BA in Interior Design

Sample Four Year Study Plan

 Freshman Year, Semester 1 (Fall)
Code Course Title Cr
INDS 111 Color Theory 2
ARCH 121 Basic Design I 4
ARCH 114 Technical Graphics 2
ARCH 113 Free Hand Sketching 1
MATH 113 Calculus I 4
ENGL 101 Composition 3
UNIV 100 University First-Year Transition 1
Total   17
 Freshman Year, Semester 2 (Spring)
Code Course Title Cr
INDS 122 Model Making 2
ARCH 122 Basic Design II 4
ARCH 115 Architectural Drawing and Presentation 3
CSCI 112 Introduction to Computer Programming 3
CSCI 113 Introduction to Computer Programming Lab 1
SOCI 101 Contemporary Social Issues 3
Total   16
 Sophomore Year, Semester 1 (Fall)
Code Course Title Cr
INDS 211 Interior Design Studio I 4
INDS 212 Theory of Semiotics 3
ARCH 241 History and Theory of Architecture 1 3
ARCH 223 Computer Architectural Drawing 2
MEST 100 Introduction to Islam in World Culture  3
Total   15
Sophomore Year, Semester 2 (Spring)
Code Course Title Cr
INDS 221 Interior Design Studio II 4
INDS 222 Interior Constructions, Materials and Finishes 1 3
INDS 223 Ergonomics and Furniture Design 2
ARCH 242 History and Theory of Architecture 2 3
PHIL 100 Critical Thinking and Reasoning  3
Total   15
 Junior Year, Semester 1 (Fall)
Code Course Title Cr
INDS 311 Interior Design Studio III 4
INDS 313 Interior Constructions, Materials and Finishes 2 3
MENG 468 Building Utilities I: HVAC and Mechanical Building Services 3
ARCH 341 History and Theory of Architecture 3 3
ENGL 200 Advanced Composition 3
Total   16
Junior Year, Semester 2 (Spring)
Code Course Title Cr
INDS 321 Interior Design Studio IV 4
INDS 322 History of Modern Interior Design 2
INDS 323 Design with Light & Sound – High-tech Interiors 2
MENG 462 Design of Thermal Systems 3
ENVS 102 Sustainability and Human-Environment Relations 3
  Elective 1 3
Total   17
 Junior Year, Summer Semester
Code Course Title Cr
ENGR 390 Internship 3
Total   3
 Senior Year, Semester 1 (Fall)
Code Course Title Cr
INDS 411 Interior Design Studio V 4
INDS 412 Graduation Project Thesis Research 2
ARCH 487 Project Management 3
COMM 102 Reading Image and Film 3
UNIV 200 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability 3
Total   15
Senior Year, Semester 2 (Spring)
Code Course Title Cr
INDS 421 Graduation Project Design 6
  Elective 2 3
ARCH 485 Professional Practice 3
ARCH 482 Specifications and Quantity Surveying 3
Total   15
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INDS 111 - Color Theory (2 credits)
Pre-requisite(s):None

Color theory, temperature and schemes are studied. Skills on pigment mixing and color grading are obtained.

ARCH 121 - Basic Design I

Pre-requisite(s): Nil.

An introduction to the basic components of two-dimensional design: subject, form, content, with a focus on their dynamic interrelation. Through observation, analysis, discussion of traditional and contemporary approaches in fine and commercial arts, students learn to apply the elements and principles of visual organization to creative projects using various media.

ARCH 114 - Technical Graphics

Pre-requisite(s): Nil.

A project-based course; it depends primarily on the development of manual drawing skills. It is based on use of instruments and equipments necessary for accurate drafting of simple geometric constructions gradually evolved into orthogonal – isometric and axonometric – projections, planes, sections and elevations.

ARCH 113 - Free Hand Sketching

Pre-requisite(s): Nil.

