Watkins College of Art, Design & Film will recognize the best of the year at an awards reception for the 18th annual Interior Design Student Exhibit, a juried show featuring works by Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design degree candidates, on Friday, January 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus.
Category and Grand Prize winners, based on craftsmanship, creativity and digital rendering skills, will be announced at 6:30 p.m. by Cheryl Gulley, associate professor and chair of the interior design department. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
All Watkins Interior Design majors are eligible to submit projects (created since Spring 2014) in eight categories: Residential, Commercial, Introductory Presentation Skills, Intermediate Presentation Skills, Lighting or Furniture Design, Computer Modeling, Portfolio, and Sustainability.
The show opens January 9 and will close after the awards reception on January 23.
Currey Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter; free parking is available in the campus lot.
Watkins Interior Design majors are consistently recognized for their creativity and professionalism in both academic competitions and community involvement. Watkins students have been honored by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers’ with the Jane D. Reagor scholarship prize (2011-13) and with first prize in the 2012 student competition. Alumni of the program can be found in commercial, residential, hotel, restaurant, healthcare and furniture design
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 offers an optional concentration in Sustainable Design as well as a Certificate in Interior Design (CID), a series of introductory courses that make up the foundation year of the college’s undergraduate degree (BFA). 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.