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Interior Design Courses

ART 101 Foundations I
This course introduces the elements of art and principles of design as they apply to two-dimensional and three-dimensional art. Emphasis is placed on the application of structural elements, the principles of visual organization and the theories of color. Upon completion, students will master the theoretical and analytical applications of two-dimensional and three-dimensional design. 3 hrs. Lab fee $75

ART 102 Foundations II
Foundations II will apply the vocabulary and concepts established in Foundations to advanced design problems and issues of time, space, and environment. A variety of media will be sampled while exploring art and design applied to daily life, to one's community, to ecological systems, and to a world of digital communication. Students will be empowered by the identity of the artist and the designer in examples applicable to their current and future surroundings. 3hrs. Lab Fee applies $75

ART 240 History of Decorative Arts
Elective general education class is for all students who may be interested in art or design, but required for all Interior Design students. The curriculum focuses on the stylistic, historical, and theoretical contexts of European and American decorative arts and furniture in the built environment. 3 hrs. Lab fee applies $125

ARDE 208 Fundamentals of Interior Design
This course introduces students to the discipline of interior design. Students will be required to use critical and conceptual thinking in applying principles and elements of design in an introductory level class on a small scale. The course will also explore the physical needs and social dynamics of interior design and space planning. 3 hrs. Co-requisite with ARDE 210, Lab fee applies $175

ARDE 202 Color, Light & Sound
This course explores the study of color and light as elements of interior design as well as the psychology of color, light and sound and its application. Students will explore color, light and sound as potential creative mediums to meet functional, sensory, and behavioral needs. Curriculum covers basic principles of illumination, exploration of light sources, identification, terminology, analysis, calculations, graphic representation and documentation to effectively communicate lighting design, and acoustics. 3 hrs. Lab fee applies $25

ARDE 210 Drawing for Interior Design
This course covers scale, floor plans, architectural perspective, and elevation drawings for interior design. The study and application of basic drawing processes for the purpose of enhancing perceptual awareness and developing visual communication and analysis skills. As the primary purpose of technical drawings is to describe a to-be-built environment, and to precisely instruct others of the intended outcome topics include sketching and detailed working drawings. 3 hrs.Co-requisite with ARDE 208, Lab fee applies $125

ARDE 211 Computer Aided Design
This course explores the use of the computer as a means for graphic design communication for scaled two and three dimensional representation of interior spaces. This course includes the introduction of orthographic projections as efficient methods to produce accurate, scaled, and succinct two-dimensional drawings that represent three-dimensional objects. The application of computer aided design to practice creating 2D and 3D floor plans, furniture layout, elevations, and perspectives are some of the topics covered. Students are required to meet minimum computer requirements and may have software purchase requirements as well. Prerequisites: ARDE 208, ARDE 210. 3 hrs.

ARDE 305 Sustainable Methods and Materials
Students investigate the properties of materials, finishes, fixtures, and textiles as they are selected, applied, and used within interior spaces, and how they relate to the building structure. Emphasis is placed on green design, social responsibility, selection criteria, costs, maintenance, specifications, codes, performance testing, sustainability, and life-cycle costing. Special focus on environmentally responsible design, and integration of codes into residential and commercial environments. 3 hrs. Lab fee applies $150

ARDE 360 Residential Studio I
Introductory studio, focuses on application of design principles and elements in shelter interiors. Provides exposure to universal design principles, green design, and human factors. Emphasizes critical thinking, space planning, circulation, and spatial analysis. Typical projects may include small and medium-scale residential and multi-family interiors. 3 hrs. Material fees will be incurred

ARDE 430 Advanced Graphics for Interiors
Advanced communication skills are developed through sketching, delineation, drafting, and rendering techniques Specifically geared toward effective design presentations. Various rendering techniques and media are explored with an emphasis placed on the effective graphic communication of design ideas in plan, section, elevation, and 3D. Studio Class. 3 hrs. Lab fee applies $50

ARDE 325 History of Architecture and Interiors
This course covers the major movements in architecture and interiors. The important architects and designers from the Renaissance period to the Modern era are discussed. Emphasis is placed on vocabulary, architectural styles and chronology. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and use correct terminology regarding the history of architecture and interiors. 3 hrs. Lab fee applies $125

ARDE 329 Bus Practices for Int Designers
Business Practices for Interior Design Professionals: This course introduces contemporary business principles for interior designers. Topics include business formations, professional associations, contracts and correspondence, and means of compensation. Upon completion, students will be able to describe the basic business formations and compose effective letters and contracts. Prerequisite: ARDE 208. 3 hrs.

ARDE 401 Product Design
The study of materials, joinery and detailing of furniture and products used in interior spaces. Projects include designing and building various custom interior pieces such as cabinetry, clocks, furniture, architectural elements and display spaces. Students work through problems using research and working drawings that will result in a three dimensional product. Prerequisites: ARDE 220 and ARDE 230 Lab fee may apply. 3 hrs. Lab fee applies $50

ARDE 403 Adv. CAD- Construction Docs
This course introduces the constraints and possibilities of design solutions as affected by the architectural envelope, particularly its construction. Students will become familiar with structural and non-structural systems as well as building methods and laws, codes, and standards impacting fire and life safety. Contract documents are prepared using CAD, combining knowledge of architectural, structural, environmental systems, interior construction detailing, architectural millwork and furniture design and detailing. Detailing theory and processes are explored and supported by the exploration of material technology, constructions processes, and finish systems research. 3 hrs.

