Bachelor in Interior Design

Overview

The program is designed to develop and enhance students’ artistic abilities, knowledge and skills to be able to design, supervise, and implement interior design projects.

Program Educational Objectives

The Interior Design program aims to produce graduates who have:

  • A foundation in basic skills and the ability to apply those skills in their design process and presentation
  • skills and abilities required for data collection, analysis, design and evaluation of interior design projects including technical details
  • The ability to utilize up-to-date technology in the field of interior design, for example computer-aided design and other software applications, and working drawings and presentations
  • The ability to work as an efficient team member in multi-professional groups
  • The ability to recognize environmental factors and cultural, traditional and heritage aspects
  • ability of critical thinking and life-long learning
  • gained basic information about interior environment, with the application of lighting, acoustics and human factors.

Career Opportunities

As a creative, imaginative and artistic professional, the interior designer can expect to be working with clients, design and architectural firms or other professionals to develop design solutions that are safe, functional and attractive, and also meet the needs of the people who will use the space. To succeed, hard work prevails. Excellence will the result of being energetic, technically proficient, visionary and dedicated to the profession.

Graduation Requirements

The Bachelor in Interior Design will be awarded upon the fulfillment of the following:

  • Successful completion of all courses in the program curriculum (130 Credit Hours)
  • Successful completion of four Credit Hours of Engineering Training
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Interior Design program requires a UAE Secondary School Certificate, or its equivalent, with a minimum acceptable grade of 60 percent. For more information please refer to the university admissions policy.

For more details please visit undergraduate admissions

Study Plan

Proposed Sequence of Study

Course Description

 

200 101 Introduction to Design (1-4-0: 3)

Pre-requisite: None

The course covers design elements; material symbols; techniques of surface treatments; treatments of interior spaces and volumes; small project: color drawings and scale- models.

200 102 Perspective, Shades & Shadow (1-4-0: 3)

Pre-requisite: Engineering Graphics - 201 102

The course covers shade and light for 2D drawings; basics for drawing perspectives; architectural rendering and shade and light for 3D drawings.

270 234 CAAD I (1-4-0: 3)

Pre-requisite: IT Fundamentals – 310 100

The course covers the advantages of CAAD over the traditional design process, mastering AutoCAD 2000 software as a tool of CAAD design and places emphasis on the 2D AutoCAD with an introduction of 3D AutoCAD.

270 335 CAAD II (1- 4-0: 3)

Pre-requisite: CAAD I – 270 234

The course covers AutoCAD orders and tools, integrating presentation work through sharing (importing, exporting) drawing files with other presentation programs such as 3d Max and Photoshop. 3D Max and its implementation to basic architectural concepts is presented, including modeling and presentation, modeling tools, creating objects, primitives, compound objects, surfaces, modifiers, helpers, materials, textures, environmental controls, light and cameras. In addition maneuvering these capabilities and the creation of realistic images and scenes are also covered in addition to the application of key frames animation, controllers and expressions to create movies with full architectural, artistic and environmental touching.

290 103 Freehand Drawing I (2-4-0: 4)

Pre-requisite: None

An introductory studio course aimed at exploring the wide variety of concepts, methods and theories of freehand drawing. Students are taught to draw still-lifes, interiors, buildings, landscapes and the human figure in color, and black and white. College of Education & Basic Sciences 349

290 104 Freehand Drawing II (1-2-0: 2)

Pre-requisite: Freehand Drawing I - 290 103

This studio course will expand on representational techniques and is aimed at exploring and investigating the wide variety of concepts, methods and theories of freehand drawing studied previously. Students are taught techniques to be used in the presentation of their design concepts.

290 105 Color in Interior Design (2-2-0: 3)

Pre-requisite: None

This course is planned to provide the student with information on how color plays a role in our lives and in design by examining the properties, theories, meanings and effects of color. It offers a cross-circular approach by making connections between the art, the science, the psychology and/or sociology of each aspect of color.

