ID Degree Plan

Interior Design Program

Keith Sylvester, Director
Claire L. Hamilton, Coordinator
118 College Drive #5113
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

601.266.5988
Fax: 601.266.5166
interior.design@usm.edu
construction.usm.edu/interiordesign

C. Hamilton, N. Bounds

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Computer Equipment Requirements
ID majors are required to own a specifically equipped laptop computer as a prerequisite for all 200-level and above ID studio courses. Specifications are available through the ID office (601.266.5988).

Recommended Computer Specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 processor (Quad-Core), 6MB Cache
  • Operating System: Windows 8 Pro, 64-bit
  • Memory: 16GB DDR3L at 1600 Mhz
  • Hard Drive: 500 GB Solid State Drive (10000 RPM)
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA or AMD 2GB GDDR5
  • Optical Drive: CD/DVD/R/RW
  • Display: 15"
  • Wireless: 802.11n WIFI
  • USB Ports: USB 3.0
  • Estimated Cost: $2,000 (Source: Dell)

Software to be used:

  • Autodesk Architecture
  • Google SketchUp
  • Autodesk Revit
  • Adobe Creative Suite or Cloud
  • Adobe Acrobat X Pro & Reader
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • MS Office
  • MS Word
  • MS Power Point
  • MS Excel

NOTE: The Interior Design Program does not recommend any particular brand name computer; however, it has been found that students using Mac computers have more technical issues and spend more time trouble shooting than students using pc’s. The Interior Design Program does not recommend purchasing a Mac computer and will not provide technical support should the student choose to use one.


Studies Abroad
Students are offered the opportunity to earn six hours of credit while studying abroad through the British Studies Program or other study-abroad courses offered through International Programs.

Admission Policy
Admission to The University of Southern Mississippi as an interior design major does not ensure progression to the upper-division studio courses. Criteria for progression to the upper-division 300/400-level studio courses include 1) a letter of application, 2) specified GPA requirements, 3) completion of specified courses and 4) portfolio review.

Application forms and instructions may be obtained from the student’s adviser or the Interior Design Program director. The deadline for completion of the forms is the spring semester prior to enrollment in ID 320 and ID 339. Dates will be posted in the studio and announced in the lower-division studio courses.

Students who have completed or who are currently enrolled in the following prerequisite course may apply to the Interior Design Program for progression to the upper-division studio courses:

Progression Criteria
Pre-ID Curriculum Requirements: The following courses must be completed prior to entry in 300/400-level studio courses (additional prerequisites may apply for individual 300/400 level courses):

University Core (24 hrs)
(6 hrs.) ENG 101 and 102 (3 hrs.) MAT 101 or higher level
(6 hrs.) HIS 101 and 102
(3 hrs.) ART 130
(3 hrs.) SCM 111, 305, 320, or 330

The following courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher prior to entry in 300/400 studio courses (additional prerequisites may apply for individual 300/400 level courses):

Interior Design (17 hrs)
(3 hrs.) AEC 132/L
(3 hrs.) ID 140
(3 hrs.) ID 210
(3 hrs.) ID 238
(3 hrs.) ID 240
(2 hrs.) ID 242
(3 hrs.) ID 311
Art (12 hrs)
(3 hrs.) ART 101
(6 hrs.) ART 111 and 112
(3 hrs.) ART 113

Portfolio Review: Applicants will submit a portfolio of work completed in the above course prerequisites for review by the interior design faculty, typically the summer semester prior to enrolling in ID 320 and ID 339. Declared interior design majors will be issued written directions that will include format and project inclusions.

Grade Point Average: Student must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the pre-ID curriculum and a 2.5 in all courses completed under the major area of study.

Assessment Method: A written evaluation criteria list will be issued to all students declaring an Interior Design major and made available for students enrolling in 100/200- level interior design courses and prospective students. The evaluation criteria will incorporate the Council for Interior Design Accreditation standards and guidelines applicable to predetermined competency level expectations.

Due Date: Applicants will submit the progression application the semester prior to expected enrollment in ID 320 and ID 339, typically the spring semester of the second year. Dates will be posted in the studio and announced in the ID 200-level studios. Students are encouraged to work with adviser in completing application.

Continued Progression in Interior Design Studio Course Sequence

The interior design curriculum is designed to encompass continuity, repetition of significant concepts, sequential ordering of content, progression of learning and interrelationships among learning experiences. The student must earn a grade of C or higher in each course of the interior design studio sequence before taking the next ID studio in the sequence. The sequential order of the design studio course sequence is as follows:

ID 140, AEC 132/L
ID 238, 210, 242
ID 240, 311
ID 320, 339
ID 340, 439
ID 342, 438, 440
ID 490

 
Internship Prerequisites
 
Before enrolling in ID 442, Interior Design Internship, a student must have completed ID 340 and ID 439 with a grade of C or better, and have a 2.5 GPA in the major area of study. Approval must be obtained through an application form available from the student’s academic adviser.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to all university and major course requirements, the following requirements must be met for the degree in interior design:

1) Fifty percent of required courses in the major must be completed at Southern Miss.
2) All required 300 and above level studio courses must be completed at Southern Miss.
3) A grade of C or higher must be earned in all courses in the major area of study.
4) A cumulative GPA of 2.5 must be earned under the major area of study and the last 60 hours of courses attempted.

