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2011-2012 School of Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog 
    
2011-2012 School of Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Arts in Interior Design


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Overview

The Master of Arts in Interior Design (M.A. in I.D.) is a 37-credit program designed for interior and architectural design professionals currently working within the profession, that seek to acquire advanced expertise in design research, analysis, design, and construction of complex interior environments. The program’s intent is to create interior design specialists where students select from two areas of concentration; Sustainable Interior Environments or Design Studio (healthcare, hospitality, institutional, residential).

The challenging curriculum is unique as it allows students with two options, to remain active within interior design practice and undertake the degree part-time or undertake the curriculum at full-time status.  Designed for both working professionals and full-time students, the coursework is offered in early mornings, early evenings, weekend intensives and online learning environments. The program develops student proficiencies through both individual and team based learning, within an “atelier” design studio setting.

The Master of Arts in Interior Design program model integrates theory and practice through required coursework in Interior Design Firm Management and Graduate Student Forums reinforcing the primary College mission of concurrent learning.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will:
•  Assimilate highly technical, theoretical, and sophisticated problem solving methods in the development of the design of interior environments.
•  Research, understand, and demonstrate the role and impact upon society that emerging design theories and technologies have on complex interior environments.
•  Assess and synthesize project needs and strategies to operate in and communicate within a collaborative and integrated mode with other design specialist and related professions.
•  Develop and advance current design principles, theories and academic research, and demonstrate a contribution to design practice, education, and society.

Transfer Credits

At the time of matriculation, students in the Master of Arts in Interior Design program may request transfer of not more than six graduate credits, and students in the Master of Fine Arts in Interior Design program may request transfer of not more than 12 graduate credits that have been completed at regionally accredited institutions. The courses must be relevant to the programs of study, must show grades of “B” of higher, and must have been completed no more than five years prior to the student’s acceptance into Endicott’s Interior Design Master’s programs.



Design Studio Concentration

The Design Studio concentration (Commercial/Institutional, Healthcare, Residential, or Sustainable Interior Environments) is designed to allow students to explore a specific area of design practice in-depth.  Students select a studio focus to assimilate a more thorough knowledge base, in both theory and execution, in their preferred field of inquiry.  The courses focus on developing ability, knowledge, and applicability to global design issues, human behavior, occupant comfort, and contribution to the built environment.  Students are prepared to assume advanced roles within professional design firms or as interior design educators.

 Each concentration builds upon critical thinking, design mastery, evidence based research, visual communication, and oral communication expertise expected of practicing professionals.  Within the core curriculum courses for both concentrations students will advance their skill sets in aspects of design research, theory, technology applied to professional practice.

Program Prerequisities

While an undergraduate degree in Interior Design is not required, a student with a Bachelor degree in an unrelated field will be required to take a minimum of 17 courses as listed below – including a comprehensive, semester-long internship – based upon evaluation of their prior course work. Students must earn a minimum of a “B” in each prerequisite course. These additional courses may be comprised of the following:

                                     Program Prerequisite Courses

        Drawing and Composition                                                         3 cr.
        Architectural/ID Drafting Delineation                                           3 cr.
        Architectural Delineation 3D                                                      3 cr.
        Residential Design Studio                                                         3 cr.
        Commercial Design Studio                                                        3 cr.
        Hospitality Design Studio                                                          3 cr.
        Healthcare Design Studio                                                          3 cr.
        Interior Building Systems                                                           3 cr.
        Materials and Specifications                                                       3 cr
        Auto Cad/BIM 2D 3D                                                                 3 cr.
        Rendering Techniques                                                                3 cr.
        Interior Lighting                                                                         
3 cr.
        History of Architecture and Interior Design I and II                         6 cr.
        Art History II or General Survey                                                   3 cr.
        Construction Document Studio                                                   3 cr.
        Professional Practice/Portfolio                                                    2 cr.
        Interior Design Practicum/Internship *                            
        Total prerequisites                                                            50/62 cr.
         *
Required for students without undergraduate internship or with no prior professional experience under direct supervisor of an NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer, or Licensed  Architect.

