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Interior + Spatial Design (B.F.A.)


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The Interior + Spatial Design program is for students planning to pursue a professional career in Interior + Spatial Design and gives each student the foundation to build a portfolio and launch a successful career in the field. Interior Design majors have the ability to minor in another course of study.

In the Interior + Spatial Design program, sustainable design provides the foundational philosophy through which students examine design problems for a variety of building typologies from residential to commercial design and beyond.

Interior + Spatial Design students learn skills in manual and CAD drafting, space planning, construction methods, the application of sustainable interior materials, lighting, color, textiles, furniture, and interior design elements. AutoCAD technology and 3-D modeling are taught throughout the Interior Design curriculum.

Students are encouraged to develop their own ISDividual approach to visualization and design problem solving, which will enable them to creatively meet their client’s aesthetic and functional needs. Contemporary issues such as  green design, health and life safety codes as well as universal design are emphasized in the program. Technologies taught reflect the most current versions of AutoCAD, 3-D modeling and the Adobe Creative Suite.

All B.F.A. students in Interior + Spatial Design, beginning their sophomore year, are required to have their own laptop computer. For details and the latest information, go to: http://www.sage.edu/art.

Visual Arts Department

The Visual Arts Department of the Sage College of Albany is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).  The B.F.A. curriculum comprises a number of distinct components designed to address a student’s total experience:

  • Advanced studios in Graphic + Media Design, Interior + Spatial Design and Art + Extended Media
  • Senior Capstone I & II and studio courses that focus on a personal direction in the major in preparation for the B.F.A. exhibition.
  • Art history and liberal arts courses that examine the role and relevance of the visual arts historically, socially, and culturally.
  • Students graduate equipped with the necessary skills and portfolio to enter graduate study or begin a career in the art & design.

* Note that the majority of courses listed below are only offered on the Albany campus.


Program Requirements : 84 credits

Complete all of the following:
AEM 101  Drawing I
AEM 105 2-D Studio Techniques
ARH 205 Art History I
ARH 206 Art History II
ARH/ISD 301 History of Architecture & Interior Design
ARH 307 Modern Art & Criticism
AEM/GMD Studio Elective
GMD 217 Imaging I
GMD 225 Time Arts
ISD 101 Studio I
ISD 102 Spatial Design
IND 201 Studio II: Living
IND 202 Studio III: Working
ISD 205 Design Presentation
ISD 210 Materials for Interior & Spatial Applications
ISD 220 Design Technologies I
ISD 221 Design Technologies II
ISD 305 Lighting Fundamentals
ISD 325 Building Systems and Codes
ISD 330 Studio IV: Branded Spaces
ISD 331 Studio V: Social/Environment
ISD 335 Construction Fundamentals
ISD 402 Senior Internship or ART studio course
ISD 405 Senior Capstone I
ISD 406 Senior Capstone II
ISD 407 Portfolio Preparation
ISD 408 Professional Practice
ISD 448 Special Topics


RSC General Education Requirements not fulfilled by Major and Required Supporting Courses: 32 Credits
Elective Courses: 10 Credits

Sage College of Albany General Education Requirements: Literacies of Connection


Suggested Program of Study

To graduate in a timely manner it is recommended that students follow the four year course sequence plan below. Students work with their faculty advisor in the Department of Visual Arts before signing up for courses for each semester.

Year One, Fall : 15 credits
AEM 105 Two-Dimensional Design
AEM 101 Rapid Visualization
GMD 217 Digital Imaging I
HUM 112 Language & Community
ITD 155 Sage Connections

Year One, Spring : 15 credits
ISD 101 ISD Studio I
ISD 102 Spatial Design
GMD 225 Time Arts
ITK 101 iThink 101 Learn
Social Science course

Year Two, Fall : 15 credits
ISD 201 ISD Studio II Living
ISD 205 Design Presentation
ISD 220 Design Technologies I
ARH 205 Art History I
Mathematics course or science course

Year Two, Spring : 15 credits
ISD 202 ISD Studio III: Working
ISD 210 Materials
ISD 221 Design Technologies II
ARH 206 Art History II
Mathematics course or science course

Year Three, Fall : 15 credits
ARH 301/ISD 301 History of Architecture and Interior Design
ISD 305 Lighting Fundamentals
ISD 330 ISD Studio IV: Branded Spaces
ISD 335 Construction Fundamentals
Science general education course

Year Three, Spring : 15 credits
ARH 307 Modern Art & Criticism or Science eneral education course
ISD 325 Building Systems and Codes
ISD 331 Studio V: Social/Environment
ITK 301 iThink 301 Engage
Humanities general education course (COM, ENG, PHL)

Year Four, Fall : 15 credits
ISD 448 Special Topics
ISD 405 Senior Capstone I
ISD 407 Portfolio Preparation
Studio Course
General Elective or general education course

Year Four, Spring : 15 credits
ISD 402 Senior Internship
ISD 406 Senior Capstone II
ISD 408 Professional Practice
General Elective or general education course
General Elective


Degree Completion Notes:
Total credits required for graduation (minimum): 120 credits
Cumulative GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.000
Major GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.200
1/2 of courses required in major must be completed at Sage (minimum)
Completion of General Education Requirements

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