The School of Interior Architecture & Design's BFA curriculum integrates theory, design, and technology in tandem with the standards of the industry. Our students develop the requisite intellectual, artistic, and ethical abilities necessary for professional practice.
The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts [BFA] in Interior Architecture & Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, www.accredit-id.org, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503.
The CIDA-accredited program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice, for advanced study, and to apply for membership in professional interior design organizations. The Bachelor of Fine Arts [BFA] in Interior Architecture & Design granted by Academy of Art University meets the educational requirement for eligibility to sit for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification Examination (NCIDQ Exam). For more information about NCIDQ Exam eligibility visit: https://www.cidq.org/eligibility-requirements.
FND 113: Sketching for CommunicationCore / 3 Units
IAD 100: Foundations Studio - The Roots of DesignCore / 3 Units
IAD 140: Introduction to Construction DocumentsCore / 3 Units
IAD 210: Digital ImagingMajor / 3 Units
ADV 230: Rapid Visualization TechniquesMajor / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
FND 122: Color FundamentalsCore / 3 Units
IAD 241: Perspective Drawing TechniquesCore / 3 Units
LA 108: Composition for the ArtistLiberal Arts / 3 Units
LA 120: Art History Through the 15th CenturyLiberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
LA 254: Human-Centered DesignLiberal Arts / 3 Units
IAD 200: Studio 1: Introduction to Interior Architecture & DesignCore / 3 Units
IAD 230: Survey of Traditional Interior ArchitectureMajor / 3 Units
IAD 245: MaterialsCore / 3 Units
IAD 345: Color Rendering TechniquesMajor / 3 Units
LA 202: English Composition: Creative Persuasion & ArgumentLiberal Arts / 3 Units
IAD 231: Survey of Contemporary Interior ArchitectureMajor / 3 Units
IAD 240: Building Codes & SystemsCore / 3 Units
IAD 280: BIM & Design GraphicsCore / 3 Units
IAD 330: Introduction to Lighting DesignCore / 3 Units
LA 121: Art History Through the 19th CenturyLiberal Arts / 3 Units
LA 291: Designing CareersLiberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
LAN 375: Sketching for Idea DevelopmentCore / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
ADV 230: Rapid Visualization TechniquesMajor / 3 Units
IAD 270: 3D Digital ModelingMajor / 3 Units
IAD 310: Studio 2: Residential Design (formerly IAD 350 Design 4: Design Development)Major / 3 Units
LA 110: Writing the Short StoryLiberal Arts / 3 Units
LA 236: Survey of Bay Area ArchitectureLiberal Arts / 3 Units
IAD 340: Studio 3: Commercial Design (formerly IAD 300 Design 3: Design Process)Major / 3 Units
IAD 380: Sustainable DesignMajor / 3 Units
LA 127: Topics in World ArtLiberal Arts / 3 Units
LA 226: Survey of Traditional Interior ArchitectureLiberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
LA 229: Survey of Contemporary Interior ArchitectureLiberal Arts / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
LA 359: Urban SociologyLiberal Arts / 3 Units
N/A: Any CourseElective / 3 Units
IAD 410: Studio 4: Social DesignMajor / 3 Units
IAD 430: Professional Practice for Interior DesignMajor / 3 Units
LA ###: Any LA courseLiberal Arts / 3 Units
PH 103: Digital Photography for ArtistsElective / 3 Units
IAD 440: Studio 5: Senior Studio Comprehensive DesignMajor / 6 Units
IAD 450: IAD Portfolio PreparationCore / 3 Units
IAD 500: Internship in Interior DesignElective / 3 Units / Recommended for summer
LA ###: Any LA courseLiberal Arts / 3 Units
BFA Interior Architecture & Design Degree Requirements
Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 107 Writing for the Multilangual Artist or LA 108, IAD 230/LA 226, & IAD 231/229
Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
1 Written Communication: Composition
1 Written Communication: Critical Thinking
1 Written Communication: Context & Style
1 Employment Communications & Practices
1 Interior Architecture History: Traditional
1 Interior Architecture History: Contemporary
1 Historical Awareness
1 Quantitative & Human Factors
1 Cultural Ideas & Influences
2 Art Historical Awareness: Western Art
After the above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.
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Program Learning Outcomes
Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:
Interior Design Skills
Meet industry standards in response to professional ethics, global issues, and technological advances
Demonstrate creative approaches to spatial organization, use of material and lighting
Establish a relationship of interior design elements to the architecture of the building
Demonstrate an understanding of the laws, codes, and standards that impact fire and life safety by correctly applying professional standards to space planning and layouts
Demonstrate an understanding of ADA and Universal Design principles in interior design solutions
Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts, principles, and theories of sustainability as they pertain to building methods, materials, systems, and occupants by incorporating sustainable solutions into interior designs
Demonstrate a basic understanding of human factors and behavior in the built environment by creating informed design solutions.
Create construction drawings and documents
Demonstrate an understanding of color principles, theories, and systems
Demonstrate an understanding of movements and traditions in interior design, architecture, and furniture by applying precedents design solutions
Problem Solving Skills
Demonstrate programming skills such as identifying user needs, gathering and analyzing information
Present a range of design solutions for a project by creating ideation sketches, bubble diagrams, and preliminary drawings
Technical Design Skills
Effectively apply principles of two and three-dimensional design through both traditional and digital media
Effectively apply color in all aspects of visual communication
Visualize concepts through sketching and space planning
Clearly communicate design ideas and solutions relative to the goals and objectives of the project program, using accurate design vocabulary in verbal and written presentations
Demonstrate a basic understanding of construction systems such as mechanical, energy, security, acoustics building control systems by making informed design decisions
Demonstrate a basic understanding of non-structural systems such as ceilings, flooring and interior walls in design solutions
Demonstrate an understanding of social, economic and cultural differences in interior designs
Collaborate effectively to produce creative projects
Produce a portfolio and identity system that meets industry standards
Create a business plan demonstrating familiarity with business and professional practices
Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:
Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.