Academic Catalog

Interior Design Classes

Drafting I

Item Number
DSN 105
Credits
6

This course introduces students to the fundamental skills and concepts necessary for interior design planning and drawing, including use of drafting tools, exercises in line weight and line type quality, architectural scale, dimensioning and architectural lettering. 

Interior Design & the Creative Design Process

Item Number
DSN 119
Credits
4

This course will introduce students to concepts to successfully steer an idea on its journey from imagination to object and to focus on where the idea is going. This introduction describes the nature of a designer’s journey, maps the path a designer will take and explores the path of what happens along the way. This course is an introduction to inspiration, conceptualization, communication, and elements and principles of design and trend spotting.

Drafting II

Item Number
DSN 121
Credits
5

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles needed to create an as-built plan set to include floor plan, power/mechanical plan, and elevation. Introduces field surveys, symbols and graphics, and formatting of drawings. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of DSN 105.

Materials, Methods and Techniques of Interior Design

Item Number
DSN 123
Credits
4

This course is an introduction to the fundamental design materials and applications for interior environments, including hard and resilient flooring, soft flooring, paint, wall coverings, cladding, acoustics, metal, plaster, glass and millwork. Students will also learn to visually present material selections in a professional manner. 

Color Theory

Item Number
DSN 124
Credits
4

This course is an introduction to the world of color, encompassing the following: the three dimensions of color, color systems, color theory, coloring agents, dimensions of color in compositions, principles and elements of design in color, color interactions, symbolisms, influence of color and exercises of putting color to use.

Lighting

Item Number
DSN 132
Credits
5

This course introduces students to the fundamental skills and concepts of lighting design. It is an approach to quality lighting, with a primary focus on the design process. Covers basic lighting, human factors, sustainability, products, and design fundamentals. 

Introduction to Drawing & Rendering

Item Number
DSN 136
Credits
4

Introduction to Drawing and Rendering is a beginning look at some of the drawing methods and materials used by interior designers. This course begins with the fundamental concepts of freehand sketching and gaining the ability to think three-dimensionally. It is also an introduction for methods to communicate your design vision through hand-drawn renderings. This is shown by the use of shade, shadow, texture, pattern, color and material qualities. 

Textiles

Item Number
DSN 140
Credits
4

This course is a comprehensive study of the textile products available for use in residential interior design, with an emphasis on window treatments, upholstery, the proper selection of materials, and working with drapery and upholstery showrooms and workrooms.

Residential Planning, Design & Exterior Spaces

Item Number
DSN 145
Credits
5

Completion of this course will provide students with the understanding of interior space planning basics and concepts using diagrams, residential codes, planning guidelines and presentation techniques. Students will also learn exterior elements and finishes that help to enclose the space. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of DSN 105 and DSN 121.

Furniture & Cabinet Design

Item Number
DSN 152
Credits
2

This course covers the fundamentals of custom furniture and cabinet design. Students will design a unique custom piece of furniture based on the study of furniture design theory, function, social use, materials and fabrication. 

Drafting III

Item Number
DSN 153
Credits
4

Completion of this course provides students with an understanding of typical planning dimensions and guidelines for residential interiors, as well as proper techniques to combine cabinetry, appliances and applied measurements for graphic presentation standards. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of DSN 105 and DSN 121.

History of Interiors

Item Number
DSN 158
Credits
4

This course is a comprehensive overview of the history of interior design and furniture from antiquity to the present day, with special emphasis on design elements. 

Introduction to Technology for Interior Designers

Item Number
DSN 159
Credits
3

Learn basic computer skills for interior designers. Contents include computer use for file management and internet research, as well as introductions to virtual 3D modeling and design software for editing and presentation.

Elements of Kitchen & Bath Design

Item Number
DSN 202
Credits
5

This course is an introduction to the principles and elements of design for kitchens and bathrooms, including basic components, mechanical and lighting systems, color theory and construction applications.

Introduction to Commercial Interior Design

Item Number
DSN 204
Credits
4

This course provides an introduction to commercial interiors. Contents include areas of practice, ADA and code compliance, and commercial design case studies. 

20/20 Drafting

Item Number
DSN 206
Credits
5

Learn to design kitchen and bath spaces using 20-20 Design software. Skills learned include the execution of floor plans, elevation drawings, rendered perspectives, reports and design layouts.

Materials & Estimating

Item Number
DSN 208
Credits
4

This course is an introduction to recommending and calculating quantities for cabinetry, appliances, plumbing fixtures, lighting, hardware, and surfacing materials for kitchens and bathrooms.

Business Procedures & Sales

Item Number
DSN 211
Credits
4

This course provides students with the understanding of business practices generally conducted by interior designers. The study will acquaint students with the basic procedures, documents, ethical conduct, associations and certification requirements within various business formats. This course is designed to address current topics on interior design and help prepare students for a professional job search.

Sustainable Design: An Overview

Item Number
DSN 215
Credits
5

Explores the history and principles associated with green and sustainable design. This course uncovers how the built environment affects people and the natural environment, environmental movements throughout history, green building assessment methods and certification programs, and the environmental responsibilities associated with the interior design profession.

Prerequisites

Basic competency with computers and navigating the web.

CAD I

Item Number
DSN 216
Credits
5

Learn to use the basic functions of AutoCAD software to produce 2D drawings for interior design.

