Chatham University

Interior Architecture Curriculum

The three year Bachelor of Interior Architecture is a Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredited first professional interior design program consisting of 120 credits. The curriculum includes foundation courses in interior architecture, a dynamic studio sequence, an internship, electives, and an integrative capstone. The Bachelor of Interior Architecture prepares students for practice in an interior design or architecture firm.

At the completion of IAR 225 Interior Architecture II, students participate in a mandatory Portfolio Review. This review provides students with an opportunity to elicit feedback from faculty on their progress mid-way through the program.

Interior Architecture students must take six credits each Maymester. If a student is unable to take six credits during a given Maymester, they must either complete the credits during a summer term or the Maymester before graduation. Because of the technical requirements needed to run drafting and presentation software programs, students in the BIA program will receive special laptops on a University leasing program. At the end of a student’s three-years, or if the student leaves the university, one has the option to purchase the computer for the amount remaining on the lease.

Students in the BIA program will have an opportunity to participate in the Falling water semester. Typically offered in the second year of study, students have a unique opportunity to explore, study and experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece. (Semester fee applies).

Program Requirements

+Interior Architecture Foundation Minor Requirements

Choose 6 from the following courses

IAR105 Environment and Behavior

Intended for interior architecture majors or potential majors, this course introduces students to significant theories concerning the interaction of people and interior architecture. Emphasis is placed on shared human needs and differences based on age, culture, gender, and occupation.

3
IAR202 Theory of Interior Architecture Studio

This course is intended only for majors or potential majors and cultivates the ability to use formal architectural ordering to develop creative abstract designs that translate into three-dimensional compositions of space and form. Architectural theories and manifestos are explored through process tools and applied utilizing design exercises and projects. Prerequisite(s): IAR 210 and IAR 219.

3
IAR210 Drafting Studio

Intended for interior architecture majors or potential majors, this course develops graphic literacy as a language and philosophy for observation, analysis, expression, and presentation of interior architecture. An understanding is developed of architectural scale, plans, elevations, and sections. Additional fee(s): applied art fee.

3
IAR215 Digital Drawing

Students learn the basic computer drafting and drawing skills associated with AutoCAD software. Projects include creating new work from scratch and working from existing files. An understanding of drawing layers, detailing, layout, and printing will be presented. Pre-requisite: IAR 210 or permission of instructor. Additional Fee: Course Computing fee.

3
IAR219 Drawing and Model Making

Students will develop the skills needed to generate design drawings using markers and colored pencils which communicate interior environments. One-point, two-point, isometric, and axonometric drawing methods will be covered. Students wille explore three-dimensional model making techniques. Prerequisite: IAR 210.

3
IAR220 Interior Architecture I

This studio addresses problem identification and problem solving in the context of small scale projects of modest scope. Emphasis is placed on human factors, space planning, spatial experience, scale, materials, furniture, fixtures, equipment, and color with respect to user needs. Prerequisite(s): IAR 102 and IAR 210.

3
IAR230 Interior Materials

This course is intended only for interior architecture majors or potential majors and addresses architectural materials and finishes. Students learn to select, specify and apply architectural finishes. They create specifications, execute take-offs, and produce cost estimates for interior construction. Manufacturing processes, installation methods, maintenance requirements, code regulations, and testing standards are covered.

3
IAR232 Color and Textiles

The first part of this course examines theories of color in relation to light and space. In the second part, key topics include the selection, specification adn application of textiles based on their properties and performance critieria, sustainability, installation methods, maintenance requirements, and regulations and standards.

3
IAR235 Construction Methods

Intended for interior architecture majors, this course provides an overview of architectural building systems including exterior and interior construction methods and terminology.

3

+Interior Architecture Graphics Minor Requirements

Choose 6 from the following courses

IAR105 Environment and Behavior

Intended for interior architecture majors or potential majors, this course introduces students to significant theories concerning the interaction of people and interior architecture. Emphasis is placed on shared human needs and differences based on age, culture, gender, and occupation.

3
IAR202 Theory of Interior Architecture Studio

This course is intended only for majors or potential majors and cultivates the ability to use formal architectural ordering to develop creative abstract designs that translate into three-dimensional compositions of space and form. Architectural theories and manifestos are explored through process tools and applied utilizing design exercises and projects. Prerequisite(s): IAR 210 and IAR 219.

