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FAQs

Interior Design Program Frequently Asked Questions

What is interior design?Interior Design Class
When does the term start for the interior design program?
Is there a portfolio review?
What laptop/software will I need for my coursework?
I have an associate or bachelor's degree in another field. Can I transfer my current credits toward this degree?
Will I be able to obtain my professional license with a B.F.A. in Interior Design from Belmont University?
What is NCIDQ?
What is CIDA and why is it important?
How can I use a B.F.A. degree in Interior Design?


What is interior design?

Interior design is the balance of art and science to understanding people’s behavior creating functional spaces within the built environment.

Interior design is NOT decorating, although decorating can be a part of interior design. Designers can decorate, but decorators cannot design. Interior design is the sculpting of space three dimensionally, not just the selection of applied finishes, materials, and furniture. Interior designers ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public and any user of space.

Areas of study include:             

  • Commercial and residential design
  • Space Planning
  • Innovative and creative design solutions
  • Critical thinking methods
  • Hand drafting, drawing, and rendering
  • Computer-aided Drafting and other technological programs
  • Materials and finishes
  • Furniture
  • Model Making
  • Design History
  • Lighting
  • Sustainability
  • Electrical, plumbing, and mechanical
  • Ergonomics and Anthropometrics
  • Universal design
  • Functionality

 


When does the term start for the interior design program?

Students may begin the interior design program in the Fall or Spring term. Check Belmont University’s Admissions website for a complete listing of dates and deadlines to apply and enroll.

 


Is there a portfolio review?

There is currently no portfolio review requirement for admission to the O’More School of Design programs.

 


What laptop/software will I need for my coursework?

Students who enroll in the O’More School of Design Interior Design program are encouraged to bring a laptop (preferably a PC) for use in and outside of the classroom. Software needed for coursework includes Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD (Free Version of AutoCAD 2014 software, downloadable from www.autodesk.com), Sketch Up (Free Version of Sketch up 2014 software downloadable from www.sketchup.com), and Revit.  Most architectural software is designed for PCs, not Macs.

 


I have an associate or bachelor's degree in another field. Can I transfer my current credits toward this degree?

We have many students who hold associate or bachelor’s degrees prior to enrolling in a program within the O’More School of Design. All credits from a previously earned associate or bachelor's degree program will be evaluated on an individual basis by the Office of the Registrar and applied as appropriate toward the B.F.A. degree.

While credits earned from previous coursework may be transferred in, it is important to note that earning a B.F.A. in Interior Design in the O’More School of Design will likely take 7-8 semesters as studio courses must be taken sequentially and the curriculum is planned as a four-year degree program.

 


Will I be able to obtain my professional license with a B.F.A. in Interior Design from Belmont University?

Yes! Students who graduate from the O’More School of Design Interior Design program and complete the requisite work experience are able to sit for the NCIDQ examination and licensure.

 


What is NCIDQ?

National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Certification is the industry's recognized indicator of proficiency in interior design principles and a designer's commitment to the profession. Professional interior designers who possess the NCIDQ Certification have distinguished themselves by demonstrating a specific set of core competencies, supported by verified work experience and a college degree. NCIDQ Certification is required for the practice of many types of interior design in regulated jurisdictions throughout North America and enables designers to easily validate their knowledge, experience and skill to employers and clients alike.

Upon completion of the Interior Design program in the O’More School of Design and requisite years of work experience, graduates are eligible to take the NCIDQ examination for state licensure.

 


What is CIDA and why is it important?

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for over 150 interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. In order to receive accreditation through CIDA, an interior design program must meet a set of high academic standards and maintain those standards through a rigorous process of program self-evaluation and peer review.

Attending a CIDA-accredited interior design program ensures that you are receiving a quality education that will prepare you for entry into the profession upon graduation and lay the foundation for your future growth as an interior design professional.

The O’More School of Design’s interior design program has maintained CIDA accreditation (formerly known as FIDER) since 1984.

 


How can I use a B.F.A. degree in Interior Design?

Graduates of the O’More School of Design Interior Design program are equipped for careers as commercial designers (retail, corporate, schools, and churches), hospitality designers (hotels, restaurants, and spas), residential designers, furniture and product designers, product representatives, project managers, and educators. Recent B.F.A. graduates from the Interior Design program at the O’More School of Design have landed positions for reputable companies such as Narofsky Architecture and de la Torre Design Studio in New York City, Branca and Kara Mann Design in Chicago, Hines & Company at the Washington Design Center in Washington, D.C., Princess Cruises Design in California, Sixthriver and Link Architecture in Austin, Phoenix Design One in Tempe, Arizona,  Lovelace Interiors in Destin, Florida, Balongue Design in Pennsylvania, the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and Hastings Architecture, McAlpine Booth and Ferrier, Pfeffer Torrode Architects, 3Form, Earl Swensson and Associates, Gresham Smith and Partners, R. Higgins Interiors, and many more in Nashville.

Our interior design graduates are also entrepreneurs starting successful businesses including K7 Interior Design, The Spark Board, SPATIAL, Hopkins by Design, Modern Remains, SW Design Group, Interior Anthology, Lilly Gianikas Interior Design, Sanctuary South, Paige Williams Interior Design, and so many more!