Certificate in Interior Design Program Makes Debut in Fall 2013
Unique foundational course of study can enhance allied professions such as real estate, retail sales, custom fabrication and lifestyle projects
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is expanding its offerings in the Interior Design department by adding a new course of study, the Certificate in Interior Design, to its curriculum beginning in the Fall 2013 semester, it was announced by Ellen L. Meyer, president of Watkins.
Aimed at anyone interested in creatively integrating interior design into his/her own work, the 24-credit Certificate in Interior Design (CID) program is a series of introductory courses that make up the foundation year of the college’s undergraduate degree (BFA). The CID curriculum, which emphasizes the fundamentals of interior design, architecture, materials and furnishings, and design history, will build an understanding of the technical and aesthetic principles essential to comprehending the role of design in today’s interiors.
On its own, CID studies can provide skills and knowledge that can be applied to a variety of allied professions such as real estate, retail sales, and custom fabrication for interiors, as well as personal home and lifestyle projects.
“In today’s sophisticated marketing cultures, appreciation for the designed environment in which we live extends well beyond the interior design profession,” said President Meyer. “Our CID program is ideal for those eager to enhance their present careers as well as those not yet ready to commit to a full degree program but wanting the benefits of directed study and practice.”
Students can attend either part-time or full-time and no portfolio is required to apply for admission.
The CID program could be completed in one year with full-time enrollment; part-time students could expect to complete the program in a minimum of two years. Cheryl Gulley, professor and chair of the Interior Design department, will also direct the CID program, the only one of its kind in the area.
Upon completion of the certificate program, the student can, if he or she chooses, apply all classes to the BFA in Interior Design and continue in the degree program.
C I D Curriculum (24 credits)
- IND 101 – Design Fundamentals
- IND 102 – Space and Human Factors
- IND 111 – Architectural Drawing
- IND 113 – Building Construction
- IND 203 – Interior Materials
- IND 205 – Textiles & Furnishings
- IND 206 – History of Architecture & Design I
- IND 207 – History of Architecture & Design I
Watkins College of Art, Design & Film is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the national accrediting agency for art and design and art- and design-related disciplines. In addition, the Interior Design BFA program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), which is recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation and the United States Department of Education as the sole accrediting agency for post-secondary interior design programs.
This is the second Interior Design department option Watkins has introduced in 2013, having implemented a concentration in sustainable design earlier this spring. That concentration provides an opportunity for students to acquire additional skill development and project exploration in work that meet human needs without compromising the environment, such as creating designs that use non-toxic or recycled materials in building materials and fabrics. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of interior designers is expected to grow 19% from 2006 to 2016, with sustainable interior designers or consultants faring better than average by differentiating themselves from the rest of the generalized group.
Watkins Interior Design students are consistently recognized for their creativity and professionalism 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 two years, a Watkins student has received the chapter’s top honor, the Jane D. Reagor Award.
Alumni of the program can be found in commercial, residential, hotel, restaurant, healthcare and furniture design; all members of the 2012 graduating class are either practicing interior designers or pursuing graduate degrees.
About the program
The Interior Design program at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film 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 impacting the twenty first century. Students who earn a BFA degree in Interior Design at Watkins 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. The BFA in Interior Design culminates with the successful completion of an individually selected Thesis Project, which is intended to be a clear demonstration of expertise in a chosen area of interest.