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Bachelor of Interior Architecture & Design (BFA) Degree

The School of Interior Architecture & Design's BFA curriculum integrates theory, design, and technology in tandem with the standards of the industry. Our students develop the requisite intellectual, artistic, and ethical abilities necessary for professional practice.

BFA Interior Architecture & Design Unit Requirements

Major Coursework
Core 36 Units
Major 42 Units
Art Electives 9 units
Liberal Arts 45 units
TOTAL 132 units

BFA Interior Architecture & Design Degree Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 108 Composition for the Artist

And the following general education requirements:

  • 3 Written Communication courses
  • 2 Art Historical Awareness courses
  • 2 Interior Architecture History courses
  • 1 Historical Awareness course
  • 1 Quantitative & Human Factors course
  • 1 Cultural Ideas & Influences course
  • 1 Employment Communications and Practices course

Additional Information

BFA Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Interior Design Skills

  • Meet industry standards in response to professional ethics, global issues and technological advances
  • Demonstrate creative approaches to spatial organization, use of material and lighting
  • Establish relationship of interior design elements to the architecture of the building
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the laws, codes and standards that impact fire and life safety by correctly applying professional standards to space planning and layouts
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ADA and Universal Design principles in interior design solutions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts, principles and theories of sustainability as they pertain to building methods, materials, systems and occupants by incorporating sustainable solutions into interior designs
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of human factors and behavior in the built environment by creating informed design solutions.
  • Create construction drawings and documents
  • Demonstrate an understanding color principles, theories, and systems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of movements and traditions in interior design, architecture and furniture by applying precedents design solutions

Problem Solving Skills

  • Demonstrate programming skills such as identifying user needs, gathering and analyzing information
  • Present a range of design solutions for a project by creating ideation sketches, bubble diagrams and preliminary drawings

Technical Design Skills

  • Effectively apply principles of two and three dimensional design through both traditional and digital media
  • Effectively apply color in all aspects of visual communication
  • Visualize concepts through sketching and space planning

Communication Skills

  • Clearly communicate design ideas and solutions relative to the goals and objectives of the project program, using accurate design vocabulary in verbal and written presentations

Building Systems

  • Demonstrate basic understanding of construction systems such as mechanical, energy, security, acoustics building control systems by making informed design decisions
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of non-structural systems such as ceilings, flooring and interior walls in design solutions

Global Perspective

  • Demonstrate an understanding of social, economic and cultural differences in interior designs
  • Collaborate effectively to produce creative projects

Professional Readiness

  • Produce a portfolio and identity system that meets industry standards
  • Create a business plan demonstrating familiarity with business and professional practices

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

The School of Interior Architecture & Design's AA program is designed to provide students with a foundation in design theory, technique, and technical skill in line with today's industry standards. Graduates of the program are equipped for a seamless transition into the school's BFA program.

AA Interior Architecture & Design Unit Requirements

Major Coursework
Core 33 units
Major 15 units
Liberal Arts 18 units
TOTAL 66 units

AA Interior Architecture & Design Degree Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 108 Composition for the Artist

And the following general education requirements:

  • 2 Written Communication courses
  • 2 Art Historical Awareness courses
  • 1 Employment Communications & Practices course

Additional Information

AA Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Interior Design Skills

  • Demonstrate the use of sketches for design and spatial development.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the design process in schematic and preliminary phases
  • Effectively employ design elements and principles (space, line, mass, shape, texture, scale, proportion, balance) in their projects
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of human behavior in the built environment
  • Select interior finishes & materials
  • Select decorative elements, art and accessories, as appropriate to the project
  • Design custom interior elements
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of the principles of lighting design in their projects
  • Competently prepare drawings, skills, specifications as an integrated system of contract documents
  • Produce layouts of furniture, fixtures & equipment
  • Create graphic identification, such as signage, as needed in their projects

