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Bachelor of Science in Interior Design Back to Departments

  • Mission

    The educational mission of the Interior Design Program is to provide students with a multidisciplinary curriculum that is fundamental, yet broad and flexible. The program seeks to produce graduates who are well-rounded in mathematical, scientific, and technical knowledge; who have the ability to analyze, evaluate, and design interior systems; who have the ability to communicate effectively; who have had meaningful opportunities for undergraduate research; and who have acquired an understanding and appreciation for global and societal issues and are thus prepared for a career path toward leadership in industry, government, and academia.

    Program objectives

    The following program objectives are broad statements that describe the career and professional accomplishments, which should be achieved during the first few years following our students’ graduation. Overall, our graduates are expected to:

    • Be knowledgeable of the historical context, the state-of-the-art, and emerging issues in the field of interior design and its role in contemporary society.
    • Demonstrate critical reasoning and requisite quantitative skills to identify, formulate, and resolve interior design problems, and to create designs that reflect economic, environmental, and social sensitivities.
    • Demonstrate a systems viewpoint, critical thinking, effective communication and interpersonal skills, a spirit of curiosity, and reflection in a professional and ethical manner.
    • Exhibit a commitment to life-long learning and professional development, involvement in professional activity and public service, and achievement of professional licensure; and
    • Reflect a broad intellectual training for success in multidisciplinary professional practice, in interior design or diverse related careers, and toward achieving leadership roles in industry, government, and academia.

    Learning Outcomes

    The following program outcomes describe competencies and skills that our students acquire by the time of graduation. Our graduates are expected to be able to:

    • Communicate effectively, orally, in writing as well as graphically using manual techniques as well as digital tools to generate, evaluate, develop and communicate ideas.
    • Gather assets and record and apply relevant information and raise clear precise questions, interpret information, consider diverse points of view, reach well-reasoned conclusions, and test them against relevant criteria.
    • Resolve the needs of the client, owner and user taking into consideration the relationship between human behavior and the physical environment and the diverse needs, values, norms, abilities, and socioeconomic patterns that characterize different locations, cultures and individuals.
    • Prepare a comprehensive program for an interior design project, including assessment of client and user needs, critical review of appropriate precedents, an inventory of space requirements, an analysis of site conditions, a review of relevant codes, laws and standards, and a definition of design assessment criteria.
    • Produce a comprehensive interior design project solution that includes the development of programmed spacing while integrating lighting, color schemes, furniture, life-safety provisions and the principles of sustainability.
    • Select and apply construction materials, products, components, furniture and building assemblies to prepare technically precise drawings, outline specifications and estimates of construction costs and life-cycle cost for a proposed design.
    • Assess, select and conceptually integrate different building environmental, electro-mechanical and structural systems into interior design; and
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal aspects and ethical issues of practice organization and management as well as the role of professional development, and the need to provide leadership in the building design and construction process.
  • These courses can be chosen from set of courses in the major apart from the above courses (9 credits) and from any other program at the University for which you meet the entry requirements (9 credits). Alternatively, you can choose a Minor (6 courses) in a specialization other than English.

    Requirements Credit Hours
    University Requirements 33 credit hours
    Major Requirements 93 credit hours
    Open Electives 6 credit hours
    Total 132 credit hours
  • Interior Design is about the planning, design, construction and operation of indoor facilities essential to modern life, ranging from indoor space planning, enhancing the quality of our indoor environment, accommodating human activities inside all types of buildings such as shopping malls, hospitals, hotels, professional offices, educational institutions, private homes, shops, and much more. These issues establish the fundamental framework of the instructional, research and service programs in interior design. Societal needs, economic conditions and public safety are paramount in the work accomplished by interior designers. High-tech tools such as computer aided design (CAD) and 3-D computer modeling are a necessity in all areas of interior design.

    Both private companies and public agencies seek interior designers for a variety of professional positions. Many work for engineering and architecture consulting firms or construction companies as interior designers and interior project managers. Graduates are equally prepared to pursue M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in allied fields of architecture and design.

    TOTAL CREDITS: 132 Credit Hours

    University Requirements 33 Credit Hours
    Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    ARL 100 Communication Skills in Arabic I No Prerequisite 3
    ENG 100 English I TOEFL 500 3
    ENG 200 English II C grade in ENG100 + UNS100 3
    ENG 201 Business and Technical Communications ENG 200 3
    ISL 100 Islamic Culture No Prerequisite 3
    STT 100 General Statistics No Prerequisite 3
    MTT 101 Mathematics for Science and Technology C grade in MTG100 or Math Placement Test 3
    NSC 201 Natural Sciences No Prerequisite 3
    PSY 201 General Psychology ENG 100 + UNS 100 3
    SOC 201 UAE and GCC Society ENG 100 + UNS 100 3
    UNS 100 University Study Skills No Prerequisite 3

     

