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Elements and Principles of Interior Design (ID DT 01)

Course Category: 

47 hours (17 weeks).

Various; distance learning format.

September 2012 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: integrate historical and contemporary design influences contributing to current interior design philosophies; research and illustrate the details of architecture, interior design, furniture design techniques and ornaments; interpret and apply historic design styles to contemporary interior environment settings; undertake basic drafting and hand sketching and rendering techniques using traditional drafting tools and media; demonstrate the ability to hand letter in the basic architectural font; measure and draft plans for a room to scale; produce two-dimensional and three-dimensional perspectives in hand drafting to be incorporated as project presentation requirements; apply design principles to the creation of interior environments; recognise the functional aspects of furniture and designed object materials; apply design methodology in defining, analyzing and solving problems of creating interior environments; apply principles of color theory to interior spaces; implement design solutions from the concept stage to design development; and evaluate and implement creative design solutions to meet the functional and aesthetic needs of the client.


This course is delivered in an instructor-monitored, distance learning format and consists of study guides, required texts, supplemental reading, essay assignments, quizzes, homework, observation, required interaction with the instructor,a nd 24-hour access to online support as needed. Topics include: sketchbooks, design binders and samples library, sketching and hand rendering techniques of hatching, stippling scumbling, perspective drawing techniques, measure onsite to produce as-built plans, hand drafting, drawing plans to scale and architectural lettering basics by hand; hand drawing techniques; historical review of architecture, furniture, and decor, design and stylistic changes through the 17th to 20th centuries; presentation techniques, design principles of form, light, color, texture, pattern and principles of design, unity, balance, rhythm, emphasis, contrast, scale and proportion, elements and principles design matrix, communication, color theory, material boards and sample boards, schedules and budgets. Prerequisite: Demonstration of computer ability, knowledge of AutoCAD (or equivalent), and record of formal education. 

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Interior Design (12/15) (6/17 administrative review) (9/22 revalidation).  NOTE: A former note indicating students must successfully complete a series of five courses to gain access to credit recommendations was removed enabling students to gain access to discrete credit recommendations established for individual courses.