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      Interior Design Course List

      The courses in the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design are designed to provide you with the skills you’ll need to pursue a career in your chosen field. All of our courses are built to challenge you while providing you with industry relevant skills as you learn via multiple interactive methods including text, video, animation, chat and more.

      Total Credit Hours - 180

      Students pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design are required to take a total of 55 courses as follows:

      • 38 core courses
      • 2 core electives
      • 6 required general education courses
      • 9 general education electives

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      Core Curriculum 114 cr.

      Students are required to take 38 core courses as follows:

      FNDA105 - Design Fundamentals

      This introductory course will explore the principles of design, and introduce and develop the creative process.  Design elements and relationships will be identified and employed to establish a basis for aesthetic sensitivity and critical analysis.  Design will be presented as a tool of communication.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Credits: 3
      FNDA110 - Observational Drawing

      This course involves the observation and translation of three-dimensional form into two-dimensional drawings. Starting with simple shapes and progressing to more complex organic forms, students will build skill levels in composition, line quality, through the use of tone light and shadow.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Credits: 3
      FNDA120 - Perspective Drawing

      This course is a fundamental drawing course where the students will explore various art and media and learn to use a variety of drawing tools with an emphasis on perspective, where the students will draw three-dimensional objects in one-, two-, and three-point perspective.

      Prerequisite(s): FNDA110
      Credits: 3
      GWDA101 - Applications & Industry

      Web design and graphic design applications, tools, and industry practices. Includes file management practices, basics of markup language and styling. Introduction to illustration and image manipulation software relevant to the web design and graphic design industries.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Credits: 3
      INTA101 - Architectural Drafting

      This course is an introduction to the basic drafting techniques, terminology, and symbols used on drawings, including use of drafting equipment, lettering, plan and elevation construction with an emphasis on proper line weight, quality, and scale.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 3
      INTA102 - Introduction to Interior Design

      This course begins the design series by introducing the interior design process including programming, schematics, design development, space planning and alternate design solutions.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 3
      INTA103 - CAD I

      This course is an introduction to the principles and operation of computer-aided drafting to produce floor plans, elevations and other components of construction drawings.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA101
      Credits: 3
      INTA105 - Sketching & Ideation

      Students visually conceptualize design solutions through rapid sketching in this course.

      Prerequisite(s): FNDA120
      Credits: 3
      INTA107 - History of Architecture, Interiors & Furniture I

      This course covers the evolution of architecture, interiors, furniture, and design from the ancient world to the mid 19th Century. The cultural, political, social, and/or economic conditions of the times are included.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 3
      INTA111 - Space Planning

      This course begins the design series by introducing the interior design process including programming, schematics, design development, space planning and alternate design solutions.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA103
      Credits: 3
      INTA112 - Design Basics 3D

      This course explores the basic elements and principles of three-dimensional design. Students will use traditional and /or digital tools to help them visualize their designs volumetrically and apply 3D design elements to the spatial envelope.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA112
      Credits: 3
      INTA122 - Textiles

      This course explores the nature of man-made and natural materials used to produce textiles for use in interior design. Content includes discussion of fibers, yarn, fabrics, finishes, design methods, construction, and proper application of these materials from technical, environmental, and aesthetic approaches.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Credits: 3
      INTA201 - Materials & Specifications

      This course explores materials and finishes utilized in interior applications through lecture, demonstrations, and/or field trips. Various methods of specification and estimation are covered. Students research and assess performance criteria including aesthetics, function, and environmental factors.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA122
      Credits: 3
      INTA202 - Presentation Techniques

      This course explores alternate methods of creating and producing interior design presentations. Combining a variety of software, reproduction methods, and digital rendering techniques, students explore ways to manipulate images into a cohesive graphic presentation.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA103
      Credits: 3
      INTA203 - CAD II

      Students will enhance their CAD skills while increasing their speed and problem solving capabilities. Students will gain proficiency in computer-assisted drafting through progressively complex applications.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA103
      Credits: 3
      INTA207 - History of Architecture, Interiors & Furniture II

      This course covers the development of architecture, interiors, furniture, and design from the Industrial Revolution to the present. The cultural, political, social, and/or economic conditions of the times are included. Assignments provide opportunities to recognize how the styles of the past continue to influence design today.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 3
      INTA211 - Codes & Regulations

      This course studies the principles, policies, and practices required by regulatory bodies and jurisdictions having authority over interior construction building, fire codes and ADA regulations as they apply to interior design projects.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA103
      Credits: 3
      INTA212 - Residential Design I

      This course explores the design of residential interiors as a problem solving process, with applications to a variety of residential interiors. Areas of study include concept development, human factors, programming and space planning, color, furniture and finish selection as well as concepts of universal design and sustainability.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA111
      Credits: 3
      INTA222 - Human Factors

      This course covers the principles and considerations related to human factors, universal design, anthropometrics, ergonomics and the psychological response of users to interior spaces.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 3
      INTA232 - Lighting Design

      This course covers a comprehensive study of the various natural and artificial lighting techniques as they apply to interior environments.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA111
      Credits: 3
      INTA242 - Commercial Design I

      This course is the design and presentation of a commercial project with emphasis on the workplace environment.

