Program Overview

Become proficient in the art and technology of Interior Design. Expand on content you mastered in the associate program to explore advanced topics such as finishes and materials, textiles, lighting, art history, estimating and scheduling, contracts and specifications, construction law, and more. Crystallize your knowledge in your senior thesis project.

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Full Description

The Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design is offered through the Department of Design + Architectural Building Technology.

The role of the Interior Designer in the building process is expanding. The interior design profession now requires the practitioner or design team manager to possess an advanced knowledge of building science and technology. It is essential that today’s designer is able to integrate the advances in building science and technology into the creative design process.

The Interior Design degree program at the New England Institute of Technology offers a curriculum specifically developed to meet the needs of today’s demanding interior design profession. The Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design allows students to build upon the fundamentals of art and design learned at the associate level and expand their knowledge base of design and building science.

Students study advanced concepts of interior design and building science through a unique combination of theoretical and practical courses and design studios. These courses cover advanced topics including finishes and materials, textiles, history, color theory, estimating and scheduling, contracts, construction law, acoustics and lighting, and interior construction documentation. The studio courses allow students to incorporate their learned knowledge and skills in a practical application.

Studio project types include space planning, hospitality, commercial, and institutional. A unique component of the Interior Design bachelor’s degree is the common core courses shared with the architecture and construction management curriculums. These common courses provide the interior design student with the essential knowledge of building science and technological skills which are crucial in today’s interior design profession. This cross-curricular approach to interior design creates graduates uniquely qualified to succeed in today’s demanding design profession.

As in the Associate in Science degree in Interior Design, the program strives to instill within each student an awareness of and desire to contribute to the profession and society at large through the development of a professional personal ethic that demands technically, environmentally, and socially responsible decision-making.

The bachelor’s curriculum culminates with a senior thesis project in which students must demonstrate competency and understanding of the technical and design concepts developed throughout their NEIT experience. Upon completion of this program, students may also choose to continue into the NEIT Master of Science in Construction Management program.

Potential Career Opportunities

Students will be able to explore a range of employment opportunities upon graduation. Degree holders may also qualify for a variety of advanced managerial roles in architecture and design fields. Appropriate industry exposure will help professional interior designers improve their design technology knowledge, problem-solving, and communication skills.

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  • What can you do with a bachelor’s in interior design?

    With a bachelor’s in Interior Design, you can design interior architecture for commercial, hospitality, and other industrial projects. An interior design bachelor’s program transforms students into industry experts.

    Interior design schools prepare graduates to pursue opportunities as professionals in the interior architecture and design industry as well. Recent interior designer graduates can also look out for internship opportunities after graduating from interior design school.

  • What is a BS in Interior Design?

    BS in Interior Design stands for Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. After completing this program, interior design graduates can pursue entry-level positions in the field. The interior design degree helps students expand their knowledge in science, technology, architecture, art space, art and design. It also familiarizes students with several contemporary interior design principles.

  • Which degree is best for interior design?

    The Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design at the New England Institute of Technology is one of the best interior design programs in Rhode Island. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most entry-level positions require at least a bachelor’s degree level of education. Graduate school degree programs are also available for those who wish to further develop their design skills.

  • Does NEIT provide financial aid for interior design?

    Yes, NEIT provides financial aid for students enrolling in the interior design bachelor’s program. NEIT is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs. This requires students to maintain 12 credits per academic term.

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Program Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

Program Mission

The Interior Design programs, at both the associate and bachelor’s level, prepare the student to be proficient in the art and technology of designing. The interior design bachelor program also aims at training individuals to build interiors relative to the user’s social, psychological, and aesthetic needs.

Program Goals

  1. To educate students in interior design and building sciences fundamentals through a seamless and comprehensive study combining the theoretical and practical aspects of design, building systems, components, and construction.
  2. To expand the student’s observational skills and critical thinking abilities to work as a future interior designer.
  3. To instill within each student an awareness of and desire to contribute to the profession and society. The degree helps develop a professional and personal ethic that demands technically, environmentally, and socially responsible decision-making.

Program Outcomes

The Interior Design graduate will be able to:

  1. Function as design professionals for building teams.
  2. Develop interior design professional experience.
  3. Evaluate and analyze problems relative to the interior built environment and develop solutions that meet the client and society’s economic, social, technical, and aesthetic needs.
  4. Evaluate and analyze problems relative to the interior built environment and develop solutions that meet the economic, social, technical, and aesthetic needs of the client and society.
  5. Demonstrate a historical appreciation and professional accountability within the context relative to the interior design industry.
  6. Demonstrate effective oral and written communications.
  7. Present design concepts through a graphic and verbal presentation.
  8. Generate construction industry documents using electronic mediums.

