Bachelor of Science in 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


AR117 Principles & Elements of Design 
AR120 Drafting & Sketching for Interiors 
AR150 Perspective & Rendering 
EN105 Advanced English Composition *
HU100 Foundations of Liberal Arts **
HU103 World History: 1500 to Present
ID105 Interior Design Studio I: An Introduction to the Profession
ID106 Interior Design Studio II: Materials & Finishes 
MH220 Calculus I *
Ways of Knowing Requirement ***


AR213 Computer Aided Design I (CAD I)
AR217 Color for Interiors 
AR315 Computer Aided Design II (CAD II)
EN206 Introduction to Literature 
ID205 Interior Design Studio IV: Residential 
ID206 Interior Design Studio III: Commercial 
ID260 Building Construction: Codes & Sustainability 
SC103 Principles of Biology (4 credits)
SC232 Environmental Science (4 credits)
Historical & Global Awareness Requirement ***


HU305 Ethics
ID101 History of Interior Styles & Architecture I
ID102 History of Interior Styles & Architecture II
ID320 Interior Systems: Codes & Sustainability 
ID360 Lighting
ID370 Interior Design Studio V: Hospitality
ID390 Interior Design Studio VI: Institutional
ID465 Capstone I: Proposal
Diversity & Identity Requirement ***
Electives (2)


AR335 Computer Aided Design III (CAD III)
AR401 Advanced Graphics & Marketing for Interior Designers
HU400 Synthesis of Liberal Arts
ID418 Professional Practice
ID450 Current Topics for Interior Design
ID490 Capstone I: Schematic
ID495 Capstone II: Design Development
ID499 Interior Design Internship II or ID498 Interior Design Bachelor Thesis or 300-level (or higher) Interior Design Elective
Electives (2)

Total Credits Required For Graduation: 123

* by placement
** If you have 15 or more accepted transfer credits, you may replace HU100 with an Arts and Science elective.
*** See course catalog or this page for a listing of courses. 

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

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