Interior Design

Curriculum

The following are the required courses for this major. Students meet with the Education Department to create a personalized academic plan. Transfer credits, placement tests, changes in curriculum, and other factors help determine which courses must be taken prior to graduation.

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GNST 1040
English Composition
UNITS: 3
In this process-oriented course, students combine deep, disciplined research with careful writing and revision to produce a thoughtful, creative, and personally meaningful research essay. They learn to formulate focused research questions, identify and investigate credible sources, and synthesize expert opinion with their own insight in support of a clearly defined, complex thesis. The emphasis is on curiosity, exploration, and discovery. As part of the process, students also gain confidence and competency in two primary areas of written expression: organization and mechanics.
GNST 1230
Color & Design Theory
UNITS: 3
An introductory study of the principles and elements of color and design theory. Students critique aspects of a visual representation by analyzing the components of design and the use of color by the artist.
GNST 1420
Historic Textiles
UNITS: 3
A survey of textiles from pre-Columbian, Coptic, Sassanian, Persian, Egyptian, and Peruvian through 20th century Art Deco. Emphasis is placed on the ability to analyze pattern development, materials, and constructions from historic periods. Students research how political, social, and environmental factors influence textile patterns.
GNST 1450
College Mathematics
UNITS: 3
An application course focusing on mathematical concepts used in everyday life. Students integrate computation and analysis with authentic learning in graph analysis, Venn diagrams, analytical geometry, statistical measures of central tendency and variation, and financial mathematics. Prerequisites: To register for GNST 1450, students must successfully pass the math placement test or pass GNST 450.
GNST 1600
Effective Speaking
UNITS: 3
A course in oral communication designed to give students poise, speaking confidence, and the ability to develop and produce a focused, well-organized speech that holds the audiences attention through effective delivery methods. Presentational skills and audience-centered communication are emphasized.
GNST 1620
The Creative Process
UNITS: 3
This course explores the science of creativity and emphasizes a psychological and socio-cultural approach. Students analyze and develop their own creative process through a quarter-long design project.
GNST 1650
Critical Thinking
UNITS: 3
Designed to foster independent thinking, this course strengthens students capacity to reason clearly, critically, and creatively, including the ability (1) to analyze the arguments of others, (2) to synthesize effective arguments of their own, and (3) to solve problems skillfully. Students also gain experience in reading closely and conducting purposeful, imaginative research skills essential to the examination of demanding social, moral, political, and personal issues. Prerequisite: GNST 1040
GNST 2960
American Political & Economic History
UNITS: 3
A survey of American history from 1930-2000. Emphasis is on the political and economic features, both domestic and foreign, that contributed to the emergence of the welfare state and the nations rise to global leadership after World War II. The course provides an understanding of the Great Depression, the Second World War, the Cold War, Americas eventual emergence as the worlds only superpower, and the interrelation of all these factors.
INTD 1000A
Sketching Techniques I
UNITS: 3
An introduction to the basic techniques of representative drawing using pencil and value markers. Students sketch and critique still-life settings, interior, and exterior elements. Emphasis is placed on students’ ability to produce representational drawings within a short time frame.
INTD 1000B
Sketching Techniques II
UNITS: 3
Fundamental concepts of developing three-dimensional drawings in one and two point perspective utilizing mechanical measured grids are introduced. Further development of markers using both gray scale and the introduction of color marker applications are emphasized. Exercises in representing color and material samples and interior spaces are explored. Prerequisite: INTD 1000A
INTD 1090A
Technical Drawing I
UNITS: 3
An introduction to the principles and techniques of architectural drafting. Students learn to create plans, elevations, sections, and detailed views of objects and spaces to produce construction documents to meet standard conventions.
INTD 1090B
Technical Drawing II
UNITS: 3
This course focuses on understanding the concepts of computer-aided design and drafting, and learning the various applications of AutoCAD. Development of vocabulary and basic skills. Prerequisite: INTD 1090A
INTD 1090C
Technical Drawing III
UNITS: 3
Further development of the skills needed to produce computer-aided drawings are emphasized. Demonstrating the use of these skills, students gain a working knowledge of the application of the design process by creating sets of contract documents appropriate for interior spaces including formatting and cross-referencing drawings. Prerequisite: INTD 1090B
INTD 1220
Design Process
UNITS: 3
Study of the progression from inspiration to execution in the design process. Analysis of the techniques used to resolve aesthetic relationships with two- and three-dimensional objects.
INTD 1350
Survey of Architecture & Interior Design I
UNITS: 3
This is a survey of the historical styles of architecture, furniture, and interiors from Egypt through the early 19th century. The course is designed to introduce the concepts and terminology incorporating major social, economic, political, and cultural factors.
INTD 1450
Residential Design Concepts
UNITS: 3
Study of residential space planning and utilization of interior space as applied to functional and aesthetic requirements.  Emphasis is on schematic and quick presentation work for both plans and elevations.  Students apply anthropometric and ergonomic principles in space planning. Prerequisite: INTD 1090A
INTD 1480
Computer Graphics I
UNITS: 3
An introduction to the design and production of presentation graphics and layouts for interior design applications. Students learn and demonstrate skills in creating effective presentations incorporating a variety of visual media including text, photos, drawings and other graphics. Students learn and demonstrate competent production skills in Adobe Illustrator software to create images, graphics, renderings, illustrations, compositions, and layouts.
