Interior Designers create comfortable, convenient, and aesthetically pleasing spaces that meet the physical and psychological needs of their occupants. Interior Designers are involved with every aspect of an interior space, from planning the layout to shaping the space in three dimensions, to enriching and embellishing the space with materials, finishes and furniture.
Professional interior designers must be able to communicate their design ideas to clients via presentation boards, models and color renderings as well to the contractors who will build their designs via construction documents. Interior designers must design spaces that meet life safety codes, the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and sustainable design standards.
Park University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design is a professional training program and a comprehensive course of study. Lecture classes, design studios, technical skills training and professional practice opportunities are augmented by solid liberal arts coursework, giving Park graduates a uniquely well-rounded educational experience.
Students are prepared for commercial or residential design careers working for architecture or interior design firms or for such niche fields as lighting design or architectural illustration.
Park’s program fulfills the educational requirements of the professional qualifying exam, the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), which enables graduates to become registered interior designers.
Because Park University is located near a major metropolitan area, students have opportunities to interact with professional designers. Many classes are taught by adjunct instructors who are practicing in their area of expertise. Students visit design firms and are involved in the activities of professional organizations. Practitioners are invited to lecture and attend critiques. Seniors are assigned a professional mentor to guide their senior project.
Interior design students must be prepared to practice in a global society as well as locally. Opportunities for engagement in community service as well as an awareness of sustainability and global issues permeate the curriculum.
Building on the art and design principles introduced in the foundations year, each semester of the interior design sequence includes an interior design studio, a technical skills studio and a related lecture course, with projects increasing in complexity throughout the Interior Design curriculum. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree culminates in a two-semester Senior Seminar in which students research a project type and write a program to guide the design of their thesis project.
The BFA program includes six credit hours of upper level electives. Students may choose from internship, study abroad, a special topics course or an upper-level art course. Students in the Honors Academy may apply their honors project courses to this requirement.
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