Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

  •   Bachelor Degree Program
  •   4 Years (8 Semesters)
  •   134 Credit hours, including 3 credit hours of internship
  •   Fall, Spring and Summer

As an Interior Design student you will learn about the functional areas of the profession, including design tools, design methodologies and design philosophies, allied to decision-making and effective presentation processes. The program will develop your creative and analytical skills, advance your knowledge of professional design and ethical values, and enhance your abilities in graphic and oral communication.

You will acquire knowledge of interior building systems, codes and appropriate materials, and a proven ability in the fundamentals of interior design, while developing your understanding of the economic, social, constructional, and legal environments in which the practice of interior design operates.

Benefits

Graduates with a Bachelor in Interior Design will be equipped with:

  • Creative and analytical skills
  • An understanding of the economic, social, constructional, and legal environments in which the practice of interior design operates
  • Knowledge of professional design and ethical values
  • A good understanding and proven ability in the fundamentals of interior design
  • An enhanced ability in graphic and oral communications
  • Good knowledge of interior building systems, codes and appropriate materials.

Career Opportunities

Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design will be equipped to pursue opportunities in the following areas:

  • Architecture, Interior Design, Event and Exhibition Design consultancies
  • Government Offices (Ministries and Municipalities)
  • Real Estate Consultancies
  • Project Management
  • Facility Management
  • Teaching positions in the related discipline
  • Master degrees in Interior design.

Program Structure

Requirements Compulsory
Credit Hours
Elective
Credit Hours
Free Elective
Credit Hours
Total
Credit Hours
University Requirement (URC) 18 12 - 30
School: Design Foundation (CR) 50 - - 50
Major: Core (CR) 30     30
Major (Concentration) (Cn) 18 6 - 24
Total 116 18 134

University Requirements

University Requirements are 30 credits out of which 18 credits are Compulsory Courses. Every student is required to take the mandatory credit hours that cover Islamic culture and English communication skills. These requirements are:

Course # Course Title Credit Hours Pre-requisite
1) Languages, Mathematics and Islamic Culture
LNG 171 English I 3  
LNG 172 English II 3 LNG 171
LNG 173 Professional Communication Skills 3 LNG 172
MTH 112 Calculus I 3 Pass Math Placement test or MTH-012
GED 195E Descriptive Geometry 3  
GED 198E Islamic Culture 3  
2) Humanities: Students should select two courses (6 credits)
GED 110E Modern Art Appreciation 3  
GED 111 Music Appreciation and Communication 3  
GED 205E Psychology in Everyday Life 3 LNG-172
GED 252E Critical Thinking 3 LNG-172
GED 272E Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3 LNG-172
GED 298E Special Topics in Western Culture 3 LNG-172, GED-198E
GED 324E Ethical Reasoning for Today's World 3 LNG-172
GED 140E Social Entrepreneurship 3  
3) Science & Technology Students should select one course (3 credits)
BIO 101 Human Biology 3  
SHS 103 Chemistry 3  
SWS 361 Introduction to GIS 3  
GED 125E Ecosystems and Human Health - I 3  
ENV 301 Introduction to Environmental Science 3  
GED 132 Science and Technology in Society 3  
4) Social & Cultural: Students should take one course: (3 credits)
GED 199E UAE Society 3  

Interior Design School Requirements

All students in the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design program must complete the following 50 credits (14 courses) of Foundation Design courses.

Course # Course Title Credit Hours Pre-requisite
DESI 101 Introduction to Design (Studio) 4  
DESI 121 Design Theory 3  
DESI 141 Drafting & Modeling 3  
DESI 102 Fundamentals of Design (Studio) 4 DESI 101
DESI 122 Human Factors 3 DESI 101
DESI 142 Freehand Drawing & Rendering 3  
HISD 201 History of Architecture and Interior Design 1 3 LNG 172
HISD 202 History of Architecture and Interior Design 2 3 HISD 201
DESI 211 Construction and Design Integration 1 3 DESI 102
DESI 212 Construction and Design Integration 2 3 DESI-211
DESI 220 Design Principles (Studio) 6 DESI 102
DESI 221 Design Methods (Studio) 6 DESI 220
DESI 231 Computer Aided Design 3 DESI 102
DESI 270 Sustainability of Buildings 1 3 DESI 101

Interior Design Core Requirements

All students in the Bachelor of Science Interior Design program must complete the following 30 credits (8 courses) of Core Design courses.

Code Subject Title Credit Hours Prerequisite
INDE 300 Textiles 3 DESI 102
INDE 330 Residential Design (Studio) 6 DESI 221
DESI 320 Environmental Systems & Design Integration 1 3 DESI 221
INDE 350 Furniture Design 3 DESI 211
INDE 331 Commercial Design (Studio) 6 INDE 330
INDE 320 Building Systems & Codes 3 INDE 330
DESI 340 Working Drawings & Detailing 3 INDE 330/ARCH 330
DESI 321 Environmental Systems & Design Integration 2 3 DESI 320

Interior Design Professional Concentration Requirements

All students in the Bachelor of Science Interior Design program must complete the following 24 credits of which 18 credits are compulsory (4 courses) and 6 credits are electives.

1- Compulsory Concentration Requirements (18 Cr. H.)

Course # Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite
INDE 440 Senior Project - Dissertation (Studio) 6 300 Series, Chair
INDE 441 Senior Project Design (Studio) 6 INDE-440
DESI 400 Professional Business and Portfolio 3 300 Series
DESI 490 Internship 3 After 80 Credits

2- Elective Concentration Requirements: student should select two courses from the following list: (6 Cr. H.)

Course # Course Title Credit Hours Pre-requisite
ARCH 430 Architecture & Ecology 3 ARCH 330/INDE-330
ARCH 460 High Performance Design 3 ARCH 330/INDE-330
ARCH 451 Advanced Structures & Materials 3 ARCH 330/INDE-330
ARCH 452 Advanced Environmental Control Systems 3 ARCH 330/INDE-330
ARCH 480 Construction Technology 1 3 ARCH 330/INDE-330
ARCH 481 Construction Technology 2 3 ARCH 330/INDE-330
ARCH 485 Construction Economics 3 ARCH 330/INDE-330
ARCH 490 Principles of Urban Design 3 ARCH 330/INDE-330
ARCH 495 Principles of Landscape Design 1 3 ARCH 330/INDE-330
ARCH 496 Principles of Landscape Design 2 3 ARCH 495
DESI 329 Special Topics-On Site Investigation 3 HISD 202
DESI 348 Graphic Design for Architects and Interior Designers 3 DESI 221
DESI 351 Color Theory 3 DESI 221
DESI 420 Sustainability of Buildings 2 3 DESI 270
DESI 451 Lighting 3 ARCH 330/INDE-330
DESI 454 Building Information Modeling 3 ARCH 330/INDE-330
DESI 455 Parametric Modeling 3 ARCH 330/INDE-330
DESI 456 Visualization 3 ARCH 330/INDE-330