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2021-2022

Interior Design

School of the Arts

 
Program description

The mission of the VCUarts Department of Interior Design is to provide an intellectually rigorous, studio-based experience grounded in the issues of interior architecture. Accredited since 1973, the department develops in its students an enduring passion and curiosity for their work, a determination to continually seek quality in their endeavors, an ability to reflect constructively upon their actions as individuals, and a responsibility for their lifelong education. The department focuses a student's professional activities while encouraging connections between these activities to a larger forum of ideas that enrich their culture and their environment.

Career opportunities

A degree in interior design can open up career opportunities in diverse areas of interior design as well as the potential to define one’s own career path. The interior design profession encompasses project types ranging from single-family residence to hospitals, from academic spaces to offices, hotels to restaurant, and retail spaces to religious facilities and other related design fields. Additionally, interior designers find opportunities in furniture and materials specification and sales, facilities and space planning, lighting design, production and set design, and visualization specialists.

Change of major requirements

Completion of the Art Foundation Program is a prerequisite for entry into all fine art and design departments.

Students are required to submit their application and required portfolio here.


Typical application deadlines are November 1 (for spring applicants) and April 1 (for fall applicants).


Bachelor-level job titles
  • Design Captain
  • Design Entrepreneur
  • Design Principal
  • Design Strategist
  • Design Thinking Consultant
  • Drafter
  • Interior Architect
  • Interior Designer
  • Project Manager
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Design Professor
  • Interior Architect
  • Interior Designer
  • Project Designer
Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • Quantitative Foundations requirement only
Science required
  • Natural Sciences requirement only
Foreign language requirements
  • No
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.5+ cumulative GPA
Department name:
Department of Interior Design
Building/room location:
Pollak Building, Room 406
Campus (where 75% of courses are taken):
Monroe park
Phone:
(804) 828-1713
Email:
intdesign@vcu.edu

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Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Develop a time management plan for your studies in conjunction with the Campus Learning Center.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor to explore minors, certificates, and plan your required REAL experience.
  • Talk to your professors about research interests, picking future classes or minors, and strategies for success in your program.
  • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide.
  • Talk to professors about your research interests, electives, and strategies for success in your classes.
  • Explore innovation and business/non-profit creation classes with the da Vinci Center.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Make friends with diverse perspectives and join a cultural or identity-related student organization.
  • Volunteer with campus or community groups engaged in social justice and equity.
  • Explore social issues, develop cultural competency skills, and engage with faculty through iExcel pop-up courses.
  • Investigate globally-focused courses in your major by pursuing language coursework or setting language proficiency goals with advisors and faculty.
  • Apply for the Critical Languages Scholarship.
  • Participate in VCU Arts Qatar Day and apply for the Qatar Leadership Exchange.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Apply for scholarships offered by IDES and by professional organizations like ASID, IIDA, NEWH and IFDA.
  • Complete a gap analysis with your career advisor to identify key skills required for your professional field.
  • Connect and schedule an appointment with your VCUarts career advisor on Handshake.
  • Seek out practical experience through independent skill-building, internships, shadowing, or part-time work.
  • Explore global career options with a career advisor to set goals for getting your dream job.
  • Organize examples of your academic and professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections in an ePortfolio.
  • Attend career and internship fairs and other professional development events.
  • Pursue a digital badge to highlight the knowledge, skills, and experiences employers and graduate schools value.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Begin considering potential internship locales and types of design practices and start developing research files for them.
  • Connect with alumni on VCULink for career advice, industry contacts, and meaningful professional relationships.
  • Revise and update your resume and design portfolio.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of professional interest.
  • Ask a faculty or staff member to be your academic and professional mentor and to provide future letters of recommendation.
  • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Begin considering ideas for your senior thesis sequence.
  • Meet with mOb students and consider applying for the studio.
  • See your academic and career advisors to discuss graduation progress and career planning.
  • Enhance your business, software, technology, and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Apply for a VCUarts Dean's International Study Grant to fund international, creative exploration.
  • Build language proficiency and cultural competence by carrying out your plans for study abroad, internships, and service-learning.
  • Strongly consider a summer study abroad program within IDES or external to it.
  • Get required REAL experience and effect community change by using iExcel’s Active Citizen’s Toolkit to vote and volunteer.
  • Explore new cultures at one of Richmond’s wide array of festivals.
  • Prepare for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams by showcasing your interpersonal skills on your resume.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Begin applying for summer internships from winter break through spring break.
  • Develop a cohesive graphic identity for your complete internship application dossier, including resume, portfolio, business card, stationery, thank you notes, and other collateral materials.
  • Make a plan with your academic, career, and faculty advisors for applying to graduate school or land a micro-internship.
  • Study for and complete any standardized exams required for graduate school the summer before senior year. 
  • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.

