B.A. in Interior Design

Interior Design is a professionally oriented Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredited program. It is housed in the Department of Art and Design, which allows the student a unique opportunity to experience a highly aesthetically oriented program with exposure to a wide variety of design and art courses.

The B.A. with an option in Interior Design allows students many unique opportunities in the field of design. The interior design major is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Students use advanced computer-aided-design (CAD) and animation programs as well as traditional methods in developing sophisticated design solutions for a variety of architectural projects. Interior design students gain an excellent foundation in subjects such as color theory, space planning, presentation techniques, rendering, drawing, building systems and codes, and material and design for special populations. (Internship opportunities are available.)

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Courses

ID 7. Design Studio I

Basic design concepts and drafting techniques; working drawings, introduction to codes and standards; lettering; metric & imperial systems. (8 lab hours) FS

Units: 4
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ID 43. Design Graphics I

An introductory course in design graphics/visualization. Includes: conceptual/expressive sketching, analytical/diagrammatic drawing, 2D/3D drawing, and visual perception/communication for artists/designers. Includes meixed media. (6 lab hours) (Course fee $5) FS

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ID 70. Design History, Theory & Criticism I

Aesthetic and functional aspects of interior design. Integration of design principles: color, space planning, furniture selection, creative expression, product information, and design process.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ID 71. Design Studio II

Prerequisite: ID 7, ID 43, ID 70 (or concurrently). An examination of the complex relationships between form, space, perception, culture, conduct and social activity. Studio work includes creative aesthetics, spatial arrangements, design process and programming. (8 lab hours) (Course fee, $5)

Units: 4
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ID 77. Design Graphics II

Prerequisites: ID 43. Computer graphics. Topics include 2D/3D digital graphics (digital) photographic editing and illustration, typography, computer/web graphics, presentation and communication. (6 lab hours).

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ID 110. Building Systems, Construction Documents & Codes

Prerequisite: ID 7, ID 71. Fundamentals of building systems and codes; construction drawings & documents, acoustics, electrical, mechanical, plumbing and HVAC. May unclude fieldtrips. (1 lecture 2 lab hours) FS

Units: 2
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ID 111. Design Graphics III

Prerequisites: ID 7, ID 43, ID 77. Topics include: Computer Aided Design, Computer Media, 2D/3D modeling, rendering, lighting and environmental effects. (6 lab hours) (Course fee $5) FS

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ID 112. Design Studio III

Prerequisites: ID 7, ID 71 & ID 111. Design programming, schematic planning/sequencing, code application, and anthropometrics in medium-scale, mixed-use projects. Emphasis on design research directed toward social/cultural contexts. (8 lab hours) (Course Fee $5) FS

Units: 4
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ID 113. Design History, Theory & Criticism II

A sampling of architecture and interior space. Tours include northern, central, and southern California architecture. Residential and contract showrooms visited. Expenses for required off-campus visits incurred by the student. (6 lecture-lab hours) (Course fee, $220) (Formerly GID 113)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ID 116. Design Graphics IV

Prerequisite: ID 77, ID 111. Advanced topics in digital design and multi-media art. Topics include advanced modeling, materials, lighting, environmental effects & animation (6 lab hours) (Course Fee $25) FS

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ID 120. Design History/Theory & Tours III

Prerequisites: ID 70, ID 113. The intellectual, stylistic and cultural characteristics of art, design and architecture up to the modern times with emphasis on global contexts. Includes field trips in California. (2 lecture 2 lab hours) FS

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ID 130. Lighting Design

Prerequisites: ID 7, ID 70, ID 110. Lighting design and details. Includes schematic design, reflected ceiling-plans, laboratory testing and lighting calculations. (1 lecture, 2 lab hours) (Course fee, $10) FS

Units: 2
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ID 131. Design Materials & Specifications

Prerequisites: ID 70, Selection, specifications, and computations for design materials. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours) (Course fee, $10) FS

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ID 132T. Topics in Interior Design

Topics related to interior design. Some topics may have labs. (Formerly GID 132T)

Units: 1-4, Repeatable up to 12 units

ID 133. Professional Practices

Prerequisites: ID 70, ID 131, ID 138. Principles and procedures of organizing and executing design projects from client contact to final billing and collecting - in collaboration with architiects, product/furniture designers and public/private organizations. Includes developing a portfolio of design work. (1 lecture 2 lab hours) (Course fee $10)

