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COURSES

COURSES TAKEN FIRST YEAR

IAR 101/102 Basic Environmental Design I/II

Studio investigations of space design at small scale while exploring properties of basic materials. Development of conceptual thinking. [Prerequisite: admission to the Interior Architecture Program, or permission of instructor; for 102: IAR 101. Coreq. 101 to be taken concurrently with IAR 110, 102 with 112]

IAR 110 Design Visualization !

Study and application of basic drawing processes for the purpose of enhancing perceptual awareness and developing visual communication and analysis skills.

IAR 112    Design Visualization II

Continued directed drawing experiences intended to extend basic visual communication skills into compositional principles, color theory, application, technical drawing systems and techniques, and industry standards. [Prerequisite: IAR 110]

IAR 124 Experimental Course: Sustainability 101

Uses conditions and instances of daily life to explore the interconnectedness of four pillars of sustainability: social equity, the environment, economy, and aesthetics.

IAR 221   History and Theory of Design I

Survey of design forms evolved in response to humankind’s needs for community, architecture, furnishings, and artifacts, with development from prehistoric to modern eras in cultural, political, and technological contexts.

COURSES TAKEN SECOND YEAR

IAR 201/202    Basic Environmental Design III/IV

Studio investigations of spaces as articulated by the interaction of individual and place. Emphasis placed on cognitive understanding of design process, light and color, construction systems, and ongoing study of materials. IAR 201 taught as Speaking Intensive (SI) and IAR 202 taught as Writing Intensive [Prerequisite for 201: IAR 102; Prerequisite for 202: IAR 201]

IAR 211/212    Visual Communication I/II

Two- and three-dimensional visual studies as related to conceptual and definitive aspects of the design process. Exercises aimed at developing a mastery of both technical and non-technical methods of visual communication. [Prerequisite for 211: IAR 112; for 212: IAR 211]

IAR 221/222   History and Theory of Design II

Survey of design forms evolved in response to humankind’s needs for community, architecture, furnishings, and artifacts, with development from prehistoric to modern eras in cultural, political, and technological contexts. [Prerequisite: IAR 221]

IAR 332    Interior Architecture Materials

Study of materials used in interior architecture applications. [Prerequisite: IAR 201 or permission of instructor]

COURSES TAKEN THIRD YEAR

IAR 301    Interior Architecture I

Studio investigations of increasingly complex spaces as articulated by the interaction of individual and place. Special emphasis on light, color, materials and structure as aspects of spatial design. [Prerequisite: IAR 202, 212]

IAR 302    Interior Architecture II

Design investigations of spaces of increasing scale and complexity articulated by the interaction of individual and place. Special emphasis on social/behavioral aspects of interior architecture and responsibilities of designer to society. [Prerequisite: IAR 301]

IAR 311    Computer-Aided Design for Interior Architecture

Introduction to computer-aided design technology, historical context, and professional use in interior architecture and design. Use of CAD equipment and production of design drawings. [Prerequisite: IAR 212, or permission of instructor]

IAR 331    Social and Behavioral Aspects of Interior Architecture

Introduction to literature and methods of environmental design research as it applies to interior environments. [Prerequsite: IAR 202, or permission of instructor]

IAR 333    Interior Architecture Construction and Building Systems

Study of interior architecture construction methods, structural systems, and building mechanical systems[Prerequisite: IAR 202 or permission of instructor]

IAR 334    Light and Sound

Study of light and sound as potential creative mediums to meet functional, sensory, and behavioral needs. Emphasis placed on experimentation with light and sound in relation to other design elements (Fall or Spring or Summer) [Prerequisite IARc majors; IAR 301 or equivalent; or permission of instructor]
IAR 451    Professional Practice in Interior Architecture

Investigation of business, legal, ethical aspects of professional practice in interior architecture and design by students, staff, and guest speakers. [Prerequisite: IAR 202]

