Interior Design

Courses

100 Level

  • INDS 101 Introduction to Interior Design
     

    INDS 101

    Introduction to Interior Design
    An introduction to the profession of interior design, this course provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the role of the interior designer and the scope of the profession. Lectures, discussions, problem-solving and design application allow the student to explore interior design as both a creative process and a profession. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.
  • INDS 102 Form, Space and Order
     

    INDS 102

    Form, Space and Order
    This course cultivates the ability to develop creative abstract design thinking and translate it into the three-dimensional composition of space and form with a system of formal architectural ordering. The course cultivates design process tools such as diagramming, drawing and model making through a series of design explorations, including abstract ideation, physical embodiment, architectural composition and precedent analysis exercises. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 115.
  • INDS 110 Interior Design Studio I
     

    INDS 110

    Interior Design Studio I
    This course, the first in a series of five interior design studio experiences, introduces students to basic interior design principles, theory and conceptual processes. The emphasis is on creating small-scale environments based on the interaction of the individual with the environment. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 115, INDS 102.

200 Level

  • INDS 204 Rendering for the Interior
     

    INDS 204

    Rendering for the Interior
    This course covers the exploration, development of technique and application of rendering skills for architectural interiors and exteriors, furnishings, accessories and details through a variety of media including pen and ink, color pencil and markers. Emphasis is placed on material simulation and delineation techniques. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101.
  • INDS 209 Interior Materials
     

    INDS 209

    Interior Materials
    This course presents a broad study of interior finishes and furnishings. The specification, composition, construction and application/usability of finishes and furnishings are covered. Lectures, demonstrations, projects and field trips promote the development of design ideas related to materials as well as sustainable materials and finishes. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 115.
  • INDS 210 Interior Design Studio II
     

    INDS 210

    Interior Design Studio II
    This studio course continues the study of interior design through research, analysis, programming, conceptualization and design of the interior environment. Projects include exercises in spatial organization, anthropometrics and circulation on an increasingly complex scale. Emphasis is placed on design for populations with special needs, such as children, the elderly, the disabled and the economically disadvantaged. Mandatory portfolio review and assessment occur at the conclusion of this course. Prerequisite(s): ELDS 225, INDS 110.
  • INDS 211 History of Interior Design
     

    INDS 211

    History of Interior Design
    This course offers a comprehensive and concise compendium of the history of interiors from antiquity to present with reference to interiors as a social art, responsive to historical and cultural influences. Design theories and philosophies are explored in reference to their influence on interiors along with the complexity and intricacies of the sensory relationship of humans with interior space over time. Prerequisite(s): ARLH 206, ARLH 208.
  • INDS 220 Building Construction and Systems for the Interior
     

    INDS 220

    Building Construction and Systems for the Interior
    This course provides an introduction to interior building materials and systems. The course promotes an understanding of the various constructed assemblies, both structural and nonstructural, which, when combined, form complete buildings. Functional and environmental considerations about building technology systems, and the role of interior designers in improving the quality of the built environment, are also covered. Emphasis on the necessary partnership of building technology experts, architects, interior designers, engineers and clients is integral to the course. Prerequisite(s): INDS 110.

300 Level

  • INDS 302 Lighting for the Interior
     

    INDS 302

    Lighting for the Interior
    This course explores the use of lighting as a design element in the interior environment. Basics of electricity and electrical distribution systems, function, use and control of light, lighting fixtures, and lighting installation are topics for lecture and discussion. Through demonstrations in the lighting lab, luminaries and lamps are compared with regard to glare, light distribution, intensity, color, color rendition, energy effectiveness and cost. Prerequisite(s): INDS 110.
  • INDS 304 Analytical Design Sketching
     

    INDS 304

    Analytical Design Sketching
    This course focuses on creative conceptual thinking and investigative rapid visual analysis. The students in this course investigate a variety of design objects from architecture to furniture through a combination of conceptual analysis, diagramming and sketching. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 115.
  • INDS 305 Conceptual Detailing for Interior Design
     

    INDS 305

    Conceptual Detailing for Interior Design
    This course provides an investigation of innovative interior design detailing. As new building materials come to market, the ability to assess, manipulate and design innovative details becomes crucial for the effective integration of design concepts. Students explore the cultural and symbolic meaning of tectonic connections in the built environment. Emphasis is placed on the physical joining and manipulation of traditional and emerging materials through detailed drawings and models for the interior and micro-environments. Prerequisite(s): INDS 220.
  • INDS 320 Interior Design Studio III
     