3
IAR210 Drafting Studio

Intended for interior architecture majors or potential majors, this course develops graphic literacy as a language and philosophy for observation, analysis, expression, and presentation of interior architecture. An understanding is developed of architectural scale, plans, elevations, and sections. Additional fee(s): applied art fee.

3
IAR215 Digital Drawing

Students learn the basic computer drafting and drawing skills associated with AutoCAD software. Projects include creating new work from scratch and working from existing files. An understanding of drawing layers, detailing, layout, and printing will be presented. Pre-requisite: IAR 210 or permission of instructor. Additional Fee: Course Computing fee.

3
IAR219 Drawing and Model Making

Students will develop the skills needed to generate design drawings using markers and colored pencils which communicate interior environments. One-point, two-point, isometric, and axonometric drawing methods will be covered. Students wille explore three-dimensional model making techniques. Prerequisite: IAR 210.

3
IAR220 Interior Architecture I

This studio addresses problem identification and problem solving in the context of small scale projects of modest scope. Emphasis is placed on human factors, space planning, spatial experience, scale, materials, furniture, fixtures, equipment, and color with respect to user needs. Prerequisite(s): IAR 102 and IAR 210.

3
IAR230 Interior Materials

This course is intended only for interior architecture majors or potential majors and addresses architectural materials and finishes. Students learn to select, specify and apply architectural finishes. They create specifications, execute take-offs, and produce cost estimates for interior construction. Manufacturing processes, installation methods, maintenance requirements, code regulations, and testing standards are covered.

3
IAR232 Color and Textiles

The first part of this course examines theories of color in relation to light and space. In the second part, key topics include the selection, specification adn application of textiles based on their properties and performance critieria, sustainability, installation methods, maintenance requirements, and regulations and standards.

3
IAR235 Construction Methods

Intended for interior architecture majors, this course provides an overview of architectural building systems including exterior and interior construction methods and terminology.

3

+Interior Architecture Systems Minor Requirements

Choose 6 from the following courses

IAR105 Environment and Behavior

Intended for interior architecture majors or potential majors, this course introduces students to significant theories concerning the interaction of people and interior architecture. Emphasis is placed on shared human needs and differences based on age, culture, gender, and occupation.

3
IAR202 Theory of Interior Architecture Studio

This course is intended only for majors or potential majors and cultivates the ability to use formal architectural ordering to develop creative abstract designs that translate into three-dimensional compositions of space and form. Architectural theories and manifestos are explored through process tools and applied utilizing design exercises and projects. Prerequisite(s): IAR 210 and IAR 219.

3
IAR210 Drafting Studio

Intended for interior architecture majors or potential majors, this course develops graphic literacy as a language and philosophy for observation, analysis, expression, and presentation of interior architecture. An understanding is developed of architectural scale, plans, elevations, and sections. Additional fee(s): applied art fee.

3
IAR215 Digital Drawing

Students learn the basic computer drafting and drawing skills associated with AutoCAD software. Projects include creating new work from scratch and working from existing files. An understanding of drawing layers, detailing, layout, and printing will be presented. Pre-requisite: IAR 210 or permission of instructor. Additional Fee: Course Computing fee.

3
IAR219 Drawing and Model Making

Students will develop the skills needed to generate design drawings using markers and colored pencils which communicate interior environments. One-point, two-point, isometric, and axonometric drawing methods will be covered. Students wille explore three-dimensional model making techniques. Prerequisite: IAR 210.

3
IAR220 Interior Architecture I

This studio addresses problem identification and problem solving in the context of small scale projects of modest scope. Emphasis is placed on human factors, space planning, spatial experience, scale, materials, furniture, fixtures, equipment, and color with respect to user needs. Prerequisite(s): IAR 102 and IAR 210.

3
IAR230 Interior Materials

This course is intended only for interior architecture majors or potential majors and addresses architectural materials and finishes. Students learn to select, specify and apply architectural finishes. They create specifications, execute take-offs, and produce cost estimates for interior construction. Manufacturing processes, installation methods, maintenance requirements, code regulations, and testing standards are covered.

