2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


Interior Design and Fashion Merchandising

The Department of Interior Design and Fashion Merchandising offers the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree with two major options:

  • Interior Design
  • Fashion Merchandising

The Interior Design Program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Pass/No-Credit Policy

Students majoring in the College of Fine Arts may take up to two courses (eight hours maximum) on a P/NC basis. No course applied to the student’s major, minor or associated requirements may be taken on the P/NC basis.

Minimum Grade Requirement

A 2.5 cumulative GPA is required to declare a fashion merchandising or interior design major. To advance to upper-level courses and to graduate as a major in Interior Design or Fashion Merchandising, students must attain a "C" or better in all IDFM courses.

Honors College

Students who are members of the Honors College may pursue Departmental Honors in Interior Design and Fashion Merchandising. See IDFM 30003, IDFM 40003.

First-Year Portfolio Review

While all interested students may declare the interior design major at the first-year level, a mandatory competitive first-year portfolio review occurs during the spring semester. This is a competitive process, and a limited number of students will be selected to continue in the program based on skills demonstrated through their portfolio. Successful passage of the first-year portfolio review is required to continue in the major. Students who do not pass the review may resubmit a portfolio the following academic year.

Laptop Policy

After successful passage of the first-year portfolio review, interior design majors entering their second year will be required to purchase a PC laptop and required software. Details and specifications for the laptop may be found at www.idfm.tcu.edu.

Transfer Policy

Transfer students wishing to apply for the interior design program must submit a comprehensive portfolio to the attention of the Interior Design Program coordinator after they have been accepted to the University. Detailed portfolio requirements, deadlines and procedure are available from the IDFM main office. All portfolio decisions are final. It is the transfer student's responsibility to be aware of and comply with departmental procedure.

Senior Show Policy

All interior design majors are required to participate in a group exhibition of student work during their senior year. One exhibition will take place each spring semester. Students expecting to graduate in May will participate during their final semester. Students whose graduation is expected to be delayed until the following December will participate during the preceding May exhibition.

Retention of Student Work Policy

The Department of Interior Design and Fashion Merchandising reserves the right to photograph, display and exhibit student work in order that a continuing body of work will be available. This policy applies during the completion of a student's undergraduate degree program and for two years following graduation.

Interior Design and Fashion Merchandising Summer Study Programs

Summer study programs in New York City and Paris, France are available to fashion merchandising and interior design majors. The New York Study Program provides a study of the textile, apparel and merchandising industries, and the significance of New York City as an international business center. The Paris, France Program offers exposure to both historic and contemporary fashion, architecture and design as well as cultural trends and influences. Each program offers 3 credit hours of undergraduate credit that applies to the major.

Interior Design and Fashion Merchandising Student Affiliations

Students who demonstrate high scholarship are eligible for membership in the Beta Zeta chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron, a national honor society. Opportunities are available for students to affiliate with student sections of professional organizations, including the American Society of Interior Designers, International Interior Design Association, Illuminating Engineering Society and Fashion Group International.