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Interior Design

The Interior Design program is suitable for anyone with a serious interest in Interior Design. We offer an AA in Interior Studies and a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Interior Design, with many classes of interest to working professionals. The BAA welcomes applications from candidates with AA degrees in Interior Design or related fields. BAA Interior Design Courses are not eligible for tuition waivers.

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INDES 140 Introduction to Interior Design • 5 Cr.

Relates design fundamentals to the study and practice of interior design. Topics include introduction to the elements and principles of design and their application to shaping interior space, design processes and methods, sustainability, the role of interior designers in practice and society, and what students can expect as an Interior Design major. Open to all interested students. Class format includes illustrated lectures, discussions, field learning, and projects.

INDES 169 SketchUp • 3 Cr.

Designed for beginning and intermediate SketchUp Users. Introduces strategies and skills for constructing and managing complex architectural models, as well as presentation methods, including industry-standard visualization plugins.

INDES 171 Interior Design Studio I • 5 Cr.

Students apply the fundamental elements and principles of design to define and organize space and form in two and three dimensions. Through a series of creative exercises, students apply basic spatial design theories and abstract concepts, and learn how to use architectural design tools, techniques, and graphic standards for effective visual communication in the design process. Prerequisite: INDES 140 with a C- (1.7) or better.

INDES 172 Interior Design Studio II • 5 Cr.

Continued development of skills and design processes introduced in INDES 171 Interior Design Studio 2. Students apply design processes and theories to basic interior design projects, as they learn additional graphic tools, techniques, and standards for effective design communication. Prerequisite: INDES 171 with a C- (1.7) or better.

INDES 179 Perspective Drawing • 5 Cr.

Introduction of tools and techniques for illustrative graphic presentation of design ideas and products. Students learn advanced perspective drawing methods and practice simple and rapid illustration techniques in various media including graphite, ink, marker pens and collage.

INDES 194 Special Topics in Interior Design • V1-5 Cr.

Allows specialized or in-depth study of a subject supplementing the interior design curriculum. Student interest and instructor expertise help determine the topic, to be announced in the class schedule. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits. Course graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: Permission of program chair or instructor.

INDES 195 Special Topics in Interior Design • V1-5 Cr.

Allows specialized or in-depth study of a subject supplementing the interior design curriculum. Student interest and instructor expertise help determine the topic, to be announced in the class schedule. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits. Course graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: Permission of program chair or instructor.

INDES 196 Special Topics in Interior Design • V1-5 Cr.

Allows specialized or in-depth study of a subject supplementing the interior design curriculum. Student interest and instructor expertise help determine the topic, to be announced in the class schedule. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits. Course graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: Permission of program chair or instructor.

INDES 197 Special Topics in Interior Design • V1-5 Cr.

Allows specialized or in-depth study of a subject supplementing the interior design curriculum. Student interest and instructor expertise help determine the topic, to be announced in the class schedule. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits. Course graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: Permission of program chair or instructor.

INDES 201 Designing a Just and Sustainable Future • 5 Cr.

This course is designed for anyone interested in how design impacts climate change, social justice, economics, and public policy. It challenges students to understand that the problems facing our world today, and in the future, are the direct result of personal and institutional decisions, and that the design of buildings, products and processes arising from these decisions can have both positive and negative effects. It presents the idea that the great issues of today can be addressed by understanding the root causes, not just the symptoms, and that informed, thoughtful design can lead to a more just and sustainable future. Recommended: ENGL& 101.

INDES 220 Design Drawing • 5 Cr.

Drawing techniques that visually communicate abstract and representational design ideas. This course focuses on rapid visualization of ideas using color and achromatic illustration media. Introduces a combination of traditional and digital tools, techniques, and illustration principles for visualizing the built environment. Prerequisite: ART 120 and INDES 140 with a C- or better.

INDES 242 Interior Materials & Sources • 5 Cr.

