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Interior Design: New Students

Information for New Pre-Interior Design Students

Academic Information

The interior design major is planned as a four-year major because of the need to sequence studio and non-studio major required courses. Major courses are sequenced over eight consecutive semesters (four years).  For students entering pre-interior design spring term, the length of the program is nine (9) semesters because the studio sequence begins in the fall term.

If you are transferring into the program having completed many or all of your liberal education requirements, you may be able to enroll at a reduced credit load in your third and/or fourth year of the program. (Note: If you have completed major-related courses at Dakota County Technical College, please consult your advisor.)

You must enroll in major courses in the order in which they appear on your four-year plan. Note that many of the courses required for the major are offered only once a year, either in fall semester or spring semester.

Be sure to use your four-year plan in conjunction with your APAS report to ensure timely graduation. If you have any questions, your academic advisor is your best information source. Click here to access a tutorial on how to read your APAS report.





Required Registration: Students transferring within the U of M system


You will receive permission numbers for major required courses that you must take fall term 2017.  You must register for the sections you are assigned to.


Permission numbers will be available beginning Monday, April 10, 2017. If you are notified of admission after this date, your academic advisor will email your permission numbers to you. Please allow at least five business days for processing.


Reminder: Queued registration for fall 2017 begins April 13, 2017


U of M- Twin Cities Campus Students: You must pick up permission numbers at the front desk of CDes Student Services in 12 McNeal Hall.  You will need a photo ID to pick up your permission numbers.  Our office is open 8:30 am-4:00pm, Monday through Friday.


Students transferring from U of M system-wide campuses (Duluth, Crookston, etc): If you are unable to pick up your permission numbers in person email your academic advisor to receive your permission numbers.


NOTE: New freshmen and students transferring from outside of the U of M system (including from UMTC's College of Continuing Education) will receive course permission numbers during their orientation session, when they register for courses. 






Academic Advising

Allow approximately two weeks after you have received your admission email to be assigned to your academic advisor. Your adviser's name will appear on your APAS report. After you have been assigned to your academic advisor you can schedule an advising appointment.


Note: Advisors do not make their own appointments. To schedule an advising appointment, please call 612-624-1717 or stop by 12 McNeal Hall.


You are required to have an advising appointment with your CDes academic advisor within your first year in the major.







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Portfolio Review

Portfolio review is a way to evaluate a student's design ability and knowledge of design concepts based on work from the foundation level courses. Portfolio review assures that students have acquired an understanding of essential design knowledge and are prepared to move on to more advanced coursework. Learn more about portfolio review.






Study Abroad

We highly encourage students to consider spending spring term of their junior year abroad or to complete the required internship in London or Sydney the summer between years three and four of the major. Exposure to other cultures is a critical component of every designer’s education.


Students interested in a study away experience should work closely with their CDes academic advisor and the U of M Learning Abroad Center to learn about their options and outline their course of study. Careful program and course planning will help you stay on track for timely graduation.






Student Groups and Professional Organizations

Consider joining a CDes or U of M student organization. Popular options for interior design students include:







Interior design is a demanding major. It requires a serious time commitment for success. Students can expect to spend 40 to 60 hours per week, in and out of class time, working on assignments. Although we recognize that many students need to work to finance their undergraduate education, the interior design faculty strongly recommend that you work no more than 10 hours per week. Maintaining a high GPA is critical for acceptance to finding a job or landing an internship.



Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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