Interior Design Foundation
The primary entry qualification is the A.S. Interior Design degree. The 60 credit hours of interior design foundation are the A.S. degree technical courses that satisfy the Florida Board of Architecture and Interior Design and/or NCIDQ licensing courses. At least 36 of the 60 hours of interior design foundation courses must be IND prefix courses.
In this course students will explore emerging trends in the commercial interior design field while completing a studio-based project. Emphasis will be placed on the design process, including programming, conceptual design and design development. Adherence to life safety codes and the selection and specifications of commercial grade interior finishes, finishing and equipment will be stressed. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher to advance to the next level studio. Lab fee required.
This course is designed to prepare the interior design student to provide comprehensive hand-drafting solutions in timed applications. In-class exercises in accessible restrooms, egress, life-safety, building systems, millwork and timed space planning will be incorporated.
This advanced study of lighting applications explores both the technical aspects and behavioral factors of lighting design. Special emphasis will be placed on lighting profiles, calculations, evaluation and specification of various lighting sources and fixtures. Emphasis will be placed on emerging technologies and sustainable design solutions. Course content is a combination of lectures and projects. Guest speakers and field trips will be scheduled to enhance class lectures.
This course is an advanced capstone studio that takes the student through the steps of the design process in both an individual and team approach. Emphasis will be placed on programming, schematic design and design development through an evidence-based design approach. Lectures will coincide with field trips and design professionals will participate in the critique process. This course must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. Lab Fee Required.
This course addresses a variety of diverse populations such as aging, special needs or autism to create an inclusive built environment. Cultural diversity will also be discussed and applied to a design project. Universal design and barrier-free design will be incorporated into class lectures and exercises. Field trips and guest speakers will be scheduled to enhance lectures.
Using the latest digital technologies and software, students will learn essential employability skills in creating a digital portfolio for prospective employers and clients. Topics such as digital photography, importing images and creating a website will be explored. This senior course must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.
Prior to graduation, students must successfully complete an internship with an approved interior design-related firm. Students must complete a minimum of 300 hours of an on-the-job internship experience.
Electives must be taken while enrolled in this degree. Electives taken in the Associate of Science degree will not satisfy this requirement.
Choose 6 credits from the following list:
This course is an advanced study of color theories and applications to the built environment. A further study of the psychological effects of color is included in the course content. A lecture and research-based course format will be utilized.
This advanced building codes course will further investigate the local and national building codes as well as the accessibility code. Students will learn how to navigate the online building codes and apply them to design projects and scenarios.
A studio-based format and integrated design approach will apply the sustainable design principles for adaptive use in commercial built environments. Students will also develop an understanding of the various sustainable building certifications and the required documentation process to achieve certification. Lectures, field trips and guest lecturers will reiterate the importance of sustainable design and development. Design professionals will participate in the critique process.
A global, multi-cultural experience has become increasingly vital part of the student's education. This advanced study abroad course provides students with opportunities to explore significant international historical and contemporary sites. Students are exposed to the cultural influences of architecture, construction methodologies and interior design. Lectures and coursework are complemented by walking tours lead by experienced faculty and guest professionals. Students must be 18 years of age on or before departure.
This advanced course is scheduled for students who wish to explore topics, emerging trends and/or technologies currently impacting the interior design profession. Coursework is presented in group instruction. Variable content depending upon the specialized topic in which student is enrolled.
This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of architectural design, including aspects and determinants of form and space. Drafting skills and the concepts of graphic communication are introduced and developed. Lab fee required.
In collaboration with the construction and engineering programs, senior level students will have an opportunity to apply knowledge acquired from his or her coursework to real-world projects. Interdisciplinary teams will be presented with a humanitarian problem to solve that will address community needs such as the health, safety or the environment. Service learning projects will vary and may require international travel as part of the experiential learning experience.
In collaboration with the construction and engineering programs, students will have an opportunity to apply knowledge acquired from his or her coursework to real-world projects and assume a leadership role in the assigned interdisciplinary teams.Teams will be presented with a humanitarian problem to solve that will address community needs such as the health, safety or the environment. Service learning projects will vary and may require international travel as part of the experiential learning experience.
