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ID 101 Introduction to Interior Design
Introduction to the field of interior design, its relationship to other design disciplines, and the occupational opportunities and responsibilities of the profession. Emphasis on basic design concepts, vocabulary, and visual awareness of the built environment. Introductory course to the program. (1)

ID 111 Architectural Graphics I
Introductory course in mechanical drawing and freehand techniques for the representation and study of architectural form and the interior environment. Includes lettering, floor plans, sections, elevations, perspectives, and isometric drawings using various paper-based media. Studio. (3)

ID 201 Interior Design I
An introduction to the principles of interior design and the relation of humans to the built environment. The course emphasizes the physiological and psychological needs of the end user and develops means to analyze these needs. Design concepts, programming analysis, universal design concepts, ergonomics, and anthropometrics are introduced. Sketching and drafting techniques are reinforced through floor plans, elevations, and perspectives. Studio. Prerequisites: ID 101 and ID 111. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: INQ. (3)

ID 202 Interior Design II
An emphasis on residential design projects for interior designers through space planning and information-gathering techniques. A gradual increase in complexity of design problems reinforces the design process. Design concepts with application of floor-planning techniques; color theory for interiors; human factors; and furniture, textiles, and finish selections are introduced. Custom design detailing is highlighted. Sketching and drafting techniques are reinforced through floor plans, elevations, perspectives, and models used in project presentations. Studio. Prerequisites: ID 201 and ID 212. (3)

ID 212 Architectural Graphics II
Offers continued development of manual skills in the form of plans, sections, elevations, and three-dimensional representations. Emphasis on perspectives, three-dimensional techniques, and contract documents. Studio. Prerequisites: ID 101 and ID 111. (3)

ID 214 Architectural Graphics III
Introduction to the fundamentals and the application of architectural rendering techniques. Methods of preparing visual presentations of interior design projects by acquiring specific skills in color and black/white rendering techniques with an emphasis on quick-sketch and rendering methods are employed. Studio. Prerequisites: FA 103, FA 104, FA 105, and ID 212; or FA 481 and ID 485. (3)

ID 231 Textiles and Finish Materials
Focuses on textiles and finish materials used in interior environments with an emphasis on types of fiber, construction techniques, and the end use of products. Collection of a database for textiles and materials is required. Sustainable design, building codes, standards, and regulations are studied. (3)

ID 303 Interior Design III
Comprehensive design solutions are developed for public spaces such as retail, health care, houses of worship, restaurants, and hotels. Research on sustainable design through design concept, character development, programming, building codes, and formal presentations are emphasized. Signage, way finding, and security issues are highlighted. Freehand drafting, millwork detailing, models, and perspectives are developed. Studio. Prerequisite: ID 202 or ID 487. (3)

ID 304 Interior Design IV
Strategic facilities planning of the office environment including both traditional and component office layouts. The first half of the course emphasizes programming analysis, schematic design, design development, office hierarchy, office design trends, and formal presentations with attention to environmental needs, life safety issues with focus on fire suppression and fire detection, and building codes. Computer-aided drafting (CADD) is employed in this class, and design skills are utilized. The second half of the course emphasizes the creation of a set of construction documents. Studio. Prerequisites: ID 303 and ID 313. (3)

ID 313 Computer-aided Drafting and Design
Application of computer-aided drafting and design (CADD) concepts, methods, and skills used in interior design. Emphasis on the utilization of the CADD functions and skills to further enhance the design development and production phases of the design process. Prerequisite: ID 202 or ID 487. (3)

ID 332 Building Technology
Survey of residential and commercial building systems. Focus on structural and environmental systems and the methods utilized in construction, installation, and sustainable design. Visits to construction sites as permitted. Prerequisite: junior standing. (3)

ID 333 Lighting Design
Provides a basic knowledge of and background to the various components and materials utilized in lighting with an emphasis on the terminology, principles, and theory of illumination design. Concentration on establishing objective criteria for making and evaluating decisions in the lighting design process. Prerequisite: junior standing. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: INQ. (3)

ID 336 Principles of Sustainable Design
An examination of the philosophical and practical principles of sustainable design through exploration of environmental issues, sustainable materials and methods, and professional practice. Students will develop awareness of the implications of design decisions upon the environment and will gain a foundation for evaluation of materials, processes, and practices of design according to the principles of sustainable and environmentally responsible design. Prerequisite: junior standing. (3)

ID 350 History of Interiors I
A historical and aesthetic survey with a focus on Western architecture, interiors, furniture, and decorative arts from ancient times through the 17th century. Stylistic developments, significant structures, important contributors, social history, and material culture are covered. (3)

ID 351 History of Interiors II
A continuation of a historical and aesthetic survey with an emphasis on Western architecture, interiors, furniture, and decorative arts, from the 17th to the 20th century. Stylistic developments, significant structures, important contributors, social history, and material culture are covered. (3)