    INDS 320

    Interior Design Studio III
    Communication of the design intent through construction documentation is the focus of this studio course. With an emphasis on constructability and integration of electrical, mechanical and code requirements, assigned projects expand student understanding, application and communication of lighting, color, materials, technology and structure through construction documents and specifications. Prerequisite(s): INDS 210.
  • INDS 321 Interior and Exterior Illustration
     

    INDS 321

    Interior and Exterior Illustration
    This course covers the exploration, development of technique and the application of sighted perspective drawings of architectural interiors and exteriors, furnishings, accessories and details. Employing a variety of media, students produce work to support and enhance portfolio presentation. Emphasis is placed on aesthetic concerns. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 115.
  • INDS 322 Human Responses to the Built Environment
     

    INDS 322

    Human Responses to the Built Environment
    This course examines the interactions of social, behavioral, cultural and technological dimensions of the built environment. Through lectures, discussion and research projects, students are expected to explore the theoretical, historical and scientific context of the built environment, as they develop and increase their level of environmental awareness. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 110.
  • INDS 350 Interior Design Studio IV
     

    INDS 350

    Interior Design Studio IV
    This studio course provides a collaborative and multidisciplinary structure for the exploration and application of human-centric design methodology in interior environments. Prerequisite(s): INDS 320.

400 Level

  • INDS 401 Healthcare Design Studio
     

    INDS 401

    Healthcare Design Studio
    This studio-based course provides for the advanced study of the interior design process for specialized interior environments. Emphasis is placed on the design process utilized for specially designed interior projects incorporating a high level of complexity. Design projects may include a healthcare, hospitality or institutional focus. Prerequisite(s): INDS 209, INDS 220, INDS 350.
  • INDS 405 Portfolio Preparation
     

    INDS 405

    Portfolio Preparation
    This course provides the opportunity for interior design students to develop a professional working portfolio. Emphasis is placed on organizing a strong body of work, focused on a specific area of expertise dictated by the students’ individual career goals. Presentation options are explored, examined and executed. Prerequisite(s): INDS 320.
  • INDS 413 Professional Practices in Interior Design
     

    INDS 413

    Professional Practices in Interior Design
    This course presents the professionalism and ethics of interior design. Design practice, public and client relations, administration and procedures, and social responsibilities are discussed. Professional qualifications and organizations are covered, and students set personal goals for achievement in the profession. Prerequisite(s): INDS 320.
  • INDS 470 Interior Design Studio V
     

    INDS 470

    Interior Design Studio V
    As the first part of a capstone project, students in this course advance their design skills to meet the challenge of a complex project. Selecting both client and project, students complete an in-depth precedent study, code and building analysis, user assessment, programming, conceptualization, and presentation. Design research methods, innovation, code compliance, sustainability and acoustical comfort are key issues that are addressed. Prerequisite(s): INDS 350.
  • INDS 480 Interior Design Studio VI
     

    INDS 480

    Interior Design Studio VI
    This course is the second part of a capstone project. Emphasis is on individual competence in interior design development and specification. Students develop the project selected in Studio V, with a focus on choosing, refining and effectively communicating design intent. Prerequisite(s): INDS 470.
  • INDS 496 Special Topics in Interior Design
     

    INDS 496

    Special Topics in Interior Design
    The topic of this course varies from quarter to quarter. Each seminar focuses on various issues in the field of interior design and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.

500 Level

  • INDS 502 Technical Foundation for Interior Design
     

    INDS 502

    Technical Foundation for Interior Design
    This course serves as a comprehensive overview of the technical requirements of interior design projects. It emphasizes the critical nature of codes, interior building systems and construction, lighting, interior materials and sustainability as fundamental components of the interior built environment. Course content includes the introduction and application of LEED requirements, custom interior detailing and CSI specifications.
  • INDS 503 Design Visualization, Communication and Documentation
     

    INDS 503

    Design Visualization, Communication and Documentation
    This course reinforces the graphic, technical and digital representation skills and techniques utilized within graduate-level study of interior design. Projects and assignments inform students of the importance of managing and communicating design data, construction documentation and interior detailing. Students explore alternative digital presentation methodologies through various software interfaces.
  • INDS 504 Interior Design Studio Applications
     

    INDS 504

    Interior Design Studio Applications
    This course is a precursor to the advanced study of interior design in a studio setting, emphasizing individual competence in the total design process. Projects are structured to emphasize the individual phases of design and culminate in a multi-faceted design solution to serve as an assessment tool for gauging success in the graduate program.

