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Course Descriptions

Leveling Courses

Students in the First Professional Interior Design master’s degree program should refer to the undergraduate course catalog for course descriptions and transfer policies of leveling courses which include:

Graduate Courses

ID 500 Practice, Theory and Research

This course examines important social, economic, and technical issues and significant professional developments affecting contemporary interior design practice. It introduces some interior design theories and the practice of evidence-based interior design. Examination of common research methods used in interior design practice and evaluation of published research studies are stressed. (3)

ID 501 Graduate Studio I

Studio investigating creative, abstract design thinking as related to human behavior and the built environment within specific contexts. The class introduces the design process and emphasizes interior design for diverse cultures and socio-economic populations. Design theories and design conceptualization for small groups of people are explored. Small environments are studied to understand space and form and the interaction of people and their environments. (3)

ID 502 Graduate Studio II

Studio focusing on the fundamentals of interior space planning with emphasis on human factors and anthropometric theory. Students also are introduced to codes, regulations, and their application to residential interior design for diverse family structures. The course stresses the design process, users' needs, universal design, visual communication, and presentation skills for interior environments. Prerequisites: a grade of B- or better in ID 121 and ID 501. (3)

ID 512 Furniture Design Seminar

Provides the graduate student with an overview of the furniture design and manufacturing processes. Emphasizes development of design concepts, design meaning, acknowledgement of cultural trends, and generating study models to better understand construction connections and detailing. Research and analysis are required to structure the student's understanding of historical furniture design influences and current trends in contemporary culture. 3-D modeling skills and presentation drawings will be created to convey design concepts. (3)

ID 515 Field Study and Advanced Rendering

Focuses on increased visual awareness through application of advanced rendering and field-study sketching techniques. The creative process of seeing and thinking to gain visual literacy is thoroughly developed. Specific sketch topics analyze forms of the built environment and explore new awareness in observational skills. Renderings examine light and shadow compositions, spatial concepts, and compositional frames. Computer rendering is integrated as a tool in the studio environment to transform the original sketches and further develop ways of design thinking. (3)

ID 522 Environmental Behavior Seminar

A systematic examination of behavioral determinants in the interior environment. The application of investigative methods, including observation, survey, and photographic techniques, to analyze and evaluate dysfunctional aspects of selected interior environments. (3)

ID 524 Design Methods Seminar

Examines methods necessary for controlling complexity in projects in which design and implementation responsibilities are distributed among many parties. Individual and team design exercises are used to build skills and analyze issues. (3)

ID 525 Health Care Design Seminar

Focus on the application of principles and processes of health care design, including how the environment can support healing and promote well-being. Explores and analyzes interior technological and building-code issues for specialized facilities through design projects and research reports. (3)

ID 527 Ecological Interior Design

This course provides a theoretical exploration of the sustainable design movement; its history and background; and the social, cultural, and economic issues surrounding its current momentum. Students will use investigative methods, such as observation, theoretical research, site analysis, and survey to analyze and evaluate comparative assessment of design applications. (3)

ID 532 Construction and Environmental Systems

Explores factual and technical knowledge of the various components and materials in building construction. Concentration on the interaction of those materials, systems, and methods specified by interior designers and other design disciplines as they relate to the construction process in both commercial and residential structures. (3)

ID 533 Illumination Systems

Investigation into the various sources, components, and materials utilized in lighting design. Emphasis is on analyzing objective and procedural criteria for determining selections of lighting types and evaluating decisions made in the lighting design process. (3)

ID 534 Professional Practice

Investigation of business practices used in interior design, professionalism, and standards of business ethics. Includes inquiry into the relationship between the profession, the broader field of environmental design, and the construction industry. Synthesis of business procedures for conducting commercial and residential interior design projects developed through project development, including contractual negotiations with clients, contractors, and suppliers, and other business strategies-in-action. Individual and team presentations. Prerequisite: a grade of B- or better in ID 606. (3)

ID 535 Illumination and Acoustical Design Seminar

An analysis of illumination and acoustical design, their impact on environmental systems, and their relationship to the design of interior space. Individual exploration of the qualitative and quantitative applications of lighting and acoustical design. Prerequisite: ID 533. (3)

ID 536 Technology for Interior Design Seminar

Study of current and emerging interior design systems technologies. The course examines technical and organizational approaches to solving problems in the interior environment. Case studies are developed and analyzed. (3)

ID 538 Color, Light, and Human Perception

Examines color theories in design and cross-disciplinary knowledge domains of science and the psychology of color vision and perception. The course investigates the function and application of color and light in art, architecture, interior design and photography. The analysis of color effects on human behavior and perception are emphasized throughout the semester. Prerequisite: FA-104. (3)

ID 545 Graduate Construction Documents

Exploration and application of the concepts, theories, and methods of computer applications for the design, development, and construction document phases of the design process. The course reinforces computer applications and techniques introduced in ID 223 Presentation Drawings while continuing to develop student proficiency in free-hand sketching, free-hand drafting, digital drawing, and rendering. A laptop computer meeting departmental specifications is required for this course. Studio. Prerequisite: a grade of B- or better in ID 223. (3)

ID 550 History of Architecture and Interiors I

An historical and aesthetic survey of mainly Western architecture, interiors, furniture, and decorative arts from ancient times through the 17th century. Stylistic developments, significant examples, important people, social history, and material culture are investigated, analyzed, and appraised. Historic research methods and case studies are examined. (3)