Prerequisites

Basic competency with computers.

Sustainability for Residential & Commercial Applications

Item Number
DSN 224
Credits
4

Examines sustainable approaches to the built environment, including preservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction. This course also looks at applying sustainable design elements to residential and a variety of commercial project types.

Prerequisites

It is recommended to have completed or be concurrently enrolled in DSN 215 Sustainable Design: An Overview. Basic competency with computers and navigating the web.

Design I

Item Number
DSN 225
Credits
5

This course introduces space planning for commercial interiors, including programming, design schematics and development, as well as relevant ADA Standards for Accessible Design and building codes.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of DSN 204 and 216.

SUSTAINABLE STRATEGIES IN DESIGN

Item Number
DSN 226
Credits
5

Introduces sustainable strategies for the integrated interior environment, including identifying materials, products, lighting systems, and building components that embody the principles of sustainability. 

Prerequisites

It is recommended to have completed or be concurrently enrolled in DSN 215 Sustainable Design: An Overview. Basic competency with computers and navigating the web.

Commercial Specifications

Item Number
DSN 227
Credits
4

This course covers general notes used within construction documents, the specification of products, fabrication, and applications for commercial interior design. It also covers the liabilities of the designer in regard to specification writing for codes, standards, and federal regulations that are an essential part of designing building interiors. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of DSN 225.

Sustainable Interiors & the Integrated Design Process

Item Number
DSN 229
Credits
5

Covers the steps to design and present a green interior space. Students will learn more about the integrated design process, develop their own sustainable interior design, and present it in a professional manner in preparation for real-life sustainable design proposals.

Prerequisites

Completed or concurrently enrolled in DSN 215, DSN 224, and DSN 226. Basic competency with computers and navigating the web.

Historic Preservation 20th Century Design & Philosophy

Item Number
DSN 231
Credits
3

Includes the study of historically significant 20th- and 21st-century designers and architects, their philosophies, and the role of their significant historic works. 

Design II

Item Number
DSN 236
Credits
7

Through site visits, research and building plans, students will develop and present a space plan and design concept incorporating sustainable practices for a project of commercial nature, using an existing space as a model. Students will also be introduced to building code topics, such as occupant load and means of egress. Upon completion of the project, students will give a verbal and visual presentation of their design concept. 

Prerequisites

DSN 225.

CAD II

Item Number
DSN 239CL
Credits
5

This course includes the intermediate-level use of 2-dimensional CAD (computer aided drafting). To develop increased knowledge, speed, and accuracy, students will use AutoCAD software to develop an interior drawing set using AutoCAD layouts.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of DSN 216.

Business Practices

Item Number
DSN 241
Credits
4

This course is an introduction to business practices as generally conducted by interior designers. The intent of this study is to acquaint students with some of the daily basic procedures, documents, ethical conduct, associations, certification requirements and fees associated with the profession of interior design within various business formats. This course is designed to address current topics within the profession and help prepare students for internships and the job search.

Internship

Item Number
DSN 245
Credits
4

Interact with established businesses or related businesses of interior design by going to a place of business and working in the field. Students will arrange to work with a sponsor, and will observe and assist the sponsor with meaningful design activities for a total of 80 hours.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of DSN 119, DSN 123, DSN 124, DSN 132, DSN 136, DSN 140, DSN 145, DSN 152, DSN 153, DSN 158, DSN 159, DSN 204, DSN 227, DSN 231, DSN 236, and DSN 239, or instructor permission.

Contract Furniture

Item Number
DSN 251
Credits
3

This course provides an introduction to the various types of furniture used in commercial design. Concentrates on the selection, specification, and use of furnishings, as well as contracts, documents, and the procurement of contract furniture.

(Optional) Independent Study

Item Number
DSN 265
Credits
3

Explore or expand knowledge of interior design within an independent study format. With guidance and instructor approval, students will select a meaningful project within an area of interest to strengthen their range of abilities. Students will fulfill several pre-approved objectives at the conclusion of the course, completing a self-assessment and final presentation to the instructor. 

Prerequisites

Instructor approval.

Portfolio/Professional Presentation

Item Number
DSN 266CAP
Credits
7

Create and present a professional portfolio of work illustrating your level of design and technical skills. Students will learn to present themselves and their work professionally to prepare for the job search, interviews, and employment in the interior design industry. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of DSN 119, DSN 124, DSN 136, DSN 145, DSN 153, DSN 159, DSN 227, DSN 236, and DSN 239, or instructor permission.

(Optional) Independent Study

Item Number
DSN 270
Credits
4

Explore or expand knowledge of interior design within an independent study format. With guidance and instructor approval, students will select a meaningful project within an area of interest to strengthen their range of abilities. Students will fulfill several pre-approved objectives at the conclusion of the course, completing a self-assessment and final presentation to the instructor. 

Prerequisites

Instructor approval.

(Optional) Independent Study

Item Number
DSN 275
Credits
5

Explore or expand knowledge of interior design within an independent study format. With guidance and instructor approval, students will select a meaningful project within an area of interest to strengthen their range of abilities. Students will fulfill several pre-approved objectives at the conclusion of the course, completing a self-assessment and final presentation to the instructor. 

Prerequisites

Instructor approval.

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