Interior Design brings together form, function, productivity and psychology to change the way we experience our space. Interior designers influence the way we live, work and play. Through research and analysis students learn the fundamentals of the design process.
The KCAD Interior Design program has been continuously accredited by CIDA (formerly FIDER) since 1974. This rich history of accomplishment and accreditation serves as a framework for the comprehensive curriculum offered to today’s students. Students in this program are eligible to participate in the IDFX, the first part of the three-section NCIDQ exam, the mark of a professional Interior Designer.
With a focus on design thinking, students will have the opportunity to collaborate with other students across disciplines, as well as industry and community partners. By working with students from many different programs, ideas are generated and design solutions are proposed to identify and tackle today’s “wicked problems."
With strong ties to professional organizations such as IIDA and IDEC, students are encouraged to participate in both regional and national design competitions. Recent winners include a top ten candidate in the Interiors and Sources I Like Design competition, honorable mention in the ThinkUp! Design Competition, first place in the Rehau Leading Edge Design Challenge, and multiple winners in the IIDA MI Dr. Virginia North Student Competition.
To cultivate interior designers who are engaged in innovative and creative human-centered solutions that contribute to the advancement of the profession.
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Freehand drawing using basic perspective principles and quick sketch techniques.
Advanced freehand drawing and sketching with the addition of color media.
An introduction to the computer as a design tool using the industry standards in page layout and digital illustration, and photo manipulation software, the Adobe Creative Suite. File transport (PDF) and font management software will also be introduced.
A problem-solving course covering the principles of composition and modular design systems. Uses predominately abstract shapes and black, white, and achromatic gray ranges.(Students who have earned credit for VISC 110, Design I, may not use credit earned in KCPA 110 to meet graduation requirements.)
To explore the elements, principles and aesthetic concepts integral to three-dimensional design and to consider relationships between concept, process, materials, tools and technical skills. (Students who have earned credit for ARTS 120, 3-D Design, may not use credit earned in KCSF 11 to meet graduation requirements.)
The process of drawing as observation and conceptualization through eye-hand coordination. Emphasizes linear construction with concern for accurate proportion and simple positive-negative/figure-ground relationships. Includes an in-depth study of linear perspective. (Students who have earned FSU credit for VISC 112 Drawing I, may not use credit earned in KCDR 131 to meet graduation requirements.
Emphasis on development of convincing illusion of three-dimensional objects, through the combined use of line, value, proportion, and composition. This course focuses on the further refinement of the concepts, processes, and techniques introduced in Drawing I. Expanded exploration of perspective, composition, color investigation, media exploration, and idea development within traditional subject matter will be emphasized.
Introduces the tools and techniques of architectural drafting to furniture design and interior design students. Basic drafting skills are used as a communication tool for reading and drawing architectural plans, elevations, and details.
Reinforcement of hand-drafting techniques for graphic communication using current industry standard computer-aided drafting software.
3D modeling software used to explore design alternatives of interior space, custom furniture and millwork.
The “A” side of design focuses on the creative skills inherent to every design discipline. The “B” side focuses on the “business” aspects necessary in creating a sustainable professional practice. This course explores the fundamentals of promotion, business development, and fiscal responsibility necessary to maintaining viable organizations; whether in the form of sole practitioner or incorporated business entities. Understanding the roles of marketing executives, strategic planners, account services, and production personnel as players working together with designers on the final creative deliverable is the key to entering the professional market and differentiate the individual as a “strategic design thinker”.
An introduction to the design process, interior products, including finishes, furniture and equipment and concepts of universal design and sustainable design while planning aesthetic and functional spaces for residential and contract interiors. Drafting skills, visual presentations and written documentation will be used as a means of communication.
Reinforces knowledge of basic building construction, enhances builds on drafting skills, and advances the development of architectural drawing.
Introduces interior rendering techniques while advancing drawing and sketching skills.
A continuation of the design process with individual and team problem solving techniques, the study of proportional relationships and adjacencies, planning with office furniture systems, and consideration for the health, safety, and welfare of the user.
Student generated problem definition and development of design solutions for the interior of retail and residential spaces. References to historical eras and adaptive re-use are a component of the projects. Emphasis will include 2-D and 3-D conceptualization, rendered solutions, and environmental responsibility.
Study of characteristics of textiles and interior finishes within interior environments. Focuses on the appropriate application and impact of sustainability.
Studying functional requirements and planning issues for hospitality settings, students design both small and large scale projects. Students research historical cultures, and demographic influences to develop thorough programming and concept development.
Review and reinforce the federal, state, and local building, fire, and life safety codes for application in residential and commercial interior spaces. (Students who have earned credit for CONM 224, Codes, Permits & Government Regulations, may not use credit earned in KCID 340 to meet graduation requirements.)
The study of aesthetic, psychological and physiological implications of color and light. The course will incorporate the practical application of color and materials for specific uses. Lighting types, effects, and applications for commercial and residential spaces is a focus of this course.
Study and discussion of basic marketing and business practices for application in the field of Interior Design.
Problem solving for mid-size office project, preparation for Interior Design Qualification problem solving, application of historical building information in project solutions.
Problem solving for interactive multi-functional health care related environments. Digital concept development for projects that address retirement communities, assisted living complexes, or other health care and aging-in-place facilities.
A focus on professional integrity while developing a final portfolio for entry level into the field of Interior Design.
An overview of the Western Art tradition from prehistory through the Renaissance using a socio-cultural methodology in a chronological framework. (Students who have earned credit for ARTH 110, Prehistoric through Middle Ages, may not use credit earned in KCAH 111 to meet graduation requirements.)
A survey of Western art from the Baroque to the present, this course will continue building upon the foundation of Western Art I; Prehistoric through the Renaissance, using a socio-cultural methodology in a chronological framework. (Students who have earned credit for ARTH 111, Renaissance through 20th Century, may not use credit earned in KCAH 112 to meet graduation requirements.)
A survey of Design History from ancient cultures to the eighteenth century, emphasizing developments in architecture, interiors, furniture, decorative, and fine arts.
A continuation of the survey Design History from the eighteenth century to the present emphasizing developments in architecture, interiors, furniture, decorative, and fine arts.
Focuses on using writing both to develop critical thinking skills and to express ideas clearly and appropriately according to audience and purpose. Students will engage in a variety of writing modes and will spend a portion of the semester engaging in scholarly research and the documentation of source-based materials. (Students who have earned credit for ENG 150, English I, may not use credit earned in KCHU 120 to meet graduation requirements.)
Presents concepts and develops oral and rhetorical skills appropriate for formal presentations, with emphasis on prepared, extemporaneous, and impromptu speaking. (Students who have earned credit for COMM 121. Fundamentals of Public Speaking, may not use credit earned in KCHU 121 to meet graduation requirements.)
Focuses on the analysis of numerous forms of visual discourse, including their rhetorical effectiveness, impact on audiences, and social/cultural influences.
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Interior designer, retail designer, hospitality or healthcare designer, manufacturer’s representative