Courses Offered

The bachelor’s degree program in interior design introduces students to the history of interior design, construction contracts and specifications, building information modeling, acoustics, light and more. Other design courses include:
• Construction Law
• Finishes & Materials
• Interior Construction Documents
• Textiles
• Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment
• Project Estimating & Scheduling
• Professional Issues in Interior Design
• Research Writing in the Social Sciences
• Introduction to Construction Estimating
• Imagineering: Human-Centered Design
• Effective Teams and Projects
• Accounting Fundamentals
• Marketing Communications
• Sales and Customer Service
• Product and Service Marketing
• Human Resource Management
• Business Presentations
• Negotiation
• Career Leadership

For the latest listing of courses offered, please review our University Catalog here.

Q&A and Technical Standards

Questions & Answers

  1. When do my classes meet?
    Day Classes: Technical classes normally meet for at least three hours a day for up to five days a week. Classes normally begin in the early morning (7:45 a.m.), late morning (usually 11:25 a.m.), or mid-afternoon. A technical time slot may vary from term to term.
    Evening Classes: Technical classes meet on the average of three nights a week, although there may be times when they will meet four nights a week. Classes normally begin at 5:45 p.m.
    In addition, to achieve your bachelor’s degree, you will take a total of approximately seven liberal arts courses, which will be scheduled around your program schedule over the course of your entire program. Each liberal arts course meets approximately four hours per week. Liberal arts courses are offered days, evenings, and Saturdays.
    At the beginning of each term you will receive a detailed schedule giving the exact time and location of all your classes. The College requires that all students be prepared to take classes and receive services at any of NEIT’s locations where the appropriate classes and services are offered.
    When a regularly scheduled class falls on a day which is an NEIT observed holiday (Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Memorial Day), an alternate class will be scheduled as a make up for that class. The make up class may fall on a Friday. It is the student’s responsibility to take note of when and where classes are offered.
  2. How large will my classes be?
    The average size for a class is about 20 to 25 students; however, larger and smaller classes occur from time to time.
  3. How much time will I spend in lab?
    The average size for a class is about 20 to 25 students; however, larger and smaller classes occur from time to time.
  4. Where do my classes meet?
    Students should be prepared to attend classes at any of NEIT’s classroom facilities: either at the Post Road, Access Road, or East Greenwich campus.
  5. How long should it take me to complete my program?
    To complete your degree requirements in the shortest possible time, you should take the courses outlined in the prescribed curriculum. For a typical six-term curriculum, a student may complete the requirements in as little as 18 months.To complete all your degree requirements in the shortest time, you should take at least one liberal arts course each term. Students who need more time to complete their curriculum may postpone some of the liberal arts courses until after the completion of the technical requirements. Students are provided up to two additional terms of study to complete the liberal arts requirements without any additional tuition assessment fee. During these additional terms of study, students are required to pay all applicable fees.
    Students may also elect to complete some of their liberal arts requirements during Intersession, a special five-week term scheduled between Spring and Summer Terms. Students will not be assessed any additional tuition for liberal arts courses taken during the Intersession but may be assessed applicable fees.Students wishing to extend the number of terms needed to complete the required technical courses in their curriculum will be assessed additional tuition and fees.
  6. Is NEIT accredited?
    NEIT is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs. Some academic departments have specialized professional accreditations in addition to accreditation by NECHE. For more information on accreditation, see NEIT’s catalog.
  7. Can I transfer the credits that I earn at NEIT to another college?
    The transferability of a course is always up to the institution to which the student is transferring. Students interested in the transferability of their credits should contact the Office of Teaching and Learning for further information.
  8. Can I transfer credits earned at another college to NEIT?
    Transfer credit for appropriate courses taken at an accredited institution will be considered  upon receipt of an official transcript for any program, biology, science, and mathematics courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the past three years and for English or humanities courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the last ten years. official transcript from the other institution must be received before the end of the first week of the term for transfer credit to be granted for courses to be taken during that term. Students will receive a tuition reduction for the approved technical courses based on the program rate and will be applied against the final technical term of the curriculum’s tuition amount. No tuition credit is provided for courses which are not a part of the technical curriculum.
  9. What is the “Feinstein Enriching America” Program?
    New England Institute of Technology is the proud recipient of a grant from the Feinstein Foundation. To satisfy the terms of the grant, the College has developed a one-credit community enrichment course which includes hands-on community enrichment projects. The course can be taken for a few hours per term, spread over several terms. Students who are already engaged in community enrichment on their own may be able to count that service towards course credit.
  10. How many credits do I need to acquire my Financial Aid?
    In order to be eligible for the maximum financial aid award, you need to maintain at least 12 credits per academic term.
  11. What does my program cost?
    The cost of your program will be as outlined in your enrollment agreement, along with your cost for books and other course materials. Students who decide to take more terms than the enrollment agreement describes to complete the technical courses in their curriculum will be subject to additional fees and possible additional tuition costs. Students who elect to take the technical portion of the degree requirements at a rate faster than the rate prescribed in the curriculum and the enrollment agreement will be assessed additional tuition.Students who require prerequisite courses will incur additional tuition and fees above those outlined in their enrollment agreement.
    If a student elects to take a course(s) outside of the prescribed curriculum, additional tuition and fees will be assessed.Remember, students who withdraw and re-enter, one time only, pay the tuition rate that was in effect for them at the time of their last day of attendance for up to one year from their last day of attendance.  Second re-entrees and beyond pay the tuition rate in effect at the time they re-enter.  The most economical way for you to complete your college degree is to begin your program now and continue your studies straight through for the six terms necessary to complete your degree requirements.
  12. What kind of employment assistance does NEIT offer?
    The Career Services Office assists NEIT students and graduates in all aspects of the job search, including resume writing, interviewing skills, and developing a job search strategy. Upon completion of their program, graduates may submit a resume to the Career Services Office to be circulated to employers for employment opportunities in their fields. Employers regularly contact us about our graduates. In addition, our Career Services Office contacts employers to develop job leads. A strong relationship with employers exists as a result of our training students to meet the needs of industry for over fifty years. No school can, and NEIT does not, guarantee to its graduates employment or a specific starting salary.
  13. Where will job opportunities exist?
    Graduates have obtained employment in the local area. However, one of the most exciting aspects of this program is the ability to look nationally for employment opportunities.
  14. What kind of jobs will I be qualified to look for?
    The Interior Design Program provides students with the problem solving skills and technical knowledge needed to work in an Interior Design firm or in a related field. Job opportunities include systems furniture dealers, kitchen and bath specialists, and in-house retail designers.
  15. Are there specific pre-requisite courses required, before enrolling in the ID/BS Bachelor curriculum?
    Yes. All students entering the Interior Design BS program are required to have successfully completed an ID Associate Degree program and to have taken ABT 124 Construction Methods & Materials, ABT 137 Introduction to Environmental Systems, ABT 218 Building Information Modeling I (BIM I) and ABT 236 Building Codes as prerequisites. A prerequisite term is available to those applicants needing to fulfill the prerequisite requirements.

