Jul 19, 2019
The interior design program offers a Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredited, four-year studio based curriculum, culminating in a bachelor of science degree. The program’s mission is to academically prepare students to enable them to creatively solve problems related to the function and quality of interior environments.
The program promotes critical thinking by requiring a balance between broad liberal arts courses, specific courses in fine arts, management, marketing, construction and an intense curriculum of interior design courses. The interior design curriculum provides experiential educational opportunities to investigate the interaction of humans and environments through the integration of theory, knowledge and technical skills, preparing students to achieve in the challenging profession of interior design. Central to a mission of preparing students to achieve as professional interior design practitioners is our goal to impart to our students a holistic view of people and their environments in multicultural, multiracial and multiethnic settings; a sensitivity to environmentally conscious design issues; a consideration of the needs of all people, regardless of age, stature or ability; and the ability to creatively analyze design problems in order to create interior environments that meet human needs and fulfill human aspirations.
Students must complete IDE courses with a grade of C or better.
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School of Visual and Built Environments - College of Technology
Deb de Laski-Smith, Ph.D., School Director
Dr. Deb de Laski-Smith
Additional Requirements: 12 hours
Major Requirements: 76 hours
Required Courses: 70 hours
Interior Design Elective Courses: 6 hours
Courses are selected in consultation with an interior design advisor and are not limited to those listed below
This program does not require a minor.
Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.
Each student must choose a writing intensive course as part of major completion requirements. Consult your advisor for course options.
Critical Graduation Information:
The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement. A Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of one year of college credit in a world language.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
- Complete a Writing Intensive (WI) Course in your major.
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses, that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more that one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be reached in courses taken at EMU in each major and minor. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements:
EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available on the General Education section of the catalog: General Education
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.
University Information: Consult the online catalog at catalog.emich.edu.