BA in Interior Design

Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Art in Interior Design requires the completion of 129 credits in the following areas:

Requirements description Credits
I. General Education Requirements 31
a. Orientation Courses   16
b. Knowledge Domain – Humanities & Fine Arts   6
c. Knowledge Domain – Social and Behavioral Sciences   6
d. Knowledge Domain – Natural Sciences/Mathematics   3
II. Engineering Requirements 3
a. Compulsory   3
b. Elective    
III. Department Requirements 14
a. Compulsory   14
b. Elective    
IV. Major Requirements 81
a. Compulsory   75
b. Elective   6

General Education Requirements (31 Credits)

University General Education Requirements are (31) Credit Hours, as follows:

Orientation Courses (16 Credit hours)

UNIV 100 University First-Year Transition is mandatory for first year students.

 

Code Course Title Credit Hours
STAT 100 Introductory Probability and Statistics 3
ENGL 101 Composition 3
UNIV 100 University First-Year Transition 1
ITEC 103 Fundamentals of Information Technology  3
ARAB 101 or
ARAB 110
Beginner Level Arabic and Culture for non-Native Learners I or
Arabic Language and Culture for Native Arabic Speakers I
3
UNIV 200 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Sustainability 3

General Knowledge Domains (19 Credit Hours)

Humanities and Fine Arts (6 Credit Hours)

Code Course Title Credit Hours
MEST 100 Introduction to Islam in World Culture  3
PHIL 100 or
ENGL 200
Critical Thinking and Reasoning  or
Advanced Composition
3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 Credit Hours)

Code Course Title Credit Hours
UAES 200 Survey of United Arab Emirates Studies 3
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology 3

Natural Sciences/Mathematics (3 Credit Hours)

Code Course Title Credit Hours
ENVS 102 Sustainability and Human-Environment Relations 3

The fifth writing intensive course is INDS 412 Graduation Project Thesis Research.

Engineering Requirements

Faculty Requirements are (3) Credit Hours include the following courses:

Code Course Title Credit Hours
ENGR 390 Internship 3

Department Requirements

Department Requirements are (14) Credit Hours as follow:

Compulsory: (14 Credit Hours)

Code Course Title Credit Hours
ARCH 121 Basic Design I 4
ARCH 122 Basic Design II 4
ARCH 223 Computer Architectural Drawing 2
ARCH 341 History and Theory of Architecture 3 3

Major Requirements

Major Requirements are (75) Credit Hours as follow:

Compulsory: (75 Credit Hours)

Code Course Title Credit Hours
INDS 111 Color Theory 3
INDS 112 Design Communication 1:  Sketching and Drawing for Interiors 3
INDS 121 Interior Design Process, Human factors and Ergonomics 3
INDS 122 Model Making 3
INDS 211 Interior Design Studio I 4
INDS 212 Theory of Semiotics 3
INDS 213 Interior Construction Methods, Materials and Finishes 1 3
INDS 221 Interior Design Studio II 4
INDS 222 Interior Constructions, Materials and Finishes 1 3
INDS 223 Ergonomics and Furniture Design 3
INDS 224 Sustainable Approaches in Interior Design 3
INDS 311 Interior Design Studio III 4
INDS 312 Construction Drawings and Interior Detailing 3
INDS 313 Interior Constructions, Materials and Finishes 2 3
INDS 321 Interior Design Studio IV 4
INDS 322 History of Modern Interior Design 3
INDS 323 Design with Light & Sound – High-tech Interiors 3
INDS 411 Interior Design Studio V 4
INDS 412 Graduation Project Thesis Research 2
INDS 413 Quantity Survey and Specifications 3
INDS 414 Professional Practice 1: Codes and Regulations 3
INDS 421 Graduation Project Design 5
INDS 422 Professional Practice II: Ethics and Project Management 3

Major Electives: (6 Credit Hours)

To be selected from the following list of courses:

Code Course Title Credit Hours
INDS 351 Photography 3
INDS 352 Model Making (advanced) 3
INDS 353 Landscape and Garden Design 3
INDS 451 Sketch and Painting 3
INDS 452 Textile and Printing 3
INDS 453 Advanced BIM: Scheduling and coordination 3
INDS 454 Research Methods for Interior Design 3

 

Total 129 Credits 

 

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STAT 100 - Introductory Probability and Statistics
3 Semester Credit Hours

This course introduces students to the basics of probability theory and statistical inference with examples and applications in sciences. At the end of this course, students will acquire the necessary quantitative competency in the program.

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.

ITEC 103 - (SCIT 103) Fundamentals of Information Technology 

The course focuses on the nature and uses of computers with an introduction to word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentation software and related lab projects and includes computer systems organizations, communications and networking, legal and ethical issues, effective presentation information, computer security and the internet.

ARAB 101 Beginner Level Arabic and Culture for non-Native Learners I

Pre-requisite: None

Beginner Level Arabic Language and Culture 1 is the first in a four-course beginner and intermediate Arabic language sequence specifically tailored to the needs of non-native Arabic language students in the English and Mass Communication Programs (though any non-native learner of Arabic may enroll). This course introduces the student to the Arabic alphabet and the basics of reading and writing in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Instruction in the language is enriched by reference to cultural themes and visits to sites of cultural importance.

ARAB 110 - Arabic Language and Culture for Native Arabic Speakers I

Pre-requisite(s): ENGL 101

Arabic literature has developed many traditions though originating from a common source. The course is an introduction to representative texts from contemporary Arab writers, and their connections with the traditions of the past. The method is comparative, with a study of literary, political social and religious aspects, as well as the application of a theoretical framework of analysis.

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.

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.

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.

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.