Students seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Interior Design degree program who have completed a non-related Bachelor degree may be accepted as non-matriculating graduate students while completing required coursework. These students would also have completed an academic, supervised, semester-long internship or would have been continuously employed by a practicing NCIDQ certified interior designer for at least four months. Students will have documented evidence of knowledge of design initiation (space analysis/ concept design/code and finishes research/design presentation) and design implementation (construction drawing production/selection and specification of finishes/detail development).

Concentration Options

Design Studio Options

The Design Studio options (Commercial/Institutional, Healthcare, or Residential) are designed to allow students to explore a specific area of design practice in-depth. Students select a studio focus to assimilate a more thorough knowledge base, in both theory and execution, in their preferred field of inquiry. The courses focus on developing ability, knowledge, and applicability to global design issues, human behavior, occupant comfort, and contribution to the built environment. Students are prepared to assume advanced roles within professional design firms or within interior design education.

Each concentration builds upon critical thinking, design mastery, evidence based research, visual communication, and oral communication expertise expected of practicing professionals. Within the core curriculum courses for both concentrations students will advance their skill sets in aspects of design research, theory, technology applied to professional practice.

Commercial/Institutional Interior Environments
The Commercial Interior Environments Design Studio concentration focuses on the development of innovative, integrated, and progressive “workplaces.” The studio laboratory       will test and apply a multidisciplinary approach to research and precedent analysis, integrating human behavior, culture, ergonomics, and environmental psychology to       complex workplace environments.

Healthcare Interior Environments
The Healthcare Interior Environments Design Studio concentration focuses on the interdisciplinary approach to the planning of innovative and state of the art healthcare facilities    and healing environments. The design studio is the laboratory for testing and integrating evidence-based design, sustainable bio-design principles, and current medical technical practices, based on science journal publications applied to the planning of sophisticated user friendly healthcare and healing environments.
 
Residential Interior Environments
The Residential Interiors Design Studio concentration focuses on the design and development of forward thinking design solutions that address current social, physical, cultural, and psychological needs. The studio laboratory is for testing and the application of innovative design solutions that address current and future residential users’ comfort, wellbeing, and energy needs.

Sustainable Interior Environments Concentration 

The Sustainable Interior Environments concentration is designed to provide practitioners and design researchers of interior architecture the latest models, information, and technology in sustainable design. The course work focuses on the application and incorporation of current sustainable design principles within all phases of proposed design solutions. The concentration stresses the need for contemporary designers to develop innovative solutions with a global perspective on environmental responsibility that minimizes resource depletion and in no way hinders or compromises the ability of future generations
to meet their needs.

 

 

Program Curriculum


Subtotal 16 cr.


Subtotal 3 cr.


Spring Semester


  • Interior Design History Elective (500 level)  (Cr: 3)
  • Interior Design Elective (500 level)  (Cr: 3)

 

Subtotal 15 cr.


Subtotal 3 cr.


Total Degree Requirements: 37 credits


Note:


*   Students select a Studio Option (505 and 515) or Global Studio Option (510A and 510B) and an area of concentration from the following concentration options: IDC Commercial and Intuitional, IDH Healthcare, IDR Residential, or IDS Sustainability.

Thesis Topic is sourced from the area of concentration. 

Students may substitute Design Firm Management with an Education Practicum.

Concentrations


Students select an area of concentration from the following concentration options (19 credits, inlcuding the seven-credit Thesis sequence in the concentration):

Commercial/Institutional Interior Environments


  • Interior Design Elective    (Cr: 3)
  • Interior Design History Elective   (Cr: 3)

Healthcare Interior Environments


  • Interior Design Elective   (Cr: 3)
  • Interior Design History Elective   (Cr: 3)

Residential Interior Environments


  • Interior Design Elective   (Cr: 3)
  • Interior Design History Elective   (Cr: 3)

Sustainable Interior Environments


  • Interior Design Elective    (Cr: 3)
  • Interior Design History Elective   (Cr: 3)

Electives


Interior Design Electives for Sustainable Interior Environments Concentration


Students select two courses from 500 or 600 level coursework offerings (6 cr.).

Interior Design Electives for Design Studio Concentration (Commercial/Institutional, Healthcare, Residential)


Students select two courses from 500 or 600 level coursework offerings (6 cr.).

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