Interior Design


Interior designers plan, design, and detail elements of interior space. Our Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Interior Design emphasizes a three-dimensional approach to creating humane, enabling, and ecologically sensitive interior environments for living, working, and recreation. The program is singled out for its emphasis on concept generation and creative problem solving.

Within this professional, architecturally oriented program, students learn to design interiors for residential, commercial, public, and special purpose uses. They will develop computer-aided design techniques and presentation skills. At the upper levels, projects involve working for actual community and corporate organizations. Art and design studios enhance the student’s ability to think creatively.

The degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design requires full time attendance for three years including a two-month practical experience. A total of 103 credits are required. A minimum of half of these credits is common with the Architecture major. The program is built using a balanced structure of course categories, core and elective, that include in addition to university requirements and art and design foundation (ADF), design studios (0), the technical category (1), the history and theory category (2), the design tools category (3), the technical systems category (4) and the professional category (5).

Theoretical knowledge is covered by lectures in theory of design, the history of furniture and interiors, interior design technology and professional practice. Design and graphic communication skills are developed in studio where design projects and exercises allow students to put their theoretical foundation into practice. Elective courses from within the major and the faculty as a whole can be pursued towards a variety of directions including specific and advanced topics in interior design, computer aided design, furniture design, Islamic design and material studies.

Curriculum for (BFA)

University Requirements

Course # Course Name cr.
ARAB 201 Introduction to Arabic Language 3
COMP 201 Computer Applications 3
CS 201 Cultural Studies I 3
GHN 201 General Health and Nutrition 3
ENG 201 Academic English 3
5 courses Subtotal: 15


Art and Design Foundation Requirements

Course # Course Name cr.
ADF 100 Basic Design 3
ADF 101 Space-Form Design 4
ADF 111 Freehand Drawing 3
ADF 112 Perception & Communication I 3
ADF 113 Perception & Communication II 2
ADF 114 Color in Design 3
ADF 121 History of Art 3
ADF 215 Photography I 3
ADF 335 Portfolio Presentation 2
ENG 202 Advanced Academic English 3
9 courses Subtotal: 29


Major Requirements

Course # Course Name cr.
INT 202 Interior Design I 4
INT 203 Interior Design II 4
INT 304 Interior Design III 4
INT 305 Final Project 6
INT 316 Wood and Metal Shop 2
INT 221 Interiors and Furniture I 3
INT 222 Interiors and Furniture II 3
ARC 231 Computer Aided Design I 3
ARC 232 Computer Aided Design II 3
INT 333 Interior Design Execution Drawings 3
INT 241 Interior Design Technology I 3
INT 242 Interior Design Technology II 3
ARC 347 Building Services I 3
INT 351 Interior Design Internship 1
ARC 556 Business Practice for Building Design 2
15 courses Subtotal: 47


FAD Major Electives

Three approved courses of 3 credits each from Interior Design electives or from other majors within FAD. A student can choose to concentrate on one particular area.

Electives in Interior Design are subject to change as different electives may be introduced every term:

Course # Course Name cr.
ADF 012 Principles of Architecture 3
ADF 013 Sketching 3
ADF 014 Model Making 3
ADF 015 Design Thinking 3
INT 021 Contemporary Interiors 3
INT 022 The Poetics of Space 3
INT 031 Smart Interiors 3
INT 041 Lighting Design 3
INT 042 Advanced Retail Interiors 3
INT 043 Stage Design 3
3 courses Subtotal: 9


Free Electives

One approved course of 3 credits from other faculties at CityU.

Examples of a free electives are:

Course # Course Name cr.
PDS 201 Personal Development Skills 3
PDS 202 Advanced Personal Development Skills 3
CS 201 Cultural Studies II 3
SOC 201 Sociology 3
PSY 201 Psychology 3
MGT 201 Principles of Management 3
MUS 201 Music 3
1 course Subtotal: 3
34 courses