Course Descriptions

SELECTED INTERIOR DESIGN  COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Number             Title                                  Credit hours/ contact hours 

 

DES 110   Architectural Graphics                              2 / 6
Prerequisites:     None                              

This course introduces basic drafting skills and techniques. Emphasis is placed on the use of drafting equipment, lettering, dimensioning, elevations, sections, construction details, and design standards as related to interior design. Upon completion, students should be able to complete construction documents skillfully using principles of drafting.

 

DES 112   Building Construction Systems                 3 / 3
Prerequisites: DES 110

This course provides an overview of the residential construction process for the interior designer. Emphasis is placed on providing the fundamental knowledge needed by the designer in residential construction basics and methods, including electrical and lighting, plumbing, sustainability, mechanical and ventilation, and the building envelope. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate effective communication required for effective collaboration with architects, engineers, and building contractors.

 

DES 115   Color Theory                                          3 / 4

Prerequisites: None

This course introduces the element of color as a major design factor. Emphasis is placed on the physical, psychological, and other implications of color in design. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of color and its effects on the human environment.

 

DES 120   CAD for Interior Design                           2 / 6

Prerequisites: DES 110

This course introduces basic computer-aided design and drafting skills and techniques within interior design applications. Emphasis is placed on the most common computer commands used in architectural drafting and design to draw, edit, manipulate layers, and create templates. Upon completion, students should be able to use specific computer applications to complete drawings and plot/print.

 

DES 125   Visual Presentation I                                  2 / 6

Prerequisites: None (MAT 070 or higher recommended)

This course introduces visual presentation techniques for communicating ideas. Topics include drawing, perspective drawing, rendering and mixed media. Upon completion, students should be able to present a design concept through graphic media.

 

DES 130   Digital Apps for Interior Design                3 / 5

Prerequisites:     None (Basic computer skills highly recommended)

This course introduces digital applications using current appropriate software and emerging technologies. Emphasis is placed on the operation of computer software in interior design applications. Upon completion, students should be able to use digital media to prepare a design solution.  Focus of this course will be 3D modeling using SketchUP and/or other design software as appropriate.

 

DES 135   Principles & Elements of Design I               4 / 6

Prerequisites: None

This course introduces the basic concepts and terminology of design as they relate to the design profession.  Topics include line, pattern, space, mass, shape, texture, color, unity, variety, rhythm, emphasis, balance, proportion, scale, and function.  Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles covered through hands-on application.

 

DES 210   Professional Practices/Interior Design         2 / 2

Prerequisites: DES 220

This course introduces contemporary business practices for interior design.  Topics include employment skills, business formations, professional associations, preparation of professional contracts and correspondence, and means of compensation.  Upon completion, students should be able to describe the basic business formations and professional associations and compose effective letters and contracts.

 

DES 220   Interior Design Fundamentals                         3 / 7

Prerequisites: DES 110, DES 125, DES 130, DES 135

This course provides an introduction to the application of interior design  principles. Emphasis is placed on spatial relationships, material selections, craftsmanship, and visual presentation techniques. Upon completion, students should be able to apply interior design principles and illustrate design solutions through visual communication.

 

DES 225   Textiles for Interiors                                          3 / 4

Prerequisites:      None

This course includes the study of woven and non-woven fabrics for interiors.  Topics include characteristics of fibers, yarns, weaving, felting, and knitting; processing of leather; and adorning and finishing of interior fabrics.  Upon completion, students should be able to recognize and use correct terminology for upholstery, window treatments, and rugs/carpets with regard to flammability, performance, and durability

 

DES 230   Residential Design I                                         3 / 7

Prerequisites:      DES 220 , DES 112. DES 120, DES 130

This course includes principles of interior design for various residential design solutions.  Emphasis is placed on visual presentation and selection of appropriate styles to meet specifications.  Upon completion, students should be able to complete scaled floorplans, elevations, specifications, color schemes and fabrics, and finishes and furniture selection.

 

DES 231   Residential Design II                                        3 / 7

Prerequisites: DES 230

This course provides advanced projects with a client profile that utilizes the skills developed in DES 230.  Emphasis is placed on a total concept and the presentation of appropriate and creative design solutions.  Upon completion, students should be able to complete a detailed floor plan, space planning, furniture plan, specifications, program schedules, finishes, and detailed window treatments.

 

DES   235 Products                                                           3 / 4

Prerequisites: None

This course provides an overview of interior finishing materials and the selection of quality upholstery and case goods.  Topics include hard and resilient floor coverings; wall coverings and finishes; ceilings, moldings, and furniture construction techniques; and other interior components.  Upon completion, students should be able to recognize and use correct terminology, select appropriate materials for interior surfaces, and choose furniture based on sound construction.

 

DES 240   Commercial and Contract Design I                  3 / 7

Prerequisites: DES 220 , DES 112. DES 120, DES 130

This course introduces commercial/contract design including retail, office, institutional, restaurant, and hospitality design.  Emphasis is placed on ADA requirements, building codes and standards, space planning, and selection of appropriate materials for non-residential interiors.  Upon completion, students should be able to analyze and design introductory non-residential projects using graphic presentation concepts.

 

DES 241   Commercial and Contract Design II                  3 / 7

Prerequisites: DES 240

This course provides an in-depth study of non-residential design exploring more comprehensive design solutions such as health care facilities, furniture gallery design, and large office complexes.  Emphasis is placed on design of commercial interiors and suitability of materials to meet ADA requirements, codes, and standards.  Upon completion, students should be able to design non-residential spaces meeting ADA requirements and select furniture, materials, fabrics, and accessories meeting codes and flammability standards.

 

DES 255   History of Interiors & Furnishings I                   3 / 3

Prerequisites: None

This course covers interiors, exteriors, and furnishings from ancient Egypt through French Neo-Classicism.  Emphasis is placed on vocabulary, chronology, and style recognition.  Upon completion, students should be able to classify and date interior and exterior architecture and furnishings and be conversant with pertinent vocabulary.

 

DES   275 Furniture Design & Construction                        3 / 4

Prerequisites: DES 220, DES 130

This course introduces contemporary furniture design and construction techniques used in custom and handmade furniture building.  Topics include design and manufacturing processes and materials selection for handmade and production, case goods, and upholstery manufacturing.  Upon completion, students should be able to design and describe manufacturing processes used in both case goods and upholstered furniture manufacturing

 

DES 280   Codes & Standards / Interior Design                   3 / 3

Prerequisites: DES 110

This course introduces institutional and residential building codes as they relate to interior design.  Topics include state and federal codes and standards related to physically disadvantaged access, fire codes, space allocation codes, and bathroom facility codes.  Upon completion, students should be able to research and interpret state and federal building codes.