May 27, 2024  

Interior Design BID

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Program Description

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 (

Total Credits - 132

Major: Core Requirements - 89

Interior Design Electives - 4

A minimum of 4 credits of interior design electives at the undergraduate level.  Elective must be selected from ARCH, BSCM, and INT courses.  Selection of electives outside of school offerings requires the approval of the school faculty.

Major: Additional Requirements

Analytical Summer Abroad

Each student is required to attend the Analytical Summer Abroad (ARCH330). This program is usually five weeks in duration. Students completing Professional Track Year One should make plans accordingly. For further information, consult the School of Architecture & Interior Design.

Andrews Core Experience

Students must take all courses designated in the Professional Degree Requirements  of the Andrews Core Experience 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.

Undergraduate Electives - 3

Maintaining Academic Standing

Students are required to complete the BID in a specific path sequence.  Please see the attached chronological listing of courses by year with academic requirements.

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 104ARCH 126ARCH 215ARCH 247ARCH 318ARCH 320ARCH 441ARCH 442INT 341INT 342INT 441INT 442.)

Admission Requirements

Application Process

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 Andrews Core Experience 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.

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