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BFA Program Learning Outcomes

It is the objective of the School of Interior Architecture & Design to prepare the student for a professional career in interior architecture and design. The School strives to achieve a balance between design knowledge and creativity by providing excellent courses taught by professionals.

BFA graduates of the School of Interior Architecture & Design 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.
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