BSHES in Architectural Studies with Emphasis in Interior Design

Degree Program Description

The Interior Design emphasis is a four-year, professional baccalaureate program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Curriculum incorporates signature characteristics of interior design such as furniture, fixtures and equipment, color, and interior materiality. Its purpose is to improve quality of life and protect human health, safety, and welfare through the design of the interior environment. The program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice in a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied to achieve the interior environment.

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Major Program Requirements


Students complete University of Missouri general education coursework and professional Interior design coursework in the following content areas: basic creative development, design planning and analysis, design communication, technical knowledge, history of art/architecture/interiors, business, and design theory.

Studio Description

It is the design studio setting where learning by doing is experienced and realized. The studio is a collaborative and cooperative learning environment emphasizing personal intellectual development as well as content learning. Course work includes six studios and coursework centering on the synthesis of functional, technological, social, aesthetic and symbolic attributes of interior design that support human needs and their aspirations.

We emphasize a quest for artistic beauty, use, and techniques based on precision, truthfulness and sincerity. We believe that good design bonds among the pleasure of beauty, stimulation of the mind, and reasoned adaptation to existing conditions. In the studio, students address life’s complexities and contradictions in order to create physical interior spaces that surpass their visual compositions, creating magical mediating structures that evoke in the act of occupying and inhabiting matter, gravity and light to enhance life.

Solving practical problems, studio experiences emphasize: recognizing the contextual relationship of the setting, the building, and its systems to the interior; understanding of regulations that govern professional practice; researching users’ needs; applying historical precedent; demonstrating technical knowledge in communicating ideas; developing business and professional skills; and creating responsible environmental design solutions.

Application for Professional Program

After completing the three required classes of drafting, visual design, and drawing during the Freshman year, students apply for admission to the studio sequence required for all undergraduate professional programs. Applications are made at the end of the spring semester of the Freshman year for permission to enroll in Studio I. The application form with deadlines is available at the department's web site.

Degree Requirements

Basic Creative Development9
ARCHST 1100Visual Design3
ARCHST 2315Introduction to Building Systems Laboratory1
ARCHST 2316Advanced Building Systems Lab2
ARCHST 3100Color and Light3
Design Planning and Analysis27
ARCHST 2811Studio I4
ARCHST 3182Studio II4
ARCHST 3860Human Factors Programming3
ARCHST 4813Interiors Studio III4
ARCHST 4814Interiors Studio IV4
ARCHST 4815Construction Documents and Building Information Modeling Studio4
ARCHST 4860Programming for Thesis Design Studio1
ARCHST 4990Thesis Design Studio4
Design Communication12
ART_DRAW 1050Drawing I3
ARCHST 1200Architectural Drafting and Working Drawings3
ARCHST 2230Design Communication I3
ARCHST 3230Advanced Design Communication Using BIM3
Technical Knowledge15
ARCHST 2220Introduction to CAD3
ARCHST 2310Building Systems3
ARCHST 2323Sustainable Building Design Fundamentals3
ARCHST 4320Materials, Methods and Products3
ARCHST 4323Sustainable Technologies and Systems3
ARCHST 4333Compliance and Specifications3
History of Art, Architecture and Interiors9
ARCHST 4430Guiding Design with Historic Preservation3
ARCHST 4435History of the Designed Environment to 17503
ARCHST 4440Design Precedents: Architecture, Interiors and Furniture since the Industrial Revolution3
ARCHST 4710Design Business Practices3
Design Theory12
ARCHST 1600Fundamentals of Environmental Design3
ARCHST 2100Understanding Architecture and the American City3
ARCHST 2620People, Places and Design3
ARCHST 3600Environmental Analysis3
Electives - to equal 125 credit minimum total for the program

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
GN_HES 11001ARCHST 16003
ARCHST 11003ARCHST 23151
ARCHST 12003ARCHST 26203
ARCHST 21003ART_DRAW 10503
ENGLSH 10003MATH 11003
American History or Government (also Soc/Beh Sci)3Physical/Biological/Math Science3
 16 16
Second Year
ARCHST 22203ARCHST 22303
ARCHST 23103ARCHST 2323 (course will not be active until Spring 2017)3
ARCHST 23162ARCHST 31003
ARCHST 28114ARCHST 31824
ARCHST 44303ARCHST 38603
 15 16
Third Year
ARCHST 32303ARCHST 43233
ARCHST 36003ARCHST 43333
ARCHST 43203ARCHST 44403
ARCHST 44353ARCHST 48144
ARCHST 48134HES Foundation3
 16 16
Fourth Year
ARCHST 47103ARCHST 49904
ARCHST 48154HES Foundation3
ARCHST 48601Electives8
 15 15
Total Credits: 125

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students who have attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by logging in to myZou and navigating to Self Service, then Student Center, and clicking on “Request Degree Audit.” The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.

MU students who have NOT attended since August 2007 can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

For newly admitted or prospective students, MU degree audits can be created at Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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