Curriculum

Curriculum

The following are the required courses for this major. Students who attend Orientation and meet with the Education Department can obtain personalized academic counseling to complete the program. Transfer credits, changes in curriculum, and other factors may affect the academic plan for individual students. The FIDM Education Department can provide additional information.

Associate of Arts, Professional Designation (A.A.)

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 1900
Professional Skills
UNITS: 0
This course facilitates a comprehensive understanding of the tools and techniques necessary to effectively navigate the complexities of the job market. Students explore critical components of employment in order to prepare for their job search; the ultimate result is placement in their desired career. Students develop the following skills: building a meaningful resume; understanding how to navigate career sites, including but not limited to FIDM Career Network and Linkedin; effectively researching desired industry and organizations; perfecting interviewing techniques and skills; and finally understanding the benefits of a sharable portfolio which can be utilized throughout their careers.
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 1520
Digital Modeling
UNITS: 3
An introduction to the basic 2-D and 3-D commands utilizing SketchUp to construct 3-D objects and interior design applications. Emphasis is placed upon developing skills necessary for visualization, representation, and creation in the conceptional stages of design.
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 1750
Digital Presentation
UNITS: 3
This course is an in-depth approach to the design and composition of presentation images, illustrations, layouts, and renderings for interior design applications. Students will demonstrate an understanding of elements typical in 3-D production for interior design presentation utilizing content from other software environments (i.e., Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Autodesk AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp).
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 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 2460
Human Factors in 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 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
TECH 1100
Introduction to Adobe
UNITS: 3
This course is an introduction to design techniques, naming conventions, and digital asset management within Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Students gain basic knowledge of digital design components such as vector and raster graphics, tools, and key menu items, which they use to complete work in their major areas of study. These concepts support use of industry-standard computer aided design tools and facilitate communication between designers, clients, and manufacturers.
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.