290 111 Interior Design I (1-6-0: 4)

Pre-requisite: Introduction to Design – 200 101

This course introduces students to the primary elements and principles of small residential spaces. Through simple functional assignments, such as bathrooms and kitchens, students begin to understand the design of interior spaces. Students are also introduced to wall treatments, flooring, ceiling and finishing materials.

290 211 Workshop (1-4-0: 3)

Pre-requisites: Engineering Graphics - 201 102 & Perspective, Shades & Shadows – 200 102

This course is planned to train the student in the execution of scale models. It enables students to gain knowledge in different materials and the ability to use workshop tools.

290 212 Interior Design II (1-6-0: 4)

Pre-requisite: Interior Design I - 290 111

This course deals with the interior design of residential places or retail environments. Students are also introduced to external finishing and cladding, with an emphasis on wall treatments, flooring and finishing materials. Undergraduate Student Catalog 350

290 213 Interior Design III (1-6-0: 4)

Pre-requisite: Interior Design II - 290 212

This course deals mainly with the implementation of design concepts in the public sector. These include retail, cafés, restaurants and hair salons. Students are also encouraged to develop their knowledge in materials, wall treatments and finishes.

290 214 HISTORY of Interior Design I (3-0-0: 3)

Pre-requisite: None

This course aims to provide students with the historical background to interior design. (pre-historic art, the historic periods of Egypt and Mesopotamia, Greek structures and art, Roman structures and art, Early Christian interiors, Byzantine structures and interiors, Romanesque interiors and Islamic structures and interiors).

290 215 History of Interior Design II 3-0-0: 3)

Pre-requisite: History of Interior Design I - 290 214

The course deals with the theoretical concepts of interior design and decoration of contemporary movements and developments, which led to modern features in interior design.

290 216 Interior Construction I (2-2-0: 3)

Pre-requisites: Engineering Graphics - 201 102 & Interior Design II 290 212

This course provides an understanding of the elements and materials of interior construction and the graphic methods used to communicate this information.

290 217 Furniture Design (1-4-0: 3)

Pre-requisite: Interior Design I - 290 111

This course aims to provide students with a historical study of furniture design through historical periods, while studio time is used for design exercises and model-making projects.

290 222 Lighting & Acoustics for Interior Design (2-2-0: 3)

Pre-requisite: Interior Design I - 290 111

This theoretical course aims to provide students with the basics of lighting and acoustics in interiors. The course covers the various types of lighting and acoustics available, acoustics in interior spaces and the effect of noise on human beings. College of Education & Basic Sciences 351

290 257 Psychology of Design (3-0: 3)

Pre-requisite: Interior Design II - 290 212

This course deals with the psychological relationship between people and design. It explores the way design is directed at satisfying people’s needs, and its impact on the creative process.

290 314 Interior Design IV (1-6-0: 4)

Pre-requisite: Interior Design III - 290 213

This course deals mainly with the implementation of design concepts in administrative buildings. These include public, private and executive offices. Students are also encouraged to develop their knowledge in creating environments suitable for high performance activities.

290 315 Interior Design V (1-6-0: 4)

Pre-requisite: Interior design IV - 290 314

This course deals mainly with the implementation of design concepts in commercial buildings. These include hotels, motels and resorts. Students are also encouraged to develop their knowledge in creating environments suitable for high performance activities, whilst acquiring knowledge in materials, wall treatments and finishes.

290 316 Textile & Accessories (2-2-0: 3)

Pre-requisite: Color in Interior Design – 290 105

The course gives the ideas and techniques needed for the use and application of textiles and accessories to create aesthetic and functional interior spaces .It also gives an understanding of dealing with different styles of textiles and accessories.

290 317 Interior Construction II (2-2-0: 3)

This course provides more advanced and specialized aspects of interior construction elements and systems, which define the space and provide character to interior spaces.

