Interior Design

About our Interior Design program

In SUVA’s Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design program, students learn how to use their imaginations to create distinctive private and commercial interiors. Space planning, furniture design and the study of textiles, lighting, colors and fabrics are essential studies in this program.

Foundation courses in rendering, drafting and color theory prepare students for advanced practical projects in areas such as special needs, environmental and hospitality design, as well as designing a variety of residential and commercial spaces. Graduates at both campuses are prepared for positions at interior design and architectural firms or in residential and commercial design studios.

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Duration:

4 years

Minoring:

Summer programs available

Core Faculty:
Contact:

800.825.8753 (toll free) or email us

SUVA has helped me to develop my creativity through challenges every semester. The teachers take the time to teach us as a group and individually and they strive for student excellence.

Ruby Armenta

What our students learn in our Interior Design Program

Aside from being creative in designing a space, our interior design students have to learn a myriad of technical skills in order to graduate successfully. This includes learning about the structural integrity of buildings, the history of design, ergonomics, building codes, spatial concepts, ethics, psychology, computer-aided drawing (CAD) and much more.

  • Adriana Barthel, Floor plan
  • Adriana Barthel, Elevation
  • Adriana Barthel, Digital Concept
  • Adriana Barthel, Specifications with cover sheet
  • Adriana Barthel, Kitchen final render
  • Overview

    As an Interior Designer, you create interior environments that impact how people think, act and feel. Imagine how it feels collaborating with custom home builders to design a kitchen where the client will love to cook and entertain their friends. Think of how it would feel working with hotel owners designing restaurants, lobbies and guest rooms that make people feel welcome, comfortable and connected to their environment.

    Interior designers are creative, imaginative and artistic; they are also detail-oriented, disciplined and highly skilled business people. Interior Design graduates from Southwest University of Visual Arts enjoy the rewards of bringing their imaginations to life to fulfill the needs and wants of private individuals and commercial contractors, creating environments people enjoy and appreciate for years to come.


    Courses

    Credits

    Universal Foundation Courses

    39

    General Education Courses

    27

    Interior Design Courses

    53

    Elective Courses

    6

    Total credits

    125

  • Year 1

    Academic calendar for first year students:


    Freshman Modules

    Credits

    A/D101 Concepts through History I

    Students learn how light, color, perspective, space, sight, sound, touch, etc. reflect culture and ideas.

    3

    A/D102 Spatial Dynamics

    Students learn how space can be manipulated to develop impactful designs.

    4

    A/D103 Design Solutions I

    Students complete a variety of projects that demonstrate the principles and elements in 2D and 3D formats.

    3

    A/D104 Drawing I

    Students begin to develop eye, mind and hand coordination in order to accurately depict light, form and space to create art and design.

    4

    A/D105 The Power of Why I

    Students learn to use the power of their decisions to create meaningful art. This course includes inspiring discussions, research and inquiry.

    1

    A/D115 Concepts through History II

    Students continue learning how artists and designers throughout history use concepts to make art.

    3

    A/D116 Narrative Design

    Students learn how to connect parts of a story to create a purposeful experience.

    3

    A/D117 Design Solutions II

    Students continue learning the principles and elements of design with the addition of color, light and time. Prereq. A/D-U 103.

    3

    A/D118 Drawing II

    The students practice eye, mind and hand coordination in order to accurately depict light, form and space to create art and design. Prereq: A/D-U104

    4

    A/D119 The Power of Why II

    Students learn to use the power of their decisions to create meaningful art. This course includes inspiring discussions, research and inquiry.

    1

    Total credits

    29

    After the Freshman year, students enhance their learning by taking 6 credits of elective courses to explore and develop understanding in subjects of conceptual, or technical interest.

  • Year 2

    Academic calendar for second year students:


    Sophomore Modules

    Credits

    A/D203 Creative Thinking

    Students learn to analyze contemporary artist’s and designer’s work to understand the universal creative process.

    3

    IDS200 Into the Studio: Intro to Drafting/CAD Techniques, Rendering and Space Planning

    Students learn the concept and idea development process required for creating outdoor environments that have meaning for the user.

    5

    A/D201 Voice and Vision (Required)

    Students learn how simplicity, metaphors and analogies keep their message clear and concise.

    3

    A/D202 English Composition (Required)

    Students learn to compose an essay and organize a thesis to use in academic environments.

    4

    IDC210 Concept Development I: History of Architecture, Intro to Interior Design

    Students demonstrate an understanding of the interdependent relationship between concept, design, and human experience.

    4

    IDS210 Studio I: Space Planning II, Building Structures and Design Drawing

    Students complete a variety of engaging individual and collaborative projects at the to produce distinctive private and commercial interiors.

    5

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    Total credits

    30

    * General Education Electives:

    • Art/Humanitites (12 cr./6 cr. AH/3 cr. HM min.)
    • Social/Behavioral Science (6 cr.)
    • Math/Science (3 cr.)
    • Diversity/Global Studies (3 cr.)
  • Year 3

    Academic calendar for third year students:


    Junior Modules

    Credits

    IDC300 Concept Development II: Design Styles

    Students build on concepts learned in Concept Development I to develop more engaging and impactful designs.

    4

    IDS300 Studio II: Furniture and Lighting Design/Textiles and Surface Materials

    Students learn through different challenges and hands-on experience new ways of creating distinctive private and commercial interiors.

    5

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    IDC310 Concept Development III: Project Management/BIM

    Students develop concepts used to create original, effective designs that have meaning and clearly communicate to users the designer’s intention.

    4

    IDS310 Studio III: Commercial and Residential Design

    Students challenge themselves and are challenged by their peers and instructors to learn advanced interior design skills.

    5

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    Total credits

    30

    * General Education Electives:

    • Art/Humanitites (12 cr./6 cr. AH/3 cr. HM min.)
    • Social/Behavioral Science (6 cr.)
    • Math/Science (3 cr.)
    • Diversity/Global Studies (3 cr.)
  • Year 4

    Academic calendar for final year students:


    Senior Modules

    Credits

    IDC400 EAD Senior Seminar I: Advanced Design Concepts I

    Students develop an original and independent body of work that engages users at a deep, experiential level.

    4

    IDS400 ID Senior Studio I: Healthcare and Hospitality Design

    Students learn to research concepts and advanced techniques to generate an internal reaction in the user.

    5

    IDC420 Interior Design Internship: Reality Interior Design

    Students work directly with professionals to develop, apply and evaluate their skills within the Interior Design field.

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    IDC410 EAD Senior Seminar II: Advanced Design Concepts II

    Students go into further depth developing an original and independent body of work that engages users at a deep, experiential level.

    4

    IDS410 ID Senior Studio II: Portfolio Preparation

    Senior Studio II culminates in the production of a professional portfolio. Students present their portfolio to a panel of SUVA faculty and industry leaders.

    5

    GE329 Professional Practices

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    Total credits

    30

    * General Education Electives:

    • Art/Humanitites (12 cr./6 cr. AH/3 cr. HM min.)
    • Social/Behavioral Science (6 cr.)
    • Math/Science (3 cr.)
    • Diversity/Global Studies (3 cr.)
  • Minoring

    Students learn about how space planning, furniture design, study of textiles, lighting, colors and fabrics can effect a residential and commercial space.


    Courses

    Credits

    IDM101 Interior Design Minor (Summer 1)

    8

    IDM102 Interior Design Minor (Summer 2)

    8

    Total credits

    16

Interested in studying Interior Design at SUVA?

Our next academic year commences Fall 2020

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