Introduces textiles and various interior materials and sources selected, specified, installed and maintained in an interior environment. Topics include materials for flooring, walls, ceilings, upholstery, millwork, and cabinetry. Includes how to interpret product information and specify appropriate materials based on project conditions, regulations, and human wellbeing. Prerequisite: INDES 171 with a C- (1.7) or better.

INDES 255 Seminar in Built Environments: Global Context • 5 Cr.

This seminar course introduces students to contemporary theories of architecture and interior design in a global context, investigating universal and culture-specific experiences of the built environment that intersect with societal issues of power disparity, diversity, social stratification, and inequity. Through weekly readings and discussions, observation and analysis, students explore the site dynamics of global cities and local built environments, learning how built environments can support or oppose social and environmental wellbeing. Recommended: ENGL& 101.

INDES 262 Introduction to Revit • 5 Cr.

Introduces students to Revit Architecture, a building information modeling and computer-aided design and drafting tool, and how to create industry-standard graphic communication for interior design and construction documentation. Hands-on work in the computer lab familiarizes students with the Revit graphic user interface, using high-performance computer hardware, and creating presentation output in digital and printed formats. Prerequisite: INDES 171 with a C- (1.7) or better.

INDES 263 AutoCAD for Interior Design • 3 Cr.

Introduces AutoCAD for interior designers using Windows PC platform. Students learn the fundamental two-dimensional drawing and document management skills required to use AutoCAD for graphic communication in interior design practice. Hands-on work in the computer lab familiarizes students with AutoCAD, as well as related hardware and software. Prerequisite: INDES 171 or permission of instructor. Recommended: BTS 161, similar computer basics course, or equivalent experience.

INDES 265 Design Illustration • 5 Cr.

Illustration techniques that visually communicate abstract and representational design ideas, using traditional and digital tools, techniques, and illustration principles for visualizing the built environment. Students apply fundamental design principles and graphic standards, and learn basic digital software skills while preparing visual content for interior design presentations. Prerequisites: INDES 169, INDES 171 and INDES 220, all with a C- or better.

INDES 267 Design Presentation • 5 Cr.

Students build on basic design software skills, integrate visual media from multiple platforms, and employ graphic design strategies and production processes to effectively communicate a compelling interior design narrative. Emphasis on assembling a coherent project identity and convincing message using a variety of visual media. Prerequisites: INDES 220 and INDES 265 with a C- or better.

INDES 269 Introduction to Rhinoceros 3D • 5 Cr.

Introduces fundamental concepts and methods for planning, organizing, and arranging digital models using Rhinoceros 3D modeling software. Various exercises throughout the quarter will be used to illustrate various strategies for generating three dimensional form using Rhinoceros.

INDES 273 Interior Design Studio III • 5 Cr.

Introduces fundamental concepts and methods for planning, organizing, and arranging spaces in the interior environment. Students examine space in terms of human needs, activities, and priorities and apply design processes to make the best functional and aesthetic use of space. Prerequisite: INDES 169 and INDES 172 with a C- or better.

INDES 280 Contract Documents • 5 Cr.

Introduces industry-standard graphic communication techniques for technical drawings used in interior construction projects. Students develop design details for a project of their own design and use computer-aided drafting and design skills to create a set of construction drawings and specifications. Prerequisite: INDES 262 and INDES 273 both with a C- (1.7) or better.

INDES 294 Special Topics in Interior Design • V1-5 Cr.

Allows specialized or in-depth study of a subject supplementing the interior design curriculum. Student interest and instructor expertise help determine the topic, to be announced in the class schedule. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of program chair or instructor.

INDES 295 Special Topics in Interior Design • V1-5 Cr.

Allows specialized or in-depth study of a subject supplementing the interior design curriculum. Student interest and instructor expertise help determine the topic, to be announced in the class schedule. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits. Prerequ isite: Permission of program chair or instructor.

INDES 296 Special Topics in Interior Design • V1-5 Cr.

