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Interior Design Option

Interior Design Option

Interior Design is a professionally-oriented Council for Interior Design Accreditation
(CIDA) accredited program. Housed in the Department of Art and Design, the student
has a unique opportunity to experience an aesthetically oriented program with exposure
to a wide variety of design and art courses.

The B.A. in Interior Design allows students many unique opportunities in the field
of design. Students use advanced computer software and technologies as well as traditional
methods in developing sophisticated design solutions for a variety of interior design
projects. Interior design students gain an excellent foundation in subjects such as
color theory, space planning, presentation techniques, rendering, construction documents,
building systems and codes, and material specification. The program places an emphasis
on design for diversity, social consciousness and special populations. Internships
are included in the educational process.

  • The interior design program leading to the BA Interior Design is accredited by the
    Council for Interior Design Accreditation,, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.” 
  • “The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice,
    for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations.
    The granted by meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National
    Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information
    about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit:”  

Click here to view Interior Design Student Achievement Data (PDF). 

Click here to view additional Interior Design Student Achievement Data (PDF, 2.5MB).

Click here to view Roadmap


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

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)

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.

Units: 4
Course Typically Offered: Spring

ID 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement– Independent Study. Approved for RP grading. (Formerly GID

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


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.  

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Interior Design Option


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

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.

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