The mission of the interior design program is to produce liberally educated professional designers qualified by their education to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces. Those who complete the requirements of this program will, through their knowledge of interior design principles, practices, and techniques, be able to make contributions to their society’s quality of life and productivity. Graduates of the program will be able to apply their knowledge to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public they serve through their profession.
Interior Design Program Goals
Upon graduation, the interior design major will:
- Combine design theory, creativity and functionalism to develop effective interior solutions.
- Create design solutions featuring human-centric design that responds to user needs and promotes health and well-being.
- Justify their design decisions through written and verbal statements. Develop entry level design knowledge and skills.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Interior design majors will combine design theory, creativity and functionalism to develop effective interior solutions.
- Interior design majors will create design solutions featuring human-centric design that responds to user needs and promotes health and well-being.
- Interior design majors will justify their design decisions through written and verbal statements.
- Interior design majors will.utilize their knowledge and skills to complete entry level interior design responsibilities.
The interior design major, consisting of 71 credit hours, provides a professional program directed toward both the residential and commercial aspects of interior design. Course content features the creative design process, design theory, space planning, human-centric design , drawing software, graphics, finishes and furnishings, building systems, lighting, sustainable design, history of interiors, and professional practices. Students are able to document their learning and communicate with professional drawing and presentation formats.
Dedicated studios feature individual work stations with locking storage, computers, printers, print resources, and sample storage. Students use AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUP Pro, Photoshop, InDesign, and Microsoft Office. Students are required to have their laptops with AutoCAD and SketchUP, Podium and the Adobe Creative Suite software. See the computer and software recommendations on our Campus Technology website http://www.converse.edu/office/campus- technology/computer-recommendations/. Interior design majors interact with professional designers and trade experts on and off campus through a variety of activities. Each interior design major completes a professional interior design work experience and the Center for Career Development supports this graduation requirement. Student memberships in professional organizations are encouraged.