    Major Requirements 93 Credit Hours
    Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    IND 100 Introduction to Interior Design No Prerequisite 3
    DES 100 Graphic Thinking and Freehand Drawing No Prerequisite 3
    DES 110 Design Communication I No Prerequisite 3
    DES 120 Design Communication II DES 110 3
    DES 130 Design Foundations DES 100 3
    DES 210 Computer Aided Design DES 120 3
    IND 215 Interior Design Studio I DES 120 + DES 130 + IND 100 3
    DES 220 Architectural History I ENG 200 3
    IND 235 Building Technology I DES 120 3
    IND 255 Building Technology II IND 235 3
    IND 240 Color Theory in Design Applications No Prerequisite 3
    IND 280 History of Interior Design DES 220 3
    IND 260 Interior Construction IND 235 + DES 210 3
    IND 275 Interior Design Studio II IND 215 + IND 240 3
    IND 290 Furniture Design IND 215 or DES 210 3
    IND 315 Interior Design Studio III IND 275 or ARC 250 3
    ARC 320 Env. Design I: Lighting & Acoustics IND 260 or ARC 210 3
    IND 335 Textiles IND 290 3
    IND 340 Interior Design Studio IV IND 315 + IND 335 3
    IND 350 Materials and Specifications IND 255 3
    ARC 420 Env. Design II: Energy and Systems ARC 320 or (ARC 240 + ARC 270) 3
    DES 410 Research Methods & Programming IND 315 3
    IND 390 Professional Practice & Ethics IND 315 3
    IND 399 Internship 90 Credit Hours + IND 390 3
    IND 415 Interior Design Studio V IND 340 + Senior Status 3
    IND 430 Graduation Project I DES 410 + IND 280 3
    IND 460 Working Drawings IND 350 + ARC 420 3
    IND 470 Graduation Project II IND 430 + IND 415 6
    PRE001 Professional Elective 1 - 3
    PRE002 Professional Elective 2 - 3

     

    Open Electives 6 Credit Hours
    Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    OE 1 Open Elective I - 3
    OE 2 Open Elective II - 3

    Students choose PRE 001 and PRE 002 from the following list of proposed professional electives

    Professional Electives
    Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    IND 581 Advanced Furniture Design and Detailing IND 290 3
    IND 582 Islamic Interiors DES 220 3
    DES 580 Architectural Photography DES 220 or LAR 230 3
    ARC 540 Sustainable Design ARC 420 or ARC 410 3
    ARC 582 3D Modeling DES 210 or ARC 280 3
    ARC 583 Building Information Modeling DES 210 or ARC 280 3
    ARC 590 Building Economics IND 460 or ARC 340 3

    Bachelor of Science in Interior Design Study Plan

    First Year (Freshman)
      Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    Fall (Semester 1) ARL 100 Communication Skills in Arabic I 3 No Prerequisite
    ENG 100 English I 3 ELI or TOEFL 500
    UNS 100 University Study Skills 3 No Prerequisite
    IND 100 Introduction to Interior Design 3 No Prerequisite
    DES 100 Graphic Thinking and Freehand Drawing 3 No Prerequisite
    DES 110 Design Communication I 3 No Prerequisite
    Total Credit Hours 18
    Spring (Semester 2) MTT 101 Mathematics for Science and Technology 3 C grade in MTG100 or MPT
    ENG 200 English II 3 C grade in ENG100 + UNS100
    STT 100 General Statistics 3 No Prerequisite
    PSY 201 General Psychology 3 ENG100 + UNS100
    DES 120 Design Communication II 3 DES 110
    DES 130 Design Foundations 3 DES 100
    Total Credit Hours 18
    Second Year (Sophomore)
      Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    Fall (Semester 3) IND 215 Interior Design Studio I 3 DES 120 + DES 130 + IND 100
    IND 235 Building Technology I 3 DES 120
    DES 210 Computer Aided Design 3 DES 120
    DES 220 Architectural History I 3 ENG 200
    IND 240 Color Theory In Design Applications 3 No Prerequisite
    ENG 201 Business and Technical Communications 3 ENG 200
    Total Credit Hours 18
    Spring (Semester 4) IND 275 Interior Design Studio II 3 IND 215 + IND 240
    IND 255 Building Technology II 3 IND 235
    IND 260 Interior Construction 3 IND 235 + DES 210
    IND 280 History of Interior Design 3 DES 220
    IND 290 Furniture Design 3 IND 215 or DES 210
    Total Credit Hours 15

     

    Third Year (Junior)
      Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    Fall (Semester 5) IND 315 Interior Design Studio III 3 IND 275 or ARC 250
    IND 350 Materials and Specifications 3 IND 255
    ARC 320 Env. Design I: Lighting & Acoustics 3 IND 260 or ARC 210
    IND 335 Textiles 3 IND 290
    OPE 001 Open Elective I 3 -
    Total Credit Hours 15
    Spring (Semester 6) IND 340 Interior Design Studio IV 3 IND 315 + IND 335
    ARC 420 Env. Design II: Energy and Systems 3 ARC 320 or (ARC 240 + ARC 270)
    DES 410 Research Methods & Programming 3 IND 315
    IND 390 Professional Practice & Ethics 3 IND 315
    NSC 201 Natural Sciences 3 No Prerequisite
    Total Credit Hours 15
    Summer Semester IND 399 Internship 3 90 Credit Hours +IND 390
    Fourth Year (Senior)
      Course Code Course Title Credit Hours Prerequisite(s)
    Fall (Semester 7) IND 415 Design Studio V 3 IND 340 + Senior Status
    IND 430 Graduation Project I 3 DES 410 + IND 280
    IND 460 Working Drawings 3 IND 350 + ARC 420
    PRE 001 Professional Elective I 3  
    SOC 201 UAE and GCC Society 3 ENG100 + UNS100
    Total Credit Hours 15
    Spring (Semester 8) IND 470 Graduation Project II 6 IND 430 + IND 415
    ISL 100 Islamic Culture 3 No Prerequisite
    PRE 002 Professional Elective 2 3  
    OPE 002 Open Elective 2 3  
    Total Credit Hours 15

     

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