ID 400 Internship
Provides a field experience in the Washington metropolitan area. Appropriate settings include interior design firms, architectural firms, governmental design agencies, and businesses specializing in residential design. The internship is monitored by a faculty member. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: EXP. (3-6)

ID 405 Interior Design V
Students complete group projects that involve comprehensive design solutions developed for larger-scale spaces for special populations, such as assisted-living, child care, and other special-needs facilities. Emphasis is on barrier-free design concepts, universal design application, and building and life safety codes. Various presentation styles are employed; freehand drafting, sketching, models, and computer-aided drafting skills are all incorporated. Prerequisite: ID 304. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: WI. (3)

ID 406 Interior Design VI
Students complete individually selected comprehensive design solutions that involve client analysis, programming, and the determination of interior architectural materials, furnishings, and light design. The complete design process is emphasized with research, building and life-safety code implications, and design specifications applied in the student documentation. This is the senior capstone course. Studio. Prerequisite: ID 405. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: INQ. (3)

ID 412 Furniture and Display Design
A survey of various construction methods and techniques used in the creation of custom-designed furnishings with an emphasis on contemporary trends and the development of the necessary drawing and 3-D modeling skills to convey the design. Prerequisites: ID 202 or ID 487, and ID 214. (3)

ID 415 Advanced Sketching and Rendering
Introduces the benefits of adopting the habits and skills of freehand sketching in the study of architecture and design. Freehand sketching and quick rendering techniques are explored in the examination of existing spaces in our physical environment. This course is intended to provide advanced drawing and rendering instruction for students of design who are traveling in order to discover the world of art and architecture. Prerequisite: ID 214. (3)

ID 421 Project
Investigation of a selected topic in the field of interior design. Provides an opportunity for majors to explore thoroughly a subject previously studied in the program or to investigate one which is not part of the curriculum. The project is intended to demonstrate ability to conduct independent research and present the results in an expert manner. Prerequisite: permission of a faculty advisor and the dean of Arts and Sciences. (1-3)

ID 426 Current Issues in Interior Design
Explores the human, environmental, and technical issues that have affected recent developments in interior design. Students will develop a personal design theory based on research in design philosophy from contemporary and historic sources. This course is a Foundation Course for the First Professional (Track Two) master’s program. (3)

ID 434 Business Procedures
Survey of interior design business practices from the types of design services to the types of business organizations. Analysis of various project phases, contract documents and specifications are emphasized. Provides a broad understanding of business ethics, professional organizations, and procedures. Prerequisite: junior standing. (3)

ID 435 Advanced Professional Practice
An in-depth study of advanced professional practice, including proposal writing, contract writing, marketing presentations, and portfolio development. The course develops writing and presentation skills for the individual designer, emphasizing verbal, written, and graphic communication of project work and qualifications. Includes the development of a graphic portfolio of student work. Prerequisites: ID 214 and ID 434. (3)

ID 452 American Interiors
Covers American home and furniture design from the 17th century to the present. Architecture of the same period is analyzed relative to historic preservation, renovation, and adaptation. (3)

ID 453 Modern Design and Architecture
Background of the dominant influences and character of interiors and architecture during the 20th century and beyond. Through local field trips and a variety of techniques, students will explore modern developments, relations to the preceding periods, and the effects on the present era. (3)

ID 454 Historic Preservation
An introduction to the terminology, principles, practices, and development of historic preservation in the United States with particular emphasis upon interior design. Through various media presentations, local field trips, and guest speakers, students are exposed to the current thinking in the profession. (3)

ID 458 Interior Design Study Tour
Short-term study tours to a variety of locations provide an introduction to the historical and aesthetic study of architecture, interiors, furniture, and art, covering a variety of periods in the United States and abroad. In selected cities, participants will visit museums, significant buildings, and sites. Outcomes may be cross-cultural analyses of history context and/or design problem solving. Prerequisites: FA 201 or FA 202, and ID 350. (3)

ID 485 Accelerated Architectural Graphics
An introduction to the use of mechanical and architectural drafting techniques. Emphasis on the development of drafting skills, architectural lettering, and graphic expression through floor plans, elevations, details, perspectives, isometrics, and working drawings. Introduction to computer skills as a graphic expression. Studio. This course is a Foundation Course for the First Professional (Track Two) master’s program. Prerequisite: baccalaureate degree. (4)

ID 487 Accelerated Interior Design Studio
An introduction to the fundamentals of theory and practice of interior design with an emphasis on human factors and the principles of residential design. The course includes drafting, color theory, spatial arrangements, graphic expression, and presentation skills, Studio. It is recommended that students have completed or be simultaneously enrolled in ID 426. This course is a Foundation Course for the First Professional (Track Two) master’s program. Prerequisites: baccalaureate degree and ID 485. (4)