Interior Design

http://fitnyc.edu/interiordesign

Associate Degree Program (AAS)

Applications accepted for fall and spring. HEGIS 5012

The major in Interior Design offers qualified students the opportunity to prepare for careers as interior designers with design, architectural, and similar firms, or as freelance designers, draftspersons, or renderers. Interior Design major transfer credits are subject to departmental approval.

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREAID 115 - Interior Design Studio I4
ID 121 - Survey of Interior Design2
ID 133 - Presentation Techniques I1.5
ID 157 - Drafting for Interior Design1.5
RELATED AREACG 111 - Survey of Computer Graphics1
CD 113 - Three-Dimensional Design
  or FA 141 - Drawing I G6
1.5
LIBERAL ARTSEN 121 - English Composition G13
HA 112 - History of Western Art and Civilization: Renaissance to the Modern Era G53
Semester 2
MAJOR AREAID 116 - Interior Design Studio II4
ID 134 - Presentation Techniques II1.5
ID 158 - Perspective Drawing1.5
ID 253 - CAD I1.5
RELATED AREAFA 142 - Drawing II G61.5
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see History of Art and Civilization*3
choice - see Requirements*3
Semester 3
MAJOR AREAID 212 - Interior Design Studio III4
ID 221 - Interior Design: 1650-18502.5
ID 241 - Lighting Design I1.5
ID 243 - Materials and Methods of Interior Construction I1.5
ID 255 - CAD II1.5
RELATED AREATS 122 - Textile Principles for Interior Design1.5
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*6
Semester 4
MAJOR AREAID 214 - Interior Design Studio IV4
ID 222 - Interior Design: 1850-19502.5
ID 254 - Interior Design Working Drawings2
ID 262 - Professional Practice I2
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*6
ELECTIVEchoice - General Elective1.5-3
TOTAL CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
MAJOR AREA39
RELATED AREA5.5
LIBERAL ARTS24
ELECTIVE1.5-3
HEALTH AND/OR PHYS. ED2
 Total Credits: 72-73.5

SUNY General Education Requirements:
A “G” followed by a number 1-10 identifies specific courses that meet SUNY General Education baccalaureate degree requirements (or visit fitnyc.edu/gened).

G1 Basic Communication; G2 Mathematics; G3 Natural Sciences; G4 Social Sciences; G5 Western Civilization; G6 The Arts; G7 Humanities; G8 Foreign Language; G9 Other World Civilizations; G10 American History.

*Requirements: See below (also see Liberal Arts Requirements).

English/Speech: 6 credits
EN 121 (G1) (Prerequisite: College-level English as demonstrated by placement test OR completion of appropriate Educational Skills courses) or equivalent, and
CHOICE of one 200- or 300-level EN course, except: EN 259, 321, 322, 323, 342, and 366.

History of Art and Civilization: 3 credits
CHOICE of HA 111, 121, 221, 223, 224, 225, 226, 231, 311, or 314 (any one of these meets G7).

Mathematics: 3-3.5 credits
Graduation requirement: Arithmetic proficiency as demonstrated by placement test OR completion of appropriate developmental mathematics course(s).
CHOICE of MA 142, 161, 213, 222, 231, or 331 (any one of these meets G2).

Science: 3-5 credits
CHOICE of SC 111, 112, 121, 122, 045/145, 253, 326, or 032/332 (any one of these meets G3).

Social Sciences: 6 credits
CHOICE of two: SS 131, 141, 151, 171 (any one of these meets G4).

Upper Division Alternatives:
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in Interior Design and Toy Design, and the Bachelor of Science program in Textile Development and Marketing.
By completing certain course requirements, graduates may also apply for admission to the Bachelor of Science program in Home Products Development.