Perception of architectural and artistic objects, volumes, textures and materials. Means of expression in free hand sketching of forms and natural settings. Sketching including different plants, objects and people using pencil and other presentation media with special emphasis on the aesthetic proportions of objects. The course incorporates the basic principles of perspective drawing, shade and shadow techniques, rendering techniques including pencil, ink and water color.

MATH 113 - Calculus I

Pre-requisite(s): MATH 095/105, or appropriate score on Math Placement test

The concept of derivative (instantaneous rate of change) is an essential factor in solving real-world problems. One of the objectives of this course is to understand the conceptual foundation of derivative, and learn different techniques of computing the derivative, as well as learning how to apply it to solve real-world problems. Another objective is to understand the concept of integration and learn basic integration technique.

ENGL 101 - Composition

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 099 or passing English Placement Test

English 101 provides students with intensive practice in drafting, revising, and editing expository essays for an academic audience. Using logical, rhetorical, and linguistic structures in their writing, students also develop their ability to think creatively, critically, and independently. Throughout the course, students engage in reading texts, evaluating sources, using their reading to form their own opinions, preparing research papers, and employing the MLA documentation style to avoid plagiarism.

UNIV 100 - University First-Year Transition

Students in this course transition to university life by focusing on academic adjustment, by developing decision-making skills, and by learning about services and opportunities for involvement. Although all classes have a core body of knowledge, each class specializes in a particular aspect of university life.

INDS 122 - Model Making (1 credit)
Pre-requisite(s): None

This course provides students with skills in architectural model making and with knowledge in model making techniques, materials and processes.

ARCH 122 - Basic Design II

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 121

This course is an introduction to the fundamental process and concepts of design theory as it relates to the 3 dimensional world. Students will be involved in hands on explorations through the use of materials such as but not limited to: Foam-core board, plaster, and wire. The functions of space, volume, mass, plane, line, scale, symmetry/asymmetry, form, balance and structure shall be explored.

ARCH 115 - Architectural Drawing and Presentation

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 113

Various techniques of drafting, architectural expressions and projection. Perspective drawings using one and two vanishing points. Techniques of structuring interior and exterior perspectives of buildings, using various means of architectural presentation. The effect of shade and shadow on architectural drawings. Projection of different forms and shapes of buildings.

CSCI 112 - Introduction to Computer Programming

Co-requisite(s): CSCI 113

This course introduces students to computers and programming languages and more specifically the C++ language. Besides, students learn to use computer programming as a problem-solving tool. The topics covered include basic operations, data types, input/output, selection statements, control structures, arrays, functions, and strings.

CSCI 113 - Introduction to Computer Programming Lab

Co-requisite(s): CSCI 112

This course introduces the use of computer programming as a problem-solving tool in laboratory environment. Topics in procedural programming include, simple data types, input/output, selection statements, control loops, testing, debugging, and programming environments.

SOCI 101 - Contemporary Social Issues

The course is an introduction to basic sociological concepts and examines aspects of human behavior in a cultural framework including: individual and group interaction, social mobility and stratification, status and class, race and gender relations, urbanism, crime and criminology, and social change and reform.

INDS 211 - Interior Design Studio I (4 credits)
Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 122

The course aims to provide students with an introductory idea of the interior design field, interior spaces functionality, and indoor space quality and comfort requirements.

INDS 212 - Theory of Semiotics (3 credits)
Pre-requisite(s): INDS 111

The course aims to introduce students to the theory of semiotics and teach them how to use language, meanings, symbols, images, signs, etc. for expressing design ideas.

ARCH 241 - History and Theory of Architecture 1

Pre-requisite(s): Nil.

Introduction to history of art and architecture, and their development through the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome. Analysis of historical monuments and buildings and their architectural characteristics. Emphasis on the architectural principles, theories, and impact on the development of buildings throughout ancient times. Examining ancient historical patterns. Viewpoints of various progressive theoreticians.

ARCH 223 - Computer Architectural Drawing

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 114 The role of computer in architectural design and production of drawings. This course also introduces the students to more advanced drawing software including Revit, Rhino, Photoshop, etc.

