Curriculum: Interior Design, B.F.A.

See Curriculum for Interior Design, B.F.A. / Management, M.B.A.

Discovery Core

Foundations Credits:
FCWR 101 Writing I: Foundations of College Composition1 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: WRIT 100 or Writing Placement Exam

A course introducing students to the fundamentals of college composition. Topics include writing process, rhetorical strategies, basics of critical reading and thinking, analytical writing, and argumentative writing. This course serves as a foundation to prepare students to succeed in other academic writing contexts. Coursework includes a computer lab component.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
FCWR 151 Writing II: Foundations of Research Writing1 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: FCWR 101 or WRIT 101

Further development of the academic writing, critical thinking, and analytical reading skills taught in Writing I. An introduction to academic discourse in the four core seminar areas: literature, social sciences, behavioral sciences, and philosophy. Development of library skills leading to a documented research paper.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
FCSP 105 Foundations of Speech Communication 3
Study of the fundamentals of verbal communication including public speaking, interpersonal communication, and small group interaction. Training in methods of obtaining and organizing materials and ideas for effective verbal communication.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
FCSC 101 Foundations of Scientific Process 3
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the big ideas of different scientific disciplines, and is grounded in the scientific process. The course focuses on interdisciplinary aspects, the scientific process, and it is writing intensive, interactive and relevant.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
FCIQ 101 Foundations of Inquiry 3
This course introduces you to the fundamentals of critical thinking. Topics include an overview of the research methods in various academic disciplines, reasoning, constructing an argument, and evaluating information. This course serves as a foundation for your continued development of critical thinking skills in other core classes, your major program coursework, and your personal and professional life.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
FCWR 303 Communication for Art and Design 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Take one course in each group: Group 1 (FCWR 101 or FCWR 111 or WRIT 101 or WRIT 111) and Group 2 (FCWR 151 or FCWR 161 or WRIT 151 or WRIT 161)

Building on courses taken in their majors, students will learn and apply concepts of effective written and oral communication appropriate for careers in art, design, and architecture. In addition to forms appropriate to the business world, such as memos, letters, reports, proposals, and job application materials, students will learn strategies for writing career-specific forms such as project descriptions, design briefs, and marketing correspondence. Students will engage in both primary and secondary research, work collaboratively, and deliver oral presentations using visual aids and/or presentation software. Course work includes a computer lab component.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    Total: 18 Credits
[1] Non-native English speakers take FCWR 111 instead of FCWR 101, and FCWR 161 instead of FCWR 151.
 
Seminars Credits:
ICLT 3XX Literature choice 3
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ICPH 3XX Philosophy choice 3
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ICBS 3XX Behavioral Science choice 3
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ICSS 3XX Social Science choice 3
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    Total: 12 Credits
 
Math and Science Credits:
MATH 115 Introductory Concepts of Mathematics 3
A course on selected topics in mathematics for students of the humanities, especially in communication arts. Topics include: graphs, matrices, elements of linear programming, finite probabilities, introduction to statistics. Applications to real-life situations are emphasized. The place of these topics in the history of mathematics is outlined.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
Science choice 3
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    Total: 6 Credits
 

Major Requirements

Architecture/Interior Design Credits:
AAID 101 Design Fundamentals I 5
Co-Requisite: Co-requisite: AAID 140. Only declared Architecture or Interior Design majors can register for this course. All others require permission from the department chairperson.

Architectonics studies the nature of architectural and design ideas directly through medium of space. Mass-void modeling explores part transformation, figure-ground, etc. and is the basis of planimetric, axonometric, perspective and graphic studies.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-5-5
AAID 140 Visualization I 3
The course focuses on three areas simultaneously: technical drawing, graphic and fine arts, and an introduction to computer applications in architecture and design. It includes descriptive geometry, art composition, mediums and techniques, analysis and theory of fine art, and computer software application. The course assists the production of the required Design Studio portfolio.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
AAID 160 Introduction to History, Theory, and Criticism in Architecture and Design 3
The course exposes the culture of architecture and design in order to acquire conceptual and language tools specific to the realm of architecture and design. It is thematic and topical rather than chronological and discusses theory, methodology, technology, construction, building equipment systems, and other fine arts and related fields.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
AAID 240 Visualization II 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: AAID 101 and AAID 140

Continuation of AAID 140 introducing basic CAD skills and architectural drawing as it pertains to producing drawings of buildings and interiors. Auto CAD skills and software, printing and plotting hardware are taught. The application of these combined with other visual presentation techniques are explored in relation to the design process and presentation. The course supports the design studio.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-2-3
    Total: 14 Credits
 
Architecture Credits:
ARCH 325 Environmental Systems II 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: AAID 240 and one course in each group: Group 1 (ARCH 202 or DSGN 202 or DSGN 203), Group 2 (ARCH 324 or DSGN 221.)

