AULER requirements. Areas with specific requirements for this major are indicated below. See a detailed listing of the complete AULER area requirements and courses meeting those requirements.

AULER Area/Required Courses and Semester Hours

Fine Arts (FA) 3
Required: ART 100 or 101
Natural Science (NS) 6
Required: TDM 211 for 3 of the 6 credits
Reasoning and Discourse (RD) 6
Required: ENG 101 or FMS 103 or RCO 101 for 3 of the 6 credits

Major Requirements

  1. HID 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302, 411, 412, 501
  2. Support courses: HID 111, 112, 121, 122, 211, 212, 221, 222, 252, 311, 331, 332, 333, 431, 451; TDM elective
  3. Eleven semester hours from among the following: HID 432, 452, 453, 502, 527, 531, 543, 548


Twelve semester hours of electives, nine of which may be taken in one focused area of study that supports a special Interior Design interest.


Honors in Interior Design


Ten to twelve semester hours to consist of:

  • 4-6 hours of HID studio courses selected from one of the following: HID 301H, 302H, 411H, 412H, 501H. Exemplary studio work from overseas study (as approved by the HID Department Chair and HID Director of Study Abroad Programs) will substitute for HID 412H.
  • 3 hours of HID 493 (Honors Work)
  • 3 hours of HSS 490 (Senior Thesis or Project), directed or co-directed by a faculty member in the Department of Housing and Interior Design


  • Enrollment in and successful completion of the University Honors Program
  • A declared Interior Design Major
  • Maintenance of at least a 3.3 overall GPA, and a 3.3 GPA in those courses required for the B.S. in Interior Design
  • A grade of B+ or better in HSS 490


The designation "Honors in Interior Design" will be printed on the student's official transcript.


Housing and Interior Design Courses (HID)

For Undergraduates

101, 102 Basic Environmental Design I, II (3:0:6), (3:0:6).

Pr. admission to the Interior Design Program; to be taken concurrently with 111, 112.

Investigation of space design at small scale while exploring properties of basic materials. Development of conceptual thinking.

111, 112 Perception and Communication I, II (2:0:4), (2:0:4).

Pr. admission to the Interior Design Program; to be taken concurrently with 101, 102.

Studies designed to increase perceptual awareness and communication skills through exercises in various design and communications media and by investigation of pertinent theoretical concepts and established procedures.

121 Design Graphics I (2:0:4).

Pr. admission to the Interior Design Program; to be taken concurrently with 101 and 111.

Basic technical drawing processes and skills using tee squares, parallel bars, triangles, templates, and scales to produce measured drawings as applied to architectural, interior and furniture design. (FA)

122 Design Graphics II (2:0:4).

Pr. 121; to be taken concurrently with 102 and 112.

A continuation of HID 121. (SP).

201, 202 Basic Environmental Design III, IV (4:8), (4:8).

Pr. 102.

Design investigations of spaces as articulated by the interaction of individual and place. Introduction to light and color with ongoing study of materials. Emphasis placed on cognitive understanding of design process.

205 The House and Its Furnishings (3:3).

  • Open to non-majors.

Evaluation of housing alternatives; planning furnishings according to space use, aesthetics, economy, and individuality.

211, 212 Visual Communication I, II (2:0:4), (2:0:4).

Pr. 112.

Visual communication processes as they support design activities. Two- and three-dimensional studies as related to conceptual and definitive aspects of the design process. Exercises aimed at developing a mastery of both technical and non-technical methods of visual communication.

221, 222 History of Design I, II (3:3), (3:3).

Survey of design forms evolved in response to man's needs for community, architecture, furnishings, and artifacts from pre-historic periods through the modern era with reference to cultural, political, and technological movements which affected their development.

252 Introduction to Professional Practice (2:2:0).

Pr. 211, or departmental approval.

Theory, process, content, and options for internships and entry level design employment; defining goals and objectives, preparation of resumé and portfolio, mock interviews, survey of career options in interior design. (SP)

301 Interior Design I (4:8).

Pr. 202, 212.

Design investigations of increasingly complex spaces as articulated by the interaction of individual and place. Ongoing emphasis on light, color, materials and structure as aspects of space design.

302 Interior Design II (4:8).

Pr. 301.

Design investigations of spaces of increasing scale and complexity as articulated by the interaction of individual and place. Special emphasis on social and behavioral aspects of interior design and the responsibilities of the designer to society.

