Interior Design (IDSN), Bachelor of Science

At Dunwoody College of Technology, the Interior Design program provides a professional, applied education with an emphasis on collaboration, critical thinking, and technology. The faculty is comprised of working professionals who are passionate about the field of design as well as student success.

Students use design theories, interior materials, building codes, cost analysis, and both hand and computer-aided drafting to develop and prepare functional and innovative designs for residential and commercial projects. On-campus studios foster an engaging environment where creative problem solving is emphasized. Students participate in cross-disciplinary collaboration with peers in architecture, graphic design, and other construction sciences majors. This holistic, career-based approach prepares the student to be a productive, successful professional.

Interior Design is a four-year Bachelor of Science degree program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

Credential Earned: BS
Length of Program: 4 years (8 semesters)
Classes Offered: Day
Available Starts: Fall Semester
Accreditation: CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation)
  • Global Context - Interior designers have a global view and consider social, cultural, economic, and ecological contexts in all aspects of their work.
  • Collaboration - Interior designers collaborate and also participate in interdisciplinary teams.
  • Business Practices and Professionalism - Interior designers understand the principles and processes that define the profession and the value of interior design to society.
  • Human-Centered Design - Interior designers apply knowledge of human experience and behavior to designing the built environment.
  • Design Process - Interior designers employ all aspects of the design process to creatively solve a design problem.
  • Communication - Interior designers are effective communicators.
  • History - Interior designers apply knowledge of history of interiors, architecture, decorative arts, art, and related theories when solving design problems.
  • Design Elements and Principles - Interior designers apply elements and principles of design.
  • Light and Color - Interior designers apply the principles and theories of light and color effectively in relation to environmental impact and human well-being.
  • Products and Materials - Interior designers complete design solutions that integrate furnishings, products, materials, and finishes.
  • Environmental Systems and Comfort - Interior designers use the principles of acoustics, thermal comfort, and indoor air quality in relation to environmental impact and human well-being.
  • Construction - Interior designers understand interior construction and its interrelationship with base building construction and systems.
  • Regulations and Guidelines - Interior designers apply laws, codes, standards, and guidelines that impact human experience of interior spaces. 
General Requirements
ARTS1000Introduction to Drawing3
Communications Elective3
Natural Sciences/Mathematics Elective3
Social Sciences Elective3
General Electives18
Technical Requirements
IDSN1101Studio Design5
IDSN1102Composition Lab 13
IDSN1103Color Lab3
IDSN1201Studio Mixed Use5
IDSN1202Composition Lab 23
IDSN1203Materials Lab3
IDSN2101Studio Commercial5
IDSN2102Design Lab3
IDSN2103Universal Lab3
IDSN2201Studio Housing5
IDSN2202Lighting Lab3
IDSN2203Evidence Lab3
IDSN3101Studio Healthcare5
IDSN3102IDSN History3
IDSN3103Detailing Lab3
IDSN3201Studio Hospitality5
IDSN3202Composition Lab 33
IDSN3203Global Lab3
IDSN4101Studio Research5
IDSN4102Furniture Lab3
IDSN4201Studio Capstone5
IDSN4202Industry Lab3
Technical Elective (Choose eight courses):
IDSN1501Design Explorations8
or IDSN1502 3D Concepts
or IDSN1503 Land By Design
or IDSN1504 Learning Beyond
or IDSN1505 Surface Design
or IDSN1506 Community Connect
or IDSN3501 Custom Detailing
or IDSN3502 Dissecting Space
or IDSN3503 History in Depth
or IDSN3504 Biomimicry
or IDSN3505 Design & Health
or IDSN3506 Design Psychology
Total Credits120

The following sample academic plan demonstrates how a student's schedule might look on a semester-by-semester basis, including elective courses. Your actual degree plan may differ from this sequence, depending on whether you start in the fall or spring semester, what transfer credits you may have (if any), and which Arts & Sciences courses and electives you take and when you take them.

