INDES 471 Capstone Design Studio I • 5 Cr.


Focuses on the problem solving discipline of the design process and its application to interior design. Sequence begins by focusing on concept development to achieve design goals, and application of theoretical knowledge and technical skills to research, develop, and document design process, product, and proposals. Students work on a variety of professionally relevant self-directed interior design projects, pursue an individualized area of inquiry and project context, and prepare a detailed analysis, program, concept and schematic design presentation. Builds on research begun in INDES 440. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program, 15 credits in Studio Design courses (INDES 370, 371 or 372), and INDES 440, all with a C or better.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply theoretical knowledge and technical skills to concepts and solutions for interiors.
  • Describe and understand critical, analytical, and strategic thinking in the development of interiors.
  • Describe and understand active listening skills leading to effective interpretation of requirements for interiors (for example, programming interview, participatory critiques, role playing).
  • Participate in field learning to asses built environments and analyze the manipulation of space.
  • Use field learning to create a shared reference expanding students knowledge of design influences and precedents.
  • Participate in field learning to asses the implementation of inspiration into the final built spatial experience.
  • Express ideas clearly in oral presentations, critiques, and interviews.
  • Communicate clearly in writing, such as concept statements, reports, research papers in the development of interiors.
  • Experience opportunities to interact with practicing professionals (for example, as jurors, project critics, guest lecturers, mentors).
  • Develop outcomes for Capstone Design Studio II.
  • Describe methodology for establishing criteria for assessment of project in Capstone Design Studio II.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply the Design Process for interiors, by developing a design concept, and applying 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional design elements and principles of design.
  • Demonstrate programming skills using the design process, including program identification, client needs, and information gathering research and analysis interiors.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write client profiles, programs, concept statements, design statements, to demonstrate an understanding of the design process for interiors.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop a design concept for interiors. (e.g. through collage, schematics, diagrams, sketches (with shade, shadow, variety of texture, and composition), and models).
  • Demonstrate the ability to problem solve through the application of the design process, the ability to develop and draw, using correct architectural graphics, a space plan for interiors.
  • Demonstrate the application of codes and regulations in the development of interiors, for example, correctly applying codes to egress concepts.
  • Demonstrate design development skills in designing wayfinding methods in interiors.
  • Demonstrate an exploration of media in the exploration of ideas in interiors.