Interior Design Course Description

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INT 202 Space-Form Design (0,8;4 cr.)

A design studio intended for Architecture, Interior Design and Furniture Design students. It focuses on the development of analytical and technical skills for perceiving, understanding and manipulating spatial definitions and relationships within a habitable context. It includes a discussion into the nature of human experience and perception of built form as the basis for design, an examination of the process of design and an introduction into the “vocabulary” of form. Students are called upon to design a series of small-scale projects. Prerequisites: ADF 101

INT 203 Interior Design I (0,8;4 cr.)

This studio will address interior design applications of small to medium scale, emphasizing details, materials, and finishes in realizing a “spatial” idea formally. Reference from contemporary design serves as background while developing a theoretical foundation for design. Exposure to the field of historic preservation, techniques of restoration and adaptive reuse of interior space are also covered. Prerequisites: INT 202

INT 304 Interior Design II (1,8;5 cr.)

This studio will address the application of technology in design through creative detailing of spatial design components, interior furniture and other design fixtures. It will focus on detail as an extension to theoretical tools of conceptualization. Investigations through detailing will normally involve attention to construction techniques, and development of the knowledge of materials and finishes. Prerequisites: INT 203

INT 305 Final Project (2,8;6 cr.)

Synthesizing previously exposed aspects of design, this final studio will provide students with an opportunity to propose and research a personal culminating project based on a critical problematic that addresses contemporary themes in design in relation to both its theoretical and technical aspects as well as its media of representation. Prerequisites: INT 304

ARC 215 Wood and Metal Shop (0,4;2 cr.)

This is a laboratory course for inducting students into the safe operation of hand tools, power tools, stationary machinery, and other equipment for the fabrication and finishing of design models and prototypes. Instructional demonstrations of workshop techniques are followed by “hands- on” student exercises, using a variety of modeling materials, including timber, metals, and plastics. Successful completion of this course is required before students will be allowed to use the Wood and Metal Shop for their design studio projects.

INT 316 Interior Design Execution Drawings (0,6;3 cr.)

In this course students prepare a detailed set of working drawings for the execution of an interior design project, beginning with detailed architectural plans, to electrical and mechanical plans, furniture plans, finishing and construction details, in addition to a basic overview of regional and international design codes. Prerequisites: INT 203

ARC 222 Principles of Design (2,0;2 cr.)

This course is given to design students in architecture, interior design, furniture design and industrial design. It considers design thinking and clarifies the design process linking the stages with established design methodologies. Discussions and assignments address the design journey from image to object, concepts of form, function and context, notions of design constraints, systems and types, and the importance of geometry and grids in design development.

ARC 223 Ancient and Medieval Art & Architecture (3,0;3 cr.)

The course traces the origins and development of architecture, artifacts and urbanism since pre-historic times till the fourteenth century. Products of east and west civilizations are addressed including the Greeks, Romans, Byzantine, Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid, Romanesque, Gothic, Ayyubid and Mamluk. Emphasis is on analytical study of developments, artists and monuments, with less concern in objects and more attention to issues of cultural production, ideology and socio-political significance.

ARC 224 Renaissance and Modern Art & Architecture (3,0;3 cr.)

This course surveys art, architecture and the city from the fourteenth to the twentieth century. It starts with the Renaissance and Baroque in Europe, to the three great empires of the East, the Ottoman, Safavid and Moghul empires emphasizing cultural encounters and contact between East and West. It ends with the tracing of western cultural development between 1760 and 1945 addressing the contributing political, aesthetic, institutional and cultural forces that shaped the Modern period. Prerequisites: ARC 223

ARC 231 Introduction to Computer Aided Design (1,4;3 cr.)

The course addresses space planning and design applications in computer aided design and graphics. Students learn digital tools and techniques to deal with a whole range of applications from conceptual diagrams to detailed representations of objects and spaces. It includes an introduction to 3-D surface and solid modeling and rendering.

INT 332 Interior Design Internship (1,0;1 cr.)

An introduction to professional practice, with introductory lectures that outline basics of job search, application, and practical training, to be accompanied by an eight week practical experience in a professional firm approved by the department.

INT 241 Interior Design Technology I (1,4;3 cr.)

This course gives an overview of the major components of a building (structural systems, envelopes, and foundations). It includes a survey of construction methods and techniques used in exteriors and interiors including wood construction, concrete, concrete block, brick, steel and glass and others.

INT 242 Interior Design Technology II (1,4;3 cr.)

Focusing on interior design applications, this course explores different finishing materials and techniques used in interiors. Attention is given to jointing, relations between different materials, insulation and finishes. Prerequisites: INT

ARC 345 Environmental Systems I (3,0;3 cr.)

The course aims at introducing the art, science and practice of building services engineering to the future architect or interior designer in all aspects of design, installation and maintenance. Included are sources and distribution of water, wastes and energy supplies, application of electrical power, lighting, hydraulics, vertical transport, and. air conditioning, heating and ventilating of buildings.

ARC 554 Business Practice for Building Design (2,0;2 cr.)

The course is an overview of the profession and an introduction to the legal system. It focuses on the client architect / interior designer agreement covering types of building contracts and methods of building procurement, aspects of the law of contract, contract documentation and specification writing techniques, and estimating, feasibilities, cost planning, scheduling, bill of quantities and budgeting.

INT 021 Contemporary Interiors (3,0;3 cr.)

Study of important interior design projects with analysis of their aesthetic concepts and structural innovations. Focus is on contemporary themes and movements in design.

INT 022 The Poetics of Space (3,0;3 cr.)

This is a seminar revolving around the following issue: “A plan proceeds from within to without… The exterior is the result of the interior.” (Le Corbusier). This comment clearly indicates the primacy of the interior as a generator of form—but design theory has historically emphasized buildings’ exterior, not its interior. And this approach, essentially sculptural, has often had less than a beneficial effect on the building’s occupants. That situation is, however, changing, and the interior is increasingly being viewed as the designer’s primary concern.

INT 031 Smart Interiors (3,0;3 cr.)

The course deals with topics like residential and office automation where interactive interior design revolves around smart digital systems of lighting and HVAC control, audio-video, Inter-Telecom, and whole-home management.

INT 041 Lighting Design (2,2;3 cr.)

This is an in-depth course covering basic wiring techniques with different types of light sources, in a workshop setting. Blending these technologies with function, proportion and scale, students will develop and produce a minimum of three different fixtures, based on different bulb types. Current market research will be required, as well as a research project on contemporary modern lighting.

INT 042 Advanced Retail Interiors (3,0;3 cr.)

This course addresses outstanding ideas that are essential to retail design success, examines the changing field of store design and future trends in retail interiors, and presents striking solutions for distinctive stores exploring how design can revolutionize the retail sector.

INT 043 Stage Design (2,2;3 cr.)

Stage designers are responsible for designing stage settings for productions, from single scene dramas where the action takes place in one room, to complex scenery and scene changes required by major productions. They may also become involved in costume design. Stage designers working in television or cinema (set or production designers) may also be expected to identify suitable outside locations for productions. The course exposes students to the above issues and concerns. It focuses on the production of models (including CAD models) that demonstrate the setting of a stage or a location, and on the production of storyboards that show what the set will look like scene by scene.