ARDE 402 Human Environments
This course serves as an exploration of the relationship between humans and their environments through the study of personal and social use of space, proxemics, spatial analysis, and the effects of the environment on human behavior. This course will also focus on and address the realities of universal design. Universal design is an approach to the design of all products and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability, or situation. Pre-requisites: ARDE 208, ARDE 325 or permission of the instructor. 3 hrs.

ARDE 410 Advanced Studio (Residential)
Focuses on the application of design principles and elements in shelter interiors. Provides exposure to universal design principles, special populations, green design, social responsibility, human factors, kitchen and bath standards and specifications. Emphasizes critical thinking, space planning, circulation, and spatial analysis. Typical projects may include small and medium-scale residential and multi-family interiors. 3 hrs. Material fees will be incurred.

ARDE 460 Capstone, Senior Project and Portfolio
Student is assigned a project to be completed during this course incorporating major areas of the field of study. Upon completion, students should be able to complete the graphics, client folder and all schedules for a professional portfolio. Prerequisites: Interior Design major, senior standing, last semester. 3 hrs. Material fees will be incurred. Lab fee applies $50

ARDE 502 Spatial Analysis and Theory
This course stresses the analytical, conceptual and applied aspects of programming and space planning by analyzing and researching a design project. Students will be able to assimilate and synthesis the solutions of the design process in a commercial setting. 3 hrs.

ARDE 505 Commercial Design Studio 1
This studio design course focuses on designing office and educational environments. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, programming, design development, barrier-free, and universal design considerations. Students will utilize visual communication, code compliance, materials selection, and FF&E specifications. 3 hrs. Material fees will be incurred.

ARDE 508 Codes and regulations
This course is an overview of laws, building codes, and ordinances as related to interior environments with emphasis on the interrelationship between interior and exterior materials. 3 hrs, online course

ARDE 510 Global issues and the built environment
A cross-cultural study of the built environment in a global context. Students will research cultures and find out what special considerations need to be given to the problems of housing the world's population and to building responsibly in a time of changing cultural patterns and increasingly limited natural resources. 3 hrs. Material fees will be incurred.

ARDE 512 Advanced 3D CAD for Interior Design
Using Revit and software, this studio course explores the use of current computer software as a means for graphic design communication using Building Information Modeling (BIM) to produce scaled three-dimensional interior drawings with attributes 3 hrs.

ARDE 515 Architectural and Interior History II
This course is an overview of architectural trends and theories, styles in interiors and furnishings, and prominent architects and designers from the rise of the English Arts and Crafts Movement in the mid-nineteenth century through today's developments. This class will also include a 4 day trip to a prominent US city to see it's architecture first hand. 3 hrs. Hybrid online with travel tour. Lab fee applies.

ARDE 518 Project Management / Historic Preservation
This course provides a detailed exploration of the various phases of an interior design project. Starting with the designer/client contract, this course covers the construction/implementation process, estimating, scheduling, risk avoidance, and staffing issues. The project focus of this class is on historic preservation and the complex balance that exists between designing and implementing renovations. pre-requisite ARDE 508, 3 hr. Hybrid online, Lab fee applies $125

ARDE 520 Global Design Studio
This studio design course focuses on designing hospitality and restaurant interior environments. Emphasis is placed on global critical thinking, programming , and design development. Students also study effective visual communication, cultural considerations and research. Project will apply code compliance, materials selection, and FF&E specifications. pre-requisite ARDE 502, 3 hrs. Material fees will be incurred.

ARDE 525 Commercial Design Studio 2
This studio design course focusing on designing healthcare and public interior environments. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, programming , design development, barrier-free, and universal design. Students also apply considerations effective visual communication, code compliance, materials selection, and FF&E specifications. pre-requisite ARDE 502, 505, and 508, 3 hrs. Material fees will be incurred.

ARDE 522 Construction & Environmental Systems
This class provides an overview of common building systems as they relate to built architectural environments, including: structural systems, methods of construction, current trends in building materials and their applications, installation methods, mechanical systems, and environmental concerns. pre-requisite ARDE 508, 3 hrs. Hybrid Online

ARDE 527 Portfolio
In this course students will refine their existing portfolios and focus on the development of an electronic portfolio appropriate for the interior design field. Students will research portfolio options and technologies and document existing and current work. Students will be critiqued on their developing portfolio and are required to show completed portfolios. 1 hrs. Material fees will be incurred

ARDE 530 Advanced Internship in Interior Design
An internship with a firm that focuses on commercial interior design, which can include office, hospitality, healthcare or education.

ARDE 535 International Academic Study Tour
This 10 day summer study tour is similar to the JBIP program but is geared especially for Interior Design graduate students. The location of the tours will vary annually but focus on learning and experiencing interior design at its best throughout the world. 6 hours. Lab fee applies.

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