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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.

Introduces the fundamental elements and principles of design. Students work with concepts and methods for defining and organizing space and form in the interior environment. Introduces graphic tools, techniques, and conventions used for effective visual communication in design. Applies basic theory in architectural drafting and drawing skills. Prerequisite: INDES 140 with a C- or better.

INDES 172 Interior Design Studio II • 5 Cr.

Introduces graphic tools, techniques, and conventions used for effective visual communication in design. Students apply theory as they develop skills in architectural drafting, lettering, and basic perspective drawing. Prerequisite: INDES 171 with a C- 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 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 equipment, appliances, how to measure, specify, and understand correct installation methods, and product maintenance. Prerequisite: INDES 171 with a C- 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 Computer-Aided Design • 5 Cr.

Description: Introduces computer-aided design for designers. Covers the role and application of computers in graphic communication and interior design while creating two-dimensional drawings. Hands-on work in the computer lab familiarizes students with the hardware and software. Prerequisite: INDES 171 with a C- 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 professional applications for graphic communication and CADD skills, specifically the technical drawings used in construction. Students develop a set of construction drawings and specifications for a project of their own design. Prerequisite: INDES 262 and INDES 273 both with a C- 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.

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.

INDES 350 History of Interiors & Furniture • 5 Cr.

Surveys the main characteristics and motifs of Western interiors and furniture from antiquity to the 19th century. Students examine how people, social conditions, and technology influenced furniture design in each period. Either INDES 150 or INDES 350 may be taken for credit, not both. Class format includes illustrated lectures and discussions.

INDES 351 Modern Interiors & Furniture • 5 Cr.

Continues INDES 350. Covers interiors and furniture designers and movements from the Victorian period to the present. Students analyze the furniture of each period in terms of human values, social conditions, technology and design criteria. Either INDES 151 or 351 may be taken for credit, not both.

INDES 352 Design & Fabrication • 3 Cr.

Gives practical experience in designing and building furniture. Students combine knowledge of design theory and processes, materials, and drawings with hands-on experience in the shop. Topics include engineering basics, manufacturing processes, joinery, and finishes. Either INDES 152 or INDES 352 may be taken for credit, not both. Prerequisite: ART 108.

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

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 of building construction. Topics include industry wide classification systems, standards and resources, basic physical properties of building materials, typical building construction systems, mechanical and electrical systems, and building codes related to interiors. Either INDES 190 or INDES 390 may be taken for credit, not both. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program or permission of instructor.

INDES 391 Lighting for Interiors • 5 Cr.

Introduces lighting design for interior environments. Students explore human visual perception, the properties of electric light and daylight, including light source technology and terminology, an overview of energy issues as they relate to lighting, and visual communication of architectural lighting design. The course applies architectural lighting design processes and principles to specific interior design problems. Either INDES191 or INDES391 may be taken for credit, not both. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program or permission of the 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.

Prepares students to work as professional interior designers. Includes managing interior design projects, legal and contractual issues, resources and services, and working with showroom and service personnel, and clients. Either INDES 180 or INDES 480 may be taken for credit, not both. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program or permission of instructor.