Interior designers create physical spaces that best serve human interaction, architectural principles, and the environment. Through the use of light, color, texture, and materials, interior designers effect the way humans respond to and interact with the man-made environment - whether at home, play, or in their work-spaces. Residential and commercial spaces evolve creatively and are structurally sound and environmentally responsible in the hands of expert interior designers.
Interior design students begin their design education by studying the basics of design, drafting, space planning, textiles, and materials. Residential, commercial, and environmental design are introduced as students develop technical skills in computer-aided drafting (CAD), computer 3D Modeling, building codes, and the understanding of construction documents. Students also have the opportunity to explore lighting, institutional, and global design. Real-world interior design expectations are covered in a three-part graduate project, portfolio class, and two off-site internships at an interior design studio, architecture firm, or in-house corporate design office.
General Education Courses
Becoming a designer means being aware of the world at large. Challenging classes in the humanities, social sciences, physical science, math and English are designed to provide students with the knowledge needed to understand and motivate an audience, write proposals and copy, develop insightful concepts and successfully function in a business environment.
By graduation, students have been exposed to the knowledge and skills needed to seek an entry-level position in commercial and residential interior design, facilities design, computer-aided drafting, exhibit design, and specialty design in the kitchen, bath, lighting, and furniture design industries.
All interior design students are encouraged to expand their education by joining the Interior Design Club – a student organization that promotes team-work and serves to integrate students into the design industry in the New England area. Students also have the opportunity to enter design contests or to display their work in the college's many display spaces.
Methods of Instruction
Instructional methods at The New England Institute of Art include lectures, demonstrations, labs, one-on-one tutorials and periodic examinations. With the exception of Internet-based classes offered through Plus Learning, internships and field trips, all instruction is conducted in a classroom setting.
Students must complete a minimum of 180 credit hours with 60 credit hours in general education courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. Also, students must receive a passing grade or credit for all required course work, meet portfolio or other requirements, complete a 120-hour internship or capstone project, and satisfy all financial obligations to The New England Institute of Art.