Pre-Interior Design - Preprofessional Program

This four-semester pre-professional program is for the student interested in becoming a professional interior designer. The professional interior designer is a person qualified by education, experience and examination to:

  • identify, research and creatively solve problems pertaining to the function and quality of the interior environment;
  • perform services relative to interior spaces, including programming, design analysis, space planning and aesthetics, using specialized knowledge of interior construction, building systems and components, building codes, equipment, materials and furnishings; and
  • prepare all drawings and documents relative to the design of interior spaces in order to enhance and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

A minimum of 64 semester hours and the completion of the pre-interior design program is required for admission to the UNL interior design program. Preparations for the bachelor of science in design degree program can best be achieved by completing the following UNO courses as a pre-interior design student enrolled in the College of Architecture.

Degree Requirements

First Year

First Semester
IDSG 1404/ARCH 1404Visual Literacy Lab I

4 credits

IDSG 1400/ARCH 1400Visual Literacy Lecture I

1 credit

IDSG 2230/ARCH 2230Computer Applications in Architecture and Interior Design I

3 credits

ENGL 1150/ENGL 1154English Composition I

3 credits

ART 2060Survey of Western Art History II

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

First Year

Second Semester

IDSG 1414/ARCH 1414Visual Literacy Lab II

4 credits

IDSG 1410/ARCH 1410Visual Literacy Lecture II

1 credit

ENGL 1160/ENGL 1164English Composition II

3 credits

IDSG 1060Introduction to Design

3 credits

MATH 1530Introduction to Applied Probability and Statistics

3 credits

ACE #6 Elective

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:17

ACE = Achievement Centered Education. See Architecture College adviser to coordinate University of Nebraska-Lincoln ACE electives.

Second Year

First Semester

IDSG 2100/ARCH 2100Elements of Arch Design I

3 credits

IDSG 2200/ARCH 2200Graphic Communications I

2 credits

ART 3770History of Architecture to 1850

3 credits

Natural Science/w lab

4 credits

ACE #8 or Open

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

ACE = Achievement Centered Education. See Architecture College adviser to coordinate University of Nebraska-Lincoln ACE electives.

Second Year

Second Semester

IDSG 2110Elements of Arch Design II

3 credits

IDSG 2210Graphic Communications II

2 credits

ACE #9 Elective

3 credits

ART 3780History of Architecture Since 1850

3 credits

SPCH 1110Public Speaking Fundamentals

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

ACE = Achievement Centered Education. See Architecture College adviser to coordinate University of Nebraska-Lincoln ACE electives.

Upon successful completion of two years of the pre-professional pre-interior design studies and admission to the College of Architecture, students may apply for admission to the third year of study in interior design and transfer to the UNL campus at the end of their second year.