INTERIOR DESIGN EDUCATION
A sound curriculum is absolutely essential for your interior design education: preparing you to meet the expectations and responsibilities of an interior designer in today's world. The curriculum of interior design programs should balance the broad cultural aspects of education with the specialized current professional needs of interior design.
Clearly defining the relationship between education and practice and insuring that students develop the ability to think, research, evaluate and process information while, at the same time, preparing for the practical everyday business life of design, is a challenge that the curriculum at Design Institute is designed to address.
The curriculum is carefully structured to build skills in logical sequence, overlapping significant concepts, constantly repeating and expanding as the student's abilities grow. Because the school is small we have the opportunity to control the time frame in which these events occur and incorporate newly-emerging interior design issues and technology into the curriculum whenever necessary.
We begin with firm foundations in basic design theory, color, and drawing skills; build strong communication and research skills, space planning and problem solving ability; historical knowledge, social awareness and sensitivity to human environmental needs, computer and design technology, business practices, and, finally, internship and portfolio preparation for employment. When we have met these goals and a student leaves here strong and competent and professional, we have maximized the potentials appropriate to our interior design education program.
Collaborative design. Sustainable and renewable resources, materials, and environments. Universal design. Evidence based design theory. Green buildings. LEED philosophy, criteria and certification. Computer-aided design. These are "buzzwords" for interior design today. They are not yesterday's words. There is great opportunity for well-educated interior design college graduates who understand current issues and seek a career that is both creative and important to people; where you can find meaning in your work and love what you do.