700 Level

  • INDS 702 Interior Design Seminar Course is available via eLearning
     

    INDS 702

    Interior Design Seminar
    Course is available via eLearning
    This seminar course introduces students of diverse backgrounds to interior design as an academic discipline and as a profession. Students explore issues that affect interior design, establish personal goals of achievement and begin to develop a personal philosophy of design.
  • INDS 706 Interior Design Theory and Criticism Course is available via eLearning
     

    INDS 706

    Interior Design Theory and Criticism
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course examines the ways in which architects, interior designers and theorists express and conceptualize the spirit of interior design. Readings are drawn from significant work detailing the history of interior design and the role of interior design in the future. Through active participation in discussions, research papers and independent analyses, students are expected to develop skills in analyzing and conceptualizing interior design principles.
  • INDS 708 Graduate Rendering for the Interior
     

    INDS 708

    Graduate Rendering for the Interior
    This course focuses on understanding and applying the underlying principles of graphic presentation and rendering techniques. The course develops hand skills through the application of perspective drawings of architectural interiors and exteriors. The development and refinement of visual presentations permits the designer to clearly and professionally communicate design decisions. Emphasis is on the expression of ideas through freehand graphic documentation.
  • INDS 709 Research Methods for Interior Design Course is available via eLearning
     

    INDS 709

    Research Methods for Interior Design
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course is an introduction to research methods in design, exploration of history of research methods and contemporary applications.
  • INDS 712 Interior Design Studio I
     

    INDS 712

    Interior Design Studio I
    This course begins the advanced study of interior design in a studio setting through the development and execution of strong design ideas. Projects are structured to emphasize the design process: analyzing, programming, conceptualizing, developing and presenting ideas of a medium level of complexity.
  • INDS 714 Interior Design Studio II
     

    INDS 714

    Interior Design Studio II
    This course continues the advanced study of the interior design process through the development and execution of designs for special populations. Projects are structured to emphasize human factors and the design process. Prerequisite(s): INDS 712 or permission of the department chair.
  • INDS 718 Graduate Interior and Exterior Illustration
     

    INDS 718

    Graduate Interior and Exterior Illustration
    Understanding and applying the underlying principles of graphic presentation and rendering techniques are the focus of this course. Students explore communication and promote design ideas through the application of perspective drawings of architectural interiors and exteriors. Emphasis is placed on aesthetic concerns and professional presentation techniques.
  • INDS 721 Emerging Interior Materials Course is available via eLearning
     

    INDS 721

    Emerging Interior Materials
    Course is available via eLearning
    The focus of this course is on emerging materials that have the potential to be applied in interior design. This course presents an exploratory study of technological advances that have generated new interior materials recently introduced in the market and their impact on global sustainability. Sustainable and intelligent structural materials and finishes are covered. The specification, composition, construction and application/usability of these new interior materials are also covered. Group discussions, presentations, projects and field trips promote the development of design ideas related to new materials.
  • INDS 722 Applied Interior Lighting
     

    INDS 722

    Applied Interior Lighting
    This course explores the advanced study of lighting as a design element in the interior environment. Electricity, electrical distribution systems, function, use and control of light, lighting fixtures and lighting installation are covered in lectures, discussion and application. Through demonstrations in the lighting lab, luminaries and lamps are compared with regard to glare, light distribution, intensity, color, color rendition, energy effectiveness and cost. Students utilize manufacturer catalogs, computer programs and lighting equipment to design and construct a lighting fixture.
  • INDS 726 Human Response to the Built Environment Course is available via eLearning
     

    INDS 726

    Human Response to the Built Environment
    Course is available via eLearning
    In this course, the complex interaction and impact of the built environment on human behavior is examined through the context of social, behavioral, cultural and environmental variables. Issues of social and cultural context, gender, health and well-being are examined through environmental factors and characteristics of the built environment such as structure type and use, density, zoning, planning, development and transition, and transportation.
  • INDS 727 Interior Environmental Systems
     

    INDS 727

    Interior Environmental Systems
    This course focuses on building systems that affect interior design as they relate to contemporary issues such as indoor environmental quality and global sustainability. Functional and environmental considerations about building technology systems and the role of interior designers in improving the quality of the built environment are also addressed. Emphasis is placed on the partnership of building technology experts, architects, interior designers and clients that is integral to the course.
  • INDS 730 Effects of Lighting on People and the Interior Environment
     

    INDS 730

    Effects of Lighting on People and the Interior Environment
    With an in-depth exploration of the integration and control of natural and artificial light in the interior environment, students are introduced to a variety of topics in lighting such as codes, color perception, human factors and sustainability. The impact of human interaction with natural and artificial light sources and systems is studied for understanding the effects of light on human physiology. Assignments include analysis papers on case studies, post occupancy evaluations, interior environmental observations and a final critical paper.
  • INDS 734 Directed Specialization I: Research
     

