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Introduction to Interior Design I

DESIGN 3102: Introduction to Interior Design I

The study of the relationship of form, function and material within the context of Interior Design.
Credit Hours

Prerequisite: Admission to Bachelor of Science in Design - Interior Design program; or permission of instructor.


This is the first in a series of interior design studios for the Interior Design Major. This course introduces students to the study of relationships between form, space, function, ergonomics, and natural light within the context of Interior Design.


  • To understand the iterative nature of the design process through a critical practice of making, studying, and refining.
  • To understand the purposeful use of design principles and elements to organize space and support design concepts.
  • To understand the significance of architectural and interior design precedents to broaden historical knowledge and inform design decisions.
  • To explore multiple design tools and techniques -traditional and alternative- (including orthographic projection, perspective, sketching, model-making and diagramming) to ideate, develop, refine, and communicate conceptual ideas and design proposals.
  • To communicate design ideas through written statements, oral and graphic presentations.

Required Textbooks and other printed materials

  • Ching, Francis D.K. Architecture: Form, Space and Order. Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1979.
  • Ching, Francis D.K. Architecture: Interior Design Illustrated. Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1979.

Baseline technical skills for online courses

  • Basic computer and web-browsing skills.
  • Navigating Carmen: for questions about specific functionality, see the Canvas Student Guide.

Required software/technologies for this course

  • CarmenZoom virtual meetings (free)

Required or recommended equipment 

  • Computer: current Mac (OS X) or PC (Windows 7+) with internet connection that can support CarmenZoom calls
  • Webcam: built-in or external webcam, fully installed and tested
  • Microphone: built-in laptop or tablet mic or external microphone
  • Other: a mobile device (smartphone or tablet) or landline to use for BuckeyePass

Course Organization

This is a 3 credit hour course that meets in person

Sample Coursework 

The type of work that students can expect include:
  • Attendance is required
  • There will be two main assignments along with two projects

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