      Prerequisite(s):
      INTA111 and INTA211
      Credits: 3
      INTA252 - Interior Detailing

      In this course students study the materials and fabrication techniques involved in the design and construction of interior details.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA203
      Credits: 3
      INTA262 - Construction Documents I

      This course introduces students to the contract document process for interior spaces.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA203
      Credits: 3
      INTA302 - Residential Design II

      This course is the design and presentation of a complex residential project with an emphasis on historic precedent.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA212
      Credits: 3
      INTA303 - Digital Modeling I

      This course introduces students to 3D modeling software as a communication tool. Students produce design solutions volumetrically as part of the design process.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA202
      Credits: 3
      INTA306 - Professional Practice

      This course presents the principles governing the business, legal, and contractual aspects of the interior design profession.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 3
      INTA312 - Global Design

      This course covers the research and application of global design and the study of different cultures as they relate to design issues and concerns.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA111
      Credits: 3
      INTA313 - Digital Modeling II

      This course compliments the skills gained in 3D modeling. Students apply camera and lighting techniques as it applies to interior environments.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA303
      Credits: 3
      INTA322 - Building & Mechanical Systems

      This course is a study of the materials, principles and sustainable concepts utilized in basic construction, building, and mechanical systems for interiors.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA211
      Credits: 3
      INTA332 - Environmental & Sustainable Design

      This course covers the principles and practices of sustainable and environmental design as applied to a design project.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA242
      Credits: 3
      INTA342 - Commercial Design II

      This course is the design and presentation of a complex commercial project with emphasis on universal and barrier free design.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA242
      Credits: 3
      INTA352 - Hospitality Design

      This course is the design and presentation of team-based hospitality project with emphasis on innovation and creativity.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA242
      Credits: 3
      INTA402 - Senior Studio I

      Students select a subject based on their individual career aspirations and develop a project of a substantial scope. Emphasis is on real-world needs that could be better met through more responsible interior design and architecture. Content includes problem identification, analysis of user needs, observation and information gathering. Ultimately a design program and schematic solution are prepared that will be further developed into a complete design solution in Senior Studio II for an interior environment that will better support the psychological and physiological health, safety and welfare of the public.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 3
      INTA406 - Internship

      Through a field internship experience, students will be able to apply their skills in a real and practical situation. The main objectives of the internship are to allow students the opportunity to observe and participate in the operation of successful businesses related to their fields of study. The students will gain the experience they need to enter the field when they graduate.

      Prerequisite(s):
      Permission of the Online Program Director
      Credits: 3
      INTA409 - Portfolio

      This course aims to prepare students for entry-level employment within the industry by assisting them with the development and presentation of an interior design portfolio that reflects the stated exit competencies. Students will demonstrate an advanced skill-set in areas as process, conceptual thinking, design, web design, craftsmanship, and other skills, as projects are refined and assembled into a cohesive, comprehensive body of work. Particular emphasis will be placed on identifying short- and long-term professional employment goals, industry and professional related resources and standards, portfolio development and presentation strategies.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 3
      INTA412 - Institutional Design

      This course is the design and presentation of an Institutional Project with emphasis on anthropometrics, human factors, and human behavior.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA342
      Credits: 3
      INTA422 - Senior Studio II

      In this culminating studio course, students continue the development of a viable solution for the project initiated in Senior Studio I. Skills from the entire program are leveraged into a final portfolio project motivated by environmentally sound, cost-effective and responsible design practices.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA402
      Credits: 3
      INTA432 - Construction Documents II

      This course expands upon the concepts examined Construction Documents I. Students produce an advanced set of design drawings to support their Graduate Project.

      Prerequisite(s): INTA422
      Credits: 3


      Core Electives 6 cr.

      Students are required to take 2 core elective courses from the list below:

      ADVA204 - Consumer Behavior & Persuasive Sales Techniques

      Examine the cultural, social, psychological and individual variables involved in consumer behavior. Review marketing practices that influence buyer decisions. Focus on the essential skills and persuasive techniques to affect a sales cycle.

      Prerequisite(s): ADVA201
      Credits: 3
      FND134 - Photography

      An introductory-level class that explores the principles of photography as well as the utilization of photography as a means of documenting design projects and portfolio pieces. This course covers the basic principles for lighting, setup and shooting with 35mm and digital cameras. Students will photograph both two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects. Students will be taught basic principles of using a video camcorder.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 3
      ID220 - Residential Design - Kitchen and Bath

      A study of residential environment with emphasis on kitchen & bath design.

