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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 Interior Studies and many classes of interest to working professionals. We also offer a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree as a self-supporting program. 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 167 Digital Design Tools • 2 Cr.

Uses a variety of digital design tools to demonstrate how graphic software applications and digital tools are used to enhance communication of design solutions and concepts. Includes graphic software applications, equipment and services for digital archiving, production, and printing. Structured as a workshop for students to work as much as possible at an independent pace. Prerequisite: INDES 171 with a C- or better.

INDES 169 SketchUp • 3 Cr.

Designed for students with basic SketchUp skills, or beginning level Computer Aided Design experience. Introduces strategies and skills for managing complex architectural models, as well as presentation methods, including Trimble Layout® and third-party rendering plug-ins.

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 pass/fail. 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 pass/fail. 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 pass/fail. 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 pass/fail. Prerequisite: Permission of program chair or instructor.

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 261 Design Detailing • 2 Cr.

Introduces principles of detailing and its impact on the design and construction processes. Topics include documentation for construction, aesthetics, and spatial experiences. Course graded pass/fail. Prerequisite: INDES 280 with a C- or better.

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 265 Design Illustration • 5 Cr.

Introduces tools and techniques for illustrative graphic presentation of design ideas and products. Covers advanced perspective drawing methods. Students practice simple and rapid illustration techniques in various media including graphite, ink, colored pencils, marker pens, pastels, watercolor, and collage. Topics include concept and descriptive writing and production, duplication, transfer, and mounting techniques for presentation. Prerequisite: INDES 171 with a C- or better.

INDES 267 Digital Design Presentation • 3 Cr.

Builds on skills covered in INDES 167. Students employ digital design tools in the organization and presentation of their design solutions. Introduces various strategies for effectively linking media and message, using fundamental graphic and identity design principles, and evaluation methods for producing design presentation packages and printed documents. Prerequisite: INDES 167 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 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 370 Design Studio Residential • 5 Cr.

Focuses on residential spaces, the problem solving discipline of design process and its application to single and multi-family dwellings. Develops concepts to achieve design goals and apply theoretical knowledge and technical skills to design solutions. Students work on a variety of professionally relevant interior design projects. Either INDES 270 or INDES 370 may be taken for credit, not both. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program. Students may repeat course up to 15 Credits. Students may enroll in only one studio course (INDES 370, 371, 372) in any one quarter.

INDES 371 Design Studio Commercial • 5 Cr.

Focuses on commercial spaces, the problem solving discipline of the design process and its application to commercial spaces. Develops concepts to achieve design goals and apply theoretical knowledge and technical skills to design solutions. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the BAA program. Students may repeat course up to 15 Credits. Students may enroll in only one studio course (INDES 370, 371, 372) in any one quarter.

INDES 372 Design Studio Experimental • 5 Cr.

The experimental studio focuses on problem solving as it pertains to conceptual and theoretical design issues. This studio will address and investigate topics relating to interior design in unique methods such as technology, methodology, construction or production to give a few examples. The studio will result in an investigation into interior design. May be repeated for a maximum of 15 Credits. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program. Students may enroll in only one studio course (INDES 370, 371, 372) in any one quarter.

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 • 2 Cr.

Focuses on methods for research, problem identification, site identification and analysis, and definition of user needs in preparation for pursuing an individualized inquiry of interior design issues in specific built environment contexts. Work from this course is carried forward to INDES 471 and INDES 472. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program; INDES 340 and two (2) courses from the INDES 370, 371, 372 design studio series with a C (2.0) or better.

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.

INDES 472 Capstone Design Studio II • 5 Cr.

Focuses on the problem solving discipline of the design process and its application to interior design. Completes the capstone studio sequence with a design development phase. 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 design solution and project documentation. Builds on research begun in INDES 440 and uses research and concepts developed in INDES 471 for design development process in INDES 472. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program and 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.

INDES 485 Practicum in Interior Design • 3 Cr.

Offers students additional work-study experience relevant to future employment plans in interior design. Students must complete all requirements during the quarter in which they enroll, or no later than the end of the following quarter, excluding summer. Either INDES 285 or INDES 485 may be taken for credit, not both. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.