290480 Islamic interiors

A theoretical course covering major regional styles of the Islamic World, with special emphasis on the Arab World. Undergraduate Student Catalog 352

290 484 Selected Topics in Interior Design (3-2-0: 3)

Pre-requisite: None

This course consists of an advanced research project on problems related to interior design. The chosen topic is determined on the basis of the students’ interest, under the supervision of a college member.

290 318 interiors in THE UAE (3-0-0: 3)

Pre-requisite: Interior Design III - 290 213

This theoretical course aims to provide the students with extensive knowledge on UAE traditional and contemporary interiors.

290 319 Working Drawings I (2-2-0: 3)

Pre-requisite: Interior Construction II - 290 317

This course is an introduction to construction and detail drawings. It enables students to gain knowledge of interior finishes, and to implement that knowledge in their drawings.

290 321 Interior Landscape (1-4-0: 3)

Pre-requisite: Interior Design III - 290 213

This course aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills for successful landscape design, with emphasis on planning, design, resources and technologies.

290 323 Practice in Interior Design (3-0-0: 3)

Pre-requisite: Interior Design III - 290 213

This course deals with the theoretical characteristics of business in the interior design field. Through the examination of the various factors of business practices, students would be well equipped to work successfully in the interior design field, as well as for future opportunities to set up their own design office.

290 420 Working Drawings II (1-2-0: 2)

Pre-requisite: Working Drawings I - 290 319

This course follows-up the construction and detail drawings course. It enables students to gain additional knowledge on basic interior detailing, millwork and cabinetry design. This course focuses on detailing, technical drawings, specifications and scheduling. College of Education & Basic Sciences 353

298490 Graduation Project I (2-2-0: 3)

Pre-requisite: Interior Design V - 290 315

This research oriented course enables the students to successfully develop in information gathering and analysis, to insure the success of their interior design graduation project.

298495 Graduation Project II (2-8:0: 6)

Pre-requisite: Graduation Project I - 298490

The course gives the student an opportunity to explore his ability and knowledge of dealing with actual existing project in interior design. By using the suitable furnishing requirements, student can create an aesthetic and functional interior design.

290 481 Interior Photography (1-4-0: 3)

Pre-requisite: None

The main goal of this course is to give students the useful tools of photography techniques necessary for documenting their work, and to enhance their artistic taste in general.

290 482 Advanced CAAD Application (1-4-0: 3)

Pre-requisite: CAAD II – 270 235

Three dimensional studies of architectural graphic programs principles of electronic drafting and its capabilities to achieve an outstanding result to student presentations, projects, and design concepts.

290 483 Theory of Interior Design (3-0-0: 3)

Pre-requisite: Interior design II - 290 212

This course is an introduction to the significant theories concerning interaction between people and their environments. It would include scientific explanatory theories about people, materials and systems in relationship to design.

290 326 Selected Topics in Furniture Design (1-4-0: 3)

Pre-requisite: Furniture Design - 290 217

This course will look at the unexplored possibilities of furniture design by means of approaching the subject in a different philosophical approach leading to the development of drawings and the construction of a scaled model or a prototype. Format includes class discussions, field trips and individual research Design of a chair and construction of half-scale prototype. Undergraduate Student Catalog 354

290 320 Interior Design Practical Training (4 Credit Hours)

Pre-requisite: None

The aim of this training is to enable students gaining basic professional interior design knowledge, such as; interior finishing materials, suppliers, materials specification, bill of quantity, cost estimation.

290 485 Sustainability for Interior Design (3 Credit Hours)

Pre-requisite: None

The aim of this course is to introduce the concept and principles of sustainability to interior design students. Practical examples will be considered where sustainability issues are integrated in design and in projects.

290484 Selected topics in interior design (3-0-0:3

This course consists of an advanced research project on problems related to interior design. The chosen topic is determined on the basis of the student’s interest, under the supervision of a college member.