Sep 28, 2023  

Interior Design BID

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The interior design program is a four-year plus one summer course of study and results in the Bachelor of Interior Design. This degree qualifies students to participate in the Interior Design Experience Program (IDEP) which is required in order to be eligible to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) certification examination (

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Students must take all courses designated in the Professional Degree Requirements  of the General Education Program while noting the following approved course substitutions. If a student changes to another degree program, these course substitutions will no longer apply even if already completed.

Pre-Professional Year One

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Continued Undergraduate Enrollment Requirements

2.5 Cumulative GPA

Pre-Professional Year Two

General Education-8

Continued Undergraduate Enrollment Requirements

  1. Application and $40 fee
  2. Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  3. Portfolio
  4. Three letters of recommendation (two must be from academic sources)
  5. Letter of Intent
  6. Official transcripts (transfer students only)
  7. Acceptance into Professional Degree

Professional Years One & Two

Total Credits for BID-133

Summer Abroad. Each student is required to attend the Summer Abroad Program offered every summer. This program is usually five weeks in duration. Students completing Professional Year One should make plans accordingly. For further information, consult the School of Architecture, Art & Design.

Admission Procedures

Admission Procedures

BSA Professional Degree Track, BID or BSCM

Students seeking to pursue the *BSA Professional Degree Track, BID or BSCM must first submit an Andrews University undergraduate application for acceptance to the University. Students admitted to the University on regular standing are eligible to begin Pre-Professional Year One, which is a common first-year experience between these programs.

Upon completion of Pre-Professional Year One students must:

  1. Declare their degree program choice (BSA Professional Degree Track, BID or BSCM) and
  2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

Upon completion of Pre-Professional Year Two students must apply for acceptance to their respective programs. The application packet may be obtained from the School and must be submitted directly to the School by the application deadline. Minimum requirements to be considered for admission to these programs are outlined under each program curricula.

* Students taking the BSA Professional Degree Track who plan to pursue the Master of Architecture must meet the standards outlined under Graduate-Year Enrollment.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants who have no previous work in architectural/ interior design must complete the foundation years (pre-professional years one and two) and then make formal application to their program choice.

Advanced Standing. Transfer students from another architecture program may apply for advanced standing (third or fourth year) in their program choice. Transfer students applying for advanced standing are required to submit both the university application  and the School of Architecture, Art & Design application. Please contact the School for specific information.

Tentative placement into the design sequence is made after the Admissions Committee has evaluated the student’s submissions. After one term, the student is given final placement in the design sequence and, on the basis of transfer-course evaluations, receives credit for previous academic work towards the Andrews University degree.

The School does not accept applications to the Master of Architecture year only.

Summer Studio. In some cases, completion of the Summer Studio program is best for transfer students. Prior to application, students must have a transcript analysis done by the School to determine eligibility for the program. It is expected that students pursuing the summer studio option will have completed the majority of general education courses normally required in Pre-Professional Year One.

Application to the Summer Studio is made by filling out an Andrews University Undergraduate Application. Students applying to this program, in addition to applying to Andrews University, must also contact the School of Architecture, Art & Design directly to confirm their reservation for the class.

Academic Standards

Academic standards apply to the BS, BSA, BID and BSCM. A grade of C- or higher is required in order to continue in the design studio sequence. A grade of less than C- requires a student to repeat that studio before advancing in the studio sequence. Faculty approval is required for any studio course to be repeated. (This includes ART 104, ARCH 126, ARCH 215, ARCH 247, ARCH 318, ARCH 320, ARCH 441, ARCH 442; INT 341, INT 342, INT 441, ARCH 442.)

Students accepted to the BSA Professional Degree Track are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 2.75 for acceptance into the Master of Architecture year (see Graduate-Year Enrollment requirements). Students whose cumulative GPA falls below this minimum requirement are not allowed to continue to the Master of Architecture Year (graduate-year) but may be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Science in Architecture (BSA), the pre-professional component of the professional Master of Architecture. The BSA alone is not an NAAB-accredited degree. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 is required to receive the BSA.

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