INTD 1650
Survey of Architecture & Interior Design II
UNITS: 3
This course continues the survey of the historical styles of architecture, furniture, and interiors from the 19th century to the 21st century incorporating the major social, economic, political, and cultural factors. Prerequisite: INTD 1350
INTD 1850
Commercial Design Concepts
UNITS: 3
A study of commercial space planning, methods of planning, design analysis, and problem-solving, and an introduction to regulatory issues, construction methods and techniques, materials, and furnishings. Students develop design and production skills, utilizing AutoCAD. Prerequisite: INTD 1090B
INTD 1880
Computer Graphics II
UNITS: 3
An introduction to the design and composition of presentation images, illustrations, and renderings for interior design applications. The course introduces students to the fundamental principles of Adobe Photoshop software both as a principle means of creating images and as part of a production environment incorporating hand-crafted imagery, Photoshop images, and images from other software environments (e.g., Adobe Illustrator and Autodesk AutoCAD).
INTD 2000
Lighting Design
UNITS: 3
Students use and comprehend the technical and aesthetic principles of lighting design for commercial and residential applications. Basic properties of light as used in rendering, photography, and computer-generated visualizations are taught. Prerequisites: INTD 1090B, INTD 1880
INTD 2050
Materials for Interior Design
UNITS: 3
Students are introduced to materials, finishes, and furnishings, with methods for understanding appropriate application, estimating, and specifications as they apply to residential and non-residential interior environments.
INTD 2540
Human Factors in Design
UNITS: 3
This course is an overview of issues related to the built environment and human behavior. Ergonomics, proxemics, anthropometrics, universal design and the needs of special populations are examined. Emphasis is placed upon how these issues affect appropriate decision making in the design process.
INTD 2810
Computer Graphics III
UNITS: 3
This course is an in-depth approach to 3D modeling with Google SketchUp combined with advanced editing techniques using Adobe Photoshop applied on computer-generated 3D imagery. Students demonstrate an understanding of elements typical in 3D production for interior design applications including modeling, lighting, texturing, rendering, and digital enhancing techniques. Prerequisite: INTD 1880
INTD 2830
Interior Design Thesis
UNITS: 6
A comprehensive project demonstrating residential and commercial themes in a mixed use format. Focusing on functional space planning and design, code requirements and material specifications, the students will prepare a proposal for a specific design project. Construction documentation and presentation drawings incorporating both hand and digital applications will culminate in a formal presentation suitable for portfolio. Studio Prerequisites: INTD 1090C, INTD 2000, INTD 2050, INTD 2810 Must take concurrently with INTD 2930 & INTD 2980
INTD 2930
Business Practices for Interior Design
UNITS: 3
An exploration of the business practices necessary to develop and maintain an interior design firm. Topics include professional ethics, contract documents, vendor relations, association membership, marketing, networking and social media opportunities. Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with INTD 2830 & INTD 2980
INTD 2980
Presentation & Portfolio
UNITS: 3
Students explore and develop a portfolio format suitable to incorporate a representative sampling of work into a finished portfolio. Design exercises in specification, representation of materials, and renderings are emphasized to enhance a professional quality presentation. Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with INTD 2830 & INTD 2930
INTD
Elective: One Three-Unit Course
UNITS: 3
Elective: One Three-Unit Course
TSCI 1750
Textile Science for Interior Design
UNITS: 3
This course examines the textile processesfiber through finishing. Emphasis is placed on fiber, yarn, basic weaves, finishing, and dyeing. Students gain knowledge and experience in selecting appropriate fabrics for specific end uses in interiors. Students test fabrics to determine suitable performance levels related to those end uses.
Total Units of Credit: 90
GNST 1230
Color & Design Theory
UNITS: 3
An introductory study of the principles and elements of color and design theory. Students critique aspects of a visual representation by analyzing the components of design and the use of color by the artist.
INTD 1000A
Sketching Techniques I
UNITS: 3
An introduction to the basic techniques of representative drawing using pencil and value markers. Students sketch and critique still-life settings, interior, and exterior elements. Emphasis is placed on students’ ability to produce representational drawings within a short time frame.
INTD 1000B
Sketching Techniques II
UNITS: 3
Fundamental concepts of developing three-dimensional drawings in one and two point perspective utilizing mechanical measured grids are introduced. Further development of markers using both gray scale and the introduction of color marker applications are emphasized. Exercises in representing color and material samples and interior spaces are explored. Prerequisite: INTD 1000A
INTD 1090A
Technical Drawing I
UNITS: 3
An introduction to the principles and techniques of architectural drafting. Students learn to create plans, elevations, sections, and detailed views of objects and spaces to produce construction documents to meet standard conventions.
