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 Interior Design and INDES 340 and INDES 390 with a C or better, or concurrent enrollment with INDES 380.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Achieve a shared foundational preparation for intermediate and advanced interior design studio practice by integrating multi-platform technology and tools learned in foundation-level courses, as well as knowledge of basic building systems that influence interior design solutions.
  • Identify and evaluate the varied contexts and constraints informing interior design solutions, and apply effective strategies for achieving human wellbeing, comfort, and performance.
  • Combine visual, verbal, and written presentations to communicate a relevant design narrative, using fundamental design strategies and expressive methods. 
  • Recognize the interior designer's role and responsibilities throughout the design process, including the tools and dynamics of effective collaboration. 
  • Exercise creative fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration to achieve responsive, and imaginative design solutions.
  • Apply methods of inquiry, data collection, and analysis to effectively frame, synthesize, and present the interconnected issues underlying complex interior design issues.
  • Apply interior design knowledge, skills, and abilities to the first of three project-based scenarios in the third-year studio experience, exploring various interior design issues and project types.