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B.S. Interior Design – Course Descriptions

B.S. Interior Design – Course Descriptions

The Interior Design program at High Point University is in the midst of a curriculum change. Below you will find a list of courses for the curriculum effective before fall 2012 and for the new curriculum, available beginning fall 2012. The course listings for those effective before fall 2012 constitute classes for students who entered the Interior Design program prior to that fall. After students who entered the program in fall 2011 have taken a set of courses, they will be removed from the catalog and no longer offered. The majority of these 2000-level courses will no longer be offered after the spring of 2013. The courses that are listed as effective after fall 2012 constitute the curriculum for students entering the Interior Design program starting in the fall of 2012 and later.

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INT 3150 Textiles (3)

Course Description: An investigation of textiles for interior use. Topics include fibers, yarns, construction techniques, finishes, consumer protection, specification of textiles for residential and non-residential end-users, and designer responsibility as related to consumer health, safety and welfare. Prerequisites: INT-1140 or HFS-2610


INT 3170 Lighting Design and Color (3)

Course Description: An introduction to interior electrical lighting systems and design, principles and perceptions of light, and color. Emphasis is placed on color theories and lighting design for both residential and nonresidential interiors Prerequisites: ART-1060, HFS-2610, INT-1130, INT-1140, INT-2160, INT-2170, INT-2270, INT-2300, INT-3150, INT-3190, and INT-3200


INT 3190 Building Technology (3)

Course Description: An overview of common residential and non-residential building systems as they relate to built architectural environments, including: structural systems, methods of construction, current trends in building materials and their applications, installation methods, mechanical systems, environmental concerns, and laws, building codes, and ordinances as related to interior environments with emphasis on the interrelationship between interior and exterior materials. Prerequisites: ART-1060, HFS-2610, INT-1130, INT-1140, INT-2160, INT-2270, and INT-2300


INT 3200 Materials, Finishes, and Calculations (3)

Course Description: A study of various products, their composition and construction, and surface materials and finishes, other than those of a structural nature, which are appropriate for the interior environment, including materials for floors, walls, ceilings, windows, and other interior surfaces. Subject matter covered will consider: basic material characteristics, manufacturing processes, appropriateness for selection based on function and code compliance, generic characteristics of goods specified by the interior designer, installation methods, maintenance considerations and quantity calculations, and estimating techniques. The course examines: specification guidelines and drawings, product sourcing, including sustainable and green, available to the interior designer. Both residential and contract interior materials and finishes are addressed. Prerequisites: ART-1060, HFS-2610, INT-1130, INT-1140, INT-2160, INT-2170, INT-2270, and INT-2300


INT 3280 Contract I (3)

Course Description: A studio design course focusing on designing non-residential interior environments. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, programming , design development, barrier-free, and universal design considerations in relation to effective visual communication, code compliance, materials selection, and FF&E specifications. Both hand and CAD drawing formats are emphasized. Prerequisites: ART-1060, HFS-2610, INT-1130, INT-1140, INT-2160, INT-2170, INT-2270, INT-2300, INT-3150, INT-3190, INT-3200, and INT-3300


INT 3300 Residential (3)

Course Description: An introduction to the elements unique to residential spaces and the residential client. Prerequisites: ART-1060, HFS-2610, INT-1130, INT-1140, INT-2160, INT-2170, INT-2270, INT-2300, INT-2710, INT-2720, INT-3150, INT-3190, and INT-3200


INT 3310 Global Issues and the Built Environment (4)

Course Description: A cross-cultural study of the built environment in a global context. Students will investigate cultures other than their own. Special consideration will be given to the problems of housing the world’s population and to building responsibly in a time of changing cultural patterns and increasingly limited natural resources. (cross-listed with GBS-3310) Prerequisites: Must have declared an Interior Design major or received permission from the instructor


INT 3370 Interior Detailing (3)

Course Description: Advanced projects focusing on the detailing of interior spaces, including custom millwork and custom casework design, construction drawings, and materials selection for residential and non-residential interiors. Prerequisites: ART-1060, HFS-2610, INT-1130, INT-1140, INT-2160, INT-2170, INT-2270, INT-2300, INT-3150, INT-3190, INT-3200, and INT-3300


INT 3400 Portfolio Development for Interior Designers (1)

Course Description: A course focusing on the development of a professional portfolio appropriate for the interior design field. Students will research portfolio options and technologies and document existing and current work. Students will be required to show completed portfolios in the Senior Show. Prerequisites: ART-1060, HFS-2610, INT-1130, INT-1140, INT-2170, INT-2170, INT-2300, INT-3150, INT-3190, INT-3200, INT-3280, and INT-3300


