BSHES in Architectural Studies with Emphasis in Interior Design
Degree Program Description
The Interior Design emphasis is a four-year, professional baccalaureate program accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). Curriculum incorporates signature characteristics of interior design such as furniture, fixtures and equipment, color, and interior materiality. Its purpose is to improve quality of life and protect human health, safety, and welfare through the design of the interior environment. The program prepares students for entry-level interior design practice in a multi-faceted profession in which creative and technical solutions are applied to achieve the interior environment.
Major Program Requirements
Students complete University of Missouri general education coursework and professional Interior design coursework in the following content areas: basic creative development, design planning and analysis, design communication, technical knowledge, history of art/architecture/interiors, business, and design theory.
It is the design studio setting where learning by doing is experienced and realized. The studio is a collaborative and cooperative learning environment emphasizing personal intellectual development as well as content learning. Course work includes six studios and coursework centering on the synthesis of functional, technological, social, aesthetic and symbolic attributes of interior design that support human needs and their aspirations.
We emphasize a quest for artistic beauty, use, and techniques based on precision, truthfulness and sincerity. We believe that good design bonds among the pleasure of beauty, stimulation of the mind, and reasoned adaptation to existing conditions. In the studio, students address life’s complexities and contradictions in order to create physical interior spaces that surpass their visual compositions, creating magical mediating structures that evoke in the act of occupying and inhabiting matter, gravity and light to enhance life.
Solving practical problems, studio experiences emphasize: recognizing the contextual relationship of the setting, the building, and its systems to the interior; understanding of regulations that govern professional practice; researching users’ needs; applying historical precedent; demonstrating technical knowledge in communicating ideas; developing business and professional skills; and creating responsible environmental design solutions.
Application for Professional Program
After completing the three required classes of drafting, visual design, and drawing during the Freshman year, students apply for admission to the studio sequence required for all undergraduate professional programs. Applications are made at the end of the spring semester of the Freshman year for permission to enroll in Studio I. The application form with deadlines is available at the department's web site.
|Basic Creative Development||9|
|ARCHST 1100||Visual Design||3|
|ARCHST 2315||Introduction to Building Systems Laboratory||1|
|ARCHST 2316||Advanced Building Systems Lab||2|
|ARCHST 3100||Color and Light||3|
|Design Planning and Analysis||27|
|ARCHST 2811||Studio I||4|
|ARCHST 3182||Studio II||4|
|ARCHST 3860||Human Factors Programming||3|
|ARCHST 4813||Interiors Studio III||4|
|ARCHST 4814||Interiors Studio IV||4|
|ARCHST 4815||Construction Documents and Building Information Modeling Studio||4|
|ARCHST 4860||Programming for Thesis Design Studio||1|
|ARCHST 4990||Thesis Design Studio||4|
|ART_DRAW 1050||Drawing I||3|
|ARCHST 1200||Architectural Drafting and Working Drawings||3|
|ARCHST 2230||Design Communication I||3|
|ARCHST 3230||Advanced Design Communication Using BIM||3|
|ARCHST 2220||Introduction to CAD||3|
|ARCHST 2310||Building Systems||3|
|ARCHST 2323||Sustainable Building Design Fundamentals||3|
|ARCHST 4320||Materials, Methods and Products||3|
|ARCHST 4323||Sustainable Technologies and Systems||3|
|ARCHST 4333||Compliance and Specifications||3|
|History of Art, Architecture and Interiors||9|
|ARCHST 4430||Guiding Design with Historic Preservation||3|
|ARCHST 4435||History of the Designed Environment to 1750||3|
|ARCHST 4440||Design Precedents: Architecture, Interiors and Furniture since the Industrial Revolution||3|
|ARCHST 4710||Design Business Practices||3|
|ARCHST 1600||Fundamentals of Environmental Design||3|
|ARCHST 2100||Understanding Architecture and the American City||3|
|ARCHST 2620||People, Places and Design||3|
|ARCHST 3600||Environmental Analysis||3|
|Electives - to equal 125 credit minimum total for the program|
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|GN_HES 1100||1||ARCHST 1600||3|
|ARCHST 1100||3||ARCHST 2315||1|
|ARCHST 1200||3||ARCHST 2620||3|
|ARCHST 2100||3||ART_DRAW 1050||3|
|ENGLSH 1000||3||MATH 1100||3|
|American History or Government (also Soc/Beh Sci)||3||Physical/Biological/Math Science||3|
|ARCHST 2220||3||ARCHST 2230||3|
|ARCHST 2310||3||ARCHST 2323 (course will not be active until Spring 2017)||3|
|ARCHST 2316||2||ARCHST 3100||3|
|ARCHST 2811||4||ARCHST 3182||4|
|ARCHST 4430||3||ARCHST 3860||3|
|ARCHST 3230||3||ARCHST 4323||3|
|ARCHST 3600||3||ARCHST 4333||3|
|ARCHST 4320||3||ARCHST 4440||3|
|ARCHST 4435||3||ARCHST 4814||4|
|ARCHST 4813||4||HES Foundation||3|
|ARCHST 4710||3||ARCHST 4990||4|
|ARCHST 4815||4||HES Foundation||3|
|Total Credits: 125|
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