      Prerequisite(s): ID135 ID221
      Credits: 3
      ID270 - Architectural Design Conceptualization

      This course focuses on integrating both hand and computer techniques as a conceptualization and communication tool as a means to improve the design process.  This course steps through the process of designing a commercial project that starts with hand drawn sketch ideas of the interior envelope and moves to the use of digital technology to finalize design ideas, create presentation illustrations of the space and construction documents.

      Prerequisite(s): ID124 ID221
      Credits: 3
      ID275 - Sustainable Practices for Residential Design

      This course addresses the theory and practice of creating green residential dwellings including sustainable practices, exploration of passive solar design, energy efficiency, air quality, natural landscaping, residential materials and resources, and the built environment.  The course will address sustainable residential certification programs such as LEED for Homes, Energy Star, and others.

      Prerequisite(s): ID221
      Credits: 3
      ID276 - Sustainable Building Principles and Practices

      Students will examine sustainable building principles and practices and the impact of building design, construction, and maintenance on the environment including resource consumption and conservation.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 3


      General Education 24 cr.

      Students are required to take 6 general education courses as follows:

      ART1000 - Introduction to the Visual Arts

      This course will introduce students to the central principles in art, architecture, and design by using an interdisciplinary approach to examine the creative process, the historical and cultural background, and the various stylistic influences that go into making different forms of art. The course will build visual analysis skills through the development of specific art vocabulary.   By examining art in a variety of artistic fields, students will gain an enriched understanding of the interconnectedness of the arts in their social, cultural, and academic contexts.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      ART3020 - American Architecture

       This course is an introduction to American architecture and its architectural influences from the 16th century to the present. Topics covered in this course include, Colonial, Civil War, Victorian, Modern, International Style, Bauhaus, and the green movement architectural styles as well as Western and Non-Western influences on American design. Select individuals, structures, and cities will be used throughout the class to emphasize architectural concepts and urban design principles. The course will also explore political, economic, religious, ethnic, and gender-related issues as they are part of the dynamics contributing to the creation of many structures.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      ENG1010 and any 1000 or 2000-level ART class
      Credits: 4
      COM1010 - Introduction to Communications

       

      In this course students will develop and refine oral and written presentation skills focusing on compiling, organizing and outlining the research material. Through a series of speeches, students will work to become better public speakers and have a basic understanding of various theories of communication. Emphasis is placed on communication theories and techniques used in interpersonal group, public, intercultural, and mass communication situations.

       

       

      Prerequisite(s): ENG1010
      Credits: 4
      COM3010 - Advanced Communications

      The purpose of this course is to examine the theoretical and practical aspects involved in effective communication. The course will emphasize essential elements of communication in both personal and professional environments as well as identify and analyze efficient oral and written delivery techniques.

      Prerequisite(s): COM2005 ENG1010
      75 or more credits completed for A.S. students; 150 or more credits completed for B.S. students
      Credits: 4
      ENG1010 - Composition and Language

      Students will be introduced to college level writing processes, including theme, composition, and research. Students will adhere to standard conventions of written English.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4
      MTH1010 - College Math (11 week course)

      This course is designed to provide the student with the mathematical skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in higher level science, business, and mathematics courses. The main topics covered include signed numbers and fractions, algebraic expressions, linear equations, graphing, polynomials, and exponents.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits: 4


      General Education Electives 36 cr.

      Students are required to take a total of 9 General Education elective courses as follows:

      • 2 Social Science electives
      • 1 Humanities elective
      • 1 Science/Math elective
      • 5 General Education electives

      At least three General Education electives must be taken at the 2000 level or higher and three additional electives must be taken at the 3000 level or higher.

      Some courses are offered on a rotating basis.



      Transitional Courses 0-3 cr.

      Placement tests in English are administered to determine if a student needs additional preparation in this area. If a need is indicated, accepted applicants are placed into a developmental course on the basis of their placement test scores and/or transfer credit. Students must successfully complete or place out of the transitional course in order to progress in the program. Transitional course credits do not count towards the total number of credits for graduation or cumulative grade point average. Taking transitional classes increases the number of courses a student will take and may extend the number of quarters a student will be in attendance.

      ENG095 - Reading and Writing Skills

      This course emphasizes the study of basic competencies needed in order to perform satisfactorily in a college-level English course. Specifically, this includes grammatical, mechanical, and usage skills essential to produce competent paragraphs and essays.

      Prerequisite(s): None
      Credits:
    2. Accreditation



      The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
      has awarded The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division's Bachelor of Science in Interior Design its prestigious accreditation.

      This accreditation means that our online Interior Design program meets the highest standards that employers are looking for in graduates. It also demonstrates our unrelenting commitment to refining and improving our curriculum to ensure our program continues to provide a respected Interior Design education.

      The Interior Design program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Ave., Ste. 350, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

      Licensure, Credentialing and Other Student Outcomes

      CIDA
      The Art Institute of Pittsburgh collects and publishes important information regarding student achievement, including aggregate data addressing attrition and retention, graduation rates, job placement rates, and acceptance into graduate programs in order to meet Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) program eligibility requirements. That information can be found here.

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