Courses

ID 101 — Introduction to Interior Design

2 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE HOURS

For students not majoring in Interior Design. Provides an overview of the interior design profession and its history, industry, and related career areas. Introduces fundamentals of residential and contract design, basic space planning, color development, furnishings, and materials selection

ID 103 — Interior Design Merchandising

2 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE HOURS

For Fashion Merchandising Management students. Introduces the main categories of home furnishings and the merchandising practices in department stores and showrooms

ID 104 — Light/Sound/Motion

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

For Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design students. The elements and principles of lighting, sound, and motion as they relate to exhibition design are introduced. Students learn about lamping, beam spread, color effects, illumination and calculation, and light manipulation. Electricity, voltage, wiring, breakers, fuses, and switches are studied. The effects of light and shadow are explored

ID 115 — Interior Design Studio I

4 CREDITS; 0 LECTURE AND 8 LAB HOURS

An introduction to the interior design profession, with an emphasis on problem solving for small residential spaces. Elements and principles of design are explored as well as human factors, color theory, and the art of lighting. Students are introduced to residential space planning, furniture layouts, the development of color schemes, and the selection of finishes, furnishings, and materials

ID 116 — Interior Design Studio II

4 CREDITS; 8 LAB HOURS

Reinforces concepts and skills developed in Interior Design Studio I. Extends student abilities in space planning and furniture layouts for larger residential spaces to small contract office spaces. Focuses on the development of color schemes and the selection of furniture and finishes. Introduces students to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its impact on the design of interior spaces

ID 121 — Survey of Interior Design

2 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE HOURS

Analyzes the history of furniture, interiors, and decorative arts from ancient times through Gothic periods in France, England, Italy, Spain, and Middle Europe; and the Renaissance through Baroque periods in Italy, Spain, and Middle Europe

ID 133 — Presentation Techniques I

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Presents techniques of rendering the elements of interior spaces in detail, including finishes, fabrics, window treatments, and accessories. Students learn quick visualization techniques and are introduced to the use of varied media in the representation of light, texture, color, value, and form

ID 134 — Presentation Techniques II

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Perfects rendering skills and develops the ability to graphically express the designs of interior spaces

ID 135 — Model Construction

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Students are introduced to architectural modeling materials, techniques, shortcuts, and methods of construction to produce a full-color interior model for client presentation. All aspects of model building, from sketch models to laser, are considered

ID 151 — Basic Drafting Techniques

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

For Continuing Education students. Familiarizes students with the use of drafting equipment and materials. Provides instruction in elementary drafting skills and conventions, employing mechanical pencils and pen and ink in the representation of plans, elevations, and sections

ID 153 — Computer Space Modeling and Visualization

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

For Continuing Education students. The concepts and techniques of creating, viewing, and manipulating three-dimensional, computerized interior models are examined. Through the generation of sections and perspectives, students develop an in-depth understanding of the modeling techniques used for creating and analyzing interior space

ID 157 — Drafting for Interior Design

1.5 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 1 LAB HOUR

An introductory course on basic drafting skills and concepts used in interior design. Students learn to use drafting materials and tools and to produce design drawings. Universal concepts of interior design drafting are addressed, including line weights and types, scale, and elevation

ID 158 — Perspective Drawing

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Develops skills in producing one- and two-point perspective drawings for the visualization and communication of interior design solutions. Students learn to use different methods of generating perspective views to meet the needs of the interior design profession

ID 172 — Design, Color, and Lighting Principles and Theory

1.5 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 1 LAB HOUR

For Continuing Education students. Students focus on the principles of design and composition as influenced by the use of color and its application in the built environment, and the fundamentals of lighting design as they apply to the form, texture, and finish of interior space

ID 201 — Color for Interiors

2.5 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 3 LAB HOURS

For students not majoring in Interior Design. Introduces the use of color as a design tool for both residential and contract interiors while analyzing the interrelationship of color and light

ID 212 — Interior Design Studio III

4 CREDITS; 8 LAB HOURS

Problem solving focuses on specific building types and user groups in areas including corporate, retail, and institutional. Appropriate research methods and programming of client requirements are introduced, as well as techniques of diagramming space to provide proper circulation and activity relationships. Design concept, image, color and finishes, graphics, building codes, and barrier-free design compliance are emphasized. Evaluations by practicing interior designers and architects highlight student presentations