This studio course focuses on the study of furniture and case goods with an emphasis on materials, structural considerations, human factors, ergonomics, function and style. Students will be guided through the process of design to create functional and unique furnishings. Field trips to local furniture/millwork fabricators will enhance the learning experience.
This course is designed for beginning Adobe Illustrator users. Fundamental concepts and features are introduced and applied to a variety of graphics applications. The world of vector graphics and professional illustrations is entered, explored and applied to a variety of graphic endeavors. Lab fee required.
This course is an introduction to Photoshop software which provides an extensive variety of electronic tools for manipulating photographs and creating illustrations. The course is designed for the graphics individual who wishes to integrate photography with page layouts. Students will learn the basics of scanning, retouching, color correcting, proofing and output to printer devices. Lab fee required.
This course is designed to teach the concepts, terminology and principles of desktop publishing using industry computer software to communicate visual concepts used for the printing of publications such as brochures, advertisements, books and magazines. The student will develop the skills necessary to create publications designed for print publishing and production. Lab fee required.
In this course, students will learn advanced two- and three-dimensional drafting techniques. Menu and program modification will be emphasized along with improved speed and accuracy. Lab fee required.
This course is a three-dimensional CAD course which introduces the student to advanced concepts in Autodesk Revit Software. The student continues to learn how to draw and design in a three-dimensional architectural computer model format. Advanced concepts in three-dimensional modeling are introduced and implemented in class projects. This software allows the student to work in various views of the parametric building model at the same time. Each view may be opened separately and any changes that are made in one drawing are immediately updated in all other views. The Revit platform for building information modeling also allows the student to identify and produce a material list (automatically) for every item required for a particular design as the design develops and changes. This becomes an invaluable tool for the estimating and scheduling functions required by the contractor.
Building Construction Specialization
This course provides a broad overview of the built environment and the architectural, engineering and construction (A/E/C) industry as well as different career paths within the industry. It offers insight into the processes, the people and the practices involved to make a building from a concept to reality. The course introduces students to the construction process and those individuals who manage that process. Construction management involves the organization, coordination and strategic effort applied to the construction activities and the numerous resources needed to achieve the building objective. Construction management combines both the art and science of building technology with the essential principles of business, management, computer technology and leadership.
In this course students will develop the knowledge and skills involved in the effective use and interpretation of the construction drawings and specifications. Students will learn how to examine a variety of different types of plans included within a standard set of drawings such as, civil, landscape/irrigation, architectural, structural, MEP, fire protection and communications to understand the scope of the project and the means and methods required to construct the project. Basic construction abbreviations, symbols and various scaling will be introduced.
During this course, students will examine the environmental impacts of building construction and explore the fundamental concepts of energy efficient design. Topics include sustainable site planning, green materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, water reduction and waste management. This class will prepare students to take the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate exam.
This course addresses the Tiny House phenomenon from a lifestyle, design and construction perspective. Students will be introduced to the Tiny House Movement, financial independence, freedom and ecological responsibility. Various types of Tiny Homes (400 square feet or less) from homes on wheels to ones with concrete foundations, will be presented and the pros/cons of each discussed. Design topics include space efficiency, appropriate interior finishes, multi-purpose furnishings/appliances, sustainability (eco-friendly) features and smart technologies. Construction budgets, building codes and zoning ordinances will be reviewed so students can transition into this up-and-coming lifestyle.
Kitchen and Bath Specialization
This specialized design course for kitchens and baths utilizes the understanding of basic elements and principles to create spaces the consumer wants. One must learn to blend architectural styles, colors and themes with function and purpose. Lab fee required.
Completed project documents assist the designer with presenting a professional presentation to the client through drafting a set of plans that will help the client and trades understand the project. Drafting techniques will be utilized. Lab fee required.
Certain standards must be adhered to in order to ensure kitchen and bathroom space is functional and safe. Use of kitchen and bath guidelines from the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) provides universal design criteria that retains area comfort and attractiveness. Lab fee required.
This course will introduce the kitchen and bath design student to the latest industry standard software. The student will learn basic commands and functions for use with two-dimensional drawings such as floor plans and elevations. Lab fee required.
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