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Interior Design Showcases Senior Projects May 15

May 5, 2015

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 Hannah Chandler, Whitney Garnier and Catherine Soudoplatoff on Friday, May 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school’s Interior Design wing.

The exhibition and reception, free and open the public, showcase portfolios of residential, commercial, lighting/furniture and sustainable design work as well as thesis projects.

Hannah Chandler

Hannah Chandler
Thesis statement: Large and small dog adoption rates can be increased while decreasing the amount of euthanized pets through a comfortable, stress and anxiety free, full service canine facility.

Whitney Garnier

Whitney Garnier
Thesis statement: An artist residency in the growing art district of Wedgewood-Houston provides emerging artists a unique living and working space for a four-week period. Artists are able gain experience working and networking with other fellow artists and the public while working towards a community-based project. The facility’s space will maximize creativity and production by providing a highly adaptable and inspirational environment.

Catherine Soudoplatoff 2

Catherine Soudoplatoff

Catherine Soudoplatoff
Thesis statement: Sustainable floating fine art studios for the students at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville, Tennessee offer a poetic, innovative and flexible solution: an ultimate calling card for attracting talented students and raising Watkins’ reputation as a premier art school.

Watkins Interior Design students are consistently recognized for their creativity and professsionalism in both academic competitions and community involvement, winning student competitions at the annual conference of the Tennessee Chapter of ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) and the chapter’s top honor, the Jane D. Reagor Award, for outstanding interior design student in the state. 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. 

Alumnus Justin Orton checks out a senior project

Alumnus Justin Orton checks out a senior project

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.

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