Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

General

Program Description

Interior design is the art of defining spaces that surround us, from the inside out. Whether within intimately small spaces or much larger schemes, within residential, commercial or work-related places, the interior designer must demonstrate the ability to adapt and develop, way beyond simple decoration, subtle design proposals both sensitive to context and responsive to complex constraints and specific requirements.The Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Interior Design encourages a thorough yet versatile design approach, following systematic and coordinated methodologies. With an emphasis on Retail and Commercial Spaces, the program is intended for undergraduate students aiming to become professional interior designers specialized in retail, commercial, exhibition and event spaces. Inter-disciplinary in nature and structure, the studio and the classroom serve as complementary spaces for design thinking and creative expression as well as technical and professional skills development. The course builds up towards a final individual project which is presented before a panel of critics, followed by a 6-month mandatory internship and thesis. The significant studio practice and the plurality of choices offered by this program prepare graduates for immediate insertion into the interior design field in Paris and internationally, or for entry into specialized Masters degree programs. Set within the unique context of Paris, with its rich historical and cultural heritage, prestigious and innovative interior design concepts and renowned leading figures in the field, the school is an ideal setting to pursue the development of a clear and personal creative direction within this discipline.

What are the advantages of studying in Paris?

Paris, like New York, Milan, and London, is doubtlessly a capital that plays a key role in the world of interior design, as suggested by the many industry leaders who are based here. In addition, and contrary to New York, it offers a rich history of decorative arts and interior design, and students will have access to such archives as the Chateau de Versailles, the Museum of Decorative Arts, or the Mobilier National, a unique collection and center of contemporary creation dating back to the 17th century. Furthermore, the international dimension of both the city and Paris College of Art provides a unique platform for students who would aspire to experience an internship or work abroad.

Curriculum

Foundation

  • Drawing I
  • Materials and Dimensions I
  • City as Studio
  • Introduction to Digital Media I
  • Introduction to Art & Design
  • Critical Thinking & Writing I
  • Drawing II
  • Materials and Dimensions II
  • Introduction To Digital Media II
  • Artistic Migrations: Paris
  • Critical Thinking & Writing II

Sophomore Year

  • Project Fundamentals 1
  • Materiality
  • Project Communication 1
  • History of Architecture & Interiors
  • Liberal Studies Elective
  • Project Fundamentals 2
  • Architectural Components
  • Project Communication 2
  • Studio Elective
  • Introduction to Design Studies
  • Liberal Studies Elective

Junior Year

  • Project 1: Permanent Space Lighting Design
  • Alternatives in Project Communication
  • Studio Elective
  • Math/Science Elective
  • Project 2
  • Furniture and Display Design
  • Studio Elective
  • Art History Elective
  • Liberal Studies Elective

Senior Year

  • Team Project
  • Window Display Design
  • Project Management
  • Liberal Studies Electives
  • Studio Elective
  • Final Individual Project
  • Portfolio Preparation
  • Art History Elective
  • Liberal Studies Elective

Internship Year

  • Six-Month Interior Design Internship and Thesis

Last updated October 2019

About the School

Paris College of Art is a dynamic forum for exchanging ideas, methods and professional experience. Our students and faculty combine curiosity, experimentation and enthusiasm in the pursuit of learning ... Read More

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