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

Program overview

The BSc in Interior Design has an emphasis on creativity and problem solving, while building professional competencies such as adaptability, rationality and accountability in design thinking. Through interactive lectures and practical workshops, students are trained to design the interior and exterior aspects of the built environment with focus on creating unique spaces that offer a positive atmosphere for stakeholders and end-users alike, in a safe and environmentally sustainable way.

The objective of this degree is to blend the fundamentals of design and technology with business and entrepreneurship through behavioural, technological, sustainable, and aesthetic exploration. Students learn the theoretical aspects of space and the built environment and apply them practically through internships while they are in their final year. The curriculum supports the professional and multidisciplinary philosophy with students being encouraged to take advantage of the wide variety of courses offered at CUD to foster and develop their interests and talents.

Program benefits

The Bachelor of Interior Design program will equip you 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, ethical values and sustainability
  • A good understanding and proven ability in the fundamentals of interior design
  • An enhanced ability in graphic and oral communications
  • Knowledge of building systems, codes and appropriate technology and materials, and an appreciation of and sensitivity toward ecology and the environment
  • Software skills aligned with the requirements of design

Graduate careers

As a graduate of the Bachelor of Interior Design program you will have the qualification and skills to pursue opportunities in a variety of areas including:

  • Interior Designer
  • Space Planner
  • Furniture Designer
  • Set, Exhibition and Theatre Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Architecture, Interior Design, Event and Exhibition Design Consultancies
  • Sustainable Design Consultancies
  • Government Offices (Ministries and Municipalities)
  • Real Estate Consultancies
  • Project Management
  • Facilities Management
  • Teaching positions in related discipline
  • Master's degrees in Interior Design

Program Structure

The structure of the program Bachelor of Science in Interior Design is shown in Table 1 given below. Table 1: Structure of the program
Requirements Compulsory
Credit Hours
Elective
Credit Hours
Total
Credit Hours
University Requirement (URC) 27 - 27
Faculty Requirements (CR) 47 -- 47
Major Core (CR) 51 3 54
Total 122 3 128

University Requirements

Students are required to complete 27 credits of university requirements; 27 of these credits are compulsory courses. These courses are shown in Tables 2.

University Compulsory Requirements

Table 2: University Requirements (11 Courses = 27 Cr.H.)

Course Code Course Title Pre/Co Requisite Credit Hours
Languages, Mathematics, Science, IT and Islamic Culture
LNG 171 English I None 3
LNG 172 English II LNG 171 3
LNG 173 Professional Communication Skills LNG 172 3
GED 196 Communications Skills in Arabic 1 None 3
MTH 196 Mathematics for Business None 3
GED 198E Islamic Culture None 3
GED 199E UAE Society None 3
ENT 141 Fundamentals of Innovation and Entrepreneurship 1 None 2
ENT 142 Fundamentals of Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2 ENT 141 1
ENT 241 Innovation and Entrepreneurship 1 ENT 142 2
ENT 242 Innovation and Entrepreneurship 2 ENT 241 1
Total 27

Core Requirements

All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design must complete 47 credits (14 courses) of Design Foundation courses which are shown in Table 3.

Table 3: Design Foundation Requirements (14 Courses = 47 Cr.H.)

Course Code Course Title Pre/Co Requisite Credit Hours
DES 121 Design Theory Co-DES 161 & 171 3
DES 122 Human Factors Co-DES 162 & 172 3
DES 161 Introduction to Design (Studio) Co-DES 121 & 171 4
DES 162 Fundamentals of Design (Studio) DES-161, DES-121 & DES-171
Co-DES 122 & 172
4
DES 171 Drafting & Modeling Co-DES 121 & 161 3
DES 172 Freehand Drawing & Rendering Co-DES 122 & 161 3
DES 221 History of Architecture and Interior Design 1 LNG-171 & DES-121 3
DES 222 History of Architecture and Interior Design 2 DES-221 3
DES 241 Construction and Design Integration DES-162 3
DES 261 Design Principles (Studio) DES-162, DES-122 & DES-172 6
DES 271 Computer Aided Design DESI-171 3
DES 341 Environmental Systems & Design Integration ARC-262 /IND-262 and ARC-232 /IND-232 3
DES 351 Internship * 90 Cr.H. & CGPA ≥ 2 3
DES 371 Working Drawings and Detailing ARC-361/IND-361 and ARC-242/IND-242 3
Total 47

Compulsory Major Course Requirements

All students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design must complete 51 credits (12 courses) of Major courses which are shown in Table 4.

Table 4: List of Compulsory major courses (12 courses = 51 credit hours)

Course Code Course Title Pre/Co Requisite Credit Hours
IND 232 Research and Design Applications DES-261 & LNG-172 3
IND 242 Construction and Design Integration: Interior Design DES-241 3
IND 262 Residential Design (Studio) DES-261 6
IND 331 Furniture Design & Detailing DES-122 & DES-222 3
IND 342 Lighting & Acoustics DES-341 & IND-242 3
IND 343 Interior Finishes & Materials IND-242 3
IND 344 Building Code IND-343 3
IND 361 Institutional Design (Studio) IND-262 & DES-222 6
IND 362 Commercial Design (Studio) IND-361 & DES-271 6
IND 351 Professional Practice & Project Management  IND-361 3
IND 461 Senior Project – Dissertation (Studio) IND-232, IND-362, IND-344, IND-331 & IND-342 6
IND 462 Senior Project Design (Studio) DES-371, DES-351 & IND-461 6
Total 51

Major Elective Requirements

Student should select one courses from the following list: (3 Cr. H.).

Table 5: Major Elective Requirements (1 Courses = 3 Cr.H.)

Course Code Course Title Pre/Co Requisite Credit Hours
DES 231 Sustainability of Buildings DES 162 3
DES 322 Architecture of The Islamic World DES-222 3
DES 324 On Site Investigation DES-222 3
DES 372 Graphic Design & Portfolio for Architects & Interior Designers DES-271 3
DES 373 Visualization DES-271 3
DES 431 Principles of Landscape Design IND-262 3
DES 442 Special Topics: Materials & Methods ARC-342 or IND-342 3
DES 452 Professional Practice Seminar ARC-362 or IND-362 3
DES 463 Complex Design Studio ARC-362 or IND-362 3