Jun 06, 2023  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2009-10 [Archived Catalog]

Interior Architecture Major (B.S.H.C.S.)

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Major code BS6383

College of Health and Human Services
School of Human and Consumer Sciences
Grover Center W324
Phone: 740.593.2880
Fax: 740.593.0289

Matt Ziff, contact person

The Interior Architecture program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). This program, like the interior design profession, addresses the interior spaces and physical components of buildings.  Students learn about design requirements and how to successfully address them through studio projects that cover commercial, institutional, hospitality, and residential settings.  The academic foundation needed to undertake these projects is achieved through repeated engagement with basic problem solving, formal design skills, historical precedents, and technical knowledge.  The curriculum of the program emphasizes design process, 3-D modeling, critical and creative thinking, and professional practice experience.  The design studio is the core of the program and is where students and faculty share dialogue and regular interaction.  In studio issues of design process, design theory, pragmatics and aesthetics, material applications, and technology are all brought together.  Courses addressing design theory, history, materials and methods, color, lighting, professional practice, and graphic communication enhance the students’ abilities to create innovative and environmentally friendly spaces.  Students interested in the Interior Architecture program will enter Ohio University with a premajor code of ND8836 (Preinterior Architecture).

Admissions Criteria

To be admitted into the program you must submit and pass a portfolio review that includes the following (Portfolio review takes place once each academic year, currently at the end of first summer session.):

Exceptional Cases

The faculty may, in execptional cases, grant early admission into the interior architecture program at the time a student is evaluating University entrance options. Such a decision will only be made for a student who the faculty believe is clearly capable, qualified, and academically distinguished.

Program Standards

To remain active as an interior architecture major, you must meet the following criteria:

Earn at least a C (2.0) in each studio course as indicated. Students who receive a grade lower than C (2.0) in these courses will be required to retake the course.

Transfer and Regional Students

It is imperative for students who transfer or relocate to Ohio University, Athens campus, who declare interior architecture as their major to speak with an interior architecture faculty member prior to, or at the time of transfer or relocation. It is critical that a discussion regarding course selection occur between the student and interior architecture faculty member prior to registering for courses.

Students who wish to transfer into the interior architecture major from another institution or regional campus students who are relocating to the Athens campus must submit a portfolio of work for review by the faculty. Students with design work determined by the faculty to be equivalent to that of some or all of the portfolio review required coursework (as listed above) will be reviewed, for the purpose of determining admission to into the major, at the same time as all other portfolio review submissions. Transfer students admitted into the major must complete all major requirements determined to be missing from the student’s academic design experience.

Note: Students admitted to Phase II of the major through the portfolio review are required to provide and maintain a personal computer in the design studio for the use in all studio courses. The minimum requirements for the computer will be outlined by the faculty at the time of the portfolio review each year.

Major Requirements

Select One Art History and Business Option

Option one

Complete 12 hours from each from the art history and the business cores.

Option two

Complete 8 hours each from the art history and business cores, and the following course:

Art History

Complete a minimum of 8 hours from the following:

Internship, Practica, Field Experience, Senior Internship Registration Requirements

The College’s policy on internships, practica, field experiences, and senior internship requires that you be registered for the experience in the quarter(s) that you are actually fulfilling the requirements for the course. The only exception to this requirement is an experience that takes place over winter break, in which case you may register for the course during either fall or winter quarter.

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