Transfer Credits

Transfer students are admitted to the program upon admission to the university. Students who wish to transfer from another college within the university must have a 2.0 GPA. Application for transfer may be made to the Interior Design Program throughout the year. The evaluation criteria for transfer credits in the major are as follows:

1. Quality and representation of course objectives documented in portfolio of previous
work completed in Interior Design Studio and support courses
2. Work completed at a program accredited by the Council for Interior Design
Accreditation (Transfer of 300- and above level Interior Design credits from programs
not accredited by Council for Interior Design Accreditation-accredited institutions
will be considered on an individual basis.)
3. Course syllabi and project description
4. Grades earned in the courses
5. ID progression criteria met prior to enrollment in 300-and above ID studio courses
6. Course descriptions published in school catalog

Requirements for a Minor in Interior Design
Students minoring in interior design must complete 18 hours to include: 6 hours of studio courses (IS 238 and ID 240) and 12 hours of lecture (ID 140, 232, 303, and 325.

 

INTERIOR DESIGN (BS) - Degree Plan (INTDESBS)
GENERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUMGEC 08. Speaking-Intensive Requirement (3 hours)
01. Select 1 course:
CMS 111 (SI) or CMS 305 (SI) or CMS 320 (SI) or CMS 330 (SI)
GEC 01. Written Communication (6 hours)
01. ENG 101+
02. ENG 102+
GEC 09. Capstone Requirement (Major Area)
01. ID 490 (Capstone)
Must be taken Senior Year; ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites
GEC 02. Natural Science and Mathematics (11 hours minimum)
Science Requirement (8 hours minimum)
01. Select 2 courses with labs:
AST 111/L
AST 112/L
BSC 103/L
BSC 110/L
BSC 111/L
BSC 250/L
BSC 251/L
CHE 104/L CHE 106/L
CHE 107/L
GHY 104/L
GHY 105/L GLY 101/L GLY 103/L
MAR 151/L PHY 103/L
PHY 111/L
PHY 112/L
PHY 201/L
PHY 202/L
PSC 190/L
Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)
02. Select 1 course:
MAT 100***
MAT 101**
Higher-level MAT course

*This course satisfies both the GEC requirement and a program requirement for this major.
**This GEC course is recommended by this major. ***This course does not satisfy prerequisites for any other math course.  GEC restrictions apply; see page 61.
GEC 06 - GEC 09 courses are specific to the major. For full description of the GEC, see page 59.

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

DEG 01. Major Area of Study Requirements (61 hours)

Pre-Interior Design Program Requirements
01. AEC 132/L+
02. ID 140+
03. ID 210+
04. ID 238+
05. ID 240+
06. ID 242+
07. ID 311+

Interior Design Program Requirements
08. ID 232
09. ID 303
10. ID 320
11. ID 325
12. ID 339
13. ID 340
14. ID 342
15. ID 438
16. ID 439
17. ID 440
18. ID 441
19. ID 442
20. ID 490 (Capstone) 21. Select 1 course: ID 333 or FM 330 22. Select 1 course:
ID 497 or ACT 322 (WI) or ART 332 or ART 334

GEC 03. Humanities (9 hours)
01. ENG 203
03. Select 2 courses, 1 History required
HIS 101
HIS 102
PHI 151
PHI 171
REL 131
 

DEG 02. Additional Requirements (15 hours)
Pre-Interior Design Program Requirements
01. ART 101+
02. ART 111+
03. ART 112+
04. ART 113+
Additional Program Requirement
05. GHY 331

DEG 03. Electives
01. Choose electives as needed with adviser’s approval. (See Hours to Degree below.)

GEC 04. Aesthetic Values (3 hours)
01. Select 1 course:
ART 130**
DAN 130
MUS 165
THE 100

GEC 05. Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 hours)
01. Select 2 courses:
ANT 101
COH 100
ECO 101
GHY 101
PS 101
PSY 110
SOC 101


GEC 06. Computer Competency Requirement (Major Area)
01. ID 490 (Capstone)

 Additional Program Requirements, including additional Pre-Interior Design
Requirements, are found on page 353.
GEC 07. Writing-Intensive Requirement (3 hours)
01. Select 1 course:
ACT 322 (WI) or ENG 333 (WI)
ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites
 


HOURS TO DEGREE

124 hours are needed to graduate with a BS in Interior Design. At least 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. The last 25 percent of course work must be earned from Southern Miss. The student must earn at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss.