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Posted on: February 9th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Sustainable Design Concentration

Complementing the College’s present Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, the Sustainable Design concentration provides an opportunity for students to acquire additional skill development and project exploration in work that meets human needs without compromising the environment, such as creating designs that use non-toxic or recycled materials in building materials and fabrics.

Students who elect to participate in the Sustainable Design Concentration will complete the existing interior design courses relating to sustainable design, as well as choose from a series of upper division classes that focus sustainability.

These classes included:

IND315   Sustainable Design

Students will gain an understanding of sustainable design principles as a means of promoting health and well-being through environmentally-conscious methods. Projects will vary to engage students in residential and commercial applications of sustainability using green guidelines including biomimicry, Cradle-to-Cradle principles and LEED certification.

IND316   The Ecology of Design

Instruction incorporates an overview and analysis of the latest green philosophies, systems, and building products and provides an extensive compilation of current green literature and resources. Guest lecturers and field experience are featured.

IND322   Global Sustainability

Sustainable efforts around the globe provide the student with an awareness of the diverse options available in building construction, mechanicals, energy sources, and materials.  This course examines various building systems that have historically been integrated into the design and the construction process. Students study both indigenous structures and current case studies of buildings.

IND323   Built Environment:  Sustainable Building Systems

This course within the Sustainable Design concentration promotes a healthy, more energy efficient way to build which reduces negative environmental impacts and slows the depletion of natural resources. Students study sustainable approaches to materials, construction, site design, building design, and the generation of energy.  Students learn and apply skills vital to the renovation and re-use of existing buildings. Students are equipped with the knowledge to design and/or construct buildings that make positive contributions to their communities.

IND403   Advanced Materials & Detailing

This course provides an advanced examination of materials used for interiors and furnishings, as well as the coordination of interior details and construction of custom designed elements. Student designed interior features such as millwork, furnishings and lighting will be featured with an emphasis on environmentally-friendly materials.


Interior Design Laptop Requirement

Posted on: February 8th, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

As of Fall 2017, Interior Design majors are required to have a laptop. They have a choice of a Windows 10 laptop or an Apple MacBook Pro.

If they opt to purchase a Windows laptop, it must meet the minimum requirements, below.
Windows 10 Operating System (64 bit).
Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPU Quad Core CPU
8 GB RAM or more (more is always better)
15” or larger display size
Discrete Nvidia or AMD graphics card is required. Intel graphics are NOT recommended as they are not powerful enough for some of the 3D accelerated software.

Interior Design students may need to purchase some of their software, such as Sketchup Pro and Adobe Creative Cloud. Autodesk products and Microsoft Office can be downloaded by the students (at no cost to the students) from Autodesk and Microsoft. Enrolled Watkins students will have access to unlimited training services at

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Interior Design Internships

Posted on: February 2nd, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

An interior design internship is required for the BFA in Interior Design. The student spends a minimum of 120 hours with a host who provides mentoring within an interior design or architecture firm.

Recent opportunities have included:

Interior Design Facilities And Equipment

Posted on: February 2nd, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

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The Interior Design department includes studio classrooms, lecture rooms, and a materials resource center specifically planned to support the curricular demands of the BFA degree in Interior Design.

interior design facilitiesStudio classrooms provide individual work stations for board drafting, drawing of schematic plans, and sketching. Each work station is equipped with a parallel bar, board cover, and adjustable drafting stool.

Projection systems and integrated lighting with dimming controls allow for easy viewing of PowerPoint presentations and high-definition DVDs within classroom settings.

Lecture rooms are used for weekly courses and also serve for mid-point and final project presentations.

Projection systems and integrated lighting are found in these rooms.

The materials resource room is dedicated to providing the interior design students with manufacturer catalogues, textiles, flooring materials, wall covering and paint samples, as well as a variety of specialty materials, for use in projects spanning throughout the interior design curriculum. Multiple work areas are provided in the resource room for the viewing of materials and the assembly of presentation boards.

Drafting Rooms

Drafting Rooms

Located in close proximity to the interior design department is the new Print Center, which houses state-of-the-art printers, scanners, and plotters for the use of students and faculty college-wide, allowing for production of letter to banner-size print projects. A large work table is provided in the Print Center for convenient layout and trimming of documents and images.

Interior Design Plan Of Study

Posted on: February 2nd, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

BFA in Interior Design
First Year
COR 101 Surface Space & Time* COR 102 Studio for Research and Practice*
ENG 101 English Composition I ENG 102 English Composition II
IND 206 History of Arch & Design I IND 205 Textiles & Furnishings
MAT 101 Mathematics for the Visual Arts IND 207 History of Arch & Design II
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Second Year
HIS 101 History of World Civilization I COM 220 Speech Communication
IND 102 Space Planning & Human Factors HIS 102 History of World Civilization II
IND 203 Interior Materials IND 210 Residential Design
IND 208 Building Construction & Doc IND 280 Portfolio Review
IND 304 Lighting Design IND 303 Presentation Techniques
IND 311 Digital Design I
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Third Year
IND 204 Codes & Regulations ART 102 Art History Survey II
IND 310 Commercial Design IND 315 Sustainable Design
IND 312 Digital Design II IND 320 Advanced Commercial Design
Social Science Requirement SCI 3XX Natural Science Series
General Education Elective #1 Visual Art Elective #1
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Fourth Year
IND 307 Seminar in Design IND 305 20th Century Design
IND 403 Advanced Materials IND 402 Professional Practices
IND 406 Portfolio Design IND 405 Internship I
IND 410 Senior Thesis I IND 420 Senior Thesis II
Visual Art Elective #2 General Education Elective #2
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)

* 6 credit hours

Interior Design Curriculum

Posted on: February 1st, 2014 by Steve Wilkison

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design
Total credit hours: 120

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Core Studies Requirements 12
COR 101 Surface Space & Practice 6
COR 102 Studio for Research & Practice 6
General Education Elective 6
Various General Education Electives (select two) 6
Visual Arts Elective (Choose Two) 6
Recommended courses include but are not limited to:
IND 313 Digital Design III 3
IND 322 Global Sustainability 3
ART 165 Drawing II: Concepts and Techniques 3
ART 251 Clay I 3
ART 261 Printmaking I 3
GRD 121 Typography I 3
GRD 321 Illustration I 3
PHO 121 Photography I 3

*Students choosing the Sustainable Design Concentration are required to select IND 316 The Ecology of Design to fulfill one of the required General Education Elective credits.

**Students choosing the Sustainable Design Concentration are required to choose IND 322 Global Sustainability to fulfill one of the required Visual Art Elective credits.