Bachelor of Science in Interior Design
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.
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.
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 PREREQUISITE CREDIT HOURS ARL100 Communication Skills in Arabic I No Prerequisite 3 ENG 100 English I TOEFL 500 3 ENG 105 English II ENG 100 and UNS 100 3 ENG201 Business & Technical Communications ENG 105 3 ISL100 Islamic Culture No Prerequisite 3 MTT 101 Mathematics for Science and Technology MTG 100 or Math Placement Test 3 NSC201 Natural Sciences No Prerequisite 3 PHI300 Professional Ethics ENG 105 3 PSY201 General Psychology No Prerequisite 3 SOC201 UAE & GCC Society No Prerequisite 3 UNS100 University Study Skills No Prerequisite 3
Major Requirements: 93 Credit Hours
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE PREREQUISITE CREDIT HOURS IND100 Introduction to Interior Design No Prerequisite 3 (3+0) DES 220 Architectural History I ENG 105 3 (3+0) IND240 Color Theory in Design Applications No Prerequisite 3 (2+2) IND 335 Textiles IND 290 3 (2+2) IND260 Interior Construction IND235 + DES210 3 (2+2) IND 350 Materials and Specifications IND 255 3 (3+0) IND 290 Furniture Design IND215 or DES210 3 (1+4) IND 215 Interior Design Studio I DES120 + DES130 + IND100 3 (1+4) IND 275 Interior Design Studio II IND215 + IND240 3 (1+4) IND 399 Internship 90 credit hours + IND 390 3 IND 390 Professional Practice & Ethics IND315 3 (3+0) IND 315 Interior Design Studio III IND275 or ARC250 3 (1+4) IND 340 Interior Design Studio IV IND315 + IND335 3 (1+4) DES 110 Design Communication I No Prerequisite 3 (1+4) DES 120 Design Communication II DES 110 3 (1+4) DES 130 Design Foundations No Prerequisite 3 (1+4) IND 235 Building Technology I DES 120 3 (2+2) IND 255 Building Technology II IND 235 3 (2+2) ARC 320 Env. Design I: Lighting & Acoustics IND260 or ARC210 3 (2+2) ARC 420 Env. Design II: Energy and Systems ARC320 or (ARC240 + ARC270) 3 (2+2) DES100 Graphic Thinking and Freehand drawing No Prerequisite 3 (1+4) DES 210 Computer Aided Design DES 120 3 (1+4) IND 280 History of Interior Design DES 220 3 (3+0) DES 410 Research Methods & Programming IND315 3 (3+0) IND 415 Interior Design Studio V IND340 + Senior Status 3 (1+4) IND 430 Graduation Project I DES410 + IND280 3 (2+2) IND 460 Working Drawings IND350 + ARC420 3 (1+4) IND470 Graduation Project II IND430 + IND415 6 (2+8) PRE 001 Professional Elective 1 3 PRE 002 Professional Elective 2 3
Open Electives: 6 Credit Hours
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE PREREQUISITE CREDIT HOURS OPE 001 Open Elective I 3 OPE 002 Open Elective 2 3
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE PREREQUISITE CREDIT HOURS ARC 540 Sustainable Design ARC 420 or ARC 410 3 (3+0) ARC 582 3D Modeling DES210 or ARC280 3 (1+4) ARC 583 Building Information Modeling DES210 or ARC280 3 (1+4) ARC 590 Building Economics IND460 or ARC340 3 (2+2) IND581 Advanced Furniture Design and Detailing IND290 3 (2+2) IND 582 Islamic Interiors DES220 3 (3+0) DES 580 Architectural Photography DES220 or LAR230 3 (3+0)
Students choose PRE 001 and PRE 002 from the following list of proposed professional electives
Minor in Interior Design:
COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE PREREQUISITE CREDIT HOURS IND240 Color Theory in Design Applications No Prerequisite 3 (2+2) IND 335 Textiles IND 290 3 (2+2) IND 290 Furniture Design IND215 or DES210 3 (1+4) IND 315 Interior Design Studio III IND275 or ARC250 3 (1+4) IND 340 Interior Design Studio IV IND315 + IND335 3 (1+4) IND 415 Interior Design Studio V IND340 + Senior Status 3 (1+4)
The Interior Design program will offer students of the Architecture program an opportunity to earn a minor in Interior Design. Requirements for the minor are completing the above courses
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