Studies in the interior design programs are organized to focus on the construction and technology of the built environment for a broad range of residential, commercial, and institutional spaces. Programming and problem-solving abilities are developed through two-dimensional visualization techniques and three-dimensional model building. Hand-drawn and computer-generated drawings and documents provide the basis for implementing design solutions. During the first two years of the program, students develop their theoretical understanding of design and their technical drawing skills through courses in architectural drawing, sketching and rendering, construction documents, lighting design, and residential and commercial interior design studios.
During the third and fourth years, students take advanced courses in interior systems, materials, codes, and interior products and specifications; computer aided design (CAD); and history of architecture, interiors, and furniture. Independent studies and internships, as well as interior design studies focused on areas such as kitchen and bath design, office design, hospitality and restaurant design, retail, health care, historic preservation, universal design and sustainability design are also completed during the third and fourth years. Career preparation is developed through a professional practices course and a series of portfolio design and production courses culminating in a senior portfolio.
Through experiential learning projects and field trips, students develop an understanding of the relationship between interior designers and clients, the interaction between interior designers and architects and other specialized professionals, and methods of communication between designers and fabricators. The program’s award-winning student chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers and our affiliations with the design community for internships and job placements provide students with excellent opportunities to network and develop a clear understanding of the profession of interior design.