ID 551 History of Architecture and Interiors II

An historical and aesthetic survey of mainly Western architecture, interiors, furniture, and decorative arts from the 18th century to the present. Stylistic developments, significant examples, important people, social history, and material culture are investigated, analyzed, and appraised. Historic and material culture research methods and case studies are examined. Readings and individual or team research topics are explored. (3)

ID 553 Modern Design and Architecture Seminar

Investigation of the dominant theories, influences, and character of interiors and architecture during the 20th and 21st centuries and their relation to the preceding periods and effects on the present era. Individual and team inquiries and presentations. (3)

ID 554 Historic Preservation Seminar

Explores the significance of the historic preservation movement in this country emphasizing its relationship to interior design. Through individual readings, site visits, and presentations, students research and analyze the history of preservation and its legislative initiatives, as well as preservation projects and practices. (3)

ID 558 Interior Design Study Tour

Short-term study tours to a variety of locations provide an in-depth examination of the history and aesthetics of architecture, interiors, furniture, and art spanning a range 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 historical context and/or design problem solving. Prerequisites: 3 credits of art history and ID 550. (3)

ID 590 Practicum

This practicum provides professional opportunities relevant to the uniqueness of the university's location near the nation's capital. Formal arrangements are made with federal, state, or community agencies, or area industries. Prerequisite: approval of graduate program director. (3)

ID 595 Graduate Directed Research

Individual investigation into and analysis of specific aspects within the discipline of interior design. Under faculty supervision, students develop a written and/or graphic project and presentation focusing on an area of interest or design specialization in which the department does not offer coursework or in which the student seeks further development. Prerequisite: approval of graduate program director. (3)

ID 600 Research Methods in Interior Design

Introduction to the theory and practice of evidence-based interior design including literature reviews, best practices, and data collection and analysis. Examination of common research methods used in evidence-based interior design and evaluation of published research studies. Some forms of statistical analysis are covered. Significant research in interior design is explored through readings and individual or team empirical research projects and writings. (4)

ID 605 Graduate Practice Studio I

Studio focusing on development of comprehensive design solutions for the practice areas of commerce and entertainment, including retail and hospitality. Observation and/or behavior mapping studies, literature reviews, innovative design concepts, and brand identity are used to create evidence-based design solutions that emphasize creativity, principles of sustainability, wayfinding, and security. Studio. Prerequisites: FA 104 or equivalent; a grade of B- or better in ID 502. (3)

ID 606 Graduate Practice Studio II

Studio focusing on development of comprehensive design solutions for the practice areas of workplace, educational, or governmental interior design. Surveys and/or interviews, literature reviews, innovative design concepts, and brand identity are used to create evidence-based design solutions that emphasize creativity, principles of sustainability, life-safety codes, and building codes. Studio. Prerequisites: a grade of B- or better in ID 545 and ID 605. (3)

ID 607 Graduate Practice Studio III

Studio focusing on an interdisciplinary approach to complex problems in the interior environment for the practice areas of healing, restoration, and well-being. Case studies, programming briefs, literature reviews, and collaborative teamwork are used to create evidence-based design solutions that incorporate creativity, human factors data, barrier-free and universal design concepts, life-safety codes, and building codes. Studio. Prerequisite: a grade of B- or better in ID 606. (3)

ID 608 Graduate Practice Studio IV

Studio focusing on an interdisciplinary approach to complex problems in the interior environments for diverse populations in a multi-level, mixed-use project. Literature reviews and multiple research methods are used to create evidence-based design solutions that builds on the interdisciplinary experience in ID-607. Students write their own programming briefs. Studio. Prerequisite: B- or better in ID 607. (3)

ID 626 Graduate Seminar

Investigates theories and hypotheses and examines current design theories. Emphasis is placed on deepening awareness of theories in interior design and encourages students to evaluate their personal philosophies, concepts, and practices as they relate to the field of design. Through individual readings, investigations, article reviews, and research topic presentations, students assess their values and positions on current issues. Prerequisite: permission of graduate program director. (3)

ID 697 Thesis or Design Research Proposal

Course focuses on the identification of a significant question or challenging issue in interior design that can be explored or investigated using empirical research methods. Through literature reviews, readings, and field studies, students formulate an individual empirical study in interior design under faculty supervision and critique. A written thesis proposal is produced. Students who do not fulfill all of the course requirements and are not eligible for an incomplete will receive an IP grade. Students with an IP must register for ID 697C and pay a registration fee. The continuation carries no credit. Prerequisites: a grade of B- or better in ID 607 and ID 600. (3)

ID 698 Thesis or Design Research Project I

Course focuses on the exploration of a significant question or challenging issue in interior design. Through readings and field studies, students formulate and carry out an individual investigation under faculty supervision and critique. Findings are presented in a written or graphic document and evidence-based design project. Students who do not fulfill all of the course requirements and are not eligible for an Incomplete will receive an IP grade. Students with an IP must register for ID 698C and pay a registration fee. The continuation carries no credit. Prerequisite: a grade of B- or better in ID 606 or ID 697. (3)

ID 699 Thesis or Design Research Project II

This capstone course is a continuation of ID 698. The thesis document or design research project employs research applications and inferences of analytical thought in the design process and communication of the design intent. Design projects or thesis findings and analyses are completed and presented to faculty. Upon approval, students give a final presentation of their projects and/or study findings to the university community. Students who do not fulfill all of the course requirements and are not eligible for an Incomplete will receive an IP grade. Students must register for ID 699C and pay a registration fee. The continuation carries no credit. Prerequisite: ID 698. (3)

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