UAES 200 - Survey of United Arab Emirates Studies
1 Semester Credit Hour

This course presents the UAE from multiple perspectives in an attempt to expose the students to the distinct qualities of the UAE. The purpose of this course is to give students a broad, interdisciplinary, and comprehensive introduction to key features and issues in the UAE’s historical, cultural, political and economic landscapes. (Writing Intensive Course)

PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology

This course provides an overview of major areas in the field of psychology. The following topics will be covered in this course: history of psychology; research methods used in psychology; organization of human brain and biological basis of behavior; sensation; perception; basic principles of learning; cognition; language; intelligence; emotion; motivation; developmental psychology; personality theories and assessment, stress and its effect on health; abnormal behavior and therapies; and, social psychology.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

INDS 112 - Design Communication 1:  Sketching and Drawing for Interiors (3:2:3)

Pre-requisite(s): None

This course introduces students to the principles and techniques of interior design’s form and space representation and communication. The course makes the students familiar with manual drawing tools and modes of documenting to develop students’ sketching, technical drawing and ideation skills.

INDS 121 - Interior Design Process, Human factors and Ergonomics (3:3:0)

Pre-requisite(s): None

The aim of this course is to provide knowledge in design process steps, components, human factors, anthropometrics and ergonomics and how they influence design solutions and contribute to the human wellbeing. It offers skills in gathering, analyzing human-centered evidence, application of ergonomics and other human factors in inclusive, universal design.

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.

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.

INDS 213 - Interior Construction Methods, Materials and Finishes 1 (3:2:3)

Pre-requisite(s): INDS 121 and INDS 122
Co-requisite(s): ARCH 223

The course aims to provide students with understanding of building material, finishes, and furnishings, their fabrication process, installation methods and maintenance requirements and skills in selecting materials, finishes and furnishings to support the design intent, project criteria and human and environmental wellbeing. The courses focuses on classic materials.

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.

INDS 224 - Sustainable Approaches in Interior Design (3:3:0)

Pre-requisite(s): ENVS 102

The course aims to explore the complex context of sustainability, its application in interior design, sustainability approaches in interior design and how sustainable approaches in interior design contribute to environmental and human wellbeing. The course provide practice in systems thinking for understanding how social, economic, cultural sustainability influences the design.

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 312 - Construction Drawings and Interior Detailing (3:2:3)

Pre-requisite(s): INDS 223

This course will lead the students to continue exploring more advanced software application and the principles of Building Information Modelling used to visualize, document and communicate interior design working drawings.

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.

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.

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.

INDS 413 - Quantity Survey and Specifications (3:3:0)

Pre-requisite(s): ARCH 312
Co-requisite(s): INDS 414

The courses suggest methods of selection and specifications of material products (finishes, furniture, accessories, floor, window treatments, lighting and other fixtures) employed in interior design. Students will source and identify suppliers, manufacturers for products and the methods, procedures, techniques for preparing a competitive bid including quantities and methods of measurement.

INDS 414 - Professional Practice 1: Codes and Regulations (3:3:0)

Pre-requisite(s): INDS 323

The aim of this course is to equip students with knowledge of regional and international laws, codes, standards and guidelines that influence the encounter of the inhabitants with interior spaces and skills in application of laws, codes, standards and guidelines concerning built environment, sustainability, wellness, inclusive and universal design.

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.

INDS 422 - Professional Practice II: Ethics and Project Management (3:3:0)

Pre-requisite(s): INDS 414

The aim of the course is to provide awareness of the context of interior design practice, the influence of local and global context on design practices, understanding of the interior design profession principles, processes, responsibilities and its value to the society, interior design management, business formation, practices, and ethics.

INDS 351 - Photography (3 credits)

Photography is an art for documenting and capturing the beauty of life surrounding us. For Interior design, photography is important for capturing the inner meaning beyond the indoor design. Learning photography means learning how to capture a reality at an exact moment. In this course, students will learn how to use tools and light to produce images related to supporting the interior design object.

INDS 352 - Model Making (advanced) (3 credits)

Model making is the activity of creating a 3D miniature form related to the design. It is a 3D representation of the designer’s idea based on the client’s need. In the advanced course, the variety of material choices and tools is introduced. The advanced making of model components and materials will be introduced in the workshop class.

INDS 353 - Landscape and Garden Design (3:2:3)

Pre-requisite(s): None

This course aims to introduce principles of landscape design throughout all its phases. Students study types of landscape, materials and its relationship with the context, environmental and human wellbeing and apply various representation techniques in landscape design projects.

 

INDS 451 - Sketch and Painting 

The course is an advanced study with a focus on creating sketches. The use of different drawing materials and drawing base will be introduced and practiced. Producing technical or artistic sketches and developing them into a real painting using different painting color materials will be experienced in the workshop class.

INDS 452 - Textile and Printing (3 credits)

The role of textile in interior design is important. This indoor design material, which is woven or made of fabric, can be used in any variation and in any room design. The important role of textile with its surface characters, color combinations, patterns and arrangements to form different indoor atmospheres will be discussed and implemented along with some printing techniques.

INDS 453 - Advanced BIM: Scheduling and coordination (3:2:3)

Pre-requisite(s): INDS 312

The course aims to introduce technologically based collaboration of interior design with multiple disciplines and provides knowledge and training on collaboration tools and methods using Building Information Modelling applications. It focuses on developing, reading, exploring, and coordinating working drawings and executive documents to avoid conflicts and ensure construction documents consistency.

INDS 454 - Research Methods for Interior Design (3:3:0)

Pre-requisite(s): None

This course aims to introduce research processes in design related tasks within the framework of Evidence-Based Design Approach. It offers a review of design research methods such as literature review, sampling procedures, questionnaires interviews, and observations.