College of Design

Interiors

15

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8

semesters total

132

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Gregory Robinson

Director of Recruitment

College of Design

College of Design

College of Design, School of Interiors

117 Pence Hall

Lexington, KY 40506

Program website

859-257-8870

  • BA
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The School of Interiors provides undergraduate students with professional training in order to design by giving physical shape, identity, and meaning to interior space through specialized knowledge, art, and craft that addresses the holistic human response of people in buildings. The foundation of the major is the studio experience, which is taken each semester and provides the framework for the integration of all program knowledge and technical skills in the design of interior environments.

Careers

Grow Your Future

Graduates from the School of Interiors begin their careers in a variety of settings, including interior design firms, architecture firms, corporations, and public institutions. Students graduating with an undergradute degree may also pursue graduate or post-professionalism education in specialized areas of Interior Strategies.

Career opportunities in Interiors

  • Commercial Design
  • Hospitality Design
  • Residential Design
  • Furniture Design
  • Textile Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Exhibit Design
  • Event Planning
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Fashion Design
  • Healthcare Design
  • Lighting Design
"As the premier interior design program in the state of Kentucky, the School of Interiors inspires great talent by connecting its graduates to professional practice, design leadership, and community engagement opportunities. An education from the School of Interiors prepares future designers for private practice, careers in public service, or post-professional education in design or allied fields."

Patrick Lee Lucas

Director, School of Interiors

Courses You Will Take

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Interior Design (BAID) 130 - 131 hours
Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
Junior Year
Senior Year
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Total Freshman Year Credit Hours : 30

Fall Semester
14 Credit Hours
ID 171
1
ID 171 - DESIGN PROFESSION 1

ID 171

1 credit hours

Students investigate the profession and the business of interior design, and the process of design as it relates to social, cultural, political, environmental and demographic issues.

ID 121
4
ID 121 - DESIGN STUDIO 1

ID 121

4 credit hours

Students investigate design fundamentals including design vocabulary; design process; creative problem-solving; theories of two- and three- dimensional design; relationships of form and space; spatial definition and organization; color terminology and principles; and the impact of the built environment on human experience, behavior, and performance. Assignments reinforce concepts of graphic and oral communication in design. Students are charged a studio fee for this course.

ID 161
3
ID 161 - HISTORY AND THEORY 1

ID 161

**UK Core - Humanities**

3 credit hours

Topical and chronological explorations of two-dimensional and three- dimensional forms of design as expression of human values. Students investigate principles and elements of design, scale, materials, light and color, and technology as lenses to understand the historical, cultural, and social dimensions of design. Lectures, visuals, readings, discussions, historical analysis, research and field trips. The course requires some out of class field trips with corresponding expenses.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I
3
UK Core - Arts and Creativity
3
Spring Semester
16 Credit Hours
ID 122
4
ID 122 - DESIGN STUDIO 2

ID 122

4 credit hours

Students apply the design process and creative problem-solving to small- scale environments. Projects focus on human habitation and relationships of public versus private space. Students focus on spatial definition, and organization as they relate to human interaction with the built- environment and design elements and principles. Students investigate design decisions within the parameters of ecological, socio-economic and cultural contexts. Students are charged a studio fee for this course.

Prereq: ID 121 or permission of instructor and Director of School.

ID 162
3
ID 162 - HISTORY AND THEORY 2

ID 162

3 credit hours

Topical and chronological explorations of two-dimensional and three- dimensional forms of design as expression of human values. Students investigate experience, finishes, furnishings, representation, and theories to understand the historical, cultural, and social dimensions of design. Lectures, visuals, readings, discussions, historical analysis, research and field trips. The course requires some out of class field trips with corresponding expenses.

UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math
3
UK Core - Global Dynamics
3
UK Core - Social Sciences
3

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Total Sophomore Year Credit Hours : 32

Fall Semester
15 Credit Hours
ID 102
1
ID 102 - INTRODUCTION TO INTERIORS: PLANNING/STRATEGY/DESIGN

ID 102

1 credit hours

An examination of the Interiors profession focusing on professional practice, current issues, and future directions.

