INDES 340 Interior Design Theory • 3 Cr.


Explores philosophical approaches to design and various aesthetic and judgmental concerns. Applies critical thinking and creative problem solving to the enclosure and systematic organization of space. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program or permission of instructor.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Analyze major historical and contemporary precedents in design and architecture, as examples of applied design theories, in order to provide useful models in the development of design.
  • Develop thinking strategies necessary to the design process such as problem solving, decision making, concept development and critical thinking
  • Analyze and evaluate which of the above thinking strategies should be used throughout the design process in order to solve a specific spatial or design problem
  • Reinforce operational knowledge of the fundamental elements and principles of design by appropriate application to the solution of design related problems
  • Understand the basics of concept development and demonstrate proficiency at concept development by applying this knowledge to specific problems and exercises
  • Demonstrate the ability to defend a conceptual design, explaining the value of the solution by verbalizing or writing clear statements that substantiate the solution and by demonstrating graphically how the concept was incorporated into the solution
  • Develop idea generation techniques and creative problem solving skills as important tools for successful design