3
IAR232 Color and Textiles

The first part of this course examines theories of color in relation to light and space. In the second part, key topics include the selection, specification adn application of textiles based on their properties and performance critieria, sustainability, installation methods, maintenance requirements, and regulations and standards.

3
IAR235 Construction Methods

Intended for interior architecture majors, this course provides an overview of architectural building systems including exterior and interior construction methods and terminology.

3

+Interior Architecture Theory Minor Requirements

IAR105 Environment and Behavior

Intended for interior architecture majors or potential majors, this course introduces students to significant theories concerning the interaction of people and interior architecture. Emphasis is placed on shared human needs and differences based on age, culture, gender, and occupation.

3
IAR202 Theory of Interior Architecture Studio

This course is intended only for majors or potential majors and cultivates the ability to use formal architectural ordering to develop creative abstract designs that translate into three-dimensional compositions of space and form. Architectural theories and manifestos are explored through process tools and applied utilizing design exercises and projects. Prerequisite(s): IAR 210 and IAR 219.

3
IAR210 Drafting Studio

Intended for interior architecture majors or potential majors, this course develops graphic literacy as a language and philosophy for observation, analysis, expression, and presentation of interior architecture. An understanding is developed of architectural scale, plans, elevations, and sections. Additional fee(s): applied art fee.

3
IAR215 Digital Drawing

Students learn the basic computer drafting and drawing skills associated with AutoCAD software. Projects include creating new work from scratch and working from existing files. An understanding of drawing layers, detailing, layout, and printing will be presented. Pre-requisite: IAR 210 or permission of instructor. Additional Fee: Course Computing fee.

3
IAR219 Drawing and Model Making

Students will develop the skills needed to generate design drawings using markers and colored pencils which communicate interior environments. One-point, two-point, isometric, and axonometric drawing methods will be covered. Students wille explore three-dimensional model making techniques. Prerequisite: IAR 210.

3
IAR220 Interior Architecture I

This studio addresses problem identification and problem solving in the context of small scale projects of modest scope. Emphasis is placed on human factors, space planning, spatial experience, scale, materials, furniture, fixtures, equipment, and color with respect to user needs. Prerequisite(s): IAR 102 and IAR 210.

3
IAR230 Interior Materials

This course is intended only for interior architecture majors or potential majors and addresses architectural materials and finishes. Students learn to select, specify and apply architectural finishes. They create specifications, execute take-offs, and produce cost estimates for interior construction. Manufacturing processes, installation methods, maintenance requirements, code regulations, and testing standards are covered.

3
IAR232 Color and Textiles

The first part of this course examines theories of color in relation to light and space. In the second part, key topics include the selection, specification adn application of textiles based on their properties and performance critieria, sustainability, installation methods, maintenance requirements, and regulations and standards.

3
IAR235 Construction Methods

Intended for interior architecture majors, this course provides an overview of architectural building systems including exterior and interior construction methods and terminology.

3

+Three-Year Undergraduate Program in Interior Architecture

Chatham’s three-year Bachelor of Interior Architecture degree prepares students for a career in interior design. The curriculum includes 120 semester credits of general education requirements, foundation courses in interior architecture, and electives, without summer study. Students completing the three-year bachelor’s program may continue their studies at Chatham and pursue the Master of Science in Interior Architecture degree. This degree can be completed in one year thereby providing students with the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in four years. IAR students must earn a C or better in all required IAR courses. For additional required coursework for undergraduate students, please review the General Education /Core Requirements section of the catalog.

IAR105 Environment and Behavior

Intended for interior architecture majors or potential majors, this course introduces students to significant theories concerning the interaction of people and interior architecture. Emphasis is placed on shared human needs and differences based on age, culture, gender, and occupation.

3
IAR202 Theory of Interior Architecture Studio

This course is intended only for majors or potential majors and cultivates the ability to use formal architectural ordering to develop creative abstract designs that translate into three-dimensional compositions of space and form. Architectural theories and manifestos are explored through process tools and applied utilizing design exercises and projects. Prerequisite(s): IAR 210 and IAR 219.

3
IAR210 Drafting Studio

Intended for interior architecture majors or potential majors, this course develops graphic literacy as a language and philosophy for observation, analysis, expression, and presentation of interior architecture. An understanding is developed of architectural scale, plans, elevations, and sections. Additional fee(s): applied art fee.