The course introduces students to the fundamentals of electrical design: single and multiphase circuits, apparent and real power, grid distribution and redundant switching; characteristics of electrical distribution systems, computation of electrical loads, theory and design of wiring systems, electrical service and controls and the study of the electrical codes. Also included are architectural design criteria for the installation of vertical transportation fire, electrical, building systems and codes requirements as well as illumination theory, fixture types and design of lighting systems. The course also involves elementary acoustic design. Students learn and evaluate the many ways buildings incorporate electrical power, and cooling systems. Beyond understanding the basic physics of a system, the student is expected to understand the impact of these systems on an architectural project.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
 
Interior Design Credits:
DSGN 102 Interior Environments I 4
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: AAID 101, Corequisite: AAID 240

Course provides basic overview of spatial design from 2D perception to 3D understanding of space. Introduction of basic design principles from program analysis to design of small to medium scale spaces. Overview of design process from initial Conceptual Ideation thru Schematic Phase, both graphically, verbally and in written form; Including organizational color theory, composition of space and orthographic projection. Emphasis on process of developing dominant idea that informs the design execution. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 2-5-4

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-5-4
DSGN 160 Design Theory: History and Context 3
This course explores basic eastern and western design elements, principles, and theory while referencing historical precedent. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 3-0-3

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
DSGN 203 Interior Environments II 4
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: DSGN 102

Interior design projects of a more complex nature and scope; residential and commercial environments of a modest scale. Space, modulation, perception, design philosophies, programming, research, sustainability, human behavior, and concept development are components of explorations.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-5-4
DSGN 204 Interior Environments III 4
Prerequisite: Prerequisites: DSGN 203, DSGN 224, and DSGN 242

Commercial, residential, and institutional building ty pes become the vehicle for exploring topics of healthcare and wellness including analysis of functions, human behavior, Universal Design, and the coordination of design elements such as color, furnishings, and textures. Project results demonstrate how the human condition can be transformed by environment. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 2-5-4

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-5-4
DSGN 211 Structures 2
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Take every course from one group: Group 1 (ARCH 102 and DSGN 131) or Group 2 (AAID 102 and AAID 140)

Study of basic construction components, materials, and systems, and their applications for the interior designer.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-2
DSGN 221 Working Drawings 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Take DSGN 211 and one course in this group: AAID 140 or ARCH 140

Emphasizing drafting technique and detailing as it applies to the interior designer. Working drawings are produced with quality, precision and accuracy stressed. The essential elements necessary to communicate the manufacture or building of a project are learned.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
DSGN 224 Material Discoveries 3
Consideration of properties and aesthetic qualities, methods of working with materials and their integral value in realizing an interior design project are key foci in this course. Familiarity with the proper specification of these materials is based on function, sustainability, acoustics, installation, maintenance, thermal comfort, safety, fire rating, barrier free requirements and aesthetics. Materials and mediums that support explorations of design and concept development are also introduced. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 3-1-3

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-1-3
DSGN 232 Color in Space 2
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: DSGN 102

Experiments in the use of color in spatial and environmental design; its effect on scale, balance, form, size, movement, etc. Color and the senses. Color organization and theories. Color and lighting.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-2
DSGN 242 Modeling, Rendering, and Communication I 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: AAID 240 or ARCH 341

Modeling, Rendering and Communication I supports the requirements of the Interior Design studio sequence. It builds upon the introduction of the use of the computer with additional applications and analog types of mixed media as tools for 3D Interior Design representation. The course also offers instruction in introductory digital modeling, rendering, and presentation techniques.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-2-3
DSGN 243 Modeling, Rendering, and Communication II 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: DSGN 242

Modeling, Rendering and Communication II uniquely supports the requirements of the Interior Design studio sequence. It inculcates and extends the use of the computer, with multiple applications and analog types of mixed media as tools for 3D Interior Design representation as well as introducing 4D. The course offers instruction in digital modeling, introductory rendering, animation and presentation document construction. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 3-1-3

