Chatham University

Interior Architecture Curriculum

Major Requirements
26 courses, including:
ART 117
Drawing I
3 Credits
Through various drawing media, this studio course explores the basic principles of creating a work of visual art, including figure studies from the model, studies from nature, and techniques of composition.

Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.
ART 135
2-D Design I
3 Credits
This course is an introduction to the problems and use of two-dimensional design. Subjects include pattern, balance, scale, movement, rhythm, proportion, and relationships of figure to ground in various media.

Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.
ART 124
3-D Design I
3 Credits
This course introduces the student to the basic elements of 3-D design. Through slide lectures, field trips, and a sequence of problem-solving exercises in conjunction with basic shop skills in a variety of materials, students explore such areas as furniture and interior, sculptural, and architectural design. Basic computer applications are introduced.

Additional Fee(s): Applied art fee.
IAR 259
History of Interior Architecture: pre-20th Century
3 Credits
This survey course examines world architecture from prehistoric times through the 19th century, including the built environment of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. Emphasis is placed on the role of interior spaces, furnishings, and art within architecture.
IAR 259
History of Interior Architecture: Prehistory to the 19th Century
3 Credits
This survey course examines world architecture from prehistoric times through the 19th century, including the built environment of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas. Emphasis is placed on the role of interior spaces, furnishings, and art within architecture.
IAR 257
20th and 21st Century Architecture
3 Credits
This course is designed to relate the impact of architecture on both public and private spaces throughout the twentieth century and provide a view towards the future of architecture in the twenty-first century. The course will guide you through the major styles of architecture of the twentieth century and investigate the socio-historic context of the works and determinants of that architecture. Emphasis will also be placed on the interior spaces, furnishings and the arts and artists of the day.
IAR 102
Introduction to Interior Architecture
3 Credits
This course provides an overview of the interior design profession. Guest lectures are provided by local practitioners to provide information about the industry and to present recent design work.
IAR 105
Environment and Behavior
3 Credits
The designed environment influences and is influenced by human activity patterns and behavior. This course is an introduction 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.
IAR 210
Drafting and Graphics
3 Credits
This course develops graphic literacy as a language and philosophy for observation, analysis, expression, and presentation of interior architecture. Students are introduced to a number of techniques and methods of drawing used by interior designers, including freehand drawing, use of colored pencils, markers, and mechanical drafting through various exercises. An understanding is developed of architectural scale, plans, elevations, and sections. Additional work is spent on values, colors, palettes, and shadowing techniques that culminate in a final project.
IAR 215
Computer Design Technology
3 Credits
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. Students are also introduced to Photoshop to build technical knowledge in image processing.
IAR 220
Interior Architecture I
3 Credits
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): ART 124 and 135 or ART 200
IAR 225
Interior Archtecture II
3 Credits
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 220
IAR 230
Color and Textiles
3 Credits
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, and application of textiles based on their properties and performance criteria, sustainability, installation methods, maintenance requirements, and regulations and standards.
IAR 235
Materials and Assemblies
3 Credits
Materials and finishes appropriate for interior architecture are addressed in this course. Emphasis is placed on sustainability characteristics, properties and performance criteria, installation and assembly methods, maintenance requirements, and estimation of material requirements.
IAR 310
Advanced Computer Design
3 Credits
This advanced computer-aided design course focuses on complex three-dimensional modeling. Students are instructed on the use of specific three-dimensional drawing software. Graphic skills are also developed to help students communicate interior design schemes.

Prerequisite(s): IAR 215
IAR 315
Construction Documents
3 Credits
Construction techniques are studied through the production of a set of construction documents. Issues addressed include the selection and assembly of materials, construction methods, detailing of interior finish systems and cabinetry, building codes, and accessibility.

Prerequisite(s): IAR 210, 215, and 235.
IAR 320
Interior Architecture III
6 Credits
This advanced studio addresses concept development, design development, and detailing of medium- and large-scale projects. Emphasis is placed on program analysis, user needs, space planning, three-dimensional spatial development, design language and composition, materials and assemblies, color, lighting, acoustics, environmental systems, and building codes and life safety.

Prerequisite(s): IAR 215 and 225
IAR 325
Interior Architecture IV
6 Credits
This advanced studio addresses concept development, design development, and detailing of medium- and large-scale projects. Emphasis is placed on program analysis, user needs, space planning, three-dimensional spatial development, design language and composition, materials and assemblies, color, lighting, acoustics, environmental systems, and building codes and life safety.

Prerequisite(s): IAR 310 and 320
IAR 330
Environmental Systems
3 Credits
This course provides an overview of environmental control systems, including HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, power distribution, security, and data/voice telecommunication. Building codes are also addressed. Emphasis is placed on energy consumption and conservation, human comfort, and health and safety.
IAR 335
Lighting & Acoustics
3 Credits
This course is an introduction to lighting and acoustics. Emphasis is placed on the psychology of lighting, visual comfort criteria, measurement and calculations, available technologies in lighting design, the selection of fixtures, and the application of computer aided lighting simulation tools. Principles of acoustics, acoustic properties of materials and building systems in relation to building structures, sound transmission between rooms, and design methods in room and building acoustics are also addressed.
IAR 420
Interior Architecture V
4 Credits
This course is the first part of a year long tutorial that stresses evidence-based design. Students create a program for a project selected by the instructor using the latest research and literature available. The program serves as the foundation for design decision-making in IAR 425.

Prerequisite(s): IAR 325
IAR 425
Interior Architecture VI
4 Credits
This course is the second part of a year long tutorial that stresses evidence-based design. Using the program developed in IAR 420 as a foundation, students investigate a problem from concept generation through design development and detailing.

Prerequisite(s): IAR 420
IAR 440
Internship
6 Credits
An internship experience provides students with a greater understanding of professional practice. With instructor approval, students work full-time in an office environment under the supervision of a practitioner.
IAR 445
Professional Practice
3 Credits
In this course, students are introduced to the specialized services provided by the professional interior designer. Emphasis is placed on office operations and personnel issues, marketing strategies, project management, contract documents, ethics, and the legal and financial aspects of professional practice.
3 courses (9 credits) from any program