Watkins College of Art, Design & Film presents the BFA senior thesis exhibition from the Department of Interior Design, featuring work by Bachelor of Arts degree candidates Emily Hill, Lorraine Nwofia, Reinalisa Santoyo and Whitney Youngblood on Friday, May 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Nashville Civic Design Center (138 Second Avenue North, Suite 106).
The exhibition and reception, free and open the public, showcases portfolios of residential, commercial, lighting/furniture and sustainable design work as well as thesis projects:
Emily Hill • Shelbyville, TN
“Circle of Life Child Care Center” – experience a new model for the care of children and the elderly in an intergenerational facility
Lorraine Nwofia • Edea, Cameroon
“Interior Design of Elementary Schools Within an Inclusive Setting” – explore the creation of learning environments supporting the needs of children with and without learning disabilities
Reinalisa Santoyo • Chicago, IL
“Creating an Active Culture Through Mobile Actions” – understand the nutritional needs and dynamic design solution for people who live in food deserts
Whitney Youngblood • Mt. Juliet, TN
“Urban Agriculture and the Positive Effects that Urban Farms Have on Metropolitan Environments” – discover how an urban farm (just down the street from Watkins) can enhance the neighborhood in a metropolitan area
Watkins Interior Design students are consistently recognized for their creativity and professsionalism in both academic competitions and community involvement. Watkins won the 2012 student competition at the annual conference of the Tennessee Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and, for the past three years, a Watkins student has received the chapter’s top honor, the Jane D. Reagor Award for outstanding interior design student in the state (Emily Hill in 2013 and Reinalisa Santoyo in 2012). Alumni of the program can be found in commercial, residential, hotel, restaurant, healthcare and furniture design; all members of the 2012 and 2013 graduating classes are currently employed in the interior design arena or pursuing additional studies.
About the program The Watkins Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design program promotes a curriculum intended to educate the student who is intent on a professional career as a registered interior designer with strong links to the professional communities that are shaping the twenty-first century. Students who earn the BFA degree will possess professional presentation techniques and technical skills, will be capable of creating innovative designs, analyze and problem solve, and understand the application of appropriate material use and code requirements. Courses offered within the interior design major encourage the student to develop imaginative, responsible solutions to problems created by social needs and economic constraints, as well as the material and physical limitations of the built environment. The integration of fine art classes elevates the student’s ability to develop resourceful responses and further balances the increasing demands of technology. Watkins’ Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), recognizing that the standards and education given are of the highest quality.