2015-2016 Brenau University Catalog 
    Jun 22, 2024  
2015-2016 Brenau University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interior Design (B.F.A. to M.I.D.)

Course of Study  A B.F.A. and M.I.D. in interior design shall consist art and design foundation courses, art history and interior design courses, as well as successful completion of the sophomore and graduate entry portfolio review. Additionally, students are only awarded the BFA in interior design upon completion of the MID requirements as listed in the graduate section of the Catalog.

In addition to the requirements listed below, students are reminded that all majors will demonstrate oral and written communication competency within the context of writing and/or speech intensive courses in the major. Students enrolled in the Interior Design Program are required to obtain a laptop computer capable of running CADD by fall semester of the sophomore year. See the Information Technology website or contact the helpdesk.

In the student’s last semester as an undergraduate, the student may be permitted to take ID 646  and one other course in combination with their final undergraduate courses. The student must agree to the following conditions in writing:

  • The undergraduate version of those courses must not be required for their undergraduate program.
  • The student will not receive any financial aid toward the graduate hours.
  • The registration for the graduate course(s) must be approved by the chair.
  • If the student is not successful in the last semester in all course work, those graduate courses will be reverted to the undergraduate level on the student’s transcript.

The other graduate courses the student can choose (one) from are:

Liberal Education Requirements

Brenau University and its faculty are dedicated to the goal of providing students with a thorough background in the liberal arts, as well as academic and professional skills which will help them become enlightened and productive members of society. To that end, the faculty developed a liberal education curriculum based on expectations and learning outcomes.

This liberal education curriculum is divided into four learning portals: World Understanding, Scientific and Analytic Curiosity, Artistic and Creative Imagination and Communication and Language Fluency.

  • World Understanding Learning
  • Scientific and Analytic Curiosity
  • Artistic and Creative Imagination
  • Communication and Language Fluency

Courses applied in one portal may not be applied in another portal. However, courses applied in the Liberal Education may be applied toward a student’s major or minor.

Students with an A.A., A.S. or a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution are exempt from Liberal Education requirements for Brenau’s bachelor degree programs (does not include Brenau’s A.A. degree). This exemption does not extend to any other associate’s degree (ex. A.A.S., A.A.T). This exemption does not affect transfer credit. All college-level credit that conforms to Brenau’s transfer credit policy will be recorded on the student’s Brenau transcript. This exemption does not affect any major courses required or any major foundation courses required.

World Understanding Learning Portal

Historical Perspective - 3 hours

Demonstrate knowledge of major events and movements in history and use this knowledge to generate a more sophisticated understanding of current events.

Scientific & Analytic Curiosity Portal

Mathematics - 3 hours

Demonstrate quantitative reasoning through numeric, symbolic or geometric means.

Course taken will depend upon math placement of the student.

Artistic & Creative Imagination Portal

Lifetime Fitness - 3 hours

Appreciate ones health status and implement a plan for health and fitness.

  • Women’s College students must have one hour of Lifetime Fitness (LF) or Leisure Sports (LS) or Dance (DA); one hour of Women’s Health (WH); and one hour of any P.E. (LS/LF/DA/or WH).
  • Non-Women’s College students may transfer in the above or take HS 105 (3 hours) while at Brenau.
  • Nursing and Dance majors have specific Lifetime Fitness requirements. Please see those major sections for information.

Communication & Language Fluency Portal

Writing - 6 hours

Compose effective and logical written communication.

Modern Language - 0-3 hours

Communicate in a modern language other than English.

  • Students must have modern language competency through the high beginner (102 or 115) level. It is possible for a student to place out of part or all of modern language via placement or CLEP. Please see the placement information section for specific guidelines. If the student takes 101, that course may be applied as the communication requirement, if needed, or as a general elective.
  • International Students will exempt the Modern Language requirement with a minimum TOEFL score of 527 (paper based) or its equivalent.

Communication - 3 hours

Apply communication skills in a given context.

Choose from any course in the Communication and Language Fluency portal not already applied in the Liberal Education, or choose from the courses below. If a student takes 101 and 102 of the same language to satisfy the modern language requirement, the 101 course may satisfy the communication elective.

Interior Design Major Requirements

Note: Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all major studio classes. See the program plan for courses that can be cross/dual used between the liberal education and the major. Student must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours at the undergraduate level; however, students are not required to have a specific number of undergraduate major hours in residence.

Section I

The following must be completed before continuing to upper division design courses.

Section III

Upper Division Courses: The following courses may only be taken after all courses in Section I are complete.

Total Required Hours

A minimum of 120 hours is required to graduate with this major. It is possible that the student may graduate with more than 120 hours based on placement and transfer credit.

Note: Courses marked with an * are Liberal Education courses.

Interior Design Graduate (M.I.D.) Requirements

Total Graduate Hours

Total Interior Design Graduate Requirements: 31