Interior Design course curriculum
NAU School of Art students have options based on their career desires
The Interior Design undergraduate degree at Northern Arizona University provides a number of specialized classes in a variety of basic areas.
Technical and professional:
- Emphasizing building code
- Computer aided drafting and modeling
- Building systems
- Lighting and materials and professional practice
Other emphases for more artistic pursuits:
- Designing projects in studio classes
- Learning presentation techniques for projects and portfolio
History/research Accordion Closed
- Investigate historical movements and how they brought about development within design and influenced culture.
- Recognize pattern languages. Design using “evidence” from historical and scientific research to produce living environments with predictable beneficial outcomes.
- Choose your own research interest and explore it through the lens of a project as your capstone.
Graphics/CAD Accordion Closed
- Learn how to create working drawings using time tested construction conventions.
- Immerse yourself in the virtual world of computer assisted drawing and modeling.
- Experience seeing your design ideas come to three-dimensional life and be able to walk through spaces you create before they are built.
Building codes/profession Accordion Closed
- Protect the health, safety and welfare of persons many of whom spend 90% of their time indoors.
- Become part of the building community by sharing in the rules and regulations necessary for building safe interiors.
- Learn what it means to become a professional, prepare for qualifying exams, and conduct a job search.
Building systems/lighting/materials Accordion Closed
- Learn how buildings are constructed, how the interior systems necessary for operation function and affect design.
- Bring interior spaces to life using light sources to allow areas to change character and use in an exciting way.
- Building materials form the designers palette allowing creative expression based on their unique properties and assembly.
Studio classes/projects Accordion Closed
- Experience the freedom and challenges of studio classes where different building and interior types are explored in a laboratory setting.
- Transition from projects where you are the client to preparing programs for clients, meeting their needs and exceeding expectations.
- Apply critical thinking in accepting criticism of your work, looking at your work in a different way, learning and growing through both.
Graphic presentation Accordion Closed
- Organize images, text and materials artistically on presentation boards to describe the solution and illustrate the process.
- Understand and execute graphic design principles using different types of digital media to illustrate.
- Develop personal identity through graphics and portfolio to present skills in pursuit of a professional job.
Laptop Requirements Accordion Closed
Purchasing a laptop is encouraged the Fall semester of your sophomore year, and essential for your junior year. We encourage students to use PC laptops for our program.
- Refer to our Laptop Suggestion Guide PDF for more information about laptop requirements. Contact the department for more info.