3
IAR215 Digital Drawing

Students learn the basic computer drafting and drawing skills associated with AutoCAD software. Projects include creating new work from scratch and working from existing files. An understanding of drawing layers, detailing, layout, and printing will be presented. Pre-requisite: IAR 210 or permission of instructor. Additional Fee: Course Computing fee.

3
IAR219 Drawing and Model Making

Students will develop the skills needed to generate design drawings using markers and colored pencils which communicate interior environments. One-point, two-point, isometric, and axonometric drawing methods will be covered. Students wille explore three-dimensional model making techniques. Prerequisite: IAR 210.

3
IAR220 Interior Architecture I

This studio addresses problem identification and problem solving in the context of small scale projects of modest scope. Emphasis is placed on human factors, space planning, spatial experience, scale, materials, furniture, fixtures, equipment, and color with respect to user needs. Prerequisite(s): IAR 102 and IAR 210.

3
IAR230 Interior Materials

This course is intended only for interior architecture majors or potential majors and addresses architectural materials and finishes. Students learn to select, specify and apply architectural finishes. They create specifications, execute take-offs, and produce cost estimates for interior construction. Manufacturing processes, installation methods, maintenance requirements, code regulations, and testing standards are covered.

3
IAR232 Color and Textiles

The first part of this course examines theories of color in relation to light and space. In the second part, key topics include the selection, specification adn application of textiles based on their properties and performance critieria, sustainability, installation methods, maintenance requirements, and regulations and standards.

3
IAR235 Construction Methods

Intended for interior architecture majors, this course provides an overview of architectural building systems including exterior and interior construction methods and terminology.

3

+Major Requirements

27 courses, including

IAR105 Environment and Behavior

Intended for interior architecture majors or potential majors, this course introduces students to significant theories concerning the interaction of people and interior architecture. Emphasis is placed on shared human needs and differences based on age, culture, gender, and occupation.

3
IAR202 Theory of Interior Architecture Studio

This course is intended only for majors or potential majors and cultivates the ability to use formal architectural ordering to develop creative abstract designs that translate into three-dimensional compositions of space and form. Architectural theories and manifestos are explored through process tools and applied utilizing design exercises and projects. Prerequisite(s): IAR 210 and IAR 219.

3
IAR210 Drafting Studio

Intended for interior architecture majors or potential majors, this course develops graphic literacy as a language and philosophy for observation, analysis, expression, and presentation of interior architecture. An understanding is developed of architectural scale, plans, elevations, and sections. Additional fee(s): applied art fee.

3
IAR215 Digital Drawing

Students learn the basic computer drafting and drawing skills associated with AutoCAD software. Projects include creating new work from scratch and working from existing files. An understanding of drawing layers, detailing, layout, and printing will be presented. Pre-requisite: IAR 210 or permission of instructor. Additional Fee: Course Computing fee.

3
IAR219 Drawing and Model Making

Students will develop the skills needed to generate design drawings using markers and colored pencils which communicate interior environments. One-point, two-point, isometric, and axonometric drawing methods will be covered. Students wille explore three-dimensional model making techniques. Prerequisite: IAR 210.

3
IAR220 Interior Architecture I

This studio addresses problem identification and problem solving in the context of small scale projects of modest scope. Emphasis is placed on human factors, space planning, spatial experience, scale, materials, furniture, fixtures, equipment, and color with respect to user needs. Prerequisite(s): IAR 102 and IAR 210.

3
IAR230 Interior Materials

This course is intended only for interior architecture majors or potential majors and addresses architectural materials and finishes. Students learn to select, specify and apply architectural finishes. They create specifications, execute take-offs, and produce cost estimates for interior construction. Manufacturing processes, installation methods, maintenance requirements, code regulations, and testing standards are covered.

3
IAR232 Color and Textiles

The first part of this course examines theories of color in relation to light and space. In the second part, key topics include the selection, specification adn application of textiles based on their properties and performance critieria, sustainability, installation methods, maintenance requirements, and regulations and standards.

3
IAR235 Construction Methods

Intended for interior architecture majors, this course provides an overview of architectural building systems including exterior and interior construction methods and terminology.

3