INTD 1090B
Technical Drawing II
UNITS: 3
This course focuses on understanding the concepts of computer-aided design and drafting, and learning the various applications of AutoCAD. Development of vocabulary and basic skills. Prerequisite: INTD 1090A
INTD 1090C
Technical Drawing III
UNITS: 3
Further development of the skills needed to produce computer-aided drawings are emphasized. Demonstrating the use of these skills, students gain a working knowledge of the application of the design process by creating sets of contract documents appropriate for interior spaces including formatting and cross-referencing drawings. Prerequisite: INTD 1090B
INTD 1220
Design Process
UNITS: 3
Study of the progression from inspiration to execution in the design process. Analysis of the techniques used to resolve aesthetic relationships with two- and three-dimensional objects.
INTD 1350
Survey of Architecture & Interior Design I
UNITS: 3
This is a survey of the historical styles of architecture, furniture, and interiors from Egypt through the early 19th century. The course is designed to introduce the concepts and terminology incorporating major social, economic, political, and cultural factors.
INTD 1450
Residential Design Concepts
UNITS: 3
Study of residential space planning and utilization of interior space as applied to functional and aesthetic requirements.  Emphasis is on schematic and quick presentation work for both plans and elevations.  Students apply anthropometric and ergonomic principles in space planning. Prerequisite: INTD 1090A
INTD 1480
Computer Graphics I
UNITS: 3
An introduction to the design and production of presentation graphics and layouts for interior design applications. Students learn and demonstrate skills in creating effective presentations incorporating a variety of visual media including text, photos, drawings and other graphics. Students learn and demonstrate competent production skills in Adobe Illustrator software to create images, graphics, renderings, illustrations, compositions, and layouts.
INTD 1650
Survey of Architecture & Interior Design II
UNITS: 3
This course continues the survey of the historical styles of architecture, furniture, and interiors from the 19th century to the 21st century incorporating the major social, economic, political, and cultural factors. Prerequisite: INTD 1350
INTD 1850
Commercial Design Concepts
UNITS: 3
A study of commercial space planning, methods of planning, design analysis, and problem-solving, and an introduction to regulatory issues, construction methods and techniques, materials, and furnishings. Students develop design and production skills, utilizing AutoCAD. Prerequisite: INTD 1090B
INTD 1880
Computer Graphics II
UNITS: 3
An introduction to the design and composition of presentation images, illustrations, and renderings for interior design applications. The course introduces students to the fundamental principles of Adobe Photoshop software both as a principle means of creating images and as part of a production environment incorporating hand-crafted imagery, Photoshop images, and images from other software environments (e.g., Adobe Illustrator and Autodesk AutoCAD).
INTD 2000
Lighting Design
UNITS: 3
Students use and comprehend the technical and aesthetic principles of lighting design for commercial and residential applications. Basic properties of light as used in rendering, photography, and computer-generated visualizations are taught. Prerequisites: INTD 1090B, INTD 1880
INTD 2050
Materials for Interior Design
UNITS: 3
Students are introduced to materials, finishes, and furnishings, with methods for understanding appropriate application, estimating, and specifications as they apply to residential and non-residential interior environments.
INTD 2540
Human Factors in Design
UNITS: 3
This course is an overview of issues related to the built environment and human behavior. Ergonomics, proxemics, anthropometrics, universal design and the needs of special populations are examined. Emphasis is placed upon how these issues affect appropriate decision making in the design process.
INTD 2810
Computer Graphics III
UNITS: 3
This course is an in-depth approach to 3D modeling with Google SketchUp combined with advanced editing techniques using Adobe Photoshop applied on computer-generated 3D imagery. Students demonstrate an understanding of elements typical in 3D production for interior design applications including modeling, lighting, texturing, rendering, and digital enhancing techniques. Prerequisite: INTD 1880
INTD 2830
Interior Design Thesis
UNITS: 6
A comprehensive project demonstrating residential and commercial themes in a mixed use format. Focusing on functional space planning and design, code requirements and material specifications, the students will prepare a proposal for a specific design project. Construction documentation and presentation drawings incorporating both hand and digital applications will culminate in a formal presentation suitable for portfolio. Studio Prerequisites: INTD 1090C, INTD 2000, INTD 2050, INTD 2810 Must take concurrently with INTD 2930 & INTD 2980
INTD 2930
Business Practices for Interior Design
UNITS: 3
An exploration of the business practices necessary to develop and maintain an interior design firm. Topics include professional ethics, contract documents, vendor relations, association membership, marketing, networking and social media opportunities. Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with INTD 2830 & INTD 2980
INTD 2980
Presentation & Portfolio
UNITS: 3
Students explore and develop a portfolio format suitable to incorporate a representative sampling of work into a finished portfolio. Design exercises in specification, representation of materials, and renderings are emphasized to enhance a professional quality presentation. Prerequisites: Must be taken concurrently with INTD 2830 & INTD 2930
TSCI 1750
Textile Science for Interior Design
UNITS: 3
This course examines the textile processesfiber through finishing. Emphasis is placed on fiber, yarn, basic weaves, finishing, and dyeing. Students gain knowledge and experience in selecting appropriate fabrics for specific end uses in interiors. Students test fabrics to determine suitable performance levels related to those end uses.
Total Units of Credit: 66

Some programs offered may require completion of a second year at the Los Angeles or San Francisco campus. Please contact the campus for details.