Concept Development & Problem Solving Skills

  • Present design solutions for their project (ideation drawings)
  • Demonstrate programming skills such as identifying user needs, gathering and analyzing information
  • Analyze design solutions

Visual Representation

  • Visualize concepts through sketching and space planning
  • Prepare space plans, elevations, and sketches to scale (English and Metric)
  • Render using multiple mediums

Communication Skills

  • Clearly express their design solutions
  • Produce quality drafting and lettering, both manually and digitally, in construction documents

Building Systems and Interior Materials

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of construction systems such as mechanical, energy management, telecommunications, lighting, ceiling and flooring, security, acoustics, and work station

Sustainability

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of solar design

Cultural Diversity

  • Demonstrate respect and understanding for social and cultural differences.
  • Accommodates individual needs for diverse clients

Codes and Regulations

  • Demonstrate knowledge of residential codes and regulations and ADA compliance in projects

Professional Readiness

  • Analyze and edit work for successful communication
  • Complete a large-scale project, demonstrating time management and organization skills
  • Appreciation of professional ethics in the design industry

Historical Knowledge

  • Demonstrate familiarity with key periods in the history of art, architecture, interiors, and furnishings

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

Certificate

The four year certificate program provides students with a disciplined approach to the study of Interior Architecture & Design. Student portfolios will demonstrate the variety of skills and creativity developed. Graduates enter the field prepared for professional opportunities in Interior Architecture & Design. Students take electives and art history courses to round out their experience. Unlike the BFA program, students pursuing the Certificate program do not take liberal arts coursework.

Certificate in Interior Architecture & Design Unit Requirements

Core 36 units
Major 42 units
By Advisement
24 units
Art Electives 12 units
Art History
6 units
TOTAL 120 units

Interior Architecture & Design Certificate Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Minimum grade of C- in all major coursework

Certificate Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Interior Design Skills

  • Meet industry standards in response to professional ethics, global issues and technological advances
  • Demonstrate creative approaches to spatial organization, use of material and lighting
  • Establish relationship of interior design elements to the architecture of the building
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the laws, codes and standards that impact fire and life safety by correctly applying professional standards to space planning and layouts
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ADA and Universal Design principles in interior design solutions
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts, principles and theories of sustainability as they pertain to building methods, materials, systems and occupants by incorporating sustainable solutions into interior designs
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of human factors and behavior in the built environment by creating informed design solutions.
  • Create construction drawings and documents
  • Demonstrate an understanding color principles, theories, and systems
  • Demonstrate an understanding of movements and traditions in interior design, architecture and furniture by applying precedents design solutions

Problem Solving Skills

  • Demonstrate programming skills such as identifying user needs, gathering and analyzing information
  • Present a range of design solutions for a project by creating ideation sketches, bubble diagrams and preliminary drawings

Technical Design Skills

  • Effectively apply principles of two and three dimensional design through both traditional and digital media
  • Effectively apply color in all aspects of visual communication
  • Visualize concepts through sketching and space planning

Communication Skills

  • Clearly communicate design ideas and solutions relative to the goals and objectives of the project program, using accurate design vocabulary in verbal and written presentations

Building Systems

  • Demonstrate basic understanding of construction systems such as mechanical, energy, security, acoustics building control systems by making informed design decisions
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of non-structural systems such as ceilings, flooring and interior walls in design solutions

Global Perspective

  • Demonstrate an understanding of social, economic and cultural differences in interior designs
  • Collaborate effectively to produce creative projects

Professional Readiness

  • Produce a portfolio and identity system that meets industry standards
  • Create a business plan demonstrating familiarity with business and professional practices

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.

Classes

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Undergraduate Degree Breakdowns

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Associate of Arts (AA)

The Associate of Arts degree provides students with an introduction to a particular field of study in art and design with a firm foundation in the concepts and problem-solving skills of that field. Once earned, the Associate's degree can also be used as a stepping stone to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and to apply for entry level positions in the industry.

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