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Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design (code DESNBF01)

This degree prepares students who will eventually seek a master's degree or a position as a professional designer. The B.F.A. program is a rigorous and competitive one. Portfolios are reviewed in the spring semester for fall admission to Junior standing in the professional program.

Applicants to the BFA or BS program must receive a positive recommendation following review of a portfolio submitted by the applicant. For BFA portfolio review consideration, a student must be enrolled in or have successfully completed DESN 241, 242, 245 and 255 with a "C" or better. For BS portfolio review consideration, a student must be enrolled in or have successfully completed DESN 280, 320 and 356 with a "C" or better. Students may apply to the BFA or BS program when they have completed a minimum of 53 units, but may not apply after they have completed more than a maximum of 96 units.

Contact department for details of portfolio submission and review process.

Admission Under Impaction

Refer to the following website for additional impaction criteria:


132 units, including 90 units for the major.

Lower Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • AH 111A Survey of Western Art I (3)
    • AH 111B Survey of Western Art II (3)
    • DESN 120A Fundamentals of Design (3)
    • DESN 120B Fundamentals of Design (3)
    • DESN 132A Perspective and Rendering Systems (3)
    • DESN 132B Perspective and Rendering Systems (3)
    • DESN 141 Interior Architectural Drafting (3)
    • DESN 142 Beginning Space Planning (3)
    • DESN 143 Materials of Interiors (3)
    • DESN 151 Industrial Design Materials and Tools (2)
    • DESN 232A Visualization Techniques (3)
    • DESN 241 Design Drawing and Processes (3)
    • DESN 242 Interior Architectural Model Building (3)
    • DESN 244 Lighting Design for Interior Architecture (3)
    • DESN 245 Building Systems for Interior Architecture (3)
    • DESN 246 Computer-Aided Drafting (3)
    • DESN 255 2D Computer-Aided Graphics (3)

Upper Division:

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • DESN 341A Interior Design (4)
    • DESN 341B Interior Design (4)
    • DESN 342 Interior/Architectural Presentations (3)
    • DESN 343 Advanced Drafting and Detailing (3)
    • DESN 346 Computer-Aided Design – 3D Modeling (3)
    • DESN 367 History and Theory of Architecture (3)
    • DESN 369 History of Furniture and Decorative Arts (3)
    • DESN 440 Prof Practices for Interior Architecture (3)
    • DESN 441A Advanced Interior Design (4)
    • DESN 441B Advanced Interior Design (4)
  • Take a minimum of 6 units chosen from the following:
    • DESN 300, 333A, 344A/B, 351A/B, 352A/B, 360A/B, 366, 368, 370, 435A/B, 490, 495, 499H

A total of 132 units is required for degree completion. Students must achieve "C" or better in each course required by the major.