Units: 2
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ID 134. Restoration and Preservation

Prerequisites: ID 112 and permission of intructor. Principals and methods of restoration, case studies of the restoration and preservation of historically significant structures in the United States. Working drawings, details, and specifications. (6 lab hours) (Course fee, $5)

Units: 3

ID 136. Design Studio IV: Furniture/Product Design

Prerequisite: ID 111, ID 112, ID 131. Contemporary furniture/product design in context. Studio work to include formal concepts, schematics, details, and construction drawings. Emphasis on contemporary trends in furniture/product design. (6 lab hours)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ID 137. Interior Architectural Graphics and Models

Prerequisites: ID 77, ID 111; and ID 112 (or concurrently). Three dimensional interior architectural models and graphic techniques integrating color and composition and its impact of design communication; media to include illustration board, balsa wood, photography, markers, color pencil, pastel, and watercolor. (6 lab hours) (Formerly GID 137)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ID 138. Design Studio V

Prerequisites: ID 112, ID 116; ID 133 (or concurrently). Design for mixed-use environments, diverse clients and budgets. Emphasis on design ideation, advanced schematics, presentations, codes/specifications. (8 lab hours) (Course fee, $25) (Formerly GID 138)

Units: 4
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ID 145. Design Studio VI-c: Human/Environmental Topics

Prerequisite: ID 138. Studio to cover topics in human and environmental design and/or healthcare facilities and systems. Projects may also engage topics such as green design, aging, illness, and wellness. (8 lab hours) FS

Units: 4
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ID 149. Design Studio VII: Advanced Design

Prerequisites: ID 137 or ID 145, ID 138. Advanced design projects covering public, civic, cultural, institutional, educational, commercial, administrative and related themes. Emphasis on critical & multidisciplinary thinking, mature communication, social responsibility, and global awareness. (8 lab hours) (Course Fee $25) F

Units: 4
Course Typically Offered: Fall

ID 150. Senior Thesis Exhibits

Prerequisites: ID 149. (ID 155 concurrently.) Discussion and gallery-presentation of senior thesis projects. Includes group discussions, and conferences with faculty on senior projects. Culminates in the Senior Exhibit (4 lab hours) (Course fee, $10) S

Units: 2
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ID 152. Design Practicum & Entrepreneurship

Prerequisites: ID 133. (ID 149 or ID 155 concurrently.) Supervised professional practice in architecture/design or related industry. Experience with diverse methods of job costing, profit/loss analysis and project management. SF

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

ID 155. Design Studio VIII: Senior Thesis

Prerequisites: ID 149. ID 150 to be taken concurrently. Capstone design thesis studio. S

Units: 4
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ID 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement-- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading. (Formerly GID 190)

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Chicken Chairs

This is a photo of the students in ID 71 holding their models from the Chicken Enrichment project. We are working with Dr. Katy Tarrant from the poultry science department in the Jordan College of Agriculture Science & Technology. The chair models are pro-to types for a future version of an enrichment chair for chickens housed in poultry barns and yards. The chairs will be constructed by the Agricultural Fabrication Shop and then placed in Fresno State's poultry barns. Dr. Tarrant will use the chairs to study the physical and behavioral health of the chicken population.                               *Holly Sowles, Professor, Interior Design

Dean’s Gallery: Student Interior Design Projects

Below is a video on the new Dean’s Gallery exhibition, which focuses on student interior design senior projects.  

To read more on this project, please click here.

 

Interior Design

 

Interior Design Faculty

The interior design program has a perfectly balanced staff of highly qualified designers, all of whom come from differing university and professional experience backgrounds, representing ideas from various parts of the nation and the world. Among them are practicing interior designers and architects, theoreticians, a textile expert, history of interiors and architecture experts, researchers, a CAD and 3D Viz expert, artists in their own right, code experts, drawing and rendering experts, and educators who have specialties in such areas as health care, historic preservation, and furniture design.

The faculty members differ in gender, cultural background, and country of birth, design education, professional practice experience and special interest. The teaching styles of the instructors represent diverse approaches based on a wide range of design background and experience. The faculty believes their greatest strengths are in their team work, uniqueness and diversity; a perfect fit for our culturally diverse student population. All of the interior design faculty members at California State University, Fresno have the academic and professional experience appropriate to their teaching specialty. As Interior Design Faculty, we work as a team, committed to excellence in design and skillfully advised by an outstanding Advisory Council.