Today?s professional interior designers enhance the function and quality of interior environments. Their mission, significant in today?s society, is to design spaces that improve the quality of life, protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public, and support increased productivity. The Interior Design Bachelor of Science program offers a well-rounded curriculum strengthened with numerous computer-based courses, preparing graduates to competently meet the current demands of the profession.
Other important topics explored include the areas of universal design, human factors, environmental and sustainable design, business aspects of the profession, and other issues related to the interior design field.
The Interior Design program begins with a foundation in art and design to increase artistic sensitivity. The program emphasizes the areas of drafting, space planning, history of interior design, materials, lighting, and residential and contract/commercial design. Courses cover two-dimensional and three-dimensional computer-aided design, computer rendering, three-dimensional modeling, and architectural detailing/working drawing methods of presenting design ideas and communicating with related professional services. The analysis of client needs and desires to create design solutions that are aesthetically pleasing, functional, and in accordance with building codes and standards, is the essence of the Interior Design program.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates should be able to:
? Apply knowledge of interior design, skills, theories of design, design processes and human behavior to develop creative and meaningful design solutions.
? Identify and solve complex design problems and formulate design solutions that are functional, aesthetic, sustainable and in accordance with applicable codes and industry standards.
? Demonstrate competence in written, oral and fundamental graphic communication as applied to the field of interior design using a variety of presentation methods and media through individual and collaborative means.
? Design individually and collaboratively within the context of buildings systems using appropriate materials and products, and understand how buildings and interior systems, structural conditions, materials, interior detailing as well as environmental factors interact.
? Individually or collaboratively use foundational knowledge of professional, legal, and ethical practices and principles to create design solutions that meet client expectations and that protect the health, welfare and safety of the public.
? Seek entry-level positions in all areas of interior design, including commercial and residential design, facilities design, computer-aided design/drafting, showroom management, exhibit design, specialty design in kitchen and bath, lighting, and product design.
To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design, students must: receive a passing grade or credit for all required coursework; earn a minimum of 180 quarter credits; achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher; meet portfolio or other requirements as outlined by the program; and satisfy all financial obligations to The Art Institutes.