ID 214 — Interior Design Studio IV

4 CREDITS; 8 LAB HOURS

Through research, design analysis, and problem solving, students explore the user groups and challenges associated with the multi-functional use of hospitality and residential spaces. Lighting, color finishes, materials and details, building code issues, and barrier-free applications are emphasized. Evaluations by practicing interior designers and architects highlight student presentations

ID 218 — Introduction to Design for the Theater

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Extends interior design skills into areas of theatrical design through a series of design projects that acquaint the student with the fundamental techniques of designing settings for stage and television, including fashion show productions

ID 221 — Interior Design: 1650-1850

2.5 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE AND 1 LAB HOURS

Traces the major period styles used in interior design in England, France, and the United States from the mid-17th to the mid-19th centuries, with an analysis of their evolution from concepts and forms developed in early classic civilizations

ID 222 — Interior Design: 1850-1950

2.5 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE AND 1 LAB HOURS

Traces interior design and the evolution of modernism in Europe and the United States from the theory and practice of mid-19th century reformers to the modern movements of the early 20th century

ID 225 — Domestic Arts and Architecture in Britain: 1500-1830

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

Conducted in England, this course surveys British domestic architecture, interiors, and furnishings from the Medieval to the Regency period. Many lectures take place in historic houses, towns, and museums

ID 226 — Decorative Arts, Architecture, and Interior Design in Italy

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

Focuses on the development of domestic architecture, interior design, and decorative arts in Italy from the Etruscan period through the Baroque. Presented in and around Rome, Florence, and Venice, the course emphasizes the relationship of architecture and interior design, textiles and furniture, as well as the integration of painting and sculpture. Approximately three weeks in January or June

ID 241 — Lighting Design I

1.5 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 1 LAB HOUR

Provides basic understanding of vision as affected by light, color, texture, and form. Introduces basic principles of lighting design including criteria, calculations, planning, and layout

ID 243 — Materials and Methods of Interior Construction I

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Provides the student with an understanding of the construction process as it relates to the building of interior spaces

ID 245 — Introduction to Interior Plantscaping Design

3 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Introduces the principles and techniques of planting design as it relates to interior environments, both residential and contract

ID 253 — CAD I

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Introduces general concepts of Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), with emphasis on two-dimensional drafting applications such as floor plans, furniture plans, reflected ceiling plans, and elevations. Students create, store, modify, and plot drawings. Students are taught to generate hard copies of their work

ID 254 — Interior Design Working Drawings

2 CREDITS; 4 LAB HOURS

Students learn how to prepare a construction set of working drawings for use by contractors and the building trades. Architectural drafting techniques, schedules, specifications of materials and finishes, and principles of door and cabinetwork detailing are included. Students read drawings and understand conventions employed by architects, engineers, and the building trades

ID 255 — CAD II

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Presents CAD drafting, dimensioning, and detailing in order to create two-dimensional drawings for architecture, interior design, and construction. Methods for creating and using different line types and text styles are demonstrated. An introduction to three-dimensional modeling is included

ID 262 — Professional Practice I

2 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE HOURS

A fundamental understanding of the professional standards and practices of interior design, including client relationships and marketing, is provided. Business methods and client record-keeping techniques are introduced. Fabric and furniture resources, typical sampling, specifying, and manufacturing processes are researched and discussed. Special floorings and wall coverings, window treatments, and upholstery methods and techniques are reviewed

ID 299 — Independent Study in Interior Design

1-3 CREDIT

ID 312 — Interior Design Studio: Institutional

4 CREDITS; 8 LAB HOURS

Introduces students to more complex building types and design studies. Work includes institutional spaces, such as health care, government, and religious facilities, cultural centers, and supportive communities. Students develop in-depth research and design analysis methods, and explore specific user-group requirements that address cultural, behavioral, and quality-of-life issues. Application and knowledge of building codes and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance are further developed in design project assignments