The sample academic plan is for informational purposes only. To determine your academic plan, please meet with an academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
IDSN1101 Studio Design 5
IDSN1102 Composition Lab 1 3
IDSN1103 Color Lab 3
IDSN Elective 1
ARTS1000 Introduction to Drawing 3
 Total Credits15
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
IDSN1201 Studio Mixed Use 5
IDSN1202 Composition Lab 2 3
IDSN1203 Materials Lab 3
IDSN Elective 1
Communications Elective 3
 Total Credits15
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
IDSN2101 Studio Commercial 5
IDSN2102 Design Lab 3
IDSN2103 Universal Lab 3
IDSN Elective 1
Social Sciences Elective 3
 Total Credits15
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
IDSN2201 Studio Housing 5
IDSN2202 Lighting Lab 3
IDSN2203 Evidence Lab 3
IDSN Elective 1
Natural Science/Mathematics Elective 3
 Total Credits15
Plan of Study Grid
Third Year
IDSN3101 Studio Healthcare 5
IDSN3102 IDSN History 3
IDSN3103 Detailing Lab 3
IDSN Elective 1
General Elective 3
 Total Credits15
Plan of Study Grid
Third Year
IDSN3201 Studio Hospitality 5
IDSN3202 Composition Lab 3 3
IDSN3203 Global Lab 3
IDSN Elective 1
General Elective 3
 Total Credits15
Plan of Study Grid
Fourth Year
IDSN4101 Studio Research 5
IDSN4102 Furniture Lab 3
IDSN Elective 1
General Elective 6
 Total Credits15
Plan of Study Grid
Fourth Year
IDSN4201 Studio Capstone 5
IDSN4202 Industry Lab 3
IDSN Elective 1
General Elective 6
 Total Credits15


IDSN1101 | Studio Design | Lec/Studio (5 Credits)

Introduction to the tools, techniques, and principles of architectural drafting through hand and computer-aided methods. Communicate design intent with emphasis on interior working drawings through a small commercial studio.

IDSN1102 | Composition Lab 1 | Lec/Lab (3 Credits)

Introduction to the tools for design and graphic communication. Create diagrams that support quick 2D and 3D ideation using various methods and techniques.

IDSN1103 | Color Lab | Lec/Lab (3 Credits)

Create color compositions that explore ideas of hue, value, saturation, and color harmony, using traditional media. Explore and research the psychology and symbolism of color, cultural relationships to color, and effects of lighting.

IDSN1201 | Studio Mixed Use | Lec/Studio (5 Credits)

Practice the design process and how to communicate design intent through a small mixed-use studio project. Emphasis is placed on programming, space planning, presentation methods, and project communication techniques.

Prerequisite(s): IDSN1101

IDSN1202 | Composition Lab 2 | Lec/Lab (3 Credits)

Introduction to digital tools for application in design and graphic layout. Continue to explore ideas of presentation and visual communication.

IDSN1203 | Materials Lab | Lec/Lab (3 Credits)

Analyze materials and textiles for durability, ease of use, life-cycle cost, sustainability, safety, and other performance criteria. Specify appropriate finishes and textiles for a variety of uses.

IDSN1501 | Design Explorations | Seminar (1 Credit)

Develop expressive designs, using observation and imagination, to explore environment, culture, and meaning.

IDSN1502 | 3D Concepts | Seminar (1 Credit)

Introduction to critical thinking methods as they relate to creative problem solving, using basic elements and principles of design. Explore the design process to create visual responses to abstract concepts.

IDSN1503 | Land By Design | Seminar (1 Credit)

Explore ideas related to design and the landscape. Discover how designers interact with and impact our natural environment.

IDSN1504 | Learning Beyond | Seminar (1 Credit)

Explore various learning opportunities beyond the classroom; includes an introduction to educational possibilities for life beyond the college experience.

IDSN1505 | Surface Design | Seminar (1 Credit)

Explore pattern design, color manipulation, and embellishment to create dynamic surfaces using a variety of techniques.

IDSN1506 | Community Connect | Seminar (1 Credit)

Develop professional growth skills by connecting to the greater design community.

IDSN2101 | Studio Commercial | Lec/Studio (5 Credits)

Develop design skills while cultivating empathy through a commercial studio project for an underserved community. Collaborate in concept, programming, space planning, and schematic design. Emphasis is placed on addressing client, universal design, and wayfinding.

