Student Learning Objectives B.F.A.
a. Understanding of the basic elements of design in two and three dimensions and the relationships of these elements to aesthetic expression. These are developed throughout the degree program but begin with studies of art and design fundamentals in both theoretical and studio applications.
b. Skill in the application of design principles in a wide variety of residential and nonresidential projects. This requires an in-depth knowledge of the aesthetic properties of structure and surface, materials, furniture, textiles, lighting, and the ability to research and solve problems creatively that pertain to the function and quality of the interior environment.
c. Understanding of the technical issues of human factors, including areas such as programming, environmental control systems, anthropometrics, ergonomics, and proxemics. The ability to integrate human factor considerations with design elements is essential.
d. Understanding of the technical aspects of construction and building systems, and energy conservation, as well as working knowledge of legal codes and regulations related to construction.
e. The ability to communicate concepts and requirements to the broad spectrum of professionals and clients involved or potentially involved with interior design projects. Such communication involves verbal, written, and representational media in both two and three dimensions and encompasses a range from initial sketch to finished design. Familiarity with technological advances in communication, such as computer assisted design, are essential.
f. Functional knowledge of basic business practices in interior design; the history of art, architecture, decorative arts, and interior design; and production elements such as installation procedures, project management, and specification of materials and equipment.