ID 221
5
ID 221 - INTERIORS STUDIO I

ID 221

5 credit hours

Investigation into how human experience and behavior are influenced by interior spaces. The focus is on design of spaces of multiple scales and exploration of how manipulation of spatial aspects such as scale, color, texture, proportion, light and spatial orientation alter human experience. Field trips are integrated into the studio experience and students are required to do research and evaluation of existing spaces. Interior spaces are created and investigations of interior spaces are recorded using a variety of communication methods including digital media, sketching, and narratives. Research, use of digital media, sketching, analyses, discussions, critiques, field trips.

Prereq: ID 122.

ID 263
3
ID 263 - INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL MEDIA

ID 263

3 credit hours

An introduction to various digial media used as a tool within the design professions. Lecture, studio, readings, problem solving, research, field trips.

Prereq: Concurrent with ID 274.

ID 275
3
ID 275 - INTERIOR CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS

ID 275

3 credit hours

A survey of interior constructor and building systems with emphasis on structural systems and methods and non-structural systems including ceilings, flooring and interior walls. Focus is on case study analysis and problem-solving related to the integration of construction systems and interior environments. Subject matter includes code analysis and interpretation. Lectures, visuals, readings, discussions, historical analysis, research, and field trips.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II
3
Spring Semester
17 Credit Hours
ID 222
5
ID 222 - INTERIOR STUDIO II

ID 222

5 credit hours

The application of design thinking to studio problems in interior design. Scenario-building with emphasis on human response to the interior environment. Interior modeling in various media and drawing skills required. Studio experiences, analyses, discussions, readings, and field trips.

Prereq: ID 221.

ID 234
3
ID 234 - ENVIRONMENTAL THEORY

ID 234

*GCCR course for this major.

3 credit hours

An exploration of the relationship between the built environment and people, with special emphasis on understanding how varying social and cultural norms are relevant to design decision-making. Topics include human factor issues that relate to the design of interior spaces such as: foundational theories of environmental psychology; the psychology of behavior; human perception and environmental design; personality and design; preference; culture; symbolism; universal design; and the use of behavioral research in design programming. Approved for Graduation Writing Requirement. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

ID 264
3
ID 264 - COLOR THEORY & INTERIOR SPACE

ID 264

3 credit hours

The study of color theory and its application to the interior environment; the interactive aspects of color, light, and texture within an interior application will be emphasized. The psychological and functional aspects of color application will be explored. The articulation and graphic communication of color concepts applied to an interior space will be stressed.

ID 364
3
ID 364 - INTERIOR ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL SYSTEMS

ID 364

3 credit hours

An introduction and overview of electrical, lighting, mechanical, thermal and acoustical systems of buildings and how they enhance the health, safety, welfare, and performance of building occupants. Emphasis is on the case study analysis and problem-solving related to the integration of building systems and interior environments. Subject matter includes code analysis and interpretation. Lectures, discussions, readings, research, and field trips.

Prereq: ID 275.

ARC 111
3
ARC 111 - INTRODUCTION TO HISTORY AND THEORY

ARC 111

3 credit hours

Introduces enduring themes and generative forces in the history and theory of architecture by examining the cultural periods of various societies in different historical periods.

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Total Junior Year Credit Hours : 34 - 35

Fall Semester
17 - 18 Credit Hours
ID 321
5
ID 321 - INTERIORS STUDIO III

ID 321

5 credit hours

Continuation of the studio sequence with particular focus on interiors projects at varying levels of complexity. Students will explore design opportunities in missed use projects. Collaboration and teamwork emphasized. Sustainable design issues will be explored.

Prereq: ID 222.

ID 346
3
ID 346 - PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE PREPARATION

ID 346

3 credit hours

A comprehensive review of professional career development needed in preparation for an interior design work experience or internship (CIDA II-10).

Prereq: ID 222.

ID 365
3
ID 365 - INTERIOR FINISH MATERIALS

ID 365

3 credit hours

An analysis and evaluation of interior design finish materials and production methods. Emphasis on health safety and wellness factors; performance attributes; site/user requirements; and sustainability. Lectures, discussions, field trips, research, and analyses. Concurrent with ID 321.

Prereq: MAT 121; concur: ID 355.