Excel
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Participate in the mOb studio by taking IDES 400 in the fall or IDES 491 in the spring.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor the semester before you graduate to ensure that all graduation requirements will be met.
  • Choose REAL electives to diversify your skillset and round out your degree.
  • Maximize your time in IDES 441 and IDES 442, Senior Design Seminar I and II, and develop and express your design ideas and skills by designing an independent thesis project with a VCUarts faculty member.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Carry out globally-oriented research projects with multilingual faculty and international partners.
  • Explore elective courses and workshops in design activism, accessibility, and social justice.
  • Study at VCU Qatar.
  • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
  • Master your answers to interview questions about your experience working with diverse populations.
  • Plan for how you will grow your cultural agility after graduation.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Invite your professional network and connections to view your work in the IDES BFA Senior Exhibition.
  • Prepare for graduation by making a plan to complete licensing exams, applications, and self-marketing activities.
  • Refine the cohesive graphic identity of your design dossier, including resume, portfolio, business card, stationery, thank you notes, and other collateral materials, being sure to integrate your thesis.
  • Single out prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed by Career Services. 
  • Connect with the Office of VCU Alumni Relations at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and the VCULink Industry Network or alumni chapter.
Visit majormaps.vcu.edu for the online version with links.
Sponsored by the Office of the Provost
Major map compass icon [View Image]
2021-2022

Interior Design

School of the Arts

Concentration(s):
No concentration
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
ExperienceYear 2
  • Develop a time management plan for your studies in conjunction with the Campus Learning Center.
  • Schedule an appointment with your advisor to explore minors, certificates, and plan your required REAL experience.
  • Talk to your professors about research interests, picking future classes or minors, and strategies for success in your program.
  • Get familiar with the research process with the VCU Libraries Research Basics Guide.
  • Talk to professors about your research interests, electives, and strategies for success in your classes.
  • Explore innovation and business/non-profit creation classes with the da Vinci Center.
  • Make friends with diverse perspectives and join a cultural or identity-related student organization.
  • Volunteer with campus or community groups engaged in social justice and equity.
  • Explore social issues, develop cultural competency skills, and engage with faculty through iExcel pop-up courses.
  • Investigate globally-focused courses in your major by pursuing language coursework or setting language proficiency goals with advisors and faculty.
  • Apply for the Critical Languages Scholarship.
  • Participate in VCU Arts Qatar Day and apply for the Qatar Leadership Exchange.
  • Apply for scholarships offered by IDES and by professional organizations like ASID, IIDA, NEWH and IFDA.
  • Complete a gap analysis with your career advisor to identify key skills required for your professional field.
  • Connect and schedule an appointment with your VCUarts career advisor on Handshake.
  • Seek out practical experience through independent skill-building, internships, shadowing, or part-time work.
  • Explore global career options with a career advisor to set goals for getting your dream job.
  • Organize examples of your academic and professional experiences, accomplishments, and reflections in an ePortfolio.
  • Attend career and internship fairs and other professional development events.
  • Pursue a digital badge to highlight the knowledge, skills, and experiences employers and graduate schools value.
  • Begin considering potential internship locales and types of design practices and start developing research files for them.
  • Connect with alumni on VCULink for career advice, industry contacts, and meaningful professional relationships.
  • Revise and update your resume and design portfolio.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of professional interest.
  • Ask a faculty or staff member to be your academic and professional mentor and to provide future letters of recommendation.
  • Meet with a coach at The Money Spot to set financial goals, understand student loans, and create spending plans.
Year 3
  • Begin considering ideas for your senior thesis sequence.
  • Meet with mOb students and consider applying for the studio.
  • See your academic and career advisors to discuss graduation progress and career planning.
  • Enhance your business, software, technology, and creative skills using LinkedIn Learning.
  • Apply for a VCUarts Dean's International Study Grant to fund international, creative exploration.
  • Build language proficiency and cultural competence by carrying out your plans for study abroad, internships, and service-learning.
  • Strongly consider a summer study abroad program within IDES or external to it.
  • Get required REAL experience and effect community change by using iExcel’s Active Citizen’s Toolkit to vote and volunteer.
  • Explore new cultures at one of Richmond’s wide array of festivals.
  • Prepare for future work on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams by showcasing your interpersonal skills on your resume.
  • Begin applying for summer internships from winter break through spring break.
  • Develop a cohesive graphic identity for your complete internship application dossier, including resume, portfolio, business card, stationery, thank you notes, and other collateral materials.
  • Make a plan with your academic, career, and faculty advisors for applying to graduate school or land a micro-internship.
  • Study for and complete any standardized exams required for graduate school the summer before senior year. 
  • Prepare for job offer negotiation by researching salaries, benefits, and other opportunities for flexibility.
ExcelYear 4
  • Participate in the mOb studio by taking IDES 400 in the fall or IDES 491 in the spring.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor the semester before you graduate to ensure that all graduation requirements will be met.
  • Choose REAL electives to diversify your skillset and round out your degree.
  • Maximize your time in IDES 441 and IDES 442, Senior Design Seminar I and II, and develop and express your design ideas and skills by designing an independent thesis project with a VCUarts faculty member.
  • Carry out globally-oriented research projects with multilingual faculty and international partners.
  • Explore elective courses and workshops in design activism, accessibility, and social justice.
  • Study at VCU Qatar.
  • Read scholarly articles about diversity in your field.
  • Master your answers to interview questions about your experience working with diverse populations.
  • Plan for how you will grow your cultural agility after graduation.
  • Invite your professional network and connections to view your work in the IDES BFA Senior Exhibition.
  • Prepare for graduation by making a plan to complete licensing exams, applications, and self-marketing activities.
  • Refine the cohesive graphic identity of your design dossier, including resume, portfolio, business card, stationery, thank you notes, and other collateral materials, being sure to integrate your thesis.
  • Single out prospective employers and create a job or graduate school search strategy at least 8 months before graduation.
  • Have a personal statement or cover letter reviewed by Career Services. 
  • Connect with the Office of VCU Alumni Relations at Grad Fair, Grad Bash, and the VCULink Industry Network or alumni chapter.
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