ID 314 — Interior Design Studio: Residential

4 CREDITS; 8 LAB HOURS

Explores the multi-dimensional aspects of the residence and principles of problem solving applied to urban and suburban living space. High-end cooperative/condominium apartments, townhouses, and country and vacation homes are studied. In-depth research methods are expanded upon through exchanges with guest design collaborators and field trips. Application of codes and barrier-free environments are studied, as well as focus areas of design such as the bath and/or kitchen

ID 322 — Decorative Arts Survey

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Surveys the decorative arts and other related objects, including porcelain and ceramics, metalwork, glass and wood, frames, and carpets from Europe, England, Asia, and America. Students learn to recognize and determine appropriate artifacts as well as ceiling, wall, and floor coverings for use in interior environments. Local resources are identified and craftsmanship technologies are outlined and explored

ID 323 — Interior Design: 1950 to Present

2 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE HOURS

An in-depth study of the history of interior design and decoration in the 20th century, emphasizing its development after World War II and the transformation of the practice and role of the professional in society. Introduces students to the philosophies of modern interior design movements (postmodernism, minimalism, deconstructionism, etc.), practitioners (Wright, Aalto, Baldwin, Eames), and the influence of historical styles on contemporary work

ID 331 — Presentation Techniques III

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Studies in advanced techniques involved in the rendering and presentation of interior spaces, including collage, colored pencil, film, photography, airbrush, and other advanced types of media. Students develop and explore new concepts, methods, and ideas for formatting their design work

ID 332 — Interior Rendering in Colored Pencil

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Using colored pencil, students explore advanced rendering techniques, from quick schematics to finished renderings, as they relate to the interior design profession

ID 341 — Lighting Design II

1.5 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 1 LAB HOUR

Advanced course deals with increased awareness of the application of lighting principles in more complex interior design environments. Various types of architectural and decorative lighting sources are explored. The impact of codes compliance, budget estimating, and project cost control methods are examined

ID 343 — Materials and Methods of Interior Construction II

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Students develop a greater awareness of building technology: the functional role of structure in various building types and how it is a major consideration in an interior design project. The various construction systems used to create exterior envelopes of buildings are taught. Vertical circulation systems, mechanical systems, specialized hardware, special finishes and coatings, and the various CSI-formatted specification and information systems are studied

ID 345 — INTERIOR ARCH DETAILING

2 CREDITS; 4 LAB HOURS

Introduces the basic elements of architectural woodwork and related joinery methods and their application to the detailing of various custom design components within the interior. The nature and properties of wood, plastic, metal, glass, and stone as materials for fabrication are studied. Detailed working drawings are developed in conjunction with the student's design studio projects. Environmental implications of materials (availability and sustainability) and finishes (toxicity) are also examined

ID 346 — Interior Architectural Detail

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Course addresses basic elements of architectural woodwork and related joinery methodologies and their application to the detailing of various custom components of interior spaces

ID 354 — CAD III

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Three-dimensional modeling for interior designers. The course consists of lectures, demonstrations, and lab exercises describing and teaching the general concepts and techniques of creating, viewing, and manipulating three-dimensional computerized architectural models

ID 362 — Furniture, Finishes, Fixtures, and Equipment

1.5 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 1 LAB HOUR

Students explore the interior design marketplace as it relates to furnishing and accessorizing the interior environment. Methods of learning how to locate, evaluate, and modify such items as upholstered furniture, kitchen and bath equipment, hardware, floor and wall finishes, window treatments, and office systems are studied. Emphasis is placed on the preparation and development of specifications and procurement of design products

ID 363 — Building Regulations

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

Studies of the various regulations that govern the design, construction, and occupancy of building interiors relative to public health, safety, and welfare. Zoning ordinances, state building codes, federal occupational regulations, fire prevention, egress, barrier-free accessibility (ADA), and administrative requirements are covered

ID 373 — Human Factors and Interior Ergonomics

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

For Continuing Education students. Examine appropriate design to fit environment, space, and equipment to human characteristics. Physical anthropology, physiology, and psychology play a role in the design of everyday tasks at work and in the home

