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Interior Design 200

DSNI 200: Sophomore Studio I

Prerequisite: “C” or better in DSN143, DSNI103, and DSNI 125; 2.5 in-major GPA

Credit Hours: (3) Six hours studio

Fundamentals of space planning and spatial development with emphasis on client needs, functionality, and human factors


Detailed Description of Content of Course

This course is an application of the problem solving process within the interior environment. Topics include: human factors [i.e., ergonomics and anthropometrics]; accessibility, space planning; furniture layout conventions, and the design process. Emphasis is on the development of critical thinking skills.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Through a combination of lectures, visual presentations, and intensive studio exploration and critique, students develop preliminary space planning solutions for small scale interior environments with emphasis on human factors and client needs. Generating alternative solutions are required in an effort to enhance problem solving techniques. Readings, information gathering, and studio projects enhance learning concepts.  This class also provides:

1) Exposure to contemporary issues affecting interior design. (2d)
2) Opportunities to solve simple to complex design problems. (4f)



Goals and Objectives of the Course

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will learn…
1. Skill in understanding and applying the various stages of the design process [i.e., information gathering, programming, and problem solving and concept development] to small-scale design projects with emphasis on the importance of client/user needs.
2. Application of basic theories of human behavior [i.e. Proxemics, wayfinding] and their impact upon the design of interior spaces. (3b)
3. Skill in applying human factors information within the built environment. (6f)
4. The ability to select, interpret, and apply appropriate ergonomic and anthropometric data. (3c)
5. Ability to effectively communicate ideas in written, oral and visual formats, including preliminary sketching (6b).
6. Basic skill in integrating furniture layout conventions with applicable codes and standards including universal design principles and ADA. (3d, 14h, 14i)
7. Basic skill in applying the elements and principles of design to space planning solutions.
8. Ability to synthesize information and generate multiple concepts and/or multiple design responses to programmatic requirements. (4d)
9. To integrate oral and visual material to present ideas clearly. (6f)
10. The interior design program provides exposure to contemporary issues affecting interior design. (2d)
11. Students are able to identify and define relevant aspects of a design problem (goals, objectives, performance criteria). (4a)
12. Students are able to evaluate, select, and apply information and research findings to design. (4c)
13. The interior design program includes opportunities to solve simple to complex design problems. (4f)
14. Students have awareness of team work structures and dynamics. (5a)
15. The interior design program provides exposure to various market sectors and client types. (7f)
16. Students are able to analyze and discuss spatial definition and organization. (9c)


Assessment Measures

Studio assignments, including problem solving exercises, process drawings, presentation and critiques, will assess the students’ knowledge of human factors and human behavior and their ability to apply the problem solving process. Quizzes will assess students’ knowledge of course content.


Other Course Information
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Review and Approval

01/2011