This Master of Science, specialization in Interior Design degree program prepares individuals for leadership roles in developing theory and applying it to 21st century interior environments. Ranked 6th in the nation by DesignIntelligence magazine, the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s interior design graduate program is one of the best programs for preparing students for real-world success. The program was ranked by design professionals at more than 200 U.S. firms who make hiring decisions and performance evaluations of recent architecture and design graduates.
Students will gain research and theory-based problem-solving skills needed to address the increased complexity of interior built environments. Combining previous education, practical experience and scholarly inquiry, students will create new knowledge to advance the discipline and meet their career goals.The program is for graduates of an interior design program. The courses are taught by award-winning faculty with real-world experience and are offered completely online.
University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.
Undergraduate degree in architecture, interior design, or a closely related field
(Only required if English is not your native language)
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
|Advanced Lighting Design||3|
Course Number: ARCH 835
Lec 1, lab 4. Prereq: ARCH 333 or IDES 335 or by permission. Translation of physical measurements of sensory stimuli into architectural-spatial relationships with respect to artificial and natural illumination; advanced lighting theories and techniques through lecture, discussion, simulation, and direct application to spatial design/development.
|Architecture History & Theory II||3|
Course Number: ARCH 841
Lec 3. Prereq: For students in the professional program: formal acceptance into the architecture program by faculty or permission Selected aspects of the history and theory of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century architecture emphasizing the intellectual impact and material expression of cultural change.
Course Number: ARCH 842
Lec 3. Prereq: For students in the professional program: formal acceptance into the architectural program by faculty or permission. Selected aspects of contemporary architectural theory and design from the mid-twentieth century to the present emphasizing the diversity of current thought and practice.
|Architecture, Society, and Culture II||3|
Course Number: ARCH 846
Prereq: ARCH 542/842 or permission Theory and criticism in architecture since 1945 as they relate to contemporary American society and culture, with reference to those parallel in other humanities disciplines, including arts, linguistics, literary criticism, and philosophy.
|Housing Issues in Contemporary Society||2|
Course Number: ARCH 857
Prereq: Permission Survey of social, psychological, political and economic research regarding housing in today’s global economy. Focus on how the research can impact the practice of design at the interior and architectural as well as the community and regional planning scale.
Course Number: ARCH 863
Lec 3. Introduction to the principles, processes, and practice of architectural preservation and the conservation of historic districts.
Course Number: ARCH 897
|Design Evaluation and Research||3|
Course Number: ARCH/IDES 885
Research Methods in Architecture and Interior Design (IDES *885) Research methods employed by the diverse specializations within the disciplines of architecture and interior design. Methods which contribute to a theoretical and informational body of knowledge as well as those contributing directly to design application.
|Introduction to Planning||3|
Course Number: CRPL 800
Lec. Field of community and regional planning is introduced in relation to the history of cities, urbanization, and regionalization. Origins and evolution of American urban and regional planning practice. The planning process as a response to social, political, physical, and economic factors is analyzed. Community comprehensive planning process, plan implementation, and functionalareas of planning.
Course Number: IDES 847
Survey of the architectural traditions of the African continent, from pre-historic times to the present day. Buildings - famous and typical- theories, and approaches that are appropriate to the specific cultural environments.
|Behavioral and Social Factors in Environmental Design Behavior||3|
Course Number: IDES 856
(Arch 556/856) Prereq: Permission Survey of theory, methods, research and findings from the social and behavioral sciences as they relate to architectural design, interior design, and regional and community planning. Application of principles to architectural and interiors programs, designs, and the planning process.
|The Changing Workplace||3|
Course Number: IDES 858
Prereq: Permission Survey of theory, methods, research and findings from the social and behavioral sciences as they relate to architectural design, interior design, and regional and community planning. Application of principles to architectural and interiors programs, designs, and the planning process. Cross-listed as ARCH 558/858
|Design Problems in the Interior Built Environment||3 - 6|
Course Number: IDES 870
Design Problems with the Interior Built Environment - As a primary vehicle for design education, studio teaching is a critical component of any design program. This course explores strategies for teaching and learning directly related to studio education.
|Women in Design||3|
Course Number: IDES 881
Prereq: Admission to the BSAS program or permissionIntensive study of particular historical and contemporary contributions by women to the design professions related to the built environment. Evaluation of design work by and about women seen in their aesthetic and intellectual context. Examinations of the roles and values of women in design and their impact on the assumptions and issues currently held by the profession
|Color in the Built Environment||3|
Course Number: IDES 882
Lec 3. Prereq: Admission to the third year in architecture or interior design program; or permission Advanced color theories and their application to the Built environment.
|Domesticity and Power in the Colonial World||3|
Course Number: IDES 883
Lec 3. Prereq: Permission Colonial architecture as a world-wide phenomenon. Re-examines the relationship between architecture, politics, and ethical values. The colonial domestic sphere are viewed as a counterpoint to the public arena.
|Material Culture: the Social Life of Things||3|
Course Number: IDES 884
Lec 3. Prereq: Permission Theories and practices of material culture. History and interior design--and indeed the broad category of humanity itself--through the lens of material objects.
|Evolving Issues in Interior Design||3|
Course Number: IDES 886
Lec 3. Prereq: Admission to the BSD ProgramEvolving issues in interior design. Contemporary and controversial issues designed to articulate and frame parameters in a manner that encourages depth of thought. The nuances of the field and practice of interior design and its relationship to the allied design disciplines.
|Teaching Strategies for Design||3|
Course Number: IDES 891
Course Number: IDES 891
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
Service you expect from leading University
Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.