Indiana University-Bloomington - Bloomington, IN | Indiana Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

Indiana University-Bloomington

School Summary
107 South Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812) 855-4848
Degree Type:
Less than one year certificate; One but less than two years certificate; Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Postbaccalaureate certificate; Master's degree; Doctor's degree - research/scholarship; Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus Setting:
City: Small
Campus Housing:

About Indiana University-Bloomington

The city of Bloomington, Indiana is the home to Indiana University's main campus. Bloomington is home to several professional theater companies including Broadway Entertainment Company and Cardinal Stage Company. Bloomington also has several community and amateur theaters such as Monroe County Civic Theater, and the John Waldron Arts Center. The community performing arts center is the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, locally known as the Indiana Theater. It is one of the busiest community theaters in the United States, presenting and average of more than 260 public performances each year. Bloomington hosts many annual festivals including Arts Fair on the Square, Bloomington Early Music Festival, Fourth Street Arts and Crafts Festival, Lotus World Music and Arts Festival, and the Pride Film Festival. The city is also home to a large folk punk music scene.

Indiana University Bloomington is a public, four-year comprehensive research university. Established in 1820, it is the original and largest campus of the Indiana University system. Indiana's state government founded IU as the State Seminary. Building construction began in 1822, and classes were offered beginning in 1824. The first class graduated in 1830. The General Assembly changed the school's name to Indiana College in 1828. In 1838 the legislature changed the school's name for a final time to Indiana University. Indiana University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

Within IU's college of arts and sciences is the department of apparel merchandising and interior design. The design studies group within this department offers a four-year BS degree in interior design. The first two years of the program consist of a design studies core curriculum, followed by two years of professional design coursework including specialized studios that emphasize professional interior design. Core courses include beginning interior design, interior design studios, architectural theories and concepts, basic AutoCAD for interior design, design methods, and materials and components of interior design. Students must participate in a portfolio review in which a portfolio of design work is presented to faculty members upon completion of the second year of study before progressing into the professional studies portion of the program. Interior design studies specialization courses include architectural, interior, and furniture design studies, lighting interior spaces, professional practices in interior design, and additional interior design studio courses. Required elective courses for this program include design studies form and function and advanced CAD applications for interior design.

Also within the department is the retail design and merchandising group, offering a four-year BS degree in retail design and merchandising. The program aims to provide a rigorous academic experience in which students study every aspect of the retail cycle, including customer analysis and profiling, sourcing, product design and development, manufacturing, visual and store merchandising, brand concepting, sales and service strategies, and end-user applications. Required courses include an introduction to apparel and textiles, apparel industries, textiles, apparel manufacturing and quality analysis, principles of merchandising apparel, retail marketing management, and an internship. Students are also required to complete electives including brand management and advertising, product development, CAD for apparel merchandising, aesthetics of dress, an apparel industry field seminar and entrepreneurship, and global sourcing.

In addition to this degree program, the department offers a certificate in fashion design as part of completing the bachelor's degree and in addition to completing the requirements for a major. The certificate program in fashion design is for students seeking to combine the studio arts of fashion with a major in a related area. The certificate program requires completion of 27 credit hours in three categories of coursework: fashion design and construction; drawing and portfolio; and theory and history. The certificate program begins each fall, admitting only 24 students in any one year. Courses include fashion design conceptualization and interpretation, experimental apparel structure, tailoring, and creative apparel design studios in pattern drafting, shape and foundation, and accessories.

Students wishing to be considered for scholarships at IU must first be admitted to the university. Some scholarships are based solely on academic merit, and others take additional factors into consideration. Some are awarded based on automatic evaluation of the application for admission, and some require additional application materials. There are a variety of different types of scholarships that students can receive at Indiana University. The five primary categories of scholarships for incoming freshmen are automatic academic scholarships, selective scholarships, National Scholar Program scholarships, nomination scholarships, and financial need and merit-based awards.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,