Allows specialized or in-depth study of a subject supplementing the interior design curriculum. Student interest and instructor expertise help determine the topic, to be announced in the class schedule. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits. Prerequ isite: Permission of program chair or instructor.

INDES 297 Special Topics in Interior Design • V1-5 Cr.

Allows specialized or in-depth study of a subject supplementing the interior design curriculum. Student interest and instructor expertise help determine the topic, to be announced in the class schedule. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits. Prerequ isite: Permission of program chair or instructor.

INDES 299 Individual Studies in Interior Design • V1-5 Cr.

Allows in-depth study or approved work experience in the field of interior design. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits. Prerequisite: Interior Design major and permission of instructor.

INDES 340 Interior Design Theory • 3 Cr.

This class critically examines readings of influential theorists and explores various processes by which these ideas are translated by designers and other cultural interpreters. Students read and put their own thoughts into writing using reaction papers, discussion posts, and case studies.

INDES 350 History of Interiors & Furniture • 5 Cr.

This course surveys the main characteristics and motifs of interiors and furniture from Antiquity to Neoclassicism. Students will examine how people, culture, and economics influenced interior and furniture design for each stylistic period discussed in the course. Through examination of key moments and vocabulary of design history, students will develop an appreciation for the origins, meanings, and development of design prior to the Industrial Revolution. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program or permission of the instructor.

INDES 351 Modern Interiors & Furniture • 5 Cr.

This course surveys the main characteristics and motifs of interiors and furniture from the nineteenth century to the present day. Students will examine how people, social conditions, and technology influenced interior and furniture design for each stylistic period discussed in the course. Through examination of key moments and vocabulary of design history, students will develop an appreciation for the origins, meanings, and development of design over time. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program or permission of the instructor.

INDES 352 Design & Fabrication • 3 Cr.

This studio course gives theoretical and practical lessons in designing and fabricating a piece of furniture. Students learn industry terminology, material properties, manufacturing standards, structural principles, and processes used in fabricating furniture and other interior components. Students create a prototypical furniture piece and learn how to effectively communicate their design from concept through fabrication with designers, fabricators, and clients. Prerequisite: ART 108 with a C- (1.7) or better.

INDES 355 Contemporary Design Issues • 5 Cr.

The course aims at creating a critical understanding of contemporary design in the context of global urbanization. The class strives to dig beyond the mainstream architectural historiography and puts forward a critical perspective by introducing non-Western examples, themes including colonialism, feminism and environmental, humanitarian and socially conscious design. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program or permission of instructor.

INDES 365 Project Reboot • 5 Cr.

Uses a variety of digital tools to demonstrate how graphic software can be leveraged to enhance communication of design solutions. This course is focused on the nature of design presentations. This class will make your work look and read better than ever. Recommended: A working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, SketchUp, AutoCAD, Rhino and Revit.

INDES 380 Interior Design Studio 4 • 5 Cr.

A gateway course introducing Interior Design students to the fundamental practices, processes, and creative expectations of upper-division studios. Students learn to integrate design technology, visual presentation skills, and basic design knowledge from lower-division core courses with an issues-based approach to a variety of interior design project types they will encounter in third-year and Capstone studio courses. Intended only for students newly admitted to upper-division studios. Prerequisite: Admission to BAA program  and upper-division studios. Completion prior to or concurrent enrollment in INDES 340 and/or INDES 390, with a C or better outcome.

INDES 381 Interior Design Studio 5 • 5 Cr.

An advanced, upper-division studio course building on knowledge, skills and abilities developed in INDES 380, including more advanced studio practices, processes, and creative expectations. An increasing level of student independence and accountability is encouraged in exploring a variety of issues-based interior design project types, preparing students for their Capstone studio courses. Students share a classroom, instructor and project -based assignments with INDES 382 students. Prerequisite: Admission to BAA Interior Design and upper-division studios and INDES 380 with a C or better.

INDES 382 Interior Design Studio 6 • 5 Cr.