Prerequisite(s): IDSN1201

IDSN2102 | Design Lab | Lec/Lab (3 Credits)

Introduction to Building Information Modeling (BIM) concepts, practices, and drafting techniques. Create a virtual architectural model that will aid in the creation of construction documents and design presentation.

IDSN2103 | Universal Lab | Lec/Lab (3 Credits)

Examine the history and application of federal, state, and municipal codes, standards, and accessibility guidelines with an emphasis on life safety and universal design.

IDSN2201 | Studio Housing | Lec/Studio (5 Credits)

Develop design skills while exploring evidence-based design through a multi-housing studio project. Emphasis is placed on code application, prototypes, and detailing.

Prerequisite(s): IDSN2102

IDSN2202 | Lighting Lab | Lec/Lab (3 Credits)

Use design factors and strategies to create quality interior illumination. Emphasis is placed on function, specification, and environmental application.

IDSN2203 | Evidence Lab | Lec/Lab (3 Credits)

Gather appropriate research and analyze data to address a design problem. Demonstrate best practices for information communication.

IDSN3101 | Studio Healthcare | Lec/Studio (5 Credits)

Develop best practices around health, safety, wellbeing, and comfort through a healthcare studio project. Collaborate in the execution of the design process. Emphasis is placed on performance requirements and fostering community.

Prerequisite(s): IDSN2102

IDSN3102 | IDSN History | Lec/Lab (3 Credits)

Explore the global history of architecture, interiors, and decorative arts focusing on social, cultural, environmental, and economic factors.

IDSN3103 | Detailing Lab | Lec/Lab (3 Credits)

Explore, in-depth, the art of interior detailing, specification, fabrication, and installation.

IDSN3201 | Studio Hospitality | Lec/Studio (5 Credits)

Strengthen conceptual skills while considering historical precedent through a hospitality studio project, Collaborate in the execution of the design process. Emphasis is placed on advanced digital tools, volumetric expression, custom detailing, and guest experience.

Prerequisite(s): IDSN2102

IDSN3202 | Composition Lab 3 | Lec/Lab (3 Credits)

Create a media package exploring personal branding for professional growth. Focus on visual communication and design impact.

IDSN3203 | Global Lab | Lec/Lab (3 Credits)

Explore ideas of interior design in a global context. Gain knowledge of globalization, inclusivity, and cultural awareness through research and experimentation.

IDSN3501 | Custom Detailing | Seminar (1 Credit)

Complete an installation from concept through documentation to fabrication.

IDSN3502 | Dissecting Space | Seminar (1 Credit)

Explore space and theory around a specific typology.

IDSN3503 | History in Depth | Seminar (1 Credit)

Examine a particular aspect of history (period, region, or designer) and apply to design practice.

IDSN3504 | Biomimicry | Seminar (1 Credit)

Solve design problems based on nature's wisdom and biological blueprints.

IDSN3505 | Design & Health | Seminar (1 Credit)

Explore the relationship between the natural and built environments through the context of sustainable design.

IDSN3506 | Design Psychology | Seminar (1 Credit)

Examine mind and behavior through a design lens.

IDSN4101 | Studio Research | Lec/Studio (5 Credits)

Conduct an in-depth analysis, and synthesize information through a studio research project. Develop a comprehensive design brief used to guide further design solutions. Emphasis is placed on application of evidence-based design.

Prerequisite(s): IDSN2101, IDSN2201, IDSN3101, And IDSN3201

IDSN4102 | Furniture Lab | Lec/Lab (3 Credits)

Explore aesthetic and functional issues related to the creation of custom, freestanding furniture.

IDSN4201 | Studio Capstone | Lec/Studio (5 Credits)

Synthesize findings, through the continuation of studio research, to develop a comprehensive design project. Emphasis is placed on execution of design brief into a design solution.

Prerequisite(s): IDSN4101

IDSN4202 | Industry Lab | Lec/Lab (3 Credits)

Examine, in-depth, project management and business practices using industry standards.

ARTS1000 | Introduction to Drawing | Lecture (3 Credits)

Analyze basic drawing concepts and techniques through demonstrations, discussions, critiques, slide lectures, and the use of a sketchbook. Work from observation using line, tone and other elements of art to solve spatial, compositional and light problems to accurately render the illusion of 3-dimensional form on a 2-dimensional surface.

General Education: Humanities