MEST 100 - Introduction to Islam in World Culture 

The course provides an introduction to the basic sources and historical contexts for the origins of Islam; some of the basic spiritual principles expressed in those sources; the contexts and practices that exemplify the spiritual principles; contributions Islam has made to civilization and to the political, social and cultural identity of the UAE. It will illustrate the concept of Islamic studies through a global, interdisciplinary and comparative approach and examine contemporary global and local issues that impact and are impacted by Islamic culture.

INDS 221 - Interior Design Studio II (4 credits)
Pre-requisite(s): INDS 211

This course aims to teach students to design interior spaces with regard to their surroundings and environment. Skills in the analysis and design of mid-size spaces residential and commercial.

INDS 222 - Interior Constructions, Materials and Finishes 1
Pre-requisite(s): INDS 122 

The course offers a comprehensive study on building materials and finishes, and focuses on walls, floors and ceilings. Construction methods and details are studied.

INDS 223 - Ergonomics and Furniture Design (2 credits)
Co-requisite(s): INDS 222

The course addresses the design of interior spaces for heathy living and for safe and efficient work. Human factors, ergonomics and anthropometrics application in the design of spaces and furniture. Space furnishings design and detailing.

ARCH 242 - History and Theory of Architecture 2

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 241

The development of art and architecture through Early Christian era, Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance. Comparative analysis of historical building types from Byzantine through classical revivalism in Europe and the United States. Relevant theories of architecture and arts.

PHIL 100 - Critical Thinking and Reasoning 

This introduction to basic principles of reasoning and critical thinking enhances the learner’s abilities to evaluate various forms of reasoning in everyday life and in academic disciplines. The course explores such topics as inductive and deductive reasoning, the nature and function of definitions, fallacy types, statistic use and misuse, and the rudiments of logic.

INDS 311 - Interior Design Studio III (4 credits)
Pre-requisite(s): INDS 221

The course focuses on commercial and educational interior spaces design, the formation of spatial and functional composition, integration of buildings utilities and formation of a student’s individual artistic style.

INDS 313 - Interior Constructions, Materials and Finishes 2 (3 credits)
Pre-requisite(s): INDS 222

A continuation of Interior Constructions, Materials and Finishes 1, the course focuses on windows/doors and their treatments, millwork, cabinetry, built-ins, kitchen and bathroom appliances and fixtures and the interface between different materials.

MENG 468 - Building Utilities I: HVAC and Mechanical Building Services

Pre-requisite(s): PHYS 110

Heating: radiators, convectors, under floor heating, radiant heating, warm-air heaters, boilers; Ventilation: natural and mechanical, single-sided ventilation, cross ventilation, stack ventilation; Airconditioning: constant volume, variable air volume, fan coils, chilled beams, chilled ceilings, heat pumps, split systems, variable refrigerant flow systems, chillers, dry coolers, cooling towers, air diffusers; Building design and building services: the different regulatory authorities and requirements of lifts, fire-fighting plumbing, sewage; Pipes, ducts and cabling; Construction and maintenance procedures; Controls: Analogue and direct digital control, building management systems, integrated control systems.

ARCH 341 - History and Theory of Architecture 3

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 242

Development of Islamic art and architecture since the dawn of Islam. Analysis of architectural characteristics and Islamic heritage. Social, environmental and functional implications on the architecture in the Moslem World, which yield a suitable habitat for Moslem people. Analysis of selected examples of historical monuments from Islamic countries.

ENGL 200 (ENGL 302) Advanced Composition

Pre-requisite(s): Completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours and credit for ENGL 101 (Completion of 45 credits)

This course builds on the general college-level writing skills and strategies students have acquired in earlier courses, and prepares them to do advanced level analysis and writing specifically within their major field and their possible future workplaces.

INDS 321 - Interior Design Studio IV  (4 credits)
Pre-requisite(s): INDS 311

The course focuses on medium-scale public spaces design, understanding the various functions of public spaces, horizontal and vertical circulation, and detailed analyses of interior spaces components such as surface, texture, and furniture.

