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Interior Design (B.F.A.)

The Department of Interior Design at Endicott College offers a four-year learning experience for students seeking professional practice in the design of interior architectural environments.
Accredited by Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)

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Interior Design Mission Statement
The mission of the department of Interior Design strives to offer a comprehensive learning experience for students pursuing a career in design interior architectural environments.

Emphasis on Collaborative Problem Solving
Emphasis on Critical Thinking
Emphasis on the Human Experience
Emphasis on "Place Making"

The Department’s aim is to provide students with the problem-solving abilities and creative design skills to achieve success as the next generation of interior design professionals. An emphasis is placed throughout the curriculum on Sustainable Design and the built environment. The baccalaureate degree program is accredited by Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

The Department employs an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving in the interior architectural environment. The curriculum is comprehensive and includes residential, commercial and institutional design studios; history of art, architecture, and interior design; a design sequence that incorporates spatial experience, human factors, Sustainable Design, Universal Design, and business principles; with an integral internship component and service learning opportunities. The Internship Program in Interior Design prepares students to meet the challenges of an emerging field and see firsthand the integrated components that form the interior environment.

Students in the Department can join the ECID (Endicott College Interior Designers), an active student organization that is affiliated with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and International Interior Design Association (IIDA), allowing a direct connection to the professional design community.

Graduates of the baccalaureate program are qualified to join the Interior Design profession and undertake diverse project types. Upon completion of a two-year employment, graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Exam to achieve Interior Design Certification recognized in 28 U.S. states.

As use of technology is essential to the program, all students in the Interior Design program are required to have a laptop. For incoming students please see the most recent information on the Laptop Requirement.

Emphasis is placed on the development of creative skills and problem-solving strategies necessary for designing within the built environment. The philosophy and principles of design are combined with three-dimensional space planning, human factors, building technology, and environmental considerations for an educational experience that balances the theoretical and practical.

The department's Student Interior Design Focus Group engages in activities such as Career Day where the students attend seminars offered by design professionals. Membership in professional organizations such as the American Society of Interior Designers and the International Interior Design Association is encouraged in order that students begin networking within the design community.

Through the Internship Program, students actually work for interior designers and experience first hand the challenges of the design profession. There are three internship experiences and these occur in January of the freshman and sophomore years, and for the entire fall semester of the senior year.

Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 129

Freshman - Credits: 32

  • Individual and Society General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
ART 101 - Visual Art and Cultural Values I: Prehistory to c. 1310 (Cr: 3)
ART 102 - Visual Art and Cultural Values II: Early Fourteenth Century to the Present (Cr: 3)
ART 105 - Drawing and Composition I (Cr: 3)
ENG 111 - Critical Reading and Writing I (Cr: 3)
Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
ENG 112 - Critical Reading and Writing II (Cr: 3)
Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
ID 101 - Introduction to Interior Design (Cr: 3)
ID 102 - Interior Design Studio I (Cr: 3)
ID 103 - Media I: Drafting (Cr: 3)
ID 104 - Media II: Interior/Exterior Delineation (Cr: 3)
INT 100 - Internship I (Cr: 2)

Sophomore - Credits: 35

  • Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
ART 217 - History of Architecture and Interior Design I (Cr: 3)
ID 201 - Interior Design Studio II A (Cr: 3)
ID 202 - Interior Design Studio II B (Cr: 3)
ID 207 - Construction Materials I: Materials and Specifications (Cr: 3)
ID 208 - Media III: Rendering (Cr: 3)
ID 209 - Construction Materials II: Building Systems (Cr: 3)
ID 220 - Electronic Media I (Cr: 3)
ID 230 - Electronic Media II (Cr: 3)
ID 234 - Building Codes and Standards (Cr: 1)
ID 247 - Environmental Psychology (Cr: 2)
INT 200 - Internship II (Cr: 2)

Junior - Credits: 32

  • Global Issues General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Science and Technology General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
ART 313 - History of Architecture and Interior Design II (Cr: 3)
ID 301 - Advanced Interior Design Studio III A (Cr: 3)
ID 302 - Interior Design Studio III B: Health Care and Institutional Design (Cr: 3)
ID 307 - Advanced Lighting Design Studio (Lighting Studio) (Cr: 3)
ID 308 - Construction and Materials IV - Contract Documents Studio (Cr: 3)
ID 310 - Professional Practice/Portfolio (Cr: 3)
ID 312 - Advanced Media and Presentation Delineation (Cr: 2)
ID 350 - Design Theory and Research Seminar (Cr: 3)

Senior - Credits: 30

  • World Cultures General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • General Education Electives    (Cr: 9)
ID 480 - Semester Internship (Cr: 12)
ID 489 - Senior Thesis I (Cr: 3)
ID 490 - Senior Thesis II (Cr: 3)

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the interior design program, students will:

  • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage in intellectual discourse within the art fields.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and competency with computer technology as it is used in the artistic processes.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of design and color in 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional representation.
  • Experience the relationship of academic studio practices to professional applications.
  • Discuss and write about the historical context for the visual arts.
  • Communicate effectively in written form within the conventions of the discipline.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply human factors in context to residential and commercial design, including programming, environmental control systems, anthropometrics, ergonomics, proxemics and Universal Design.
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with research theories and methodologies related to interior design.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the business practices of interior design, including project management, ethics, communication, codes, and health, safety and welfare.
  • Display knowledge and skills in the use of basic through advanced tools, techniques, and processes sufficient to work from concept to finished product.
  • Apply the elements and principles of design.
  • Apply sophisticated use of color theory and cultural context.
  • Clearly and concisely articulate design concepts and solutions to engage in intellectual discourse within the discipline.
  • Demonstrate willingness to go beyond original parameters of assignment, introducing new materials and forms, including tackling controversial topics.
  • Discuss and present an awareness of the personal creative process.


The following are just some of the internship sites that the college enjoys an on-going relationship:

Currier & Associates, Newburyport, MA
Carpenter & MacNeille Architects, North Shore, MA
Olson, Lewis, Dioli and Doktor Architecture, Manchester, MA
Winter Street Architects, Inc., Salem, MA
Symmes, Maini & McKee Associates, Cambridge, MA
KlingStubbins Associates, Cambridge, MA
Siemasko + Verbridge, Inc., Beverly, MA
Sasaki Associates Inc., Watertown, MA
Elkus Manfredi Architects, Boston, MA
Stefura Associates, Boston, MA
Zelloe Weaver Architects, Beverly, MA
Gensler, Boston, MA
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