The Interior Architecture and Design Program develops the artistic, technical, and functional aspects of design while being compliant with life safety codes and standards. A final portfolio is required from all students, as it becomes a vital tool upon entering the profession or graduate school.
Career and Graduate Study Options
Areas of graduate study could include but are not limited to: Master of Interior Design, Architecture, Historic Preservation, Lighting Design, Environmental Design, Furniture Design, Business Administration, International Marketing, and Education.
The professional interior designer is qualified by education, experience, and examination to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces. The Interior Architecture and Design Program prepares students for professional level entrance into the interior design field.
The industry is comprised of establishments primarily engaged in planning, designing, and administering projects in interior spaces to meet the physical and aesthetic needs of people using them, taking into consideration building codes, health and safety regulations, traffic patterns and floor planning, mechanical and electrical needs, and interior fittings and furniture. Interior designers and interior design consultants work in areas such as hospitality design, health care design, institutional design, commercial and corporate design, and residential design. This industry also includes interior decorating consultants engaged exclusively in providing aesthetic services associated with interior spaces. (The United States Office of Personnel Management 2007.)
The program prepares eligibility upon graduation to participate in the national Interior Design Experience Program (IDEP) after completing approximately 2 years of full-time diversified experience in the profession. Students should then take the National Council for Interior Design Qualifications exam (NCIDQ). Upon completion of this three-part exam students, based on where they are living, are required to register with a state licensure board.
The Interior Architecture and Design Program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, (formally known as FIDER). The baccalaureate curriculum combines the techniques of the trade with the depth and breadth of a liberal arts education and includes an extensive thesis project, a traditional portfolio project, and a digital resume, preparing students to work in a global market.
In addition to the All College Curriculum skills and perspective, students who successfully complete this program will have an awareness, understanding and competency in the following areas:
- Theory: including design, architecture, color, spatial composition, environment, sustainable design, planning, and current directions in design;
- Basic creative arts: including two and three dimensional design fundamentals, creative arts and crafts;
- Interior design: including the design process, space planning, furniture selection and layout, and finishing materials;
- Technical knowledge: including technical drawing, laws, codes, standards, interior construction, materials and building systems;
- Communication skills: including technical drawing, laws, codes, standards, construction materials and building systems. Students will communicate effectively through oral, written, and other means; integrating criticism and self assessment tools;
- Knowledge of the profession, and related professions for the purpose of improving the quality of life, increasing productivity, and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public. Students will have the ability to apply techniques to assess data and information for the purpose of drawing conclusions and inferences about phenomena and events;
- History: including a global perspective of culture and interiors, art and architecture, furniture, textiles and accessories;
- Critical Analysis: Information gathering techniques, assessment and research. Students will be able to use critical thinking skills to interpret, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information in order to make a considered judgment. Students will develop strong problem solving skills.
Conditions, Policies, Fees and Provisions
Note: Students are required initially to purchase a kit of materials. Yearly expenditures (excluding book, laboratory and field trip fees) may total from $500 to $1000, depending on student work habits. The School of Design reserves the right to retain work done in classes for CIDA and NASAD accreditation reviews and possible inclusion in the Annual Spring Art Show. Although reasonable care will be exercised in collection and storage of artwork during the show’s duration, Mount Ida College cannot assume any responsibility for damage or missing artwork.
It is required that students who enter the program have a PC laptop computer. Please call the Interior Architecture and Design Department for details on recommended software packages.
Progression in Program:
Progression in Program: Students in the Interior Architecture and Design program must attain a CGPA of 2.0 or higher in all IA courses for continuation in and graduation from the program. A grade of C- or higher must be obtained in core Art Foundation (AR) courses including AR 102, AR 109, AR 112, AR 231, and AR 433.
Before proceeding to the junior year, all students must demonstrate they possess the skill level necessary for advanced studio work in one of the following ways: (1) by having achieved a CGPA of 2.50 or higher; or (2) by passing a portfolio review, obtaining permission of the Department Chair and the Interior Architecture and Design Faculty, and having a minimum CGPA of 2.00.
Senior Internship: If the student does not have the requisite minimum CGPA of 3.00 or higher or does not desire to participate in an internship experience, a substitution course may be selected with approval from the Department Chair.