This multidisciplinary, highly structured program focuses on state-of-the-art methods to prepare students to enter the interior design profession. The program has been accredited by CIDA (the Council for Interior Design Accreditation) since 1992, along with 150 others nationwide and in Canada. The curriculum emphasizes collaboration and the creative application of technology as students examine the relationship between artistic, behavioral, and technical factors in the design of responsive physical environments.
Students develop their knowledge in a range of subject areas including aesthetics, building systems and technologies, communication, environmental psychology, history, materials, and regulatory codes. They learn to investigate the unique characteristics of specific clients, sites, and projects. They become agile in their thinking and design processes to tackle challenging spatial problems and realize novel solutions.
The interior design curriculum expands on the foundation of the liberal arts education, encouraging students to engage in research, critical thinking, and skilled communication. Coursework asks them to make connections between different contemporary and interdisciplinary issues to help see themselves as designers within an evolving global landscape.
In this program, you work with faculty who come from a wide range of design disciplines and possess diverse experience in the fields of interior design, architecture, landscape architecture, fine arts, graphic design, lighting design, and information design.
You gain broad understanding of 3-dimensional design principles, space planning, and the history of interior, architectural, and furniture design. You also acquire skills with the latest digital drafting software to illustrate your concepts and solutions for projects examining the whole spectrum of human activity. Examples include business and commercial establishments (offices and stores), places for recreation and hospitality (hotels, restaurants, resorts), health and cultural institutions (hospitals, schools, libraries, theaters, museums, places of worship), and residential interiors.