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Interior Design

Interior Design Bachelor of Fine Arts

The Art Institute of Dallas, a campus of South University can help you prepare for it.

Program Overview

In the Interior Design program, you'll study the design, safety, and usability issues of creating the spaces where we live, work, and play. Coursework focuses on space planning, traffic patterns, and the colors, surfaces and furnishings that make surroundings comfortable and livable. Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level employment such as draftsperson, facilities planner, interior designer/decorator, or space planner.
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Students Create Design Proposals for New Areva Med Cancer Research Medical Lab Students Create Design Proposals for New Areva Med Cancer Research Medical Lab

Recently, The Art Institute of Dallas, a campus of South University, partnered with Areva Med, a medical lab for cancer research, to work on design elements for the company’s new high-purity lead-212 production facility. The facility is under construction in Plano, TX. 

Five teams—a total of 35 students—from The Art Institute of Dallas and Group ESC Troyes in France, are creating design proposals for the building’s lobby, conference room, and the monument sign in front of the facility.

Areva Med will review the projects and make selections to be implemented as a part of the new facility. The winning team will see the results of their project at the opening ceremony for the new Areva Med Building. 

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Program Description

Accredited by CIDA

The Interior Design Bachelor’s Program is rich in theory and practice. The focus on theory at the beginning of the program articulates the guiding principles which provide the foundation for the hands-on application of design concepts. Students develop abilities in all aspects of the design of three-dimensional space, residential and commercial, rooted in historical and cultural context. They learn to communicate design solutions through a variety of visual media, interface with professionals and manage the business of their profession. Students will develop aesthetic and ethical sensitivities over the course of the program, prepared to seek entry into the fields of commercial and/or residential interior design. Program Outcomes: Upon successful completion of the program, graduates should be able to: • Problem Solving - Graduates will solve complex interior design problems using the design process and their knowledge of interior design principles, theories and applications to analyze the client profile and project program, both individually and collaboratively • Communication - Graduates will provide interior design services using effective oral, written, and visual communication employing a variety of means, methods and technologies, in both two- and three-dimensions • Building Systems - Graduates will produce interior design solutions that constructively integrate with available building, environmental, and property management systems, as well as prevailing standards of use, maintenance and sustainability • Interior F inish Materials - Graduates will specify and apply to their interior design solutions finish materials that meet prevailing standards of use, maintenance, sustainability, regulatory compliance, and aesthetics • Professionalism - Graduates will provide professional services based on the interior design body of knowledge with a standard of care that both meets client needs and protects the health, safety, and welfare of the public in an ethical and legal manner resulting from exposure to academic and real-world experiences Licensure, Credentialing and Other Student Outcomes CIDA The Art Institute of Dallas, a campus of South University collects and publishes important information regarding student achievement, including aggregate data addressing attrition and retention, graduation rates, job placement rates, and acceptance into graduate programs in order to meet Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) program eligibility requirements. That information can be found here.

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Students need to meet all requirements. The Art Grant is not offered at all Art Institute schools and the grant amounts vary by location; check with the school you’re considering attending for exceptions and details.

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