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Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design

In their 2004 report, the Brookings Institution projected that by 2030 over 100 billion square feet of new development will be built in the United States, while nearly half of equivalent existing space will be rehabilitated. The demand for interior designers is expected rise nearly 17%, especially in the healthcare, restaurant, and hospitality industries. Not to be confused with interior decoration, interior design professionals will become increasingly important in understanding and enhancing ergonomic design, elder design, and environmental or "green" design - all contributing to a burgeoning market.

The College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) at NJIT is only school in New Jersey to house  interior design, architecture, industrial design, fine arts, and digital design under one roof. Because the Interior Design lives together with these other design disciplines, our Interior Design students have the opportunity to interact and form synergies with their design peers and learn from a faculty that participates in all phases of the design and construction process: architects, interior designers, engineers, and product/industrial designers. Like the architecture program, interior design at CoAD is immersed in the studio culture, with dedicated desks, and space given to all students following the foundation year.

Interior Design at NJIT is a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree.* The first year curriculum is shared with the three other Art+Design programs - Industrial Design, Fine Arts, and Digital Design. This common curriculum provides a broad design foundation and instills a strong sense of community among Interior Design students and their peers in other design disciplines.

During their Foundation Year, students will be exposed to and expected to work in both digital and traditional media. The curriculum includes design and graphics classes with digital and traditional media, color theory, art history, and general education courses such as math and English. Digital design work will take place in dedicated Digital Media Laboratories, while work in traditional media will take place both in and out of class. Read the list of required tools and materials.

In addition to six semesters of design studios, Interior Design students will take a variety of courses to prepare them for professional practice, including Building and Interior Systems, History of Furniture, Building Information Modeling, Contract Documents, and Human Factors/Ergonomics. An array of design electives are available in art or architectural history, traditional media art classes, and advanced classes in digital media.

Along with the facilities available throughout the NJIT campus, Interior Design students have access to traditional fine art studios, as well as Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Digital Media Laboratories.

* NJIT intends to apply to the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) for accreditation as a professional degree program granting the Bachelor of Interior Design degree.