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-1-3
DSGN 303 Interior Environments IV 4
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Take DSGN 204, DSGN 221 and DSGN 243

Workplace design with emphasis on contemporary organizational developments supported by research, programing and facility needs. Issues of sustainability, branding, building structure and systems are reinforced.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-5-4
DSGN 304 Furniture Design and Detail Integration 4
Prerequisite: Prerequisites: DSGN 303 or ARCH 301 and DSGN 221 or ARCH 221 Corequisite: DSGN 383

Advanced design course investigating detail, material integration and the design of furniture and custom components. Topics include anthropometrics, ergonomics, branding and working drawing applications. Course emphasis on examining overall process from initial design ideation, through production, implementation and marketing. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 2-5-4

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-5-4
DSGN 362 History of Interiors I 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: AAID 140 or DSGN 131 or DSGN 331

Analysis of the principles which have guided interior and furniture design through the ages- with sketching exercises. The Classical period to 1815.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
DSGN 363 History of Interiors II 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: DSGN 362

A continuation of History of Interiors I, from 1815 to approximately 1925.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
DSGN 370 Lighting Strategies for Interiors 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: DSGN 203 or ARCH 201

The objectives of this course are to give students a working knowledge of the field of lighting and illumination. It will examine lighting as an influential role in the design landscape today. The lecture component will consist of exploration of vocabulary, calculations, and graphic representations of lighting. In the Demonstration and Studio Components, students will gain further knowledge through observation of lighting system and collaborative research projects. Issues of materials science, health concerns, and sustainability relative to lighting strategies will be covered.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-1-3
DSGN 382 Building Codes and Regulations 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: DSGN 204

Using the health, safety and welfare of building occupants as an underlying rationale, this course studies the impact of building codes and regulations as they specifically relate to building interiors. The identification, comprehension and application of codes, in tandem with the different phases of design, construction and occupancy, are stressed. Specific topics include occupancy fire prevention, egress, environmental standards, ADA and Universal Design.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
DSGN 383 Marketing and Branding for Design Disciplines 1
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: DSGN 303, Corequisite: DSGN 304

This course explores marketing and brand management principles and strategies with particular emphasis on how they apply to interior design and its associated interests. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 2-0-1

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-0-1
DSGN 401 Interior Environments V 4
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Take DSGN 304, DSGN 382, and DSGN 370 or DSGN 371 Corequisite: Take DSGN 451

Advanced, more complex problems in interior design. Coordination of design aspects and elements to achieve an integrated, balanced interior. Emphasis is placed upon presentation.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-5-4
DSGN 402 Senior Project in Interior Design 4
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: DSGN 401 and DSGN 451

Final design project in interior design or furniture design, including a written thesis selected by the student with the advice of the faculty. The student will prove the ability to utilize and organize all the aspects of design in the solution of a problem, and to express them in a complete presentation.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-5-4
DSGN 451 Interior Design Thesis Research 2
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: DSGN 304, Corequisite: DSGN 401

This course provides the opportunity to propose, define, research, and develop a thesis topic that will become the basis for design implementation in the subsequent studio DSGN 402. Research methods and various methodologies are all explored. Selection, documentation, and models of the building where design will be realized is also undertaken. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 2-1-2

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 2-1-2
DSGN 483 Interior Design Business and Management 3
Prerequisite: Prerequisites: DSGN 290 and DSGN 303

Explore diverse aspects of business through multiple models of design practices across a global platform. A portion of course will include study of organizations and of the activities of a manager in an organization. Topics will include areas of administration, project management, design, staffing, consultants, and human relations (decision making in teamwork and conflict management). Financial, legal, ethical, and best practices for a sustainable business, both entrepreneurial and corporate will be covered. For an interior design student on the 4+1 track, successful completion of this course (B or higher) will be in lieu of MGMT 501. Classroom Hours- Laboratory and/or Studio Hours- Course Credits: 3-0-3

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 3-0-3
    Total: 65 Credits
 
Fine Arts Credits:
ARTW 101 Drawing I 3
An introduction to perspective and figure drawing in which a variety of techniques are used.

Classroom Hours - Laboratory and/or Studio Hours – Course Credits: 1-3-3
 
Electives Credits:
Consult with advisor on any elective choices 9
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Total Required Credits = 130