Interior Design Degree: From Concept to Reality

By: Rick Hess, DI

Obtaining an Interior Design Degree isn’t just about creating beautiful spaces. It’s about exploring all creative outlets in order to produce logical and intelligent design solutions. Design Institute of San Diego pushes its students to design based on client needs. These design solutions develop into projects that not only challenge the students, but also inspire ideas related to conceptual development, sustainability, universal design, and space planning. This blog post is the start of a long series of entries stressing the importance of interior design education and the impact it has on the professional field.

Interior Design Degree: From Concept to Reality


Interior Design Degree: From Concept to Reality

Inspirational board by Geovanna Aguilar (1st year 1st semester)

Interior design, furniture design, and architecture have been around for thousands of years. If one were to start an education in interior design, where would one begin? The Introduction to Interior Design course at Design Institute of San Diego starts by allowing students to explore existing design creations that inspire and move them. This is the start of the imaginative adventure.


Concept sketch by Geovanna Aguilar

Concept sketch by Geovanna Aguilar (1st-year 2nd semester)

Intelligent interior design always starts with a concept. Whether the concept is a quick sketch or a computer-generated drawing, there is a language that starts to develop, driving the creation. Architects and Interior designers use concept development to strategize decisions that will eventually reveal themselves in built form. Notice how Yazdani Studio uses the concept of movement in developing their design for the Bollywood Museum in Film City below.

Designing with Green in Mind

Interior Design Model by Emaline Barajas

Model by Emaline Barajas (1st year 1st Semester)

There is no doubt that we have entered an era of sustainable design.  Building projects that are energy efficient and use the sun to its maximum potential are musts in the field of interior design today.  Students have the opportunity to study and incorporate these methods into their own projects.  By the time they enter the professional world of interior design they are incorporating these strategies and creating intelligent interior design.

Universal Design

Universally designed spaces allow all individuals, including those with disabilities, to make full use of the space. Our students have the opportunity to design and analyze spaces that accommodate people of all ages and abilities.

Interior Design Bathroom analysis by Kassandra Becerril

Bathroom analysis by Kassandra Becerril (1st year 1st Semester)

Designing with Space Constraints

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Space model study by Ashley Gregory (1st year 1st Semester)

Working with space constraints is a real life challenge that all interior design students must learn.  In the Introduction to Interior Design course, students are given the task of creating a reading or meditation space within a tightly dimensioned plan.  They have to put their space planning strategies to work to design a room and lay out furniture in an intelligent and efficient manner.

Reading space model by Yesenia Estrada (1st year 1st Semester)

Reading space model by Yesenia Estrada (1st year 1st Semester)

Our school of interior design strives to provide students with the building blocks necessary to be successful after graduation.  Through innovative projects and creative exploration, they have the opportunity to make a positive difference by understanding the needs of their clientele and developing creative concepts and design solutions.