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    Interior Design

    Consistently ranked nationally, UF's interior design program is recognized as an excellent major for students with strong creative and analytical skills who are self-motivated and work well in teams.

    About This Major

    • College: Design, Construction and Planning
    • Degree: Bachelor of Design
    • Hours for the Degree: 120
    • Minor: No
    • Combined-Degree Program: Yes
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    Interior design is both an art and a science that involves the creation of imaginativ​e and well conceived spaces that:

    • ​Serve the needs, function and requirements of individuals
    • Provide a sense of place within both public and private spaces for group and individual activity
    • Are appropriate and sustainable
    • Include the community, owners, users, designers, planners and contractors as active participants in the design process.

    Through the learning design process, graduates develop on all levels: as a thoughtful leader, an innovator, a collaborator and as an ethical and socially engaged human being. This program prepares students for professional careers in office design, retail, healthcare, residential and hospitality design. Examples of interior design specializations include historic preservation and environmental sustainability.

    To give students first-hand design exposure, the department organizes trips to interact with designers in experienced firms, installations, significant buildings and exhibitions in cities such as Atlanta and Chicago. During the summer, upper-division students have opportunities to enroll in the Preservation Institute located in Nantucket or in one of several international programs. The department offers academic credit to explore professional opportunities through the required design field experience program. Interior design students may consider pursuing graduate studies in the program's 4+1 option to receive a Master of Interior Design.

    Organized trips to experience interior design, architecture and art in urban settings are required in the junior and senior years. Students should plan to have adequate funds for these required field trips and for their design studio project materials.

    The four-year program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

    Critical Tracking

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • 2.6 UF GPA required
    • Complete IND 1020 with a minimum grade of C
    • Complete IND 2100 with a minimum grade of C
    • Complete ARC 1301 with a minimum grade of C

    Semester 2

    • 2.6 UF GPA required
    • Complete ARC 1302 with a minimum grade of C
    • Complete IND 2130

    Semester 3

    • 2.8 UF GPA required
    • Complete ARC 2303, IND 2313, IND 2635 and ARH 2051
    • Complete MAC 1147 (or MAC 1114 and MAC 1140) or PHY 2004

    Semester 4

    • 2.85 UF GPA required
    • Complete IND 2214, IND 2460C and IND 2422
    • Successfully complete selective admissions guidelines

    Semester 5

    • Complete IND 3215, IND 3483 and IND 3468
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    Recommended Semester Plan

    To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. Students are required to complete HUM 2305 The Good Life (GE-H) in semester 1 or 2.

    Semester 1 Credits
    ARC 1301 Architectural Design 1 4
    IND 1020 Design Innovation (GE-H) 3
    IND 2100 History of Interior Design 1 (GE-H, N) 3
    Composition (GE-C, WR) 3
    Total 13
    Semester 2 Credits
    ARC 1302 Architectural Design 2 4
    HUM 2305 What is the Good Life (GE-H, WR-2) 3
    IND 2130 History of Interior Design 2 3
    Mathematics (GE-M) 3
    Total 13

    The Department of Interior Design requires students to complete MAC 1147 or PHY 2004 no later than semester 3. Both MAC 1147 and PHY 2004 must be completed before semester 5. Due to the rigorous nature of design studio, students should complete these courses during the summer semesters.

    Summer Credits
    These courses should be taken before semesters 3 and 5.
    MAC 1147 Precalculus: Algebra and Trigonometry (GE-M) or
    MAC 1140 Algebra and MAC 1114 Trigonometry (GE-M)
    Total 4-5
    Semester 3 Credits
    ARC 2303 Architectural Design 3 5
    ARH 2051 Introduction to the Principles and History of Art 2 (GE-H) ​3
    IND 2635 Designed Environment and Human Behavior Interactions 3
    IND 2313 Interior Graphics 3​
    Total 14
    Semester 4 Credits
    IND 2214 Introduction to Architectural Interiors 4
    IND 2460C Computer Applications in Three Dimensional Design 3
    IND 2422 Interior Finishes and Materials 3
    Physical or Biological Science (GE-P or B) 3
    Total 13
    Summer Credits
    This course should be taken before semester 5
    PHY 2004 Applied Physics 1 or
    PHY 2053 Physics 1 (both GE-P)
    Total 3
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    Interior design is a limited-access program. During the spring semester of the sophomore year, interior design faculty review each sophomore student's work and determine whether the student is prepared to continue as an interior design major. For more information, please contact the department regarding its selective admissions guidelines.

    Semester 5 Credits
    IND 3215 Architectural Interiors 1 5
    IND 3483 Interior Design Construction Documents 4
    IND 3468 Interior Environmental Technologies 3
    Physical or Biological Science (GE-P or B) or Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    IND 3216 Architectural Interiors 2 5
    IND 3431 Interior Lighting 3
    IND 3512 Professional Practice of Interior Design 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)


    Total​ ​14
    Semester 7 Credits
    IND 4225 Advanced Architectural Interiors 1 6
    IND 4450C Advanced Interior Design Detailing and Construction Documents 4
    IND 4940 Design Field Experience ** 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 16
    Semester 8 Credits
    IND 4226 Advanced Architectural Interiors 2 6
    IND/College DCP elective 6
    Elective, 3000/4000 level 3
    Total 15

    ** The Department of Interior Design requires students to complete IND 4940 no later than semester 7. Due to the rigorous nature of design studio, students should complete this course the summer between semesters 6 and 7.

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majors: interior-design