INT 3980 Professional Practices (3)

Course Description: An introduction to ethical business practices and procedures in the field of interior design. Within this framework, the course provides an in-depth study of the profession of Interior Design, including the current state of the profession, legislative issues, professional goals, legal responsibilities, and design contracts (including contract administration and project management). Prerequisites: ART-1060, HFS-2610, INT-1130, INT-1140, INT-2170, INT-2270, INT-2300, INT-2610, INT-3150, INT-3190, INT-3200, or permission of the instructor


INT 4280 Contract II (3)

Course Description: An advanced studio design course focusing on functional and aesthetic solutions for non- residential environments. Prerequisites: ART-1060, HFS-2610, INT-1130, INT-1140, INT-2160, INT-2170, INT-2270, INT-2300, INT-3150, INT-3170, INT-3190, INT-3200, INT-3280, INT-3300, INT-3370, INT-3400, INT-3980, and Senior standing


INT 4444 Independent Study (1-3 credits)

Course Description: Admission by permission of the Chair of the department to undertake an assignment planned in advance.


INT 4990 Senior Seminar (3)

Course Description: A seminar designed to allow the interior design student to assimilate his or her knowledge by developing a creative solution to a comprehensive, multi-dimensional project presented to design professionals. Projects are exhibited in the Senior Show. Prerequisites: ART-1060, HFS-2610, INT-1130, INT-1140, INT-2160, INT-2170, INT-2270, INT-3150, INT-3170, INT-3190, INT-3200, INT-3280, INT-3300, INT-3370, INT-3400, and INT-3980

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INT 1100 Design and Society (4)

This course introduces students to the profession of interior design as one of many disciplines in a global community with a specific purpose. Students will be introduced to the language of design in its local and global context, the responsibilities of the interior designer, contemporary issues affecting the profession, and the various ways in which interior design can contribute to contemporary society.


INT 1220 Design Communication I: Visual Ideation (2)

This course introduces students to the concept of design thinking and its relationship to the act of sketching. Students are introduced to the design process and how it is integral to solving problems in a four-dimensional environment. Design thinking and drawing embraces the paradox of producing clear and complete representations of design ideas that are simultaneously open to improvement and change. Design thinking while exploratory, is also objective and intentional, and ideational design drawings convey quantitative accuracy, as it is imagined to be experienced in the qualities of a particular interior environment.


INT 1280 Studio I: Interior Form and Space (4)

This is the first of seven required studio courses. Students will become familiar with the studio culture and the role of self-, peer-, and outside criticism. This class focuses on the exploration of interior form and space through the manipulation of the elements and principles of design. Students will learn to evaluate and communicate theories and concepts of interior spatial definition and organization to validate the ordering system.


INT 2120 Design Communication II: Visual Abstractions (4)

This course explores the use of hand drafting, and the computer as a means for graphic design communication for scaled two-dimensional representation of interior spaces. This course will include the introduction of the drawing concept of orthographic projections as efficient methods to produce accurate, scaled, and succinct two-dimensional drawings that represent three-dimensional objects. The primary purpose of technical drawings is to describe a to-be-built environment, and to precisely instruct others of the intended outcome. Methods of graphic communication will include freehand and mechanical drawing, as well as computer software drawing with AutoCAD. Prerequisites: INT-1100, INT-1220, and INT-1280


INT 2140 History of Interiors I: Western Foundations (2)

This survey course is an overview of architecture, interiors, furnishings and art from 3000 BCE through the Rococo period, focusing on developments in Western Europe; providing the student with a social and historical survey of architectural forms, decorative interior treatments, furnishings and fine art.


INT 2180 Studio II: Plane and Pattern (4)

This course focuses on the identification and solving of two-dimensional design problems. Plane and pattern (the surface and the treatment) are explored as integral parts of the built environment and the methods by which designers can manipulate them. Prerequisites: INT-1100, INT-1220, and INT-1280


INT 2220 Design Communication III: Visual Presentation (4)

This course explores the use of models, sketching, hand drafting, and the computer as a means for graphic design communication for three-dimensional visualization of interior spaces. Prerequisites: INT-1220 and INT-1280


INT 2240 History of Interiors II: Classical Interpretations (2)

This survey course is an overview of architecture, interiors, furnishings and art from the English Georgian period in the early 18th century through the Victorian revivals of the 19th century, focusing primarily on developments in Western Europe; providing the student with a social and historical survey of architectural forms, decorative interior treatments, and furnishings. Prerequisites: INT-2140 or by permission


