Learning Outcomes | Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

Chatham University

Master of Interior Architecture (MIA) Learning Outcomes

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Effectively locate and gather information associated with both practice and research through a variety of information media
  • Evaluate the quality and accuracy of information they locate
  • Extract information from sources associated with practice and research
  • Evaluate the quality and accuracy of written information
  • Critically evaluate the executed works of designers
  • Make informed design decisions based on aesthetics, building technologies, human needs and the health, safety and the welfare of the public
  • Exhibit a variety of design ideas, approaches and concepts with originality
  • Transform conceptual design ideas into a detailed solution that takes into account existing building constraints, user needs, cost, building codes and standards, and a program of spaces
  • Engage in problem solving with respect to design projects of varying type, size and scope
  • Communicate clearly in writing, in short papers for supporting coursework, concept statements and building programs in the design studios, specifications and schedules for construction documents and contracts and business-related documents
  • Formulate a point of view and have the ability to articulate and defend it in written form
  • Express ideas clearly in oral presentations and critiques with classmates, other instructors and professionals from the design community
  • Formulate a point of view and have the ability to articulate and defend it orally
  • Demonstrate  a sustainable approach to interior design
  • Think critically and see inquiry as the norm
  • Identify, research, and solve design challenges with a logical methodology
  • Demonstrate creative solutions and applied spontaneity
  • Understand how to conduct and apply research findings
  • Demonstrate strong professional communication skills and be able to present their design ideas and solutions with confidence
  • Be globally-conscious interior designers