Program: Interior Design, B.S.

Program Description

The Interior Design program prepares students to analyze, design and implement living/working environments that are functionally efficient and aesthetically satisfying to diverse populations. The department offers experiential learning opportunities through its lab and studio courses. All Interior Design majors gain practical experience through internships in professional settings. Students gain leadership skills through professional organizations in interior design and the Kappa Omicron Nu national honor society. The program embraces an environmental and behavioral relationship between people at various ages and developmental stages and the interior environments they occupy.

Program Requirements

1. Required Courses (78 units)

ART 124A Drawing I (3)
ART 141 Beginning Three-Dimensional Design (3)
ART 230 Perspective (3)
ART 315 World Perspectives in Art History (3)
FCS 111 Interior Design Matters (3)
FCS 113 Interior Design Communication I (3)
FCS 160 Introductory Textiles (3)
FCS 210 History of Interiors and Architecture I (3)
FCS 211 Interior Design Studio I (3)
FCS 213/L Interior Design Communication II and Lab (1/2)
FCS 214/L Interior Design Materials, Standards and Specifications and Lab (1/2)
FCS 217 Interior Design Studio II (3)
FCS 311 Interior Design Studio III (3)
FCS 312/L Lighting and Mechanical Systems and Lab (2/1)
FCS 314/L Building Codes, Systems and Detailing for Interior Design and Lab (2/1)
FCS 316 Interior Design Communication III (3)
FCS 317 Interior Design Studio IV (3)
FCS 318 Environmental Psychology for Interior Design (3)
FCS 380 Family and Consumer Sciences Foundations and Research (3)
FCS 410 History of Interiors and Architecture II (3)
FCS 411 Interior Design Studio V (3)
FCS 412 Organization of Interior Design Practice (3)
FCS 413/L Construction Documents and Lab (2/1)
FCS 414 Senior Comprehensive Interior Design Studio (3)
FCS 415 Pre-Thesis Interior Design Seminar (3)
FCS 494 Academic Internship (2)
FCS 494I Academic Internship Evaluation (1)

The Family and Consumer Sciences department reserves the right to hold examples of work completed as class assignments for a period not to exceed 2 years. These examples may be exhibited.

2. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog, including 3 units of coursework meeting the Ethnic Studies (ES) graduation requirement.

9 units are satisfied by the following courses in the major: ART 124A satisfies C1 Arts; FCS 318 satisfies 3 units of upper division D1 Social Sciences; and ART 315 satisfies 3 units of upper division F Comparative Cultural Studies and fulfills the Information Competence requirement.

Total Units in the Major: 78

General Education Units: 39

Additional Units: 3

Total Units for the B.S. Degree: 120


Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Chair: Yi Cai
Sequoia Hall (SQ) 141
(818) 677-3051

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to assess user needs and design environments, responding with functional, human-centered and aesthetically pleasing interior design solutions, which enhance users’ dignity and well-being.
  2. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of social responsibility for issues of community, equality, inclusivity, health, justice, safety, security and sustainability.
  3. Demonstrate and apply appropriate research, technology and skills required in interior design professional practice.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge about interior design from a global perspective and application of ethical and professional standards.