Technical Standards

These technical standards set forth by the Department of Design + Architectural Building Technology, establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to these programs to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies to enter these fields. The successful student must possess the following skills and abilities or be able to demonstrate that they can complete the requirements of the program with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Cognitive Ability

  • Ability to interpret ideas and concepts visually and/or graphically
  • Ability to learn, remember and recall detailed information and to use it for problem solving.
  • Ability to deal with materials and problems such as organizing or reorganizing information.
  • Ability to use abstractions in specific concrete situations.
  • Ability to break information into its component parts.
  • Ability to understand spatial relationships.
  • Possession of basic math skills through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers and fractions using both the U.S. and Metric systems of measurement.
  • Ability to perform tasks by observing demonstrations.
  • Possession of basic keyboarding skills and knowledge of computer programs.

Communications Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty and students.
  • Ability to demonstrate and use the knowledge acquired during the classroom training process and in the lab setting.

Adaptive Ability

  • Ability to maintain emotional stability and the maturity necessary to interact with other members of the faculty and students in a responsible manner.

Physical Ability

  • Ability to stand and/or sit for long periods of time.
  • Ability to perform learned skills, independently, with accuracy and completeness.

Manual Ability

  • Sufficient motor function and sensory abilities to participate effectively in the classroom laboratory.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity and motor coordination to coordinate hands, eyes and fingers in the use of the computer, plotter and other equipment.

Sensory Ability

  • Visual
    • Acute enough to enable the adjustment of drafting equipment
    • Ability to properly distinguish colors.
    • Acute enough to read small print.
    • Acute enough to read small numbers on measuring instruments