ID 412 — Interior Design Studio: Store Planning/Retail Design

4 CREDITS; 8 LAB HOURS

Advanced problems in retail/store planning and design, which include boutiques, specialty shops, and department stores. Awareness of regulations and codes, design analysis, presentation techniques, and marketing as well as methods of written and verbal communication are studied. Professional practitioners act as collaborators in evaluating student projects

ID 421 — Historic Preservation I

2 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE HOURS

Provides basic understanding and appreciation of preservation and considers the appropriate recycling of historic interior spaces. Preservation and recycling projects in this country and abroad are analyzed and discussed

ID 422 — Historic Preservation II

2 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE HOURS

Advanced course with emphasis on research and field work. Major preservation and/or recycling projects to be selected and executed individually or in groups. Students develop programs and prepare design solutions

ID 431 — Computer Rendering

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Lectures, demonstrations, and lab exercises describe and teach the general concepts and techniques of creating, viewing, and editing computer renderings of interior spaces. The software for the course is internationally recognized as an acceptable standard for manipulating graphics. The computer offers the student the ability to constantly view and alter work

ID 441 — Lighting Design III

1.5 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 1 LAB HOUR

Advanced study of lighting design, emphasizing design and detailing of lighting fixtures for residential and commercial installations. Students explore manufacturing methods and materials, and estimating and obtaining cost quotes

ID 444 — Furniture Designha

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

An introductory course to the creative process of furniture design. Human factors and ergonomics related to furniture design are studied in depth

ID 445 — Interior Product Design

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

The course introduces students to three-dimensional interior product design for use in the residential, contract, and hospitality markets. Emphasis is on the design of products with specialized functions, including universal design and special needs

ID 461 — Professional Practice II

2 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE HOURS

Deals with common situations associated with professional interior design practice, including contracts, procurement and billing procedures, fees, marketing and sales efforts, public relations, professional ethics, office organization, estimating, and progress scheduling

ID 471 — Environmental Systems

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Examines the control of interior environments through the supply of heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and plumbing systems; study of the various electrical systems and sub-systems is included. Reference sources are provided so students build an understanding of how these systems interface within the built environment

ID 472 — Ecology and the Built Environment

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

The growing impact of ecology on the interior design profession is studied and includes such topics as non-depletable energy services, energy conservation, and resource conservation. Students explore the relationships between ecology and building construction, furniture, furnishings, equipment, building mechanical systems, and building maintenance. Recycling, reuse, and ecological awareness are among the areas studied

ID 479 — SENIOR SEMINAR

1 CREDIT; 2 LAB HOURS

ID 493 — Internship

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

An internship in a qualified design office, industry showroom, or trade/workroom/fabricator as selected by the student with the approval of the chairperson. This internship is for a total of 15 weeks and 135 hours minimum: 5 weeks, 3 hours per week on campus, plus 10 weeks, 12 hours minimum per week on site. Includes individual interviews and assessment reviews with the student and instructor for pre-, during, and post-internship work experience. Assessment forms analyzing and evaluating the experience are required and a final closure interview is held

ID 494 — Senior Thesis Design Project Research

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

A prerequisite to the senior thesis design project, this course deals with research methodology related to preparing a design program. Students obtain, develop, and analyze data and design criteria as well as building drawings specific to their selected areas of study. Faculty and a professional mentor/expert specializing in the student's field of study offer information, guidance, and counsel during the programming phase and subsequent design development of the following semester. Students select their senior thesis topic, subject to the approval of the chairperson

ID 495 — Senior Thesis Design Project

4 CREDITS; 8 LAB HOURS

Based on the design program researched and written in the prior semester, students prepare a capstone project in interior design that synthesizes space planning, building regulations, accessibility, lighting, furniture layouts, color finishes and materials, furniture and furnishings selections, details, and their selected methods of presentation/communication. Students work in a classroom studio throughout the semester and culminate their study with a presentation to faculty, mentors, and invited design professionals

ID 499 — Independent Study in Interior Design

1-3 CREDIT