Professional Support (3 hours)
3
UK Core - Quantitative Foundations
3 - 4
Spring Semester
17 Credit Hours
ID 322
5
ID 322 - INTERIORS STUDIO IV

ID 322

5 credit hours

Continuation of the studio sequence with particular focus on interiors projects at varying levels of complexity. Students will explore design opportunities in workplace projects. System integration emphasized. Sustainable design issues will be explored.

Prereq: ID 321.

ID 366
3
ID 366 - LIGHTING DESIGN & THEORY

ID 366

3 credit hours

An in-depth study of principles, design requirements and equipment for ambient, task and accent illumination as utilized in the interior environment. Emphasis is on methods of light generation, lighting controls, product analysis, high performance lighting selection, and specification. Lectures, discussion, related readings, calculations, and field trips.

ID 375
3
ID 375 - INT MATERIAL & CONSTRUCTRION: DETAILING

ID 375

3 credit hours

A continuation of ID 365 with empahsis on specification and graphic detailing of interior space including architectural finish materials, furniture, fixtures, and equipment.

Prereq: ID 275 & ID 365

Professional Support (3 hours)
3
Professional Support (3 hours)
3

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Total Senior Year Credit Hours : 34

Fall Semester
17 Credit Hours
ID 421
5
ID 421 - INTERIORS STUDIO V

ID 421

5 credit hours

Research and programming for a project focusing on Healthcare. Incorporates written, graphic and oral communication, digital media, studio experiences, field research, analyses, discussions, readings and site visits.

Prereq: 10 Credit hours of ID 321.

ID 466
3
ID 466 - INTERIORS PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

ID 466

3 credit hours

The development of custom design elements and studies within the framework of professional business practices and documentations. Lectures, discussions, guest speakers, field trips and design exercises, including developmental sketches, material selection, shop drawings, and scaled prototypes.

Prereq: Senior standing.

Professional Support (3 hours)
3
Art History course
3
UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen
3
Spring Semester
17 Credit Hours
ID 422
5
ID 422 - INTERIORS SENIOR THESIS

ID 422

5 credit hours

Detailed research and programming for a comprehensive studio project. Development of a strong conceptual proposal with written, graphic, and oral presentation. Studio experiences modeling analyses and discussions, readings and field trips. Includes custom design, specifications and working drawings.

Prereq: ID 466.

Professional Support (3 hours)
3
Professional Support (3 hours)
3
Free Elective (3 hours)
3
UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason
3

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Classes & Requirements

What You'll Study

The School of Interiors is the premier interior design program in Kentucky. Graduates of the program practice across the United States and have been recognized at the highest level of the profession. The professional degree program is fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

The School of Interiors offers both the four-year undergraduate professional degree and the post-professional graduate degree. The foundation of the school is the studio experience, which is taken each semester and provides the framework for the integration of all program knowledge and technical skills in the design of interior environments. Through studio, classroom and real-world assignments, interior desgin students learn to solve complex organizational problems associated with work, place, experience and performance. These professional skills prepare students to manage the aesthetic, technical and business aspects of interior design projects.

Students are also provided the opportunity to interact with regional, national and international design professionals through shadowing, study abroad experiences, lectures by noted speakers, and field experiences.

Interiors Curriculum Online Interiors Application

Resources

The UK College of Design is housed primarily in Pence Hall, Miller Hall, the Funkhouser Building, and Bowman Hall; all of which are located in the heart of UK's central campus.
Additional facilities in the College include:

  • Hunter M. Adams Design Library: located in Pence Hall, the library contains 33,000 volumes, an extensive special collection, and computer and study areas.
  • Computing: a full-service computer lab located in Pence Hall, offers large-format printing, 3D computer-generated modeling, and access to the University’s electronic resources.
  • Workshop and Digital Fabrication Lab: a teaching and making facility equipped with a fully loaded wood workshop, metal workshop, and rapid prototyping workshop.

