Interior Design Transfer Program
Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design
Distance Learning, On-Campus
2 - 4 semesters
USD 5,630 / per semester *
Earliest start date
* international students
- 2 or 4 Semester Interior Design transfer program for students who will pursue a professional degree in Interior or Environmental Design
- Rigorous design studios
- Drawing, sketching, and model making classes
- 3D computer modeling and rendering classes
- Portfolio design classes
- In partnership with West Los Angeles College
A sequential 2-year program primarily intended as a transfer program for students who want to pursue a Bachelors degree in Interior Design, Interior Architecture or Environmental Design. At the conclusion of the program, students will be eligible to apply for advanced placement in a local university for completion of a degree in design. Admission and advanced placement is subject to portfolio review at the destination school. Alternatively, students may enter the interior design profession directly through the internship process.
The emphasis in the first year (Interior Design Transfer 1) is on the principles of organization and design. These principles apply to all design professions, and therefore students in the Interior Design program undertake many of the same projects as students in the architecture program. Students are first assigned a series of inter-related studio projects to identify and visualize certain ordering principles and ideas that are then interpreted in systematic abstract constructions. The next series of projects require students to be able to use ordering ideas to accomplish fundamental spatial qualities such as open, closed and sequential spaces. From the first day of class, students are treated as professional designers, and are asked to engage in design discourse, and to participate in studio culture. although listed as separate courses, rigorous classes teaching drawing, model making, and computer skills are taught as part of the studio experience.
In the second year (Interior Design Transfer 2), students may focus more specifically on Interior architecture issues. A series of studio projects are assigned that continue with interior-oriented concepts introduced in the first year such as sequence, circulation, transition areas, intersections, and human scale relationships. Interior design projects based on specific work and leisure activities such as restaurant design, retail design and exhibit design are assigned. Emphasis is placed on how to develop a design concept that is based upon, and that supports, particular activities. Materials and colors, as well as signage, graphics and motion graphics are introduced as fundamental design elements. Students are introduced to the concepts of programming, space planning, and spatial definition. Material and color become important aspects of the students’ designs. Computer applications for design and communication are introduced.
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