Advanced Interior Design I

DESIGN 5102: Advanced Interior Design I

Principles of organizational strategy and interior identity development addressing the physical, social, and psychological context of work, leisure, and learning environments.
Credit Hours

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


This is a combined course integrating D5200 (Design Research III for Interior Design) and D5202 (Advanced Interior Design). Together, the courses compose the “senior capstone studio”. The first course addresses design opportunities, including skills of problem identification, formulation, qualitative and quantitative research, analysis, and project proposals for Interior Design. In D5202, principles of organizational strategy and interior identity development are addressed in the physical, social, and psychological context of work, health, leisure, and learning environments. This senior level course prepares students for the professional practice of interior design by integrating professional knowledge and skill development with self-awareness. In addition to inter and personal development, students demonstrate their capacities to conduct research, analyze data, and think critically to explore and synthesize creative solutions to interior design problems. Student’s work reflects three years of cumulative knowledge, techniques, and skills required for the professional practice of interior design.


By the end of this semester, students should successfully be able to demonstrate:
  • An understanding of the design process from pre-design and research to design development to creatively solve a design problem
  • An understanding of how social, economic, cultural and physical contexts inform interior design decisions
  • An understanding of how current and emerging issues informs design decisions (i.e, how design research provides relevant information, insight and inspiration for design processes, informing program development, concept development, schematic and design development)
  • An understanding of how to conduct evaluative design research by analyzing case studies and precedents, and how to apply human-centered design to the built environment (including human factors and perception, ergonomics, universal design and inclusive design)
  • An understanding of how to communicate and express ideas through written and visual communication techniques including sketches, model-making (digital and physical)
  • An understanding of how to apply principles and theories of light and color effectively in relation to environmental impact and well-being
  • An understanding of how to integrate furnishings, products, materials and finishes to support design intent
  • An understanding of how to apply IBC, federal laws, and standards that impact human experience including local codes for fire and life safety; barrier-free and accessibility regulations and guidelines (including ADA restrooms, (2) means of egress, no dead-end corridors)

Required Textbooks and other printed materials

  • All required class readings will be posted on Carmen

Digital readings

  •  All required readings will be posted to Carmen

Course Organization

This is a 3 credit house class that meets in person for 2:40 twice a week

Sample Coursework

Students can expect:
  • Lab/studio
  • Reading and other assignments

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