Computer Lab

The College of Design Computer Lab is located in the basement of Pence Hall. The lab offers large-format printing, 3D computer-generated modeling, and access to the University’s electronic resources.  The equipment available in the computer lab includes:

  • 25 Apple iMacss in Class Room
  • 2 Apple iMacs in Plotting Workroom
  • 6 Mac Pro Tower Computers  in Plotting Workroom
  • Letter Size Black and White Laser Printer
  • Tabloid Size Color Laser Printer
  • 2 Color Flatbed Scanners
  • 3 Color Flatbed Scanners with Multi-sheet feeders
  • HP Designjet 800PS Plotter
  • HP Designjet T1100 Plotter
  • HP Designjet T1300 Plotter
  • HP Designjet T2300 Plotter with Wide Format Scanner

Workshop and Digital Fabrication Lab

The Workshop and Digital Fabrication Lab provides a safe, well-maintained environment in which both students and faculty can explore three-dimensional construction in most medium.

The laboratory maintains equipment to handle both large and small scale constructions. Below is a short list of the digital technology equipment and some of the more traditional tools and machines for making:

Prototyping Facility
96” x 48” x 17” Precix 3axis CNC router
48” x 36” x 6” AXYZ 3axis cnc router
18” x 24” - 60 watt Universal Laser
24” x 32” - 120 watt Universal laser
Zcorp 310 plus 3d printer (starch)
Uprint Plus 3d printer (abs)
Dimension 1200es 3d printer (abs)
Soluble Station (ss)
Wax Dipping Oven
De-powdering Station
7 Stationary support computers

Wood shop and General Use
two table saws
panel saw
two chop saws
wood and metal lathes
jointer
scroll saw
mortiser
radial arm saw
stationary belt sander
3 drill press (L, m, sm)
4 band saws
3 stationary disc/belt sander
two planers

Metal shop
manual roller
vertical band saw
large drill press
polishing wheel
shear
break
oxygen and acetylene torch set
Hobart MIG welder 110 service (inter-shield)
Millermatic 252 220 service mig and spoolmatic welder
Hypertherm Powermax 45 plasma cutter
welding supports
grinders
abrasive chop saw

*supervising office and tool cage with typical hand tool support such as chisels, drill bits, heat guns, orbital sanders, cordless drills, etc…
** stationary and portable compressor
***24-7 assembly space

Accreditation

The professional degree program is fully accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Professional Experience Programs

Interiors students have the opportunity to work at design firms over spring break. These programs place students in firms for 1-2 weeks to garner professional experience, develop professional networks, and to contribute to the firms' projects. The program has offered students the opportunity to utilize their educational experience to engage in a variety of collaborative, design-related assignments including executing research, attending staff or client meetings, making site visits, producing drawings and models, and/or selecting materials and products.

Participating interiors firms (varies per year):
  • Gresham Smith & Part., Nashville
  • Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, Chicago
  • Perkins + Will, Chicago + NYC
  • HOK, St. Louis
  • SHP Leading Design, Cincinnati
  • Haworth, NYC
  • PDR, Houston
  • EOP, Lexington
  • Haworth, DC
  • Gensler, Atlanta
  • GBBN, Cincinnati
  • Veenendaal Cave, Atlanta
  • Lehman-Smith + McLeish, DC
  • Heery International, Orlando
  • FRCH Worldwide Design, Cincinnati

Premajor Requirements 

The College of Design School of Interiors is a selective admissions program.  All prospective students interested in majoring in Interior Design must also complete a separate application and a series of design exercises in order to be considered for admittance into the Interiors program. The application and selective admissions exercises can be found at www.ukcod.slideroom.com.

Major Requirements 

In addition to UK Core requirements, students in the School of Interiors must complete the following:
• 81 credit hours of major requirements
• 18 credit hours of professional support electives
• 3 hours of free electives
• electives required to meet minimum credit hour standard for graduation.

Featured Career

Interior Designers

Interior designers make interior spaces functional, safe, and beautiful by determining space requirements and selecting decorative items, such as colors, lighting, and materials. They read blueprints and must be aware of building codes and inspection regulations, as well as universal accessibility standards.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$48,400

per year in 2014

Number of Jobs

58,900

in 2014

10 Year Job Outlook

2,200

new jobs (average)

Work Environment

Many interior designers work for the specialized design services industry or for the architectural, engineering, and related services industry. In 2014, about 1 in 4 were self-employed.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Director of Recruitment

College of Design

College of Design

College of Design, School of Interiors

117 Pence Hall

Lexington, KY 40506

859-257-8870

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