Interior Architecture MSM Concentration
The concentration in Interior Architecture is designed to expose learners to cutting-edge design topics. This could be Universal Design, Technological Issues, Sustainable/Environmental Design, Design Management, Lighting Design, Historic Preservation, Construction or another area of interest to the student that is approved by the student’s thesis advisor. It is designed to provide professionals with the necessary management and design skills required to lead in today’s environment.
“Interior design contains human occupants and their health, safety, and welfare should always be on the forefront of an interior designer’s thinking. ”
“Being an interior designer requires patience, diligence and good communication. We continually learn from our mistakes and approach projects in a new way – Design is a process. “
Students complete the following courses along with the MSM Core Curriculum
(All courses follow the hybrid model, combining online with on-campus study, unless noted)
IA 501 – Graduate Seminar I: Global Issues in Design
This course will provide learners the opportunity to examine and understand new and emerging issues in the field of design. Such issues may include but are not limited to: new research in universal design, healthcare, technological issues, sustainable/environmental design, design management, lighting design, historic preservation, construction or another area of interest to the learner.
IA 521 – Interdisciplinary Studio I: Environmental Design
This course will provide learners with the opportunity to research, and discuss environmental issues as they apply to the design field today, and apply the knowledge and resources that they acquire in the context of the studio environment. Such issues may include but are not limited to: Brownfield redevelopment, the application of sustainable design in urban, suburban, and rural contexts, the psychological effect of the built environment, alternative energy sources, and holistic approaches to today’s design challenges. Learners will be required to choose an area of study and carry it through a studio project/application. The LEED standards will be one of the criteria that will be utilized in this course.
IA 522 – Interdisciplinary Studio II: Advanced Technology in Design
This course will provide learners the opportunity to examine and understand new and emerging technologies in the field of design. Such issues may include but are not limited to: new developments in design-specific computer applications, including computer graphics, CAD with a look into Building Information Method (BIM), new concepts of hardware including processors, interfaces and peripherals. The course will also introduce students to computer-related management issues, such as collaborative computer-supported design, project- and facility management decision support systems and project management technique.
IA 621 – Interdisciplinary Studio III: Universal Design
This course will provide learners with the opportunity to research, and discuss issues related to universal design as they apply to the design field today. They will then take this research, and apply the knowledge that they’ve gained and the resources that they acquire in the context of the studio, project- based environment. The topic of Universal Design refers to the ability of all people to have access to all products, services, and environments. Research and project development may include, but will not be limited to, products, services and environments and the application of universal design criteria to the design process and outcome. Once research has been presented, learners will be required to choose an area of study and carry it through a studio project/application. ADA standards, International Building Codes (BOCA) and local building codes will be criteria that will be utilized in this course.
IA 622 – Interdisciplinary Studio IV: Thesis
This course is dedicated to the development and production of a major design project, proposed by the learner, the subject of which has been selected, researched and documented during the prior semester in BA 526 Graduate Seminar: Research Methods. This course is devoted to conceptualizing and developing preliminary design exploration and possibly alternatives to solutions as they exist. The studio cumulates in a final design development that includes the documentation and presentation of the learner’s research project. The studio has a professionally juried final presentation.
Sample course schedule
BA 530 Human Resource Management
IA 501 Graduate Seminar I: Global Issues in Design
BA 506 Marketing Strategy and Management
IA 521 Interdisciplinary Studio I: Environmental Design
BA 523 Project Management
IA 522 Interdisciplinary Studio II: Advanced Technology
IA 621 Interdisciplinary Studio III: Universal Design
BA 526 Graduate Seminar: Research Methods
BA 606 Financial Management for Decision Analysis
BA 501 Management Theory and Organization
BA 650 Strategic Planning, Policy Development and Management
IA 622 Interdisciplinary Studio IV: Thesis