INDS 322 - History of Modern Interior Design (3 credits)
Co-requisite(s): ARCH 341

The course studies and analyzes contemporary interiors, furnishings, accessories and decorative techniques starting from the beginning of the modern era to the present. New materials and decorative techniques development are emphasized.

INDS 323 - Design with Light & Sound – High-tech Interiors (2 credits)
Pre-requisite(s): INDS 313

Through this course students obtain knowledge and practical skills in space’s lighting and acoustical design. Integration of light and sound into the design of stages, exhibitions, theaters, halls, etc. High-tech materials and technologies for interiors are studied.

MENG 462 - Design of Thermal Systems

Pre-requisite(s): MENG 361 and MENG 341

Application of principles of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and thermodynamics in the component design of thermal systems. Examples are drawn from power generations, environmental control, and industrial processes. Students work on group projects for integration of these components in the design of thermal systems.

ENVS 102 - Sustainability and Human-Environment Relations

The course examines the interactions between human and environmental systems, and its effect on the future of environmental sustainability. Topics covered include global and local environmental change, conservation of the ecosystem, biodiversity, water management and climate change.

ENGR 390 - Internship

Pre-requisite(s): Completion of 90 credits and a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher

Supervised field experience of professional-level duties for 180 to 240 hours at an approved internship site under the guidance of a designated site supervisor in coordination with a faculty supervisor.

INDS 411 - Interior Design Studio V (4 credits)
Pre-requisite(s): INDS 321

The course focuses on large-scale public spaces design, the understanding of public spaces interrelationships, their role in society and the community, and the integration of light and sound into the design of spaces.

INDS 412 - Graduation Project Thesis Research (2 credits)
Pre-requisite(s): INDS 321

The course is oriented towards the systematic analysis of the graduation project dealing with the nature of the project, functional and spatial relationships, location and setting, physical and human environments, the use of case studies, and provision of synthesis and alternative concepts as design solutions. The outcome will be presented in both a written report and visual presentation.

ARCH 487 - Project Management

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 336

The course covers key components of project management including project integration, project scope management, project time and cost management, quality management, human resource considerations, communications, risk management, and procurement management.

COMM 102 - Reading Image and Film

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101

This course allows leaners to study aesthetic effects and strategies of persuasion in contemporary visual images. Learning engagement include images in electronic media, film, photographs, cartoons, advertisements, and public performances and events.

UNIV 200 - Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (3 Credits)

This course aims at equipping the next generation of leaders in the UAE with an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset and its related core skills. The course combines three main points: design thinking, entrepreneurship, and growth and leadership.

INDS 421 - Graduation Project Design (6 credits)
Pre-requisite(s): INDS 412

Project-based, the course deals with thesis preparation and research outcomes and synthesis. It proceeds to develop preliminary architectural design concepts, assesses alternative design approaches, development of the design through a systematic process of evaluation of spatial, functional, social, structural, environmental, and aesthetic aspects, and finally, presents the complete design project. This includes the preparation of a full set of working design drawings.

ARCH 485 - Professional Practice

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 422

Professional Practice is a course characterized by breadth rather than depth. The course presents an overview of the historic and contemporary context and complexities of architectural practice and the varied and evolving roles and responsibilities of the architect with an emphasis on the characteristics of best practices

ARCH 482 - Specifications and Quantity Surveying

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 336

To prepare the students to handle the practical tasks which faces the engineer in the real life. The topics discussed in readings and course lectures are selected to give the student a comprehensive understanding of the process of generating, bidding, and performing construction contracts, components of direct and indirect construction costs, work breakdown, contingency and risk. This course teaches the methodology, procedures and organizational techniques involved in preparing a competitive bid. Detailed estimates for each major construction discipline are prepared, based upon real construction project documents. Ethical considerations in budgeting and estimating are discussed. Topics include elements of the construction process, project delivery types and types of construction contracts.