Certificate in Interior Design for Architects

This certificate program is specifically addressed to architecture students interested in exploring and deepening their knowledge and skills about the design of interior environments. With a strong emphasis on research and programming the spaces to support human activities and well-being, the studio work focuses on the design of complex environments, such as hospitals, hotels, or new typologies of commercial/public spaces. Students can choose one studio class and three lecture/lab classes for a minimum of 15 credits, among the following options. All courses are delivered on-campus.

ID213: Lighting Design (3 credits) Students are introduced to lighting-design vocabulary, sources, systems, and luminaires. They will complete basic illumination calculations for interior lighting based on understanding human behaviors and social needs. Designs will be investigated for light as a form giver to interiors as students integrate lighting with design of interior environments. Day lighting will be discussed as it relates to electric lighting.

ID214: Design of Materials (3 credits) Students develop an understanding related to product materials by learning how to use materials more creatively. In this context, this course has these objectives: introducing to new ways of thinking relevant to product material exploration; creating substantive and practical understanding of opportunities in using and specifying product materials; and developing competence with the knowledge, methodologies, and tools that advance successful design development.

ID314/ID314M: Research: ID Methods, Materials, and Technology (3 credits) Students develop a working knowledge of the materials, techniques, and technologies necessary to carry out a project. This course explores building functions, distributions, dimensions, and technological features. Students develop knowledge that will enhance their creativity and help them acquire a vision of space that focuses on living models in line with contemporary lifestyles. Lectures will be complemented by visits to fairs and exhibitions in Milan or other cities.

ID316/ID316M Furniture Design (3 credits) Students will learn about the Italian system of design and production of world class furniture. They will visit factories, design studios, and showrooms to acquire first-hand knowledge of, and experience with, the Italian furniture industry. Students will be required to design a piece of furniture and present it to a panel of faculty members and industry representatives.

ID302: Interior Design Studio V (6 credits) Students will work in teams to explore large-scale office design and focus on systems furnishing as it integrates with the architecture and human needs. Students complete an extensive program to identify social, physical, and psychological needs of the occupants. Prior learning about thermal systems, acoustics, indoor environmental quality, lighting, color, and building systems will be applied. Further code requirements will be analyzed and implemented.

ID303/ID303M: Interior Design Studio VI (6 credits) Students will focus on medium-scale, urban retail and/or residential design problems. Students use their creative and cultural knowledge, technical skills, and marketing/communication tools to develop accurate space proposals. A design problem will be completed that focuses on concept and creativity. Opportunity exists for mixed-use spatial exploration and design.

Courses ending with an M are also offered as study abroad opportunity at Domus Academy in Milan, Italy.