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2016-2017 South University Academic Catalog Version I 
2016-2017 South University Academic Catalog Version I [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design (BFA)

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Offered at The Art Institute of Charlotte , The Art Institute of Dallas , and The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham .

Program Description

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree program is rich in theory and practice.  The focus on theory at the beginning of the program articulates the guiding principles which provide the foundation for the hands-on application of design concepts.  Students have the opportunity to develop abilities in all aspects of the design of three-dimensional space, residential and commercial, rooted in historical and cultural context.  They can learn to communicate design solutions through a variety of visual media, interface with professionals and manage the business of their profession.  Students can develop aesthetic and ethical sensitivities over the course of the program, preparing them to seek entry-level employment in the fields of commercial and/or residential interior design upon graduation.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates should be able to:

  • Problem Solving - Solve complex interior design problems using the design process and their knowledge of interior design principles, theories and applications to analyze the client profile and project program, both individually and collaboratively
  • Communication - Provide interior design services using effective oral, written, and visual communication employing a variety of means, methods and technologies, in both 2- and 3-dimensions
  • Building Systems - Produce interior design solutions that constructively integrate with available building, environmental, and property management systems, as well as prevailing standards of use, maintenance and sustainability
  • Interior Finish Materials - Specify and apply to their interior design solutions finish materials that meet prevailing standards of use, maintenance, sustainability, regulatory compliance, and aesthetics
  • Professionalism - Provide professional services based on the interior design body of knowledge with a standard of care that both meets client needs and protects the health, safety, and welfare of the public in an ethical and legal manner resulting from exposure to academic and real-world experiences

Requirements for Graduation

Credit Hours: 180
Number of Weeks: 132 (12 quarters)
Contact Hours: 2,552

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design: 180 Credits

Program-specific Courses: 132 Credits

General Education Electives:


In compliance with revised accreditation standards, the following policy is in effect for students enrolled in the Interior Design program at The Art Institute of Dallas, a campus of South University: the scope of accreditation does not extend to students taking 25% or more of the interior design courses required for graduation and/or 50% of the general education courses required for graduation through online delivery methods and/or non-CIDA accredited programs.

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