An advanced, upper-division studio course building on knowledge, skills and abilities developed in INDES 381, including more sophisticated studio practices, processes, and creative expectations. A high level of student independence and accountability is expected while exploring a variety of issues-based interior design project types, preparing students for their Capstone studio courses. Students share a classroom, instructor and project-based assignments with INDES 381 students. Prerequisite: Admission to BAA Interior Design and upper-division studios and INDES 381 with a C or better.

INDES 390 Interior Building Systems • 5 Cr.

Introduces the physical components and performance properties of building systems and the building codes that regulate them. Topics include industry standards and resources, basic physical properties of building materials, typical building construction systems, mechanical and electrical systems, and application of interior building codes. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program or permission of instructor.

INDES 391 Lighting for Interiors • 5 Cr.

Introduction to lighting design for interior environments. This class explores the properties of electric light and daylight and its relationship to human visual perception, with focus on lighting terminology, technology, energy code requirements, and the visual communication of architectural lighting design. This course will walk through the schematic architectural lighting design process and principles as applied to specific interior design challenges. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program or permission of instructor.

INDES 394 Special Topics in Interior Design • V1-5 Cr.

Allows specialized or in-depth study of a subject supplementing the interior design curriculum. Student interest and instructor expertise help determine the topic, to be announced in the class schedule. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits. Course graded pass/fail. Prerequisite: Permission of program chair or instructor.

INDES 395 Special Topics in Interior Design • V1-5 Cr.

Allows specialized or in-depth study of a subject supplementing the interior design curriculum. Student interest and instructor expertise help determine the topic, to be announced in the class schedule. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits. Course graded pass/fail. Prerequisite: Permission of program chair or instructor.

INDES 396 Special Topics in Interior Design • V1-5 Cr.

Allows specialized or in-depth study of a subject supplementing the interior design curriculum. Student interest and instructor expertise help determine the topic, to be announced in the class schedule. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits. Course graded pass/fail. Prerequisite: Permission of program chair or instructor.

INDES 397 Special Topics in Interior Design • V1-5 Cr.

Allows specialized or in-depth study of a subject supplementing the interior design curriculum. Student interest and instructor expertise help determine the topic, to be announced in the class schedule. May be repeated for a maximum of 10 credits. Course graded pass/fail. Prerequisite: Permission of program chair or instructor.

INDES 399 Individual Studies in Interior Design • V1-5 Cr.

Allows in-depth study or approved work experience in the field of interior design. Prerequisite: Interior Design major and permission of instructor.

INDES 440 Design Research • 5 Cr.

Focuses on methods for research, problem identification, and qualitative analysis of built environment contexts. Prepares students to pursue an individualized thesis inquiry of interior design issues and solutions in Capstone Design Studios. Prerequisites: Admission to BAA program and upper-division studios. INDES 381 with a C or better. ENGL 201 or ENGL& 235.

INDES 471 Capstone Design Studio I • 5 Cr.

The first of two capstone thesis studios, focusing on the programming and schematic design phases of the design interior process. Students explore a self-selected area of interior design inquiry identified and analyzed in INDES 440, and prepare a detailed program, site analysis, concept and schematic design presentation. Students participate in a required field learning experience, travelling to building sites in a complex urban context. Prerequisites: Admission to BAA program and upper-division studios. INDES 382, INDES 391, and INDES 440 with a C or better.

INDES 472 Capstone Design Studio 2 • 5 Cr.

The second of two capstone thesis studios, focusing on the design development phase of the design interior process. Students build on schematic design work from INDES 471, furthering their creative exploration of an individualized interior design thesis project, preparing detailed documents and other materials for a senior thesis presentation. Prerequisites: Admission to BAA program and upper-division studios. INDES 471 with a C or better.

INDES 480 Professional Practices & Principles • 5 Cr.

Provides students with an understanding of the interior design profession, from identifying possible career paths and job search strategies to professional expectations and ongoing career development. Includes an overview of managing interior design projects, navigating legal and contractual issues, collaborating with allied professionals, and maintaining client relationships. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program or permission of instructor.