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CONTACT INFORMATION: 211 Human Sciences Building, 1301 Akron Ave.
Box 41220, Lubbock, TX 79409-1220
T 806.742.3050, F 806.742.1639, www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/dod

About the Program

The department supervises the following degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Interior Design
  • Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design and Manufacturing
  • Master of Science in Environmental Design
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Interior and Environmental Design

The Bachelor of Interior Design and Bachelor of Science in Apparel and Design Manufacturing degree programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Bachelor of Interior Design degree program is also accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

Mission. The Department of Design provides the highest standards of excellence in higher education in the fields of environmental design, apparel design and manufacturing, and interior design while contributing to new knowledge in these areas through meaningful research and community outreach.


Undergraduate Program

Bachelor of Science in Apparel Design and Manufacturing.

This program offers a comprehensive curriculum that prepares students for entry-level positions in the apparel industry or for continued study in graduate schools. The curriculum emphasizes creativity, technical skills, knowledge of textiles, apparel product management, custom design for individual consumers, and design for mass production.

Students participate in extracurricular activities that provide additional learning opportunities, including Hi-Tech Fashion Group, Fashion Tours of major fashion centers, two yearly design competitions, a Senior Fashion Exhibit, and a runway show.

Laptop Computer Requirement. All incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to have a laptop computer.

Senior Portfolio Review. During the spring semester of the senior year, students are required to present a portfolio to be reviewed by a jury of apparel design professionals. If a “conditional evaluation” is received, the recommendations of the jury must be met prior to graduation.

Program Policies. A minimum grade of C is required in all art and apparel design and manufacturing courses. In addition, students must be registered in ADM 4000 or 4310 to enter the Fashion Group International design competitions in the junior or senior years. One design competition must be entered during the junior or senior years to meet program requirements.

Student Projects Policy. The Department of Design reserves the right to retain, exhibit, and reproduce design projects submitted by students. Work submitted for a grade is the property of the department and remains such until it is returned to the student.

 

Bachelor of Interior Design

Accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, the Bachelor of Interior Design program provides a sound curriculum that prepares individuals as entry-level interior designers. The curriculum also may serve as preparation for continued study in graduate schools offering advanced degrees in interior design or related areas.

Students participate in a wide range of design experiences: lectures, studios, seminars, group presentations and discussions, professional critiques, field trips, and field experiences. The interior design program has limited enrollment and emphasizes practical application of multidisciplinary principles to residential and nonresidential interior environments.

Sophomore Portfolio Review. At the end of the third semester, sophomores submit a portfolio with representative work from specific studio courses (ARCH 1341, 2342, ID 1382, 2380, 2383). A consensus of opinion by the faculty is required for determining recommendations for the student. Prior to being admitted to ID 3385, students who received “conditional” evaluations must have met the recommended conditions identified by the reviewers.

Laptop Computer Requirement. All incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to have a laptop computer. Minimum specifications can be found at www.depts.ttu.edu/hs/dod/computer.php.
Senior Portfolio Review. During the senior year and while enrolled in ID 4104, students are required to present a portfolio to be reviewed by a jury of design professionals. This experience provides the student practice in critically evaluating, organizing, and presenting work.

Student Projects Policy. The Department of Design reserves the right to retain, exhibit, and reproduce design projects submitted by students. Work submitted for a grade is the property of the department and remains such until it is returned to the student.

Admission Requirements. For admission to the interior design program, freshmen must meet assured admission requirements and transfer students must have at least a 2.7 GPA.

Undergraduate Minors

Students from other departments may minor in interior design by completing 18 hours of selected coursework or in apparel design and manufacturing by completing 27 hours of selected coursework. Courses for the minor should be finalized and approved in conjunction with the student’s major and minor advisors.

Students in the Department of Design may pursue a minor in art history, studio art, fine arts photography, general business or architecture. Depending on their choice of minor, students are required to consult with an advisor from the respective program to complete a Minor Approval Form.

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Graduate Program

Admission into the master’s and doctoral programs requires submission of the following:

  • Grade point average
  • Copies of official transcripts
  • A statement of intent including current research interests
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A design portfolio
  • A resume
  • TOEFEL scores for international students
  • GRE scores

The master’s and doctoral degrees are research- and studio-based programs; students entering without undergraduate degrees in interior design or architecture are advised that the graduate programs in the Department of Design do not prepare students for professional practice. Students who wish to practice as interior designers should enroll in the CIDA-accredited Bachelors of Interior Design degree program offered by the Department of Design.

To obtain departmental procedures and guidelines, students should contact the director of graduate programs or refer to http://course.ttu.edu/hs-DesignGrad/.

Master's Program

The Master of Science in Environmental Design encompasses two options: (1) M.S. thesis option and (2) M.S. non-thesis option. In the M.S. thesis option, students are required to defend the thesis based on original research and using applied research paradigms. In the M.S. non-thesis option, students are required to write a report on emerging design trends. The master’s degree in environmental design (thesis and non-thesis options) requires a minimum of 37 hours, including thesis/report. Successful completion of the environmental design master’s degree increases the student’s ability to positively contribute to the advancement of interior and environmental design research.

Doctoral Program

The Doctor of Philosophy in Interior and Environmental Design requires a minimum of 67 semester hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor’s degree, exclusive of credit for the dissertation. Students develop their program of study in consultation with a graduate advisory committee. Leveling coursework may be required. Following completion of all coursework, a qualifying examination for admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree will be conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Graduate School.

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Course Descriptions

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Faculty

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Sharran F. Parkinson, Ph.D., Chairperson

Professors: ParkinsonAssociate Professors: Collier, Khan, Pati, Shin
Assistant Professors: Gaines, Robinson
Instructors: Anderson, Haynie
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