311 Computer-Aided Design for Interior Architecture (3:3:0).

Pr. 102, 112.

  • Required of all majors.

Introduction to computer-aided design technology, historical context, and professional use in interior design. Student use of CAD equipment and production of design drawings.

331 Social and Behavioral Aspects of Interior Design (3:3).

Pr. 201.

Introduction to literature and methods of environmental design research as it applies to interior environments.

332 Materials, Methods, and Technologies of Interior Design I (3:3).

Pr. 101, 102, 201.

Investigation of building materials, structural elements, environmental controls, mechanical systems and other components of interior architecture. Emphasis placed on historical precedents and contemporary applications.

333 Materials, Methods, and Technologies of Interior Design II (3:1:4).

Pr. 202, 212, 332.

Variables in climate, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, detection, and conveyance systems and their effects upon interior spaces. Lecture and laboratory investigation of design with environmental control components and systems.

355 Housing and Community (3:3).

Introduction to housing as an environment for living. Sociological, psychological, economic, and technological aspects of shelter explored from both historical and contemporary perspectives.

411 Interior Design III (4:8).

Pr. 301, 302.

Design investigations of multi-function environments incorporating understanding of light, color, materials, structure and technology.

412 Interior Design IV (4:8).

Pr. 411.

Design explorations encompassing the full range of interior design scale and complexity. Emphasis on individual competence with respect to design process.

431 Interior Lighting Design (3:1:4).

Pr. 101, 102, 301.

Exploration of light as a design element in interior architecture: uses and control of light, lighting fixtures, and lighting installation for desired effect. Emphasis placed on experimentation with light in relation to other elements.

432 Special Problems in Interior Design (1 to 4).

Pr. permission of instructor with whom student wishes to work.

Independent study of topics of special interest. Conference hours to be arranged.

451 Professional Practice in Interior Design (3:3).

Pr. open to third-, fourth-and fifth-year students in interior design.

Investigation of business, legal, ethical aspects of professional practice in interior design by students, staff, and guest speakers.

452 Internship in Interior Design (4 to 6).

Pr. 252 and consent of instructor.

  • May be taken twice for total of 10 semester hours credit.

Design-relevant internship experiences in off-campus organizations. Approved learning plan required prior to beginning experience; enrollment in 453 in semester following.

453 Interior Design Internship Seminar (1:0:2).

Pr. 252 or consent of instructor; 452; consent of instructor required to take concurrently with 452.

  • May be repeated for a total of 2 semester hours credit.

Follow-up seminar for internships. Presentation of individual internships, identification of pervasive problems, group projects to address these problems.

493 Honors Work (3-6).

Pr. see prerequisites under Honors Program, XXX 493

  • May be repeated for credit if the topic of study changes.

499 Studio Problems in Interior Design (4 to 6).

Pr. open only to students accepted in the Accelerated Option in Interior Design.

Investigation of design problems formulated in collaboration with faculty and that develop competencies equivalent to those covered in interior design studio courses.


For Advanced Undergraduates and Graduate Students

500 Supervised Professional Experience (1-4:0:3-12).

Supervised professional experience in selected commercial or industrial organizations, public or private agencies.

501, 502 Advanced Interior Design I, II (6:0:12), (6:0:12).

Advanced design problems having complex functional, social, and economic implications, with emphasis on problem identification, formulation, and design development.

527 Problems in Interior Design (2 to 6).

Individual study.

531 Design Seminar (2:2).

Pr. consent of instructor.

  • May be repeated for a total of 4 hours credit.

Investigation of current research and subjects of topical interest in environmental design.

535 Lighting Design (2:2).

Study of environmental lighting.

536 History of Decorative Arts (3:3).

Study of stylistic and cultural developments in the decorative arts with special concentration on America.

543 Historic Preservation: Principles and Practice (3:3).

Pr. HID 221, 222, or permission of instructor.

Study of change in historic preservation theory and practice since the 1800s with emphasis on preservation of built environment. Development of philosophical approach for designers to contemporary preservation projects. (Same as HIS 543)

548 Architectural Conservation (3:3).

Pr. HID 301, 332, or permission of instructor.

Overview of contemporary architectural conservation principles, practice and technology. A series of field exercises, group projects and investigation of an individual research topic expand upon lectures and readings. (Same as HIS 548)

Please refer to The Graduate School Bulletin for additional graduate level courses.


Contact: University Registrar's Office
Registrar, UNCG, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170 (336) 334-5946

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