Interior Design

Impacting Lives Through Design

The Interior Design major at CBU creates a rich design environment marked by the confluence of advanced practice, contemporary theory, and social engagement. Our primary goal is to help students develop the capacity and judgment necessary to understand the built environment and generate interior design as a critical response, so that each student can engage both the discipline of interior / environmental design on multiple levels – artistic, technological, social, political, environmental, economic, spiritual – necessary to be a successful practitioner and a conscientious citizen with a Biblical worldview.

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Interior Design Degrees

CBU Interior Design offers a Bachelors of Arts degree preparing students to be successful professionals and experts into the world of environmental / interior design – while simultaneously living Biblically based missional lives.

Optional Elective Focus

CBU Interior Design is built on a for a flexible curriculum, allowing students to utilize electives to support their interests.  Situated within a large art and design college, interior design majors have the chance to draw from other fields to enhance their education.

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“CBU Interior Design is an exciting program.  Not only is this program situated in an college with a top architecture program, but it regularly interacts with graphic design majors, photography majors,, production design majors, it is taught from a Christian worldview!  What more could you ask for?”  — Incoming Interior Design Student.

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B.A. Interior Design

The Interior Design major develops students in the art of applying artistic principles and techniques to the professional planning, designing, equipping, and furnishing of interior spaces – preparing them to pursue professional practice as interior designers.

General Education Courses

The general education requirements will follow the curriculum set forth for other university programs. Some general education requirements will be met through specific architecture major requirements.

Lower Division Requirements

ARC 120 Design Communications

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

The course will establish a base of design concepts and knowledge with an introduction to references and ideas to foster independent inquiry. The course will develop foundational appreciation and skills for effective two dimensional visual expression through graphic representation.

ARC 122 Design Communications

Units: 6. Offered: Spring.

The course will establish a base of design concepts and knowledge with an introduction to references and ideas to foster independent  inquiry. The course  will develop foundational appreciation and skills for effective three-dimensional (3D) visual expression through graphic representation. Prerequisite: ARC 120. Pre- or Co- Requisite: DES 110.

ARC 210 Design Studio I

Units: 6. Offered: Fall.

The  studio  explores  and  develops  conceptual  strategies  for  basic  formal  and  spatial  design,  emphasizing  the  role  of ordering principles and of fundamental architectonic elements in the implementation of design intentions. Students also will be introduced to foundational processes for developing design projects through the application of formal analytical vocabulary, diagramming, drawing methods and conventions, and three-dimensional modeling. Prerequisite: ARC 122.

ARC 220 Computer Modeling

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

The course will be an advanced course to develop an awareness and understanding of the role of Building Information Modeling in the student’s ability to study design ideas and present those ideas in the various design disciplines. Emphasis will be on the relationship of computer graphics with the design process. Prerequisite: ARC 120.

ARC 242 Architectural History II

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

The course will cover formal, theoretical, material, pragmatic and conceptual aspects of architecture, cities and art, examined in relation to their cultural contexts, from circa 1400 to the present. Prerequisite: ARC 240.

DES 110 Design Thought Foundations I

Units: 3. Offered: Fall, Spring.

The course will be an introduction to 2D design thinking, as applied to the interrelated, interdisciplinary fields of design and as understood from a biblical world-view. Basic design theories, principles, major movements and works will be covered. Basic creative approaches and design expressions are explored through projects, class discussions, field trips and lectures. This course is an introduction to the design paths available through the College of Architecture, Visual Arts, and Design, but also serves non-design majors interested in discovering design.

Upper Division Requirements

ARC 370 Professional Preparation

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

Professional Preparation provides an introduction to the profession of architecture through an 1) exploration of the structures of practice including how an office functions and expectations of internship experience;  2)  exploration of a critical position of the student in relationship to their design work resulting in the craft of portfolio production; 3) development of professional skills and documents required to obtain a job in professional  practice setting; and 4) examination of leadership skills as applied within an architectural practice setting. Prerequisite: Permission of the Dean.

ARC 385 Luminous and Sonic Environmental Systems

Units: 3. Offered: Spring.

