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Interior Design (B.F.A.)

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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:

  • ART 110 - Visualization provides all incoming first-year students exposure to various full-time faculty from different art and design disciplines.  The course focuses on the development of critical thinking and provides a foundational basis for all of the B.F.A. majors.
  • Advanced studios in Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, and Studio Arts including Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Clay Sculpture, and Illustration, as well as studio electives that allow for exploration in a variety of 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 arts.

Academic Standards

All Department of Visual Art majors (including Academic Exploration students who wish to enter the BFA program at the end of their first two semesters 24-30 credits), must maintain a major grade point average of a 2.75 in all art, design and art history courses for the duration of their time in the BFA program.  Students must receive a grade of “C-” or higher in all art courses required for their major.

All studio art coruses must be taken on the Albany campus.  Art courses offered on the Troy campus do not fulfill studio requirements for the B.F.A. degree.

Program Description


This program is designed for students planning to pursue a professional career in Interior Design and gives each student the foundation to build an outstanding 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 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 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 individual 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 Design, beginning their sophomore year, are required to have their own laptop computer. For details and the latest information, go to:

B.F.A. Interior Design Four Year Degree Plan

 NOTE! The four year plan below must be followed with courses taken in sequence in order to graduate in a timely manner.  Students work with their academic advisor in the Department of Visual Arts before signing up for courses for each semester.

Semester 3 - Fall : 15 credits

Semester 4 - Spring : 15 credits

Semester 5 - Fall : 15 credits

Semester 6 - Spring : 15 credits

Semester 7 - Fall : 15 credits

Semester 8 - Spring : 15 credits

Total Credits for Graduation: 120

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