INT 2260 Building Technologies I: Construction Systems (2)

This course introduces the constraints and possibilities of design solutions as affected by the architectural envelope, particularly its construction. Students will become familiar with structural and non-structural systems as well as sustainable building methods and laws, codes, and standards impacting fire and life safety. Prerequisites: INT-2180


INT 2280 Studio III: The Human Interface (4)

This studio introduces the critical element of the human being when designing interior spaces. Students will explore the many facets of the human condition (physical, psychological, social & cultural) as applied to the design process while solving small scale problems. Prerequisites: INT-1220 and INT-1280


INT 3140 History of Interiors III: The Modern Experiment (2)

This survey course is an overview of architecture, interiors, furnishings and art beginning with Proto-modernist movements in the latter half of the 19th century in England and concluding with the Neomodern movement that concludes the 20th century; providing the student with a social and historical survey of architectural forms, decorative interior treatments, and furnishings.


INT 3160 Building Technologies II: Materials, Finishes & Furnishings (4)

This course will build upon information disseminated in INT2260 Building Technologies I, discussing materials, finishes, fixtures, and furnishing as they are selected, applied, and used within the architectural envelope, and how they relate to building structure. Prerequisites: INT-2260 and INT-2280


INT 3180 Studio IV: Programming (4)

This course is an advanced 3rd level interior design studio requiring the student to employ learning and skills acquired from 1st and 2nd year lectures and studios, focusing on mixed use design. Concentrations concern human factors and the built environment, solving complex design problems with creativity and ideation, and identifying and employing sustainable design practices. Special emphasis will be placed on sourcing, specifying, pricing, and presenting FF & E as related to the project. Prerequisites: INT-2220, INT-2260, and INT-2280


INT 3240 Global Issues and the Built Environment (4)

A cross-cultural study of the built environment in a global context. Students will investigate cultures other than their own. Special consideration will be given to the problems of housing the world’s population and to building responsibly in a time of changing cultural patterns and increasingly limited natural resources. Prerequisites: Must have declared an Interior Design major, or received permission from the instructor.


INT 3280 Studio V: Special Topics (4)

This special topics studio gives students the ability to engage design opportunities outside of the prescribed program of study. Students may choose from elective studios being offered by the department or university or take the opportunity to study design abroad. Prerequisites: INT-3140, INT-3160, and INT-3180


INT 4120 Design Communication V: Building Information Modeling (2)

A studio course exploring the use of current computer software as a means for graphic design communication using Building Information Modeling (BIM) to produce scaled three-dimensional interior drawings with attributes. Emphasis is placed on the comprehensive use of skill sets developed in previous coursework, and to develop additional skill sets related to design drawings conveying objects of volume in three-dimensional space. Prerequisites: INT-3160 and INT-3280


INT 4160 Building Technologies III: Building Systems (4)

This course will build upon information disseminated in INT 2260 and INT 3160 (Building Technologies I and II) with specific emphasis on understanding and designing interior spaces utilizing advanced building systems components such as lighting, electrical, HVAC, and fire and life safety. Prerequisites: INT-2260, INT-3160, and INT-3280


INT 4180 Studio VI: Integrations and Interventions (4)

This studio course focuses on the programming, schematic, and design development stages of a comprehensive project with particular emphasis on technological and systems interface between the architectural envelope, systems, furnishings and equipment. Prerequisites: INT-3160, INT-3180, and INT-3280


INT 4200 Professionalism and Business Practices (2)

An in-depth study of the profession of Interior Design, including the current state of the profession, legislative issues, professional goals, legal responsibilities, ethical issues, and design contracts (including contract administration and project management). This course provides an introduction to business practices and procedures in the field of interior design and the methods necessary for their implementation. Prerequisites: INT-3180


INT 4220 Design Communication V: Construction Documents (4)

This is an advanced studio course in which producing a full set of contracts and working drawings to understand both the functional and aesthetic solutions for non-residential environments are required. These solutions will conclude with the understanding and application of accessibility guidelines, building codes, materials and products. Prerequisites: INT-4120, INT-4160, and INT-4180


INT 4280 Studio VII: Capstone (4)

The capstone studio requires students to apply all previously learned interior design knowledge and skill to a complex, multi-functional project. The project will culminate with a formal presentation and show. Prerequisites: INT-4120, INT-4160, and INT-4180


INT 2881 Special Topics (Variable Credits)

Course may be repeated.


INT 3881 Special Topics (Variable Credits)

Course may be repeated.


INT 4810-15 Student Internship (3, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 credits)

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