The course deals with those building elements that pertain to the visual and aural conditioning for the purposes of human use and comfort. The basic principles of light (natural and electrical) and acoustical systems, their integration with other building systems and the impact on the aesthetics of design will be stressed. Plumbing and electrical systems also will be presented. The sustainability of various systems will be explored.

DES 310 Design Thought Practicum

Units: 3. Offered: Fall.

Design Thought Practicum builds on and continues the process of understanding interdisciplinary design thinking.  The aim of the course is for students to apply the principles and processes of design thinking to the act of design. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams to complete design exercises and projects.  Topics include developing a larger framework for design, design methods, design process, human factors in design, and environmental factors. Prerequisite: DES 110.

IND 310 Interior Design Studio I

Units: 6. Offered: Fall.

This course explores the concepts and practices within interior design related to space, planning and culture. Pre-Requisite: ARC 210

IND 312 Interior Design Studio II

Units: 6. Offered: Spring.

This course explores the concepts and practices within interior design relating to residential construction including kitchen, bath design, and universal design. Pre-Requisite: ARC 210

IND 380 Materials, Finishes, and Sourcing

Units: 3. Offered: Fall (Even Years).

This course explores the process of material research and its use in the design of interior space. Pre-Requisite: ARC 210

IND 410 Interior Design Studio III

Units: 6. Offered: Fall.

This course explores the concepts and practices within interior design related to Commercial and or Health Service interiors including consideration of building codes. Pre-Requisite: ARC 210

IND 412 Interior Design Studio IV

Units: 6. Offered: Spring.

This course explores the concepts and practices within interior design related to with advanced design solutions in a variety of settings. Pre-Requisite: ARC 210

PRD 350 Human Centric Design

Units: 3. Offered: Fall (Even Years).

This course examines the principles and practices of human-centered design processes and products within product design. An emphasis is placed on the introduction and practiced application of empathetic design research methods and design strategies to the product design process.


Student Learning Outcomes

Interior Design Student Learning Outcomes (SLO)

  1. Faith Integration: Majors will apply a Christian worldview to the moral and ethical questions inherent in the interior design industry.
  2. Design Literacy: Majors will demonstrate a critical and working familiarity with the themes and concerns of interior design.
  3. Creative Thinking: Majors will demonstrate the ability to engage in associative/spatial thinking dynamically channeled through various media.
  4. Media Fluency: Majors will command the inherent dynamics of three-dimensional design and two-dimensional media as applied to the principles of professional interior design techniques and best-practices workflows.
  5. Professional Awareness: Majors will assess the professional implications of their expressive decisions and to apply techniques of professional presentation.

The following documents outline a suggested course schedule.


Student Engagement

CBU Interior Design aims to develop interior designers who demonstrate professional excellence and personal integrity, are servant leaders in their communities and who live biblically-based, missional lives within the profession.  While this is a regular topic of discussion during class, we also aim to provide key opportunities for our students outside the class to engage with the profession, apply their skill sets in a missional setting, and participate in developing industry leading research.

CRUX is a non-profit design studio that serves missional efforts around the globe via design, planning, research, and presentation services.  The studio leadership is coordinated effort between CBU architecture faculty and missionary architects around the globe.  CBU Architecture students have the opportunity to participate in CRUX, work on real projects, and serve the world.

Church Design Research Institute

Church Design Research Institute is a non-profit research and design studio dedicated to providing church design research insights to the American church.  Students are able to participate in the institute as Design Interns or Research Interns and earn AXP Intern credit through NCARB.  To learn more visit

CBU Freedom by Design

CBU Architecture Freedom by Design chapter serves as the community service wing of the AIAS.  Freedom by Design, in partnership with the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) uses the talents of architecture students to radically impact the lives of people in their community through modest design and construction solutions. By leveraging design-build projects, CBU’s Freedom by Design chapter seeks to help lower physical, educational, environmental, socio-economic, and cultural barriers in the local community.

International Service Projects

CBU is committed to fulfilling Jesus’ mandate in the Great Commission “to go and make disciples of all nations.” To this end, CBU believes that God bestows upon every student gifts and passions to accomplish their purpose. To that end, CBU sends out more students worldwide than any other college in the country.  For more information see the Office of Mobilization.


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