    INDS 734

    Directed Specialization I: Research
    This course begins the advanced study of the interior design process for specialized interior environments. Emphasis is placed on projects of medium-level complexity. Prerequisite(s): INDS 709, INDS 714.
  • INDS 744 Directed Specialization II: Design
     

    INDS 744

    Directed Specialization II: Design
    This course continues the advanced study of the interior design process for specialized interior environments. Emphasis is placed on projects of a high level of complexity. Prerequisite(s): INDS 734.
  • INDS 749 Interior Design M.A. Final Project Course is available via eLearning
     

    INDS 749

    Interior Design M.A. Final Project
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course is dedicated to the development and production of an interior design research project as the culmination of the M.A. degree. Emphasis is placed on an advanced level of complexity and challenge within the research project. Prerequisite(s): INDS 706, INDS 709 and completion of the review for candidacy.
  • INDS 751 Interior Design Studio III
     

    INDS 751

    Interior Design Studio III
    This studio course continues the advanced study of the interior design process through the development and execution of a comprehensive graduate-level design problem. Emphasis is placed on specialized interior environments based on students’ direction and areas of expertise. Prerequisite(s): INDS 714.
  • INDS 752 Interior Design Studio IV
     

    INDS 752

    Interior Design Studio IV
    This studio course continues the advanced study of the interior design process through the design of multifunction interior environments. Emphasis is placed on the human relationship to the interior environment. Projects are structured to require a high degree of complexity. Prerequisite(s): INDS 751 or permission of the department chair.
  • INDS 755 Professional Practices in Interior Design
     

    INDS 755

    Professional Practices in Interior Design
    This course examines the professional aspects of the practice of interior design including office procedures, business law, contracts, letters of agreement, insurance and liability, as well as interaction with employers, clients and consultants. Emphasis is placed on the principles and ethics of design practice. Prerequisite(s): INDS 714.
  • INDS 760 Graduate Interior Design Portfolio
     

    INDS 760

    Graduate Interior Design Portfolio
    This course provides the opportunity for interior design students to develop a professional working portfolio. Emphasis is placed upon organizing a strong body of work focused on a specific area of expertise dictated by the student’s individual career goals. Presentation options are explored, examined and executed.
  • INDS 763 Sustainability and the Interior Environment
     

    INDS 763

    Sustainability and the Interior Environment
    Beginning with an examination of the various factors giving rise to the modern sustainability movement, this course explores how social and environmental sustainability design strategies and technologies may shape the interior environment. Emphasis is placed on the impact of the built interior upon social, environmental and economic factors. Prerequisite(s): INDS 714, INDS 726 or permission of the department chair.
  • INDS 764 Directed Interior Design Seminar
     

    INDS 764

    Directed Interior Design Seminar
    This course examines a selected specialized interior environment through presentations, lectures, projects and discussions with professionals in the selected field of specialization. Throughout the quarter, invited professionals address issues pertinent to the selected field, ranging from design issues to external variables such as economic and social impact. Through active participation in discussions and assignments, students develop a comprehensive understanding of the selected field of specialization.
  • INDS 779F Graduate Field Internship
     

    INDS 779F

    Graduate Field Internship
    Students in this course undertake a field assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
  • INDS 779T Graduate Teaching Internship
     

    INDS 779T

    Graduate Teaching Internship
    Students in this course undertake a teaching assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
  • INDS 780 Special Topics in Interior Design
     

    INDS 780

    Special Topics in Interior Design
    This elective course provides an opportunity for students to focus on particular issues in the field of interior design. Faculty, course content and prerequisites vary each time the course is offered. The course may include lectures, discussions, individual projects and critiques, depending on the nature of the topic.
  • INDS 791 Interior Design Studio V: M.F.A. Thesis I
     

    INDS 791

    Interior Design Studio V: M.F.A. Thesis I
    This studio serves as the first part of a two-studio sequence dedicated to the development and production of an interior design project as the culmination of the M.F.A. course of study. Students are required to develop and submit a programmatic thesis proposal to the thesis committee during the third week of the quarter. Following committee approval, analysis, programming and conceptual design, work begins on the project, with the advice and guidance of faculty. Emphasis is placed on a high degree of complexity and challenge within the design project. Prerequisite(s): INDS 752 and completion of the review for candidacy or permission of the department chair.
  • INDS 792 Interior Design Studio VI: M.F.A. Thesis II
     

    INDS 792

    Interior Design Studio VI: M.F.A. Thesis II
    This studio serves as the second part of a two-studio sequence dedicated to the development and production of a major interior design project as the culmination of the M.F.A. course of study. Students continue the design project through the conventional phases of design development, documentation and presentation. A written research component must accompany the drawings, models and other materials submitted for consideration. Prerequisite(s): INDS 791 and completion of the review for candidacy.