COURSES TAKEN FOURTH YEAR

IAR 411    Interior Architecture III

Studio investigations of multi-function environments incorporating understanding of light, color, materials, structure and technology. Emphasis on individual competence with respect to design process. [Prerequisite: IAR 302]

IAR 412    Interior Architecture IV

Studio explorations encompassing the full range of interior architecture scale and complexity. Emphasis on individual competencewith respect to design process. 
[Prerequisite: IAR 411]

IAR 452    Internship in Interior Architecture

Design-relevant internship experiences in off-campus organizations and professional settings. Approved learning plan required prior to beginning experience. [Prerequisite: Third year standing and permission of instructor]

COURSES AVAILABLE FOR IARC EXPERIENCE

IAR 432    Special Problems in Interior Architecture

Independent study of topics of special interest. Conference hours to be arranged.

IAR 493    Honors Work

Disciplinary Honors work providing students with advanced study of the primary literature in their area of specialization. [Prerequisite: 3.3 GPA in the major, 12 hours in the major]

IAR 499    International Field Studies in Interior Architecture

Investigation of international design contexts to be formulated in collaboration with faculty and undertaken through study abroad program.

ELECTIVE COURSES FOR UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS

IAR 500    Supervised Professional Experience

Supervised professional experience in selected commercial or industrial organizations, public or private agencies.

IAR 501/502   Advanced Interior Architecture I/II

Advanced design problems having complex functional, social, and economic implications, with emphasis on problem identification, formulation, and design development.

IAR 527    Problems in Interior Architecture

Individual study.

IAR 531    Design Seminar

Investigation of current research and subjects of topical interest in environmental design. May be repeated for a total of 4 hours credit. [Prerequisite: consent of instructor]

IAR 535    Architectural Lighting Design

Study of architectural lighting design: Uses in control of lighting fixtures and lighting installation of lighting for desired effect.

IAR 536    History of Decorative Arts

Study of stylistic and cultural developments in the decorative arts with special concentration on America.

IAR 540   Evolution of Furniture

A study of basic furniture forms—chairs, stools, tables, beds, chests—that follows a chronological route from Ancient Egypt to 21st-century Minimalism and examines changes in each historic period.

IAR 541   Contemporary Trends in Interior Product Design

Focusing on furniture, lighting, and textiles, the course studieschronological route from trade events, showrooms, retailers, designers, and trade and consumer media all as forces shaping 21st-century trends.

IAR 543     Historic Preservation: Principles and Practice

Change in historic preservation theory and practice since the 1800s with emphasis on preservation of built environment, and development of philosophical approach for designers to contemporary preservation projects. [Prerequisite: IAR 222, or permission of instructor]

IAR 545 Southern History and Southern Material Culture in Museum Context

Combined southern history and material culture with a museum practicum. Students selected by individual application. [Prerequisite: permission of instructor]

IAR 548    Architectural Conservation

Overview of contemporary architectural conservation principles, practice and technology. Field exercises, group projects and investigation of an individual research topic expand upon lectures and readings. [Prerequisite: IAR 301, 332, or permission of instructor]

IAR 560    Advanced Computer-Aided Design and Research Seminar

With specific attention to how computational tools effect interior architectural design decision-making processes, rigourous examination of their origins, evolution, applications, and significance will be undertaken. [Prerequisite: IAR 202, 212, 222, or graduate standing, or permission of instructor]

IAR 565 Methods and Methodologies Seminar

Investigation of materials, methods, and technologies for the design, fabrication, manufacturing, and production of products and components of interior architecture. [Prerequisite: IAR 333, or graduate standing, or permission of instructor]

IAR 578     Research Methods in Historical Archaeology

Training in research methods in Historic Archaeology, involving on-site training in field, laboratory and library components of Historic Archaeology. [Prerequisite: junior, senior, or graduate status]

COURSES FOR ADVANCED UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS

IAR 501/ 502    Advanced Interior Architecture I,II

Development of undergraduate thesis project: advanced design problems having complex functional, social, and economic implications, with emphasis on problem identification, formulation, and design development.

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