B.A. Interior Design
Interior Design involves the creation of functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces and experiences in our buildings and places dealing with small and large-scale projects and installations – from single family homes and model apartments to retail, office, hospitality and health care applications.
- It is the mission of the Interior Design program to provide students the opportunity to participate in the design, development and implementation of creative and technical solutions for a variety of interior environments in which all people exist and function.
- The program offers coursework that synthesizes design history and theory, structural and technical systems, legal, ethical, and economic frameworks for professional practice along with the social, cultural and environmental context of the built environment.
- Students will deal with Interior Design in the context of the architectural and engineering environments in which their anticipated projects reside.
- The program prepares students to fully utilize 21st century technology, specifically information technology and digital media, in the process and products of Interior Design.
- An additional and critical goal of the program is the preparation of students to work in maintaining the health, safety and welfare of the public by understanding and adhering to building and life safety codes, having an awareness of ergonomics, universal design, and ADA requirements, and becoming knowledgeable about environmentally responsible building practices and materials. And, as designers, we want everything to look good.
- Ability to conceive and design for interior spaces, incorporating knowledge and skills.
- Understanding the basic principles of design and color in two and three dimensions, particularly with regard to human response and behavior. Design principles include, but are not limited to, an understanding of basic visual elements, principles of organization and expression and design problem solving.
- Ability to apply design and color principles in a wide variety of residential and non-residential projects. This requires an in-depth knowledge of the aesthetic and functional properties of structure and surface, space and scale, materials, furniture, artifacts, textiles, lighting, acoustics, heating and cooling systems, air quality systems, and the ability to research and solve problems creatively in ways that pertain to the function, quality and effect of specific interior programs.
- Understanding of the technical issues of human factors and basic elements of human behavior, including areas such as programming, environmental control systems, anthropometrics, ergonomics, proxemics, wayfinding, sustainability, universal design, and design for the physically and mentally challenged. In making design decisions, the ability to integrate human-behavior and human-factor considerations with project goals and design elements.
- Knowledge of the technical aspects of construction and building systems, and energy conservation, as well as working knowledge of applicable legal codes, contract documents, specifications protocols, schedules and regulations related to construction, environmental systems, accessibility, human health and safety, and the ability to apply such knowledge appropriately in specific design projects.
- Ability to hear, understand and communicate to the broad range of professionals and clients involved or potentially involved in the concepts and requirements of Interior Design projects. Such communication involves verbal, written and representational media in both two and three dimensions and encompasses a range from initial sketch to finished design. Capabilities with technical tools, conventions of rendering and representation, global measuring systems, and systems of projection, including perspective, are essential.
- Acquisition of collaborative skills and the ability to work effectively in interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary teams.
- Functional knowledge of the history of art, architecture, decorative arts and Interior Design, including but not limited to the influences of work and ideas on the evolution of Interior Design practice.
- Functional knowledge of professional design practices and processes, including but not limited to professional and ethical behaviors and intellectual property issues such as patents, trademarks and copyrights.
- Functional knowledge of basic business practices including, but not limited to entrepreneurship, marketing, accounting and manufacturing; and basic practices associated with the overall business of interior design such as ethics, intellectual property, labor issues, and decisions associated with ecological and social responsibility and sustainability.
- The ability to gather information, conduct research and apply research and analysis to design projects. Familiarity with research theories and methodologies related to or concerned with Interior Design is essential.
- Development of a commitment to lifelong learning and active engagement in professional communities.
View the CurriculumCourse listing and prerequisites
Alcala, Jose M.
Industrial Design Program Coord, Univ. Lecturer
Bess, Mark Edwin
Brothers, David A.
Interior Design Program Coordinator
Schwartz, Mathew L.
Wendell, Augustus E.
Coordinator of Digital Design
Director, School of Art + Design; Professor
Von Koenig, Gretchen A.
Harp, Cleveland J.
Penalba Estebanez, Ana
Garcia Figueroa, Julio C.
Cays, John M.
Associate Dean for Academics