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Required Major Course Descriptions

For additional information on core courses, other courses offered at Georgia Southern University and important information on prerequisites and co-requisites for the courses listed below, please see the most recent catalog

INDS 2327-CAD I
This course explores 2-dimensional computer-aided design through the use of current industry standard software. The study and research of appropriate professional presentation methods are also covered. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of C in INDS 2430 and prior or concurrent enrollment in INDS 2435.

INDS 2430-Design Appreciation
A general introduction to the principles and elements of design as they relate to the built environment. Overview of style as seen through interior furnishings and accessories. Discussion and analysis of design process, theory, and an overview of components and materials. Exploration of human factors, environmental considerations, and spatial relationships.

INDS 2433- Human Centered Design

This course introduces students to theoretical frameworks and concepts associated with human behavior, environmental design, and environmental psychology as it relates to the built environment. Critical discussions involve design thinking, evidence-based design, human-centered design, and social issues. Students will gain strategies for synthesizing user research and identifying opportunities to create innovative solutions to real-world challenges.

INDS 2435-Design Studio I
This course is an introduction to the basic concepts, skills, and graphics used to represent interior design applications. Design projects will include technical drafting of construction drawings and both measured and freehand perspectives, as well as the fundamental execution of presentation skills in sketching, mixed media renderings, detail drawings, and model building. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in INDS 2430 as well as two of the following: ART 1010ART 1020ART 1030 and Admittance to the Program.

INDS 2436-Interior Materials
A study of the selection and application of materiality in the design of the built environment. Introduction to building materials, finishes, systems and technologies with an emphasis on developing an awareness of environmental concerns. Research of resources and communication with various entities involved with the building/design process will be incorporated. Cost and quantity estimating as well as budgeting will be introduced. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” and prior or concurrent enrollment in INDS 2430

INDS 3238-Textiles for Interiors
Investigates the production, specifications, regulations, and serviceability of textiles for residential and commercial interiors. Emphasis is on soft floor coverings, upholstered furniture, window and wall coverings, and other current developments in the textile field. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” and prior or concurrent enrollment in INDS 2430

INDS 3327-CAD II
This course aims to develop student’s ability to use building information modeling as a drafting and modeling tool for interior design. This will include exploring BIM technology in projects including creating 3-D modeling, renderings, working drawings, schedules, details, and collaboration. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” or better in INDS 2327 and INDS 2435

 INDS 3431-History of Interiors
An integrated history of architectural styles, decorative arts, interiors, material culture and furnishings related to major global cultures with an emphasis on interior architecture, furniture styles, interior designers, industrial designers, architects, and accessories from the prehistoric period through the contemporary movement.

INDS 3434-Color and Light
This course covers the principles of color and lighting design and their impacts. These topics are explored through an analysis of calculations, design theory, economics, environmental constraints, technical and aesthetic components. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in INDS 2435 and INDS 3327

INDS 3435-Design Studio II
This course covers the design planning process as it applies to the moderate scale residential interior environment. Projects utilize programmatic research, concept development, schematic design, and design development to include interior architectural details, finishes, and furniture, as well as clients of diverse populations. The area of emphasis is residential while incorporating universal design, kitchen planning and aging in place components. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in INDS 2435

INDS 3436-Design Studio III
The course covers the design planning process as it applies to the medium scale interior space. Projects utilize programmatic research, concept development, schematic design, and design development to include the application of furniture, finishes, and interior architectural components and details. Research and analysis of sustainability, environmental systems, building codes, and diverse cultures. Studio collaboration occurs along with the assessment of skills through peer and external evaluation. Areas of emphasis may include hospitality, multi-residential, healthcare, adaptive reuse, and commercial. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in all of the following: INDS 2327INDS 2433INDS 3435

INDS 3438-Professional Practices
This course covers the study of the professional practice of interior design including basic global business principles, professional responsibility and ethics, professional organizations, client relationships, and communication techniques. The development of internship and job placement strategies will also include developing related documents. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in INDS 2435

INDS 3530-Sustainable Building Design
In this course, sustainable building systems and construction are introduced as well as examined through their impact on the interior environment. Theories on sustainability and green building rating systems inform this analysis. Emphasis will be placed on the following: site considerations, structural systems, mechanical/electrical/plumbing, walls/floors/ceilings, indoor environmental quality, and interior materials and products as they relate to sustainable design. Practical analysis of sustainable attributes provide students with a foundation for future project specifications, design solutions, and student professional accreditation. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in INDS 2435 and INDS 2436

INDS 4327- CAD III
This course will explore advanced computer-aided design and current industry software. This course covers both two and three-dimensional applications and topics such as virtual reality, custom modeling, advanced rendering, and post-processing. Emphasis will be on expressing project solutions using a variety of visual communication techniques and technologies appropriate to a range of purposes and audiences. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in INDS 2327INDS 3327,and INDS 3435.

INDS 4427-Interior Design Portfolio
This is a senior level course which allows the student to develop a professional interior design portfolio and promotional materials required for pursuing a career in the field. Students will also display their work through senior exhibition. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in INDS 3436

INDS 4435-Design Studio IV
This course covers the design planning process as it applies to the more complex larger scale interior space. The project programmatic research, concept development, schematic design, design development and construction documents to include furniture, finish and interior architectural materials, building codes, and diverse populations. Areas of emphasis may include work environments including systems, hospitality, retail, adaptive reuse, and other related commercial environments. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in all of the following: ART 1010ART 1020ART 1030INDS 2436INDS 3238INDS 3327INDS 3436INDS 3438, and TCM 3333

INDS 4446-Design Studio V
This course is a capstone for the interior design student that will provide an advanced integrative research and design experience with interdisciplinary collaboration. Projects are complex, specific design situations that will be based on current trends in design. Advanced projects utilize programmatic research, concept development, schematic design, design development, and construction documentation which include the application of furniture, finishes, and interior architectural components and details. Students collaborate and participate in interdisciplinary teams. Areas of emphasis may include multi housing, healthcare, or socially responsible design. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in all of the following: INDS 3238INDS 3434, and INDS 4435.

INDS 4790-Interior Design Internship
A supervised summer work-study program with selected organizations which perform professional services related to the field of interior design. The internship will serve as an educational bridge between the junior level and the senior level of design studies. Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of “C” in INDS 3436 and INDS 3438

TCM 3333-Building Codes

This course includes a study of codes applicable to the construction industry with emphasis on the Standard Building Code. An introduction to construction related federal regulations with an emphasis on labor related issues; construction labor unions and the